The Key by Alexander Lurikov

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A man accidentally discovers that the key to his apartment opens his neighbor’s apartment as well. Unable to resist the temptation, he starts spending time in his neighbor’s apartment while she is away. He eats her food, reads her books, and even takes naps on her sofa. But as his behavior becomes increasingly bizarre and inappropriate, the neighbor becomes suspicious, until at last a confrontation is unavoidable.

Alexander Lurikov’s stories are defined by their peculiar characters—loners, idlers, voyeurs, and other melancholy discontents who repeatedly find themselves stumbling into absurd situations with strangers. Lurikov looks with sympathy on these misfits and relates their various misadventures in a style that is solemn yet humorous—reflective, as he believes, of the inherent duality of human nature.

“The End of the World and Other Stories,” a collection of Lurikov’s best works of short fiction, is available in paperback and Kindle editions at

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Published September 8, 2011 by Gray Cadence. 13 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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