Stories by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky - a prominent figure in Moscow literary circles in the 1920s and 30s, though he was all but unpublished when he died.
On his death, a critic mourned the passing of 'a writer-visionary, an unsung genius'.
The story of a man confined to his 86 square feet of living space in a cramped apartment.
Then a stranger comes to visit with a secret tube containing an agent for 'biggerizing' rooms.
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The strange tale of the concert pianist Heinrich Dorn, who is performing to a packed concert hall when the fingers of his right hand, tired of being confined to the octaves of a piano, make a break for freedom.
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The tale of the poor wretch whose aim in life is to 'bite his elbow', sparking a career in the circus and a furious philosophical debate.
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Written in 1939, this tale foresees the energy crisis and global warming - as an international commission is set up to look for new sources of power.
But Professor Leker's proposal to harness man's spite brings problems of its own.
Read by Andrew Sachs
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