Linor Goralik Conjures the Everyday Absurd

It’s Russian Literature Week! All this week we are sharing excerpts from our Russian Library series. Today we are sharing an excerpt from Linor Goralik’s collection Found Life: Poems, Stories, Comics, a Play, and an Interview, edited by Ainsley Morse, Maria Vassileva, and Maya Vinokour.

If you are in Philadelphia, don’t miss The Man Who Couldn’t Die author Olga Slavnikova and translator Marian Schwartz in conversation with Swarthmore College professor José Vergara at the Penn Book Center at 6:30 pm.

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…Found Life: Poems, Stories, Comics, a Play, and an Interview by Linor Goralik, edited by Ainsley Morse, Maria Vassileva, and Maya Vinokour

Linor Goralik came of age after the fall of the Soviet Union and at the dawn of the internet, making a name for herself online. She is known for her condensed, vivid prose—conversational in tone, often conjuring the absurdities of everyday life with wry humor. Found Life collects Goralik’s work across different genres, making them available for the first time in English. Kirkus Reviews called the book “quietly subversive” and “gritty,” making comparisons to Hemingway and Bulgakov.

Read an excerpt of the short prose Goralik is known for from “She Said, He Said”

 . . . and a selection of comics from her “Bunnypuss” series.

Want to read more? You can find more excerpts from our Russian Library series on ISSUU.

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