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Ali-Baba

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By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, from her collection of stories There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself, to be published in February by Penguin. Translated from the Russian by Anna Summers. They met in line outside the bar, but that didn’t mean anything—people meet in all kinds of places. Ali-Baba glanced over her shoulder, saw his blue eyes and his good suit, and thought, “Aha,” without suspecting how easy her prey would be. Victor watched her little dance without interest. He knew no woman of sound mind would pick him up; they could always smell …

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