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Anna is dumbstruck by a Soviet newspaper report which eulogises the achievements of her father

The institution Anna Modestovna had to go to for the document was closed for lunch. This was annoying but it made sense to wait: it would only be 15 minutes, and she could get everything finished before her own lunch break was over.

Anna Modestovna didn’t want to wait on the staircase, so she went back outside. It was a late October day, damp but not cold. There’d been some fine drizzle during the night, but it had stopped now. Lorries roared by along the tarmac, sometimes sparing the passers-by but more often spraying them with thin mud. There was…

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