A set of stories – commissioned specially for Radio 4 – by Russian-American writer Olga Grushin.
A Family Visit
Visiting Russia from America after the death of his grandfather, a young boy observes the tensions between his mother and her siblings.
Reader: Joshua McGuire
Strange things happen to Professor Lebedev in the middle of the concert hall. Is he dreaming or is there a greater force at work?
Reader: David Warner
A Bagful Of Stories
Returning to Moscow after wartime evacuation, Elena leaves her bag behind on the platform of a provincial railway station. But what did the bag really contain?
Reader: Ruth Gemmell
Writer: Olga Grushin
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: Jon Calver
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Prelude No. 5 in D Major by Dmitri Shostakovich & performed by Jenny Lin, 1st Movement: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor by Sergey Rachmaninov & performed by Bernard Haitink Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy & Introduction: The Firebird Suite (1919 version) by Igor Stravinsky & performed by Dag Achatz