The Steel Flea is a piece of Russian comedy for a change. I am more familiar with Russian tragedy, but since this in essence is still a satire or social commentary it is not unlike the other Russian authors that I read.
It is a short tale of Russian worker who aims to outdo the British and their best invention – a miniature Steel Flea. Clearly a parable for the late 19th century, I found this edition quite nice but not much more than that.
The Steel Flea (Little Black Classics #40) – Nikolay Leskov