Most of these stories were first published as Zhdu li︠u︡bvi ne verolomnoĭ by Sovetskiĭ pisatelʹ in 1989.
"English translation first published in 1996 by The Harvill Press"--T.p. verso.
Five tales about vodka -- Merry-making in old Russia -- The electronic accordion -- Sleighs and horses -- Teddy boy Zhukov -- Robber -- Mountains -- The singing of the brass -- Cat Catovich -- Why you're always broke -- The circumstances surrounding the death of Andrei Stepanovich -- The portrait of F.L. Jailbreaker, Esq. -- The train from Kazan -- Quiet Evlampiev and Homo Futurum -- The material of the future -- Strange coincidences -- Miracles in a jacket -- The mistakes of youth -- No cinema -- The higher wisdom -- Pork kebabs -- Emanation -- Ruin -- Laughing and smiling -- The drummer and the drummer's wife -- I await a love that's true -- The reservoir -- The spiritual effusions and unexpected death of Fetisov.