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Kseniya Melnik

KSENIYA MELNIK is a writer and a student in the graduate writing program at NYU.

FICTION: Soviet Caesars and State Raincoats

On the heels of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall comes a new translation of one of the most beloved and quotable Russian classics—The Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov.


The characters in Justin Taylor’s first book of fiction, a collection of 16 short stories entitled Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, are plagued by the familiar maladies of modern America’s youth. While most of these stories don’t break new ground in terms of subject matter, they are often cringingly relatable and, in a few instances, shine with tenderness, humor, and genuine insight.

The Letter from Death

Dear Death, I’ve read your letter. Thank you for taking time to write us humans. Given what’s going on in the world, the timing is perfect.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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