“Delusion” is a collection of short stories in which Nikolay Kutsenko manipulates language and voice. His writing is delightful and novel. This particular stories describes how the human has indirect links and relationships to a broad variety of things. The central theme binding these stories may be Kutsenko’s vivid imagery of people dancing precariously along the edge of sanity. They are stories about life – of course they are about life – but an odd, dislocated, disconcerting life. Peculiar lives being lived in peculiar ways, its true, but also incredibly ordinary people living these lives. Kutsenko’s stories are humorous, sometimes sad, quirky and inventive. Many times the book seemed to convey a feeling to the reader through the words as opposed to simply being a plot to follow. He has the unique ability to take a mundane topic and expound upon it at great length, flying off in different, unexpected directions!