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This quantity includes 16 brief tales written by way of 16 of the main renowned and promising writers within the Soviet Union at the present time.

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I am afraid, I’m afraid," stated Sonya via her tears and during her hands that have been overlaying her face. “ What if it without notice moves me within the eye? I’m no longer a witch in any respect. Having to count on each minute that it'll come and strike me— that is the worst! Having to imagine for all time— what else will ensue? and the way will it occur? And watching for it— the place, whilst? i need to put on galoshes, and no-one wears them anymore! " The blue flame made a circle round the room and disappeared within the doorway, and the lighting fixtures got here again on instantly. “ Oh, good, there is not anything i will be able to do approximately it. What a idiot i'm, break­ ing the entire clocks in the home. What time is it now? " Sonya requested, wiping the tears away together with her fist. “ i do not understand. The television's already off the air. " “ It simply burned out. . . . good, and that is that. Time to head. " “ Oh, do not move! " I begged. “ Mama will begin conversing back instantaneously. How lengthy can she move on with an identical factor persistently— \ . . se­ nior astronomer Berg died; senior astronomer Elistratov and his spouse; Dombik, the astronomer . . / i do not take note any of them, yet she simply retains repeating it and repeating it! " “ are you aware how Papa obtained killed? " Sonya requested, wiping away her tears. “ i presumed that he simply died by way of himself. " “A meteorite hit him correct within the center. and that is that. Dick, supply me my handbag! I had the bittersweet excitement of paying my final respects to Papa in a crematorium— as my scholarly Mama says. " Dick took the handbag from the chair and taken it to her. She took out a fragrance pattern field within which there has been a small meteorite. I took it from her. It was once very heavy, with sharp edges like a fraction of an antiaircraft missile. And it smelled splendidly of body spray. “ correct within the heart," she acknowledged, and pulled her skirt down over her knees. “ it really is chilly in the following, Uncle Gena. there is a draft at the ground. The home windows most likely aren't sealed. it really is harmful. and that i don't love it whilst humans examine my knees. " “A outstanding demise— he was once buried within the Milky Way," I acknowledged com­ fortingly, and held out my hand to her. “ Come on, wake up now! to inform Cat-Strangler Silver '57 you the reality, i would not brain getting a bit of the universe correct within the middle and having an evening famous person placed on the head of my mattress. may well I stroke your hair? " "Don't contact me! " she screamed, recoiling. “ Pm charged with a robust electromagnetic box, Uncle Gena. " “ What the hell! Is there relatively no therapy? " “There's just one different individual within the entire global charged with electrical energy. Mr. Roy Sullivan. we have now varied cost symptoms, and lets make a stunning couple, yet he lives in the US and he is al­ prepared over seventy, Uncle Gena. " “ negative factor! What misfortune hounds your loved ones! " “ thus far nobody's been capable of clarify this infrequent phenomenon," stated the woman. “ activate the recent water within the kitchen. i love to clean dishes and dangle curtains, simply because Pm part Armenian. " “Ay, Sonechka, you will be caught there until eventually morning. i have never washed a specific thing in weeks. you will not have the ability to get close to the sink. " “That's very well.

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