"We Never Make Mistakes"
"We Never Make Mistakes:" two short novels by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn This is what I mean about my April reading slump -- it took me the entire month to read this very short, very readable volume. I don't think we can call these two stories novels -- at best they're novelettes or longish short stories. About 70 pages each. Also, I love love love the cover design, with its stark buzz saw blade. There are, of course, no buzz saws of any sort in the stories. "An Incident at Krechetovka Station" centers on Lieutenant Zotov, who runs a small country train station. It's 1941 and everything is overwhelmed by the recent German invasion. Trains of troops, goods, refugees, medical supplies...there's not enough fuel to keep them all going, and nowhere near enough food. Zotov has one competent assistant, Valya, and various other personnel who all seem to be lazy, corrupt, or very elderly. A 'straggler' arrives in the station, a man who has been