I’m delighted to have a short story of mine, “Doctor Sveta,” in the current issue of Alaska Quarterly Review. Here’s the opening,
Doctor Sveta was twenty six years old when the Navy commissariat summoned her to Leningrad and put her on a cargo ship among a motley crew of agronomists, agricultural engineers, livestock breeders, and tractor drivers, none of whom knew where the ship was headed or how long the journey might take. Her fellow passengers looked as confused at finding themselves confined to a seafaring vehicle as Doctor Sveta felt. No tractors accompanied them; not a cow, not even a single chicken. The agronomists and tractor drivers were healthy young men and a few women, two of them visibly pregnant. Doctor Sveta had been trained as a surgeon in Leningrad; she assumed it was in this capacity she’d been recalled from her post at a hospital in Minsk, Belarus. Besides the ship’s medic, there were no doctors aboard and not even a basic medical facility. Doctor Sveta worried she’d have to embrace a crash course in obstetrics.
Half a century later, as she tells me this story, Doctor Sveta . . .
This is a print magazine. To read the story, please buy the issue.
6 thoughts on “Doctor Sveta in Alaska Quarterly Review”
Congratulations, Olga! I wish I could buy «Alaska Quartely Review» here in Brazil. /=
They might be able to mail an issue to Brazil!
Hey, awesome! I will definitely give a try! Congrats, again, Olga. Wish you all the best.
[Just bought it! Tell you what I think about your «Doctor Sveta» when AQR arrives.]
How exciting! Do let me know what you think once you get a chance to read.
A wonderful story short story. Olga Zilberbourg has compassionate insight into the toughness and expectations and humanity of Russian women during the Cold War. It’s also about a mysterious voyage and getting old and what matters. I loved it.