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Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring - story

Jordi Nopca

How quickly that dark line gets longer, how quickly the snuffed-out candles proliferate. CAVAFY, “Candles” “It used to be that wars would thin the herd. Now that there’s peace, disasters help a little by killing…

The Man Who No Longer Wanted to Know Anything

The Man Who No Longer Wanted to Know Anything - story

Peter Bichsel

‘From now on, I don’t want to know anything,’ said the man who no longer wanted to know anything. ‘I don’t want to know a thing.’ That’s easily said. It is easily said. And hardly…

One Too Many

One Too Many - story

Emiliano Monge

Someone, probably the ticket inspector, told him that his was the only suitcase. No one else was going to Alquila today. There’s no way it can get lost. But Hernández insisted on taking it with…

Your Microwave

Your Microwave - story

Philipp Schönthaler

Date: Mon, August 19 20:41:42-0700 (PDT) From: Henry To: Customer service Re: Your microwave To whom it may concern, I’m writing to you regarding a matter that may seem trivial, even irrelevant at first glance,…

Like Penelope

Like Penelope - story

Lyudmila Petrushevskaya

With a leg–tossing military marching step (toes in, heels out, knees to the side, pelvis down), Stasik the mosquito wended his way home. He had asked the veterinarian, Akop the condor, to bandage the spot…

One Minute Stories

One Minute Stories - story

István Örkény

Autumn Translated by Mark Baczoni Sylvester Gács, a forester with the North Hungarian Forestry Service, patrolled the woods (every tree of which he knew by heart), doing the rounds of the pathways he himself had…

Drummer for the Czar

Drummer for the Czar - story

Arno Schmidt

I’ve never had any grand experiences myself – which doesn’t bother me at all by the way; I’m not fool enough to envy some world-traveler, I’ve read too much in Seydlitz or the unabridged Brehm…

A Protracted Evening. The Art of the Japanese Writer Yasushi Inoue

A Protracted Evening. The Art of the Japanese Writer Yasushi Inoue - story

Volker Zastrow

I owe my acquaintance with the works of the Japanese writer Yasushi Inoue to a young colleague with whom I once spent a long and arduous evening. At the time I had been living apart…

Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe - story

Shoham Smith

It happened in Guadeloupe, the island that lies in the Pacific ocean. The volcano of Guadeloupe conspired to erupt at any moment. Let the reader take shelter and wait, for what we are concerned with…

The Spirit of Madame de Genlis (A Spiritualistic Occurrence)

The Spirit of Madame de Genlis (A Spiritualistic Occurrence) - story

Nikolai Leskov

“It is sometimes much easier to call up a spirit than to get rid of it.” – A. B. CALMET I The strange adventure I intend to tell took place several years ago, and can now…

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