A hunter in the wilderness who trusts a killer with a rifle only to be shot to death in return; an old fisherman fighting a hangover and thinking about the eternity of life while listening to his grandson’s story about the academic Pavlov’s final lecture, when he was telling his audience how his organs come to the end of their functioning; a father who becomes a matchmaker for his son and who realizes that there is no easier job when love is in the air; a young amputee who comes to the understanding that there are many things in life he can achieve despite his handicap; a man whose visions of the Carpathian village in spring force him to escape prison just a few months before his release; a young woman-artist who meets an old man on the bank of a river, struggles to draw his hands and face and changes her views on how to live her life when she’s told upon the old man’s death that he was blind; a regular in a downtown restaurant who meets a big fella from the cold country capable of roaring like a bear and drinking a bottle of cognac and who thinks suddenly that what he missed in life is still within his reach, but soon comes to the conclusion that he cannot outrun what he already did in his life – all these characters and many others have one thing in common: they desperately try to find their place on God’s green earth, their usefulness, the meaning of their fleeting yet eternal existence in the short stories, the simplicity and constant movement of which enables the reader to abandon his position of being present, since it does not satisfy him, and move onto the plane of anticipation: in order to experience something…
Paperback: 294 pages
Publishing date: June 1, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
As a college professor from a small town in the ancient land of Transylvania, who immigrated to the United States as a political refugee, Lazar Trubman taught linguistics and Russian literature at several colleges and universities in Europe and the USA. In 2017 he retired from teaching and settled in North Carolina to devote his time to writing. His stories, essays and memoirs were published in Adelaide Magazine, BoomerLitMag, Heart and Humanity, Scarlet Leaf Review and others.