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Rudakov’s Micro Stories

 

Rudakov’s Stories of 72 Words Each

Writer: Sergei Nosov

Translated from Russian by A. Charumati Ramdas

 

Seventh Digit

Lucky…She, definitely, didn’t eat them, as strictly required by law, but always displayed them – every tram-ticket went through verification. Did it mechanically: before dumping the ticket into purse, added the first three and the later three digits. So? Sometimes the sum matched. Removed and forgot about happiness…In October the seven digit series was introduced. Something went amyss inside. Lopukhov left. Sat watching serials. Bought orthopedic socks. Why pay for everything? Became a Hare. A Doe.

 

Wow!  

 

Roaming in the forest, not touching anyone, suddenly:

“Ran away from grandpa, grandma, dear, wolf, and from you too, O bear, will run away!”

Something rolled in the bushes.

Wow. I think.

Why wooden? Old man slaughtered the living one…

Look at him: squeak, squeak. See, my hoof boiling in the pot, hair scattered – means, old woman pinched. Hid on the oven, thinking I won’t notice, and the old man slipped under the tub.

I ate them off.

Wow, thinking.

 

Circus

Look. It was all fine initially. Without sensing danger, the joker entertained with his galoshes, and Ten riders ran on a horse for a long time. Then you know, the trouble started. The tightrope-walker flew away from the rope; sword-swallower stuck to the chair; a funny bunny ran out of magician’s sleeve.

Fortunately, the trainer saved the situation. Firmly believing his logic, not thinking about the possible loss, he presented his head to the ferocious animal. And we clapped for him.

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Charumati Ramdas

I am a retired Associate Prof of Russian. I stay in Hyderabad. Currently keep myself busy with translations of Russian works into HIndi.
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Navneet Bakshi
Navneet Bakshi
2 years ago

Hello Charumati Ji- Sincerely, I couldn’t understand the stories

  1. In the first story, the tram tickets used to have six digits when, the protagonist used to match the digits, I don’t know if that is seen as a good/bad luck omen in Russia, but she couldn’t do that after the seven digit tickets were introduced.
  2. In the second story, perhaps the old man stole the bear, but did he cook it? As an Indian it is difficult to know because it is hard for us to believe that bear can be stolen and eaten. Maybe to hide his theft he hid a wooden bear in the bushes but then the sentences, See my hoofs boiling in the pot and I ate them off don’t make sense to me.
  3. In the third story, some chaos has occurred in the Circus arena, maybe because the ferocious animal has gone berserk- but to save the show, what did the trainer do? Present his own head to the animal?
Navneet Bakshi
Navneet Bakshi
2 years ago

I really appreciate your effort, your dedication and skill, but for a reader to understand the understanding the context is very important. In stories and novels this context builds up and despite the cultural differences, the reader can get a fair picture of the scene being described, but in micro-stories he doesn’t have the advantage of that.

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