Category: Contemporary Short Stories

By Julian Barnes,Jaime Zulaika

Entre los chinos, el símbolo de l. a. muerte period el limón. Y en Helsinki, a principios del siglo XX, en un bar frecuentado por Sibelius, los que se sentaban en l. a. mesa limón estaban obligados a hablar de l. a. muerte. En estos cuentos de los angeles mediana edad, los protagonistas han envejecido y ya no pueden ignorar que sus vidas tendrán un ultimate. Como el músico de «El silencio», aunque él habla antes y después de l. a. vida. O en «Una breve historia de los angeles peluquería», donde toda una vida se mide en los cortes de pelo del protagonista. En «La de cosas que sabes» cuenta los secretos de dos mujeres que fueron jóvenes en los años sesenta y que saben demasiadas cosas l. a. una de los angeles otra. Y, en «Higiene», un militar retirado que vive en provincias con su mujer va todos los años a Londres para reunirse con sus compañeros de promoción. Y desde hace veinte años, en cada uno de estos viajes, se encuentra con Babs, una prostituta que es como su esposa paralela.

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By Alice Zorn

those are brief tales approximately those who harbour relics from their previous: a postcard from Vienna, the cigarette burns that scar a boy's chest, a stolen USB pen, blue focus camp numbers tattooed on a forearm, a man's experience of his personal physique as HIV overtakes him. Alice Zorn's outstanding debut assortment screens those talismans of private background and transforms them into notable tales approximately relationships among companions, family members, buddies, and strangers.

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By France Théoret,Luise Von Flotow

Louise Aubert leaves Mathieu Lord while he joins the Stalinist social gathering. Fifteen years later, she writes a letter within which she dares show her imaginative and prescient in their universal background, marked by way of authoritarianism, psychological cruelty and the absence of sharing within the identify of affection. within the tale that follows this letter, Louise recollects every one series of her holiday with Mathieu and exposes the duplicity of the highbrow avant-garde. She additionally describes how she re-entered society free of censorship and the way she reveals the internal power to talk the reality. los angeles Femme du stalinien is the ultimate novel of a trilogy that incorporates L'Homme qui peignait Staline [1989] and Les Apparatchiks vont à l. a. mer Noire [2004].

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By Nataniël

Hierdie omvangryke versameling van die bekende en gewilde Nataniël se verhoogverhale is die ideale Kersgeskenk! Nataniël is een van Suid-Afrika se meester-storievertellers op die verhoog. Sy unieke stem en styl, sy spitsvondige en skerpsinnige humor, sy deernis vir die verskoppelinge en verstotelinge, dit alles maak hom ’n belangrike stem in ons kultuur en samelewing. Die versameling sluit in byna al sy verhale (Afrikaans én Engels) uit ouer bundels wat reeds deur die jare uit druk geraak het (Oopmond, Rubber, Maria Maria, Tuesday, Kaalkop², whilst I was), sowel as 10 nuwe stories.
This wide choice of tales via the inimitable Nataniël will make an awesome Christmas present for any of his enthusiasts! His targeted voice and elegance, his quirky and sharp humour, his empathy for the outcast and outsider, make him an incredible voice in our society. the gathering comprises just about all his tales (English and Afrikaans) from his older books that are now out of print (Oopmond, Rubber, Maria Maria, Tuesday, Kaalkop², whilst I was), in addition to 10 new stories.

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By Hiromi Goto

“Hopeful monsters” are genetically irregular organisms that, still, adapt and live on of their environments. In those devastating tales, the hopeful monsters in query are those that should not tethered through familial responsibility nor sure by way of the ghosts in their past.

Home turns into fraught, fact a nightmare as Hiromi Goto weaves her characters via stories of family crises and cultural dissonance. they're the jogging wounded—a mom who's terrified by means of a baby daughter who bears a tail; a “stinky lady” who stories the human in a shopping center; a family members on vacation wih a traveling grandfather who can't abide their “foreign” nature. yet wills are a strength unto themselves, and Goto’s characters are imbued with the sunshine of fantasy and magic-realism. With humor and willing perception, Goto makes the frequent look unusual, and deciphers these moments while the idyllic skews into the absurd and the sublime.

From “Stinky Girl”:

The insufferable voices of mythic manatees, the cry of the phoenix, the whispers of kappa fanatics beside a gurgling movement. The voice of the moon that's ever became clear of our gaze, the tune of suns colliding. The sounds which permeate from my dermis on any such point of depth that mortal senses balk, deflect good looks into ugliness as a fashion of coping. And my pleasure. Such excellent pleasure. The hairs on my palms stand electrical, the static power and the warmth amplifies my smell/sound with such exponential dizzying depth, that the plastic which surrounds me bursts aside, falls clear of my being like a synthetic cocoon.

I hover, twenty ft within the air.

Hiromi Goto is the writer of the novels Chorus of Mushrooms (winner of a Commonwealth Writers Prize and co-winner of the Canada-Japan booklet Award) and The Kappa Child (winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award). She lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.

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By Miljenko Jergovic,Ammiel Alcalay,Stela Tomassevic

Miljenko Jergovic’s notable début number of tales, Sarajevo Marlboro – winner of the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize – earned him huge acclaim all through Europe. Croatian by means of start, Jergovic ? spent his youth in Sarajevo and selected to stay there all through many of the warfare. a blinding storyteller, he brings a profoundly human, razor-sharp figuring out of the destiny of the city’s younger Muslims, Croats, and Serbs with a subterranean humor and profoundly own imaginative and prescient. Their offbeat lives and day-by-day dramas within the foreground, the killing sector within the background.

