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Good citizens need not fear / by Maria Reva.

Reva, Maria (author.).

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Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library FIC REVA (Text) 39636100413182 Adult Fiction Available -
  In memory of Patti Anderson presented by Linda & Gerald Hatcher

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781432877712
  • Physical Description: 301 pages (large print); 23 cm
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Part one. Before the fall. Novostroïka -- Little rabbit -- Letter of apology -- Bone music -- Miss USSR -- Part two. After the fall. Lucky toss -- Roach brooch -- The ermine coat -- Homecoming.
Summary, etc.:
"A tale of disparate characters all linked by their connection to a crumbling apartment building in Soviet-era Ukraine as the country is roiled by the transition to capitalism" --
"A bureaucratic glitch omits an entire building, along with its residents, from municipal records. So begins Reva's ingeniously intertwined narratives, nine stories that span the chaotic years leading up to and immediately following the fall of the 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 survive. In "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 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 "Homecoming." Good Citizens Need Not Fear tacks from moments of intense paranoia to surprising tenderness and back again, exploring what it is to be an individual amid the roiling forces of history. Inspired by her and her family's own experiences in Ukraine, Reva brings the black absurdism of early Shteyngart and the sly interconnectedness of Anthony Marra's Tsar of Love and Techno to a collection that is as clever as it is heartfelt"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Neighbors > Fiction.
Apartment houses > Fiction.
Identity (Psychology) > Fiction.
Change (Psychology) > Fiction.
Social change > Fiction.
Large type books > Fiction.
Ukraine > Economic conditions > 1991- > Fiction.
Ukraine > Fiction.
Genre: Short stories.

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