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New fiction and art by Roman Muradov.


I once forgot the word “espionage” and so I had a thing to do and ways of doing it, but no language to put it into context.

As always in such circumstance, I searched for synonyms and metaphors, and, finding none quite right, I painted birds over the manuscript and gave the pages to the local kids, who later got arrested, tried and hung for espionage, and then I did remember, but at this stage it was too late—the pages were all ruined, out of my hands, and then there were the hanging children.




Roman Muradov is a writer and award-winning illustrator whose clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Wall Street Journal.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016.