I fell in love with the cover of this book when I saw it at the bookshop, and this evening I had a creative moment and arranged this still nature shot with it 🙂 The book is named after a story of the same name, but the illustration depicts another one titled “The Hat.” It goes on like this:
“Varenka Zvezdochetova, a member of the chorus of the Private Opera, could have done with a bit more sleep, but she awoke in high spirits all the same.
She was short on sleep because she had stayed up half the night trying on a new hat–a deep-blue hat with a deep-blue bow and a deep-blue bird, a true bluebird of happiness.
And she was in high spirits because the poet Sineus Truvorov had promised to take her out for a drive.
The poet was someone very interesting.
He had not yet written any poems–he was still trying to come up with a pen name–but in spite of this he was very poetic and mysterious, perhaps even more so than many a real poet with real, ready-made poems” (35).
Teffi is a clever woman, and witty; I’m enjoying every bit of the book. Marvellous translation too… This is the first time I’m reading anything by her, and if there’s anybody out there who’s heard her name for the first time, here are Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Teffi.