Peter Sekirin was born in Kiev and teaches at the University of Toronto. He has previously published a biography of Dostoevsky and two translations of major works by Tolstoy. 
Mar 01 1999
On the Sea (A Sailor’s Story)
I could only see the dim lights of the harbor we had just left, and the black sky above us, darker than pitch. A cold wind was blowing in the dark sky above; it was about to rain. We felt suffocated, despite the wind and the cold. By “we” I mean we sailors who stood in the hold.