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He Soviet Union But even as the benighted denizens of 1933 Ivansk Street weather the official neglect of the increasingly powerless 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. This was an entertaining collection of short stories filled with eual parts 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 s The Tsar of Love and Techno However I did prefer the other 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

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Good Citizens Need Not Fear

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 residents from municipal records So begins Reva's darkly hilarious Anthony Doerr intertwined narratives nine stories that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of t. 1933 Ivansk Street doesn t exist except for the fact that it does and it houses a cast of characters as diverse as a disgraced poet a recluse with an illicit record business a canning employee tasked with making a triangular vegetable and at one point even a mummified saint Written with a wry tongue in cheek criticism of Soviet government and politics Reva s collection is both wholly bizarre and devastatingly authentic Reva s collection of stories begin in isolation with only the building connecting these characters living in Ukraine in the build up to and fall of the Soviet Union but as it progresses eac

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Apology becomes convinced he's being covertly recruited to guard Lenin's tomb just as his parents 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 pageant crasher in Miss USSR a sadist for hire to the Eastern Bloc's newly minted oligarchs in Homecomi. Read the stories in Part One Novostro ka Little Rabbit Letter of Apology Bone Music and Miss USSR I liked them but I didn t feel gripped or moved and ran out of interest in continuing Crucially I didn t care for Zaya Little Rabbit and Miss USSR my least favourites centre on her and a scan of the rest of the stories confirms her character is a strong connecting threadReview copy via Edelweiss


10 thoughts on “Good Citizens Need Not Fear

  1. says:

    I had high hopes for Good Citizens Need Not Fear a series of interconnected stories set in or near an apartment building in Ukraine that appears on no government maps The possibilities for simultaneous humor and things to chew on was enticing And this was a good book just not as good a book as I'd hopedThe individual stories work as stand alones but also fit together neatly The writing style is direct clear and at times

  2. says:

    I liked the idea of this book A bunch of people 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 wanted

  3. says:

    1933 Ivansk Street doesn't exist except for the fact that it does and it houses a cast of characters as diverse as a disgraced poet a recluse with an illicit record business a canning employee tasked with making a triangular vegeta

  4. says:

    Good Citizens Need Not Fear is an absolutely fantastic collection of short stories set in and around a tenement building in Ukraine shortly before and just after the fall of the USSR It's at turns heartbreaking and darkly humorous with a touch of surreal beauty I love that the characters show up over multiple stories and through different time periods interconnected but never uite part of a single narrative It's also fas

  5. says:

    If you have any connection to an ex Soviet state these stories will likely bring up memories you've forgotten andor repressed at least they did for me The characters that inhabit Reva's town of Kirovka are sad determined fearful and delusional I found something that resonated with me in every part of this book I'd say the comparisons to both Toews and Marra are true When dredging up the past the newspapers attempted to divide its players i

  6. says:

    This was an entertaining collection of short stories filled with eual parts tenderness heartbreak and dry humour It all ce

  7. says:

    Read the stories in Part One 'Novostroïka' 'Little Rabbit' 'Letter of Apology' 'Bone Music' and 'Miss USSR' I liked them but I didn't feel gripped or moved and ran out of interest in continuing Crucially I didn't care for Zaya – 'Little Rabbit' and 'Miss USSR' my least favourites centre on her – and a scan of the rest of the

  8. says:

    I rarely write reviews but I feel as though I must for this one I loved that each story 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 pick up on during a re read All of the stories were so charming with these less than perfect but so loveable character

  9. says:

    This is a collection of short stories which all connect and eventually converge Cleverly written the author coats the dif

  10. says:

    For fans of the magical realism bordering on horror à la Carmen Maria Machado and the bittersweet absurdism of Etgar Keret and Gary Shteyngart