• Rock, Paper, Scissors and Other Stories

  • By: Maxim Osipov
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gamburg
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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The first English-language collection of a contemporary Russian master of the short story, who has been profiled in The New Yorker

Maxim Osipov, who lives and practices medicine in a town 90 miles outside Moscow, is one of Russia’s best contemporary writers. In the tradition of Anton Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, he draws on his experiences in medicine to write stories of great subtlety and striking insight. Osipov’s fiction presents a nuanced, collage-like portrait of life in provincial Russia - its tragedies, frustrations, and moments of humble beauty and inspiration. The 12 stories in this volume depict doctors, actors, screenwriters, teachers, entrepreneurs, local political bosses, and common criminals whose paths intersect in unpredictable yet entirely natural ways: in sickrooms, classrooms, administrative offices, and on trains and in planes. Their encounters lead to disasters, major and minor epiphanies, and - on occasion - the promise of redemption.

©2019 Original Russian texts © 2019 by Maxim Osipov. English translations © 2019 by Boris Dralyuk except: “The Cry of the Domestic Fowl,” “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” “Polish Friend,” “The Mill,” “On the Banks of the Spree” © 2019 by Alex Fleming; “Moscow-Petrozavodsk,” “The Waves of the Sea” © 2019 by Anne Marie Jackson; “After Eternity” © 2019 by Boris Dralyuk and Anne Marie Jackson. Preface © 2019 by Svetlana Alexievich. All rights reserved (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Too hard to hear

I would rather read this book in print. The reader doesn't emphasize the right words in a sentence so that it's hard to understand. Furthermore, the overall sound is muffled and dim.