The Jester of Astapovo

by Rose Tremain

A woodland green Hay Festival Press book containing a short story by Rose Tremain, commissioned for the Ox-Tales project in partnership with Profile Books.
Ivan Ozolin and Tanya Trepova sat down on the mossy earth, where there were indeed a few pale mushrooms nestling among the tree roots. Ivan wanted to lean over and kiss Tanya, but he felt that to touch with his lips features still set in such a sorrowful arrangement was tantamount to an insult. So what he decided to do was to lean back on his elbows and cross one leg over the other and point out to his would-be mistress the ridiculous appearance of his white cycling socks.
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The Jester of Astapovo