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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 Ukraine That Heralds The Arrival Of A Major New Talent Reva Is A Miracle WriterYou Ve Never Read Anything Like These Stories Elizabeth McCracken, Author Of Bowlaway 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 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 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


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


  2. says:

    via my blog Many people claim that they like certainty, but I do not believe this is true it is uncertainty that gives freedom of the mind Maria Reva s collection of linked stories revolves around a crumbling apartment building on Ivansk Street in Ukraine before and after the fall of the Soviet Union


  3. says:

    The statue of Grandfather Lenin, just like the one in Moscow, 900 kilometers away, squinted into the smoggy distance The opening words of Maria Reva s GOOD CITIZENS NEED NOT FEAR immediately signal what it s about through the image of a selfsame figure, serving both as a reminder of the perceived identical la


  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 storie


  5. 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 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, each story connects like tributaries to the Mississippi River, creating a tour de force of storytelling that will carry you away.


  6. says:

    A terrific set of short stories about characters connected through their place of residence before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, this book offers outsiders great details about the absurdities and tragedies of life during this period, sprinkled liberally with sardonic humor in the Russian vein For readers who have enjoy


  7. says:

    This was a really good set of short stories I really liked how all the stories weave together and characters pop up in different stories It definitely kept the stories themselves exciting and fresh.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  8. says:

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book I won a copy through GoodReads It is not the type of book that I typically read but I did enjoy it It was a very easy book to read I enjoyed the stories and the way some of characters reappeared in different stories A very enjoyable book.


  9. says:

    I have just finished Good Citizen s Need Not Fear by Maria Reva Though it was well written I found it hard to relate to the ironic humour as it was on a subject with which I was not so familiar It took me a long time to finish it and I found it to be a very odd story.


  10. says:

    Absolutely brilliant book of interlinked short stories, reads like a classic Russian satire Can t recommend enough


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