Fantastic Stories

Fantastic Stories

Language: English

Pages: 245

ISBN: 0810107279

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Fantastic Stories

Language: English

Pages: 245

ISBN: 0810107279

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Abram Tertz is the pseudonym of Andrei Sinyavsky, the exile Soviet dissident writer whose works have been compared to fabulists like Kafka and Borges. Tertz's settings are exotic but familiar and as compelling as those of lunatics and mystics. This edition contains the nightmarish "Pkhentz," a story missing from the first English edition.

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and even the rarest bird in the world, the turkey, are sold in sufficient quantity in all the stores, as much as you like!” A sigh of disappointment, yet at the same time of a certain relief, went through the room. Graube blushed and said, his nerves strained to the utmost, “Turkey’s the thing . . . ” He was going to add something just as nonsensical and ambiguous, but Lobzikov made a hissing noise through 7 FANTASTIC STORIES his broken tooth. This was the signal for a retreat. The guests

there’s another opening. At a higher stage of historical development . . . ” The colonel slid forward on his elbows across the table. “Can’t you speed things up, old man? Just a little bit . . .” “Speed what up?” “Well, this development business . . . What are we waiting for? Make an effort! Come on, for my sake, as 98 The Icicle a friend, not out of duty. Please, be a pal, be a good fel­ low, help Australia on a bit . . .” He was evidently confusing me with God. If I was in some degree

from here and trying to break in there, not knowing whether this forlorn tapping will ever be heard . . . Will you hear it, Natasha? Will you read to the end, or will you give up halfway through and never know that I was so close? If I only knew! I don’t know and I don’t remember. I ought to tell her everything from the begin­ ning. But it’s no good. Any moment now she’ll close the book. Wait just one second! The story isn’t finished yet. I want to tell you one more thing, the last thing I have

Incidentally, the hair was gray. Gray . . . Sh-sh! So what I’m asking you, Sergey Sergeyevich, is whether you haven’t got that interesting book of Fenimore Cooper’s, The Last of the Mohicans. Yes! The Last of the Mohicans! About South American Indians! Yes, that’s it! So you haven’t! So you haven’t! What rainy weather! I said, the weather’s rainy! . . . She’s gone away . . . That’s who it is, Krovatkina in person. A real witch. Glues her ear to the door and keeps a check on our conversation. Oh,

are very common among country folk. You say you don’t want an ikon; your convictions don’t 138 T enants permit it? Then we’ll manage with a simple reproduc­ tion. We’ll cut out Raphael or someone with a baby out of Universal History and stick it up in a prominent place. It also gives good protection against the powers of dark­ ness and the evil eye. And it’s completely respectable and progressive. After all, it’s art and no one can pick holes in that. The great thing is to stick together,

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