Josephine Napier maintains order in her girls’ school through a benevolent exterior of self-sacrifice. But when a new, male teacher and a figure from her husband’s past upset her environment’s delicate equilibrium, the darker shades of her authority begin to show and a ruthless struggle for power begins. Tense and subversively witty, ‘More Women Than Men’ is a masterful unveiling of the covert allegiances and fierce conflicts produced by a claustrophobic world.
Albert Einstein opens a letter sent to him from the Eastern Front of World War I. Inside, he finds the first exact solution to the equations of general relativity, unaware that it contains a monster that could destroy his life’s work. The great mathematician Alexander Grothendieck tunnels so deeply into abstraction that he tries to cut all ties with the world, terrified of the horror his discoveries might cause.
Teffi’s genius with the short form made her a literary star in pre-revolutionary Russia, beloved by Tsar Nicholas II and Vladimir Lenin alike. These stories, taken from the whole of her career, show the full range of her gifts.