Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Valentin Rasputin has written sparingly outside the short fiction genre. To be sure, some of his stories belong to what is called in Russian literature povest’, and there is a legitimate question whether they are long stories or short novels. They are considered abroad to be both. Because of Rasputin’s strong allegiance to short fiction, they are treated here as short stories.