V stepi. – Druzhki [On the Steppes. – The friends].

Moscow, “Rodnaia rech’”, 1916

8vo, pp. 34, [2]; somewhat browned, but a good copy in the original pink printed paper wrappers, spine restored.


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An ephemeral edition of two early short stories. ‘V stepi’ tells the dark story of three vagrants in the Crimea, the narrator, an ex-soldier and an ex-student. Desperate for food they rob and kill a fellow traveller in the night, but the narrator refuses any moral responsibilty for the events: ‘we are all of us alike beasts’. The story was first published in the periodical Zhizn’ IUra in 1897 and was much anthologized. ‘Druzhki’, based on an earlier story ‘Druz’ia’ (1895), first appeared in Zhurnal dlia vsekh, 10, 1898.

OCLC shows University of Melbourne only.

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