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The mind under stress sees things that aren't there, imagines conversations, and befriends strange creatures. Or, it sees peculiar things, has conversations with strange bedfellows, and befriends dangerous creatures and we just attribute it to mental illness because our own brains are too uncomfortable with the possibility such things could be real.

War was written in Russian by Jonathan Vidgop and translated into English by Leo Shtutin.

Jonathan Vidgop is a theatre director, author, screenwriter, and founder of the Am haZikaron Institute for Science and Heritage of the Jewish People in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Born in Leningrad in 1955, Jonathan was expelled in 1974 from what is now called the Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts “for behavior unworthy of the title of Soviet student.” Having worked as a locksmith, loader, and White Sea sailor, he was drafted into the army and sent to serve in the Arctic Circle. He is the author of several books. Two chapters from his latest novel, Testimony, accepted by the leading Russian Publishing House NLO, “Birdfall” and “Man of Letters,” were published in English in Goats Milk Magazine and The CHILLFILTR Review. A story was recently accepted by Los Angeles Review, and another by Pembroke Magazine. The story “Nomads” is the recent winner of the Meridian’s Editors’ Prize in Prose.

A graduate of Merton College, Oxford, Leo Shtutin is a freelance translator from Russian and French and has worked for online publications such as The Calvert Journal and Open Democracy. His translation of Death of a Prototype, a novel by the contemporary Russian author Victor Beilis, was published by Anthem Press in 2017 and nominated for the 2018 Read Russia Prize. Between Page and Stage is his first book.


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The mind under stress sees things that aren't there, imagines conversations, and befriends strange creatures. Or, it sees peculiar things, has conversations with strange bedfellows, and befriends dangerous creatures and we just attribute it to mental illness because our own brains are too uncomfortable with the possibility such things could be real. War was written in Russian by Jonathan Vidgop and translated into English by Leo Shtutin. Jonathan Vidgop is a theatre director, author, screenwriter, and founder of the Am haZikaron Institute for Science and Heritage of the Jewish People in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Born in Leningrad in 1955, Jonathan was expelled in 1974 from what is now called the Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts “for behavior unworthy of the title of Soviet student.” Having worked as a locksmith, loader, and White Sea sailor, he was drafted into the army and sent to serve in the Arctic Circle. He is the author of several books. Two chapters from his latest novel, Testimony, accepted by the leading Russian Publishing House NLO, “Birdfall” and “Man of Letters,” were published in English in Goats Milk Magazine and The CHILLFILTR Review. A story was recently accepted by Los Angeles Review, and another by Pembroke Magazine. The story “Nomads” is the recent winner of the Meridian’s Editors’ Prize in Prose. A graduate of Merton College, Oxford, Leo Shtutin is a freelance translator from Russian and French and has worked for online publications such as The Calvert Journal and Open Democracy. His translation of Death of a Prototype, a novel by the contemporary Russian author Victor Beilis, was published by Anthem Press in 2017 and nominated for the 2018 Read Russia Prize. Between Page and Stage is his first book. You can read "War" at https://www.kaidankaistories.com. Click here to learn about the 2023 Kaidankai contest for writers. Follow us on: Twitter: Japanese Ghost Stories @ghostJapanese Mastodon: https://mastodon.sdf.org/@Kaidankaighoststories Instagram: WhiteEnsoJapan YouTube: Kaidankai: Ghost and Supernatural Stories Facebook: Kaidankai: Ghost and Supernatural Stories Please donate any amount to the Kaidankai: Donate $25 US and a podcast episode will be dedicated to you. Donate $50US and get a t-shirt with the Kaidankai logo Ko-Fi. https://ko-fi.com/kaidankaighoststories PayPal: https://paypal.me/whiteensokaidankai?country.x=JP&locale.x=en_US read more read less

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