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“Terribly good!” —Andrei Codrescu

Reminiscent of Bruno Schulz’s Street of Crocodiles, Oleg Woolf’s Bessarabian Stamps—a cycle of sixteen stories set mostly in the Moldovan village of Sanduleni—is a vivid, surreal evocation of a liminal world. Sanduleni’s denizens are in permanent flux, forever shifting languages, cultures, and states, in every sense of the word. With a warm, Bessarabian irony recalling one of Eastern Europe’s long-forgotten regions, the Stamps explore what it means to live on the edges of empires, which rise and fall while Sanduleni abides.

“I don’t know if Bessarabian Stamps is footnote, photography, short story, or what. I vote for poetry. Terrific poetry!” —Gerald Stern

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