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Monday, February 28, 2022

Reader's Diary #2290 - Vasyl Stefanyk: The Pious Woman

 For obvious reasons, I wanted to read a Ukrainian short story today and stumbled upon a scan of a book called Modern Ukrainian Short Stories. Not knowing which one to choose for today, I started quickly scanning through and like an adolescent, decided to go with the one in which a man's name is Semen. That may not have been the wisest way to choose a story.

Semen and his wife hate each other. The story is basically them just being mean to each other. I thought maybe it was meant to be darkly funny and I just wasn't appreciating it. Then comes a horribly ugly ending and I'd rather not believe anything funny was intended. 

It's a nasty story without much point.

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