Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Other Stories, Maxim Osipov
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Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Other Stories

Author: Maxim Osipov, Svetlana Alexievich, Boris Dralyuk

Narrator: Alex Fleming, Anne Marie Jackson, Daniel Gamburg

Unabridged: 11 hr 10 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 01/28/2020

Genre: Fiction - Short Stories (single Author)


The first English-language collection of a contemporary Russian master of the short story, recenly profiled in The New Yorker

Maxim Osipov, who lives and practices medicine in a town ninety 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 twelve 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.

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