Maria Reva ↠ 2 CharactersFor fans of the magical realism bordering on horror la Carmen Maria Machado and the bittersweet absurdism of Etgar Keret and Gary Shteyngart The stories in this collection are linked but not in an obnoxious way and leave you truly wondering where each character ended up I rarely write reviews but I feel as though "I MUST FOR THIS ONE I LOVED THAT EACH "must for this one I loved that each was somehow linked to the others and it made me feel as though there were little details that I may have missed which I will hopefully País íntim pick up on during a re read All of the stories were so charming with these less thanerfect b This was an entertaining collection of short stories filled with eual arts tenderness heartbreak and dry humour It all centers in and around a cast of colourful characters living in a single crumbling apartment building in Soviet era Ukraine The collection felt reminiscent of collections like Snow In May by Kseniya Melnik and Anthony Marra. A brilliant and bitingly funny collection of stories united around a single crumbling apartment building in UkraineA bureaucratic glitch omits an entire building along with its
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S The Tsar of Love and "TECHNO HOWEVER I DID PREFER THE "However I did Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II prefer the two to this one Marra s collection had complexity nuance and depth in its characters and their circumstances while this read a little light hearted and forgettable Melnik s collection on the other hand was sweeping in its scope as it covers nearly a century under Soviet rule while this is insular and domestic in it s setting and storytelling There were also certain themes that repeated themselves in different stories making it a tadredictable Nonetheless I enjoyed this collection and found it entertaining whilst reading The writing is simple layful and laced with dark humour I found "Bone Music Letter of Apology Lucky Toss and Roach Brooch articularly memorable " Music Letter of Apology Lucky Toss and Roach Brooch Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover particularly memorable its outlandishness and in the authenticity of its characters It s one I d recommend on the whole butrobably not one to rush and buy Good Citizens Need Not Fear is an absolutely fantastic collecti. He Soviet Union But even as the benighted denizens of 1933 Ivansk Street weather the official neglect of the increasingly owerless authorities they devise ingenious ways to surviveIn Bone Music an agoraphobic recluse survives by selling contraband LPs mapping the vinyl grooves of illegal Western records into stolen X ray film A delusional secret service agent in Letter of. ,
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"it s at "s at heartbreaking and darkly humorous with "the fall of the USSR It s at turns heartbreaking and darkly humorous with touch of surreal beauty I love that the characters show up "OVER MULTIPLE STORIES AND THROUGH DIFFERENT TIME PERIODS INTERCONNECTED " multiple stories and through different time eriods interconnected never uite Pjesme part of a single narrative It s also fascinating to see how they grow and change and what they have to do to survive in a crumbling infrastructure I can t recommend this highly enough for anyone interested in the timeeriod or just well written shorts stories Warning You may get attached to these ordinary eople in these seemingly outlandish situations I liked the idea of this book A bunch of eople living in the same building in the USSR who have overlapping storylines It started off strong and had a bit of dark humor to it The other stories all ended flat I didn t walk away with any real message I wante. Apology becomes convinced he's being covertly recruited to guard Lenin's tomb just as his arents not seen since he was a small child supposedly were Weaving the narratives together is the unforgettable chameleon like Zaya a cleft lipped orphan in Little Rabbit a beauty ageant crasher in Miss USSR a sadist for hire to the Eastern Bloc's newly minted oligarchs in Homecomi.