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espionage

New fiction and art by Roman Muradov.

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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.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.