Berlin asked him about the fate of writers in Leningrad. 'You mean Zoshchenko and Akhmatova?' Orlov replied, as if no other names among two hundred writers of the city were worth mentioning. 'Is Akhmatova still alive?' asked Berlin. 'Akhmatova, Anna Andreyevna?... why yes, of course. She lives not far from here. Would you like to meet her?' 'It was as if I had suddenly invited to meet Miss Christina Rossetti' recalls Berlin; 'I could hardly speak: I mumbled that I should indeed like to meet her'.