The Story of Lt. Kije
Lt. KijÚ is the story of an imaginary soldier, created when the Russian Tsar misread a smudged name on a list of his men. Everyone around the Tsar was too afraid to tell him there was no such person, so they just invented an entire life for the nonextistent KijÚ. He gets married and becomes a hero -- all on paper. When the Tsar finally demands to meet KijÚ, the military holds his funeral.