vonPeterhof wrote:It is an exclamation, usually expressing surprise or exasperation and stereotypically associated with people from the Caucasus (apparently it's originally from Georgian).
Thank you, vonPeterhof - that makes sense, the character in the book was saying it when they'd just found out about a murder.
Back home now, but had a lovely day visiting an aqueduct on the way home.
I got home reasonably early, but somehow didn't get around to doing any Russian until I'd already drunk a fair bit of wine, so I still haven't opened my textbook. I did read another 20 pages or so of the Russian novel I'm reading; over 80 pages into it now I'd like to say I'll do better with the textbook this week but it's going to be my last week in my current job (eek!!) so I'm predicting that I'm going to be horribly busy.
Total - Russian: 35 mins