End of Days

by Mark Budman

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[Editor’s Note: Click on the triptych for a full view.]

Mark Budman was born in the former Soviet Union. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such magazines as Huffington Post, World Literature Today, Mississippi Review, Virginia Quarterly, The London Magazine (UK), McSweeney’s, Sonora Review, Another Chicago, Sou’wester, Southeast Review, Mid-American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, the W.W. Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure, Short Fiction(UK), and elsewhere. He is the publisher of a flash fiction magazine Vestal Review. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press to wide critical acclaim. He co-edited flash fiction anthologies from Ooligan Press and Persea Books/Norton. He is at work at his novel about Lenin running for the president of the United States.

What did you think of your triptych experience?

    A good writing is often like stacked matreshka dolls: a meaning within a meaning, a symbol within a symbol and a hint within a hint. It seems to me that the triptych format helps the writer to steer the reader in the right direction, so it becomes a useful tool in the writer-reader cooperation. It’s here not to impress and bewilder but to enhance the story.
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