(Yay, this game's been revived!) Probably a short (one-page) story in Vlax Romani that my advisor had included in the course packet he made for the Romani Studies class I took with him as an undergraduate. I think it's either "Apple Pie and Coffee" or "O Kitajìcko Rrom" (The Chinese Rom). The first is a joke from the US about a hapless European Rom who doesn't speak English, and the second is a story from Russia mainly about a Rom who spends several years in China.
The other stories in that packet are an Aesop's fable about the origin of wine, a traditional Romani story called "Le Trin Phrala" (The Three Brothers) about three brothers trying to improve their fortune, another American joke called "Dandalajlo Sapnjatar" (Bitten by a Female Snake) about a man who gets bitten on the penis while hunting for rabbits with a friend, verses 1-10 of the first book of Ruth from the Bible, another traditional story called "O dilo thaj leske duj phrala" (The idiot and his two brothers) that I've only read once and don't remember too well, a short European (Romanian?) story called "O Rrom kaj či phendja khanči" (The Rom who didn't say anything) about a man attempting to impress his family, and a dirty American joke called "E Bidošali" (The Virgin).
There is one more story called "E Rromni e Lipsime" (The Greedy Romni), which to me is fascinating because it's incredibly similar to a very old Panchatantra
story I know. There are similar stories in Europe (I have heard at least two European stories like this, and IIRC they were both about a woodcutter who finds a wish-fulfilling tree, and his wife becomes more and more greedy about getting things from the tree. The Panchatantra
and Romani versions are similar except that they are both about a fish rather than a tree).
Irusia wrote:Maybe "Rehepapp" by Andrus Kivirähk. But to be honest, I've read only the first chapter. (We read it together in our Estonian class and discused it).
I didn't realize until just now that you actually go for Estonian classes. Are those really available in Ukraine? The last thing you read but haven't finished reading yet.