The Rat Killer

by Alexander Terekhov

A surreal, funny and thought-provoking view of modern, small town Russia through the eyes of a young man who may be ratcatcher, or a PhD student or an assassin - or none of these. Just enjoy the flow and make your own mind up if you can!


In the toilet itself they were coming out of the toilet bowl! Thanks to Oldie, who'd heard a splash, we found the water splashing in the mouth of the lavatory - you couldn't block up a pathway like that. I had read once that in post-war Germany they'd turned up and bitten in unexpected places, but in the Soviet Union there was only one case of rats emerging from a toilet bowl - in the former Konigsberg forty years back.
Translated by N Roy and B T Gall


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