“Novostroïka” – The Atlantic

My story “Novostroïka” is in the December issue of The Atlantic. The story is part of a linked collection in progress.

You can find a copy of the issue at a bookstore or newsstand near you, or read “Novostroïka” online.

Update: I am happy to report that “Novostroïka” has been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2017. This year’s anthology is edited by Meg Wolitzer, and will be published in October.

Photo: Troieshchyna, Kiev

4 thoughts on ““Novostroïka” – The Atlantic

  1. Bob Buehn says:

    I just read Novostroika and thought it was exceptional writing. Clear, simple and yet I felt I was there in that cold crowded apartment. Best fiction I’ve read in awhile. I wish it was a book! It ended too soon. Thank you.

    • Maria Reva says:

      Many thanks for your kind words, Bob. It’s rewarding to hear from a reader. “Novostroika” is part of a linked story collection in progress. Most of the stories take place in the same building, and a few of the characters make appearances in multiple stories. In a way, “Novostroika” hasn’t quite ended yet.

  2. David says:

    Hi, this may sound like a silly question, but was the story meant to be satirical? I was also wondering about the passage that read, “All right, so the hallucination continues. Let the mind have its fancy.”

  3. Maria Reva says:

    I would say the string bean theory is satirical. To your second question: Daniil thinks he is hallucinating.

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