A review of Larissa Shmailo’s Sly Bang

Larissa Shmailo is a versatile poet and prose writer, editor and translator from Russian, with work in Brooklyn Rail, The Common, St. Petersburg Review, among other journals and anthologies.

Jefferson Hansen reviews her most recent novel for Rain Taxi: “This is a hilarious and horrifying novel. It depicts the worst humanity is capable of, but what keeps Sly Bang from becoming overwhelmed by the depravity it describes is the writerly energy of Shmailo. Wise cracks and madcap scenes burst one after another in a buoyant fashion—so it goes down easy in spite of the horrors it describes.”

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