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The neighbors gossip, the parents are mad – what is this “scandal” overshadowing the narrator’s childhood, and who are its victims? In the naïve voice of a young boy, a Palestinian writer exposes the heavy price of tradition that determines the fate of women and girls–tipping the balance between truth and lies.
The confession of an aging salesman to his son, in which he tries to set his life story straight–claiming he did more than just persuade people to spend what they couldn’t afford on what they didn’t need. An evocative story that asks the question: Why do people defeat themselves?
This is the true story of John–who dreamed of becoming a pilot, and suffered unthinkable torture and hardship in his country ruled by a military dictatorship until he found refuge in the UK. A special collaboration with the Refugee Tales Project, in which British writers present true stories by refugees.
A British Truck driver who regularly crosses the Channel between England and France encounters numerous refugees in Calais who try to sneak into his truck to cross the border. But when a famous journalist accompanies him on a drive to write his story, we are about to discover that things are not what they seem. A special collaboration with the Refugee Tales Project, in which British writers present true stories by refugees.
Here’s the problem with people: one person leads to another person, and no one’s who you want them to be. Is this a reason to keep on moving, or is there perhaps some way of staying in just one place? This story tries to decipher how to connect and find a constant in a world where the variables are endless.
In this surreal portrait of Moscow during the Russian Civil War, we encounter a dazzling array of poets, circus performers, commissars, and drunkards. But when an equestrian performance goes wrong, only a Tsarist miracle can save everyone.
A man finds a filthy woman agonizing in labor in a street corner just a half an hour before curfew will start in the city. Will he be able to save the mother and her newborn? And at what cost? A tantalizing story by a Sudanese writer whose works are banned in his own country.
In a future where the Roman Empire never collapsed, a brother and sister visit a haunted house in the woods. What they discover there could endanger not only their family but the entire Second Republic. One of the best fantasy stories of all times by the master himself – Robert Silverberg.
When his grandfather dies on the Fourth of July, a young boy must come to terms with his own loss of innocence. Drawing inspiration from Sherwood Anderson and John Irving, this family tale addresses a universal theme with tenderness and grace.
In this short but dense collage of fleeting glimpses of passing romantic interests, the vertiginous experience of dating in the modern world is ruthlessly picked apart. As one follows the narrator from man to man to man, the exhaustion and futility of finding a good partner is sharply expressed in unsettling terse language–reflecting just how hollow and emotionally confusing the process can be.
In this light but intelligent story about a young woman going to a work colleague’s funeral, themes of desire and loneliness are explored with great humor and intimate detail. As she crosses Chicago, attends the ceremony, and goes to the party afterwards, the narrator reveals an unflinching interior portrait of herself–brimming with life in the presence of death, and embracing each day as it comes.