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This queer take on the coming-of-age story is sweetly nostalgic and slyly playful. Recalling the narrator’s early teen years under high socialism, it paints a vivid picture of the experiences of a ragtag crew of neighborhood boys in the throes of sexual awakening. The boys’ camaraderie, adventurousness, and position on the margins of mainstream adult society suggests a lighthearted twist on elements of the popular knights-errant genre. At the same time, in its use of invented city names based on geometric shapes, the story conjures a somewhat surreal atmosphere and a quasi-sci-fi sensibility. Ultimately, this artfully reflexive fairytale challenges any complacent assumptions about the universal straightness of everyday life under socialism.

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