Category Archive: fiction

Even More Mad: Ariana Harwicz, ‘Feebleminded’, translated by Carolina Orloff and Annie McDermott

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‘An Evening with Ariana Harwicz’ took place at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on 26th April 2019. The discussion was chaired by translator Daniel Hahn, and featured translator and Charco Press editor Carolina Orloff.… Continue reading

TONIGHT YOU’RE FIGHTING A BEAR – A SHORT STORY BY SIMON NAGEL

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“You’re in for it, son,” they told me. “Tonight, you’re fighting a bear.” I’ve never been good for picking up on a joke, so I asked them again. They said they were serious.… Continue reading

THE CREAMY – A SHORT STORY BY DONNA RUTHERFORD

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A tall fella is shouting, face contorted in a sneer, towering over a lass who doesn’t answer. His finger wags and points, inches from her face. She doesn’t move. The engine whines, I… Continue reading

PARTIAL SYMMETRIES: Norah Lange’s ‘People in the Room’ and Carla Maliandi’s ‘The German Room’

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Norah Lange, People in the Room, translated by Charlotte Whittle (And Other Stories, 2018) Carla Maliandi, The German Room, translated by Frances Riddle (Charco Press, 2018) By Rebecca DeWald “Reality is partial to… Continue reading

THE SEVENTEEN DAYS – A SHORT STORY BY DARRYL PEERS

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These are the seventeen days and we have been told to count them. I bow my head and notice only the steady drone of engines. I clasp my hands together in front of… Continue reading

CAROUSELS OF PARIS – A SHORT STORY BY KIRSTI WISHART

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It is unlikely the true reason why many of the carousels of Paris turned feral and left the City of Lights for dimmer locales will ever be known. Notoriously, they are the most… Continue reading

FALLING FOR THE ORIENT ALL OVER AGAIN: Mathias Enard’s ‘Compass’

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Mathias Enard, Compass, translated by Charlotte Mandell (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2017) By Defne Çizakça Compass, which won the Prix Goncourt in 2015, is the story of Franz Ritter, a Viennese musicologist suffering from a mysterious… Continue reading

THERE’S A JOAB OAN – A SHORT STORY BY CALLUM MCSORLEY

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“Get up, there’s a joab oan!” “Fuck up, let me sleep!” “Sleep!? Yuv bin sleepin aw fuckin day. An am sposed tae be the deed yin?” “Aye, that’s right, ye are, so hows… Continue reading

OLD ECCENTRICS. PATHETIC HIPPIES: Subversion and Ecology in Olga Tokarczuk’s ‘Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead’

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Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018) By Marta Dziurosz Olga Tokarczuk is a prophetess – a semi-serious suggestion to that effect was… Continue reading

AESTHETICS OF THE CREPUSCULAR: Esther Kinsky’s ‘River’, trans. by Iain Galbraith

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Esther Kinsky, River, trans. by Iain Galbraith (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2018) By Daniel Davis Wood Only a few pages into Esther Kinsky’s River, I began to anticipate a very particular word. Sure enough, fifty or… Continue reading

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