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The Travel Notes of the Absent-Minded Master (1971)
Vladimir Levshin
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This is the second in the Master of the Absent-Minded Sciences trilogy.

Contributed by Sergey Shakhness

The second book is the Master sending letters about his and Little One's adventures to the Club for continuing analysis.

Levshin's beloved children's books have never been translated into English, but can be read in Russian at

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