I moved to Moscow in February 2018. It was a new city, a new home, and I was surrounded by people I didn’t know. I needed to unpack, yet I lay on the floor of my apartment on a stack of winter jackets (I had no furniture), staring at the ceiling. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door. I was surprised, because I hadn’t yet given anyone my address.
“Who’s there?” I asked anxiously of the door.
“My name is Dima. I’m your neighbor! I’ve come to give you some important news.”
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A souvenir from the Yamal Penninsula, part of the far-northern Yamal-Nenets Autonomous
Okrug. Khoska is “cat” in the Nenets language.
An internat – a state-run boarding institution.
Vitaly Valentinovich Bianki, 1894-1959, a popular children’s book author.
He shares a name a patronymic with Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.
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