Sliding Into English

Rembrandt's Hat

by Bernard Malamud

A Russian Beauty and Other Stories

by Vladimir Nabokov
Meet Rifkele: …she looks thirty and probably has the mentality of age ten. Her skin glowed, face wet, fleshy, the small mouth open and would be forever; eyes set wide apart on the broad unfocused face, either washed-out green or brown, or one of each—he wasn’t sure. She seemed not …