The Opera House

A Russian short story.

By Veniamin Vasilievich Finane


On 1 May as he tried to secure his baggage about himwhile being propelled off the plane in St. Petersburg by a stout babushka, Veniamin Vasilievich was pleased to note that his left ear had stopped bleeding. He dug a finger in to be sure, and, retrieving nothing but dry red flakes of paprika, felt very much relieved indeed...

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