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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 The White Nights of Ramadan 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 Beyond the Pale 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

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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

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

  • Hardcover
  • 212
  • Good Citizens Need Not Fear
  • Maria Reva
  • English
  • 07 January 2017
  • 9780385545297

About the Author: Maria Reva

MARIA REVA was born in Ukraine and grew up in Canada She holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic McSweeney's Best American Short Stories and elsewhere and has won a National Magazine Award She also works as an opera librettist



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

  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 a

  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

  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 compari

  6. says:

    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

  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 –

  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 an

  9. says:

    This is a collection of short stories which all connect and eventually converge Cleverly written the author coats the difficult aspects of UkrainianRussian life with a thick coat of humor And it works This probably appeals to Russophiles like me but I found it incredibly satisfying to read

  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 The stories in this collection are linked but not in an obnoxious way and leave you truly wondering where each character ended up

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