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19 September 2018


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Underground Moscow

Author: Gleb Alexeyev
Translation: Paul E. Richardson


Spring 2016
Fiction
Page 51   (14 pages)


Summary: A pair of adventurous souls and the long lost treasure of Ivan's Library.


Extract:

Early in the morning on Bolshaya Nikitskaya, in an area still populated by shady gardens and undisturbed by the drone of trams, a young stranger in grey leggings stopped at the orange?colored house, the layers of which had been stripped away by years of war and revolution, not unlike a poorly constructed pastry. After carefully studying the inscription – “For Shoemaker Surkov: 1 ring. For Citizen Obolensky: 2 short rings. For Midwife Sashkinaya: 2 long rings. For Archaeologist Mamochkin: 2 long rings and one short.” –  he gave two long rings and one short. Five minutes later, an unkempt square head stuck itself out a second floor ventilation window that had been plastered with a yellowed page from the broadsheet Poverty. The head’s eyes were heavy, its pupils muddied by sleep, and bits of down feathers –  transferred there from his ratty pillow – fluttered in its beard, looking a bit like butterflies.

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