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By Don Bassingthwaite

“THE simply right position FOR ICE IS IN A COCKTAIL . . .”

I’m Derby Cavendish—that’s stated Derby with an “ar” sound, now not an “er”: do not forget that for later. Ever seeing that i used to be a boy, the forces of the otherworldly were attracted to me like divas to a focus. yet I’m prepared for them. deliver it on, bitches.

He’s the explanation there aren't any zombies at Christmas, no fairy magic (the undesirable style) at homosexual satisfaction, and no werewolves (except one and he’s a pricey buddy) at Hanukkah. He’s Derby Cavendish, and for a number of years, celebrated writer Don Bassingthwaite has been bringing him to existence each one vacation season.

Now for the 1st time, those flamboyantly humorous, supernaturally saucy tales were introduced jointly in a single fantastic, long-awaited assortment. (Fruitcake faddler bought separately.) when you like your chills with giggles and glitter, Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight is for you!

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By Agustin Garcia Simon

Los doce relatos de Cuando leas esta carta, yo habré muerto son un canto a l. a. prosa verdadera; a los angeles palabra como andamiaje del arte; a los angeles mágica capacidad de fabular desde el acontecer cotidiano. El retrato preciso, inquietante y memorable, de un mundo poblado de personajes dolientes, anónimos y, por ello, descarnadamente cercanos. Asombrosamente reales. «Algo de antigüedad y ruina, de esplendor y decadencia, past due en las ficciones de Agustín García Simón, una mirada que recompone el pasado desde los angeles actualidad degradada de su espejo, un tiempo hostil que nutre l. a. conciencia de las pérdidas y las desapariciones, entre el sufrimiento y los angeles melancolía.»

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By Storm Jameson

This brief e-book bargains the dispassionate yet sharp-tongued reviews at the novel, by means of an previous fiction hand, a private workout of flavor and judgment, subsidized via a lifestyles curiosity within the background and techniques of literary feedback. It experiences the evergreen query of the dying of the unconventional, so frequently and with a bit of luck introduced; the problems, extraordinary to our nihilistic and infrequently brutal age, that press at the modern novelist; the impression on him and his paintings of the technological revolution; his expanding diffidence in face of the overpowering status of technology in our day; the altering language of fiction; the unconventional as an paintings shape; the nouveau roman, and its such a lot subtle and extra esoteric cousin, the nouvelle critique; the eruption into universal sunlight of pornographic fiction; the use and misuse of censorship. It makes an attempt to come to a decision even if the normal or vintage novel has a destiny and what kind of destiny. although it may possibly offend a good many solemn individuals it has now not been written to offer offence, yet in a significant attempt to arrive a few optimistic conclusions concerning the wellbeing and fitness, the ethical and aesthetic worthy, of the unconventional in an afternoon while our minds are, as by no means earlier than, on the mercy in their worst dreams.

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By Richard A. Huthmacher

„Deshalb träume ich den Traum von einer etwas gerechteren, ein wenig besseren Welt. Bekanntlich indes heißt οuτοπία Nicht-Ort. Dennoch: Utopien haben immer auch eine Vorbildfunktion, sie sind das Konglomerat unserer Hoffnungen, Wünsche und Sehnsüchte. Solange wir noch eine Utopie haben, werden wir nicht an der Dystopie, d.h. an der Anti-Utopie, will meinen an der Realität zerbrechen“, so der Kleine Fuchs zum Alten Mann.
Der antwortet: „Ich glaube, Du willst mir sagen, dass wir alle lediglich als Entwurf von uns selbst geboren werden. Zunächst nicht mehr sind als ein Traum – der Mensch, ein Traum, used to be könnte sein, was once möglich wär.“
In unserer „schönen, neuen Welt“, in der Gefühle, in der Hoffnungen und Sehnsüchte, in der folglich auch Verzweiflung, Trauer und Wut keinen Platz mehr haben. Denn sie werden, samt und sonders, als störend empfunden und als hinderlich erachtet – für das reibungslose Funktionieren einer zunehmend seelenlosen Gesellschaft, die einzig und allein die emotionslose Maximierung des earnings zu Gegenstand und Ziel hat.
Ein Traum – nur ein Vielleicht, nicht weniger, nicht mehr: in eben dieser Welt, in der Unrecht nicht durch göttliche Fügung geschieht, sondern durch der Menschen Hand. Weshalb die, welche, vermeintlich, versagen, selten aus eigener Schuld scheitern, vielmehr und viel mehr an Lüge und Unterdrückung, an Armut und Not.
Mithin: „Das Böse“ gründet nicht im Mensch-Sein an und für sich; es entsteht auf Grundlage dessen, used to be Menschen anderen Menschen antun. Deshalb sind wir für „das Böse“ verantwortlich. Allesamt. Und können uns nicht exkulpieren, indem wir „das Böse“ bei Anderen und im Anders-Sein suchen. Das Böse sind wir selbst. Ebenso wie „das Gute“. Denn: Mögen die Dinge nebeneinander stehen, so liegen die Seelen der Menschen doch ineinander.
Gleichwohl und – gleichsam zum Trost – gilt auch: „In einer schweren Zeit ist es leicht, ein sinnvolles Leben zu führen. Weil ein sinnvolles Leben immer schwer ist.“

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