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Khitrovka

Author: Vladimir Gilyarovsky
Translation: Brendan Kiernan


Winter 2014
Memoir
Page 41   (29 pages)


Summary: One of the most famous chapters from this classic work, about the seamy underbelly of Moscow at the turn of the last century.


Extract:

….In the heart of Bunin’s courtyard they had their own “shlanboy.” The yard was lit at that time by one weak, kerosene lantern. A glow barely escaped its dirty glass, and the only window, the one with a white curtain, was lighter than the others. Someone needing a drink would go to the window and knock. A small slot would open. A hand was stuck out the window, palm up. The customer would pay a ruble and a half. The hand would disappear and in a moment reappear with a bottle of Smirnov’s, and the slot would slam shut. One deal, no words….

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