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Abram Tertz is the pseudonym of Andrei Sinyavsky, the exile Soviet dissident author whose works were in comparison to fabulists like Kafka and Borges. Tertz's settings are unique yet primary and as compelling as these of lunatics and mystics. This variation comprises the nightmarish "Pkhentz," a narrative lacking from the 1st English edition.

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I then bought up and, leaving the hospitable stairway, I trigger on my traditional around during the city. not anything had replaced. It was once snowing and the time of day was once simply as obscure. the 2 engineers—his former colleagues, Lobzikov and Polyansky—were enjoying Cho­ pin. 400 ladies have been nonetheless giving delivery each minute. Vera Ivanovna was once employing a compress to Graube’s black eye. An auburn-haired lady was once placing on trousers. The brunette, bent over a basin, was once prepar­ ing for her assembly with Nikolay Vasilyevich, who, as had occurred earlier than, was once operating, a bit under the influence of alcohol, during the chilly. The physique of Nikolay Vasilyevich was once mendacity within the locked room. Lida paced up and down like a sentry less than 31 FANTASTIC tales his window. I observed all this and will no longer get him out of my brain. i used to be quite unhappy. you've long gone and i'm left. i don't remorse your demise. i'm sorry I can’t put out of your mind you. 1961 I 32 THE ICICLE A U T H O R ’S N O T E this tale as a castaway tells of his misery. Sitting on a bit of wreckage, or stranded on a wilderness island, he throws a bottle with a letter into the stormy sea, within the desire that the waves and the wind will hold it to those who will learn it and examine the reality lengthy after its bad writer is useless. however the query is: Will the bottle ever succeed in its desti­ state? Will a sailor haul it up through the neck along with his powerful hand and may he shed tears of pity at the deck of his send? Or will the seal progressively be corroded by way of brine, the paper eaten away, and the unknown bottle, jam-packed with sour sea water, sprint opposed to a reef and are available to leisure, immobile, at the backside of the sea? I w r ite 35 FANTASTIC tales My job is much more tricky. although i've got no scien­ tific or literary event, i would like my paintings to be revealed and accorded attractiveness. simply during this roundabout manner am i able to desire to arrive you, Vasily. Oh, Vasily! think me whilst I say that i need, now not funds or honors, yet basically your knowing. i want no readers other than you, although my tale will go through many arms, maybe, earlier than it occurs to return your method. What else am i able to do? the ocean of existence is tremendous, and the bot­ tle is any such tiny factor, and it'll need to glide hundreds of thousands of miles ahead of it reaches its vacation spot. Forgive me, Vasily! i don't have your handle. i don't even understand your surname; I had no time to invite, and while i assumed of it, it used to be too past due. yet i do know that, like me, you reside adrift within the waves of area and time, and that i desire that sometime you could pass right into a second-hand ebook­ store and occur to work out my battered ebook at the shelf. Will you take into account me? Will your center pass over a beat, and should the shadowy pictures of the prior come to existence? Will you stretch out a hand of friendship and support? Vasily, I ask just one want: locate Natasha. you spot, she needs to stay someplace particularly with reference to you. Don’t be sur­ prised that she is also referred to as Natasha, notwithstanding she is com­ pletely diverse from the opposite Natasha. yet i believe that their names occur to be an identical. may you suspect it, she is additionally referred to as Natasha!

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