Category Archive: fiction

TIBER – PICTURE OF A DROWNED IMAGE – A SHORT STORY BY MAX EEVI

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It was a crisp November morning when Tiberinus Silvius – ninth King of the Alba Longa – fell into the River Tiber. * Preceding Tiberinus’ fall, the river’s name rested naturally as “River”… Continue reading

A REFUGE FOR COMPLEXITY: Alessandro Baricco’s ‘The Young Bride’ (La sposa giovane), translated into English by Ann Goldstein

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Alessandro Baricco, The Young Bride, translated by Ann Goldstein (Europa Editions, 2016) By Liliya Aleksandrova Transparency would require full disclosure of the fact that Alessandro Baricco’s name is certain to appear towards the… Continue reading

ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE – A SHORT STORY BY REBECCA SMITH

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‘Are you going into work?’ Helen asked as she fed James in her corner of the couch. ‘It’s only a bit of snow,’ he said. ‘I know.’ She looked down at the baby… Continue reading

MATERIALITY IN AND AFTER DEATH: ‘Bella mia’ by Donatella di Pietrantonio, trans. Franca Scurti Simpson

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Donatella di Pietrantonio, Bella mia, translated by Franca Scurti Simpson (Calisi Press, 2016) By Liliya Aleksandrova Some years ago, when I was back in the Northwest of Bulgaria for a few months in… Continue reading

A TROUBLING TRANSFORMATION: A. Igoni Barrett’s ‘Blackass’

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A. Igoni Barrett, Blackass (Graywolf Press, 2016) By Timothy Ogene The line of connection between A. Igoni Barrett’s Blackass and Kafka’s Metamorphosis is not hard to trace. It is established at the very beginning… Continue reading

SUMMER WEDDING – A SHORT STORY BY ALICE TARBUCK

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It was five years after the wedding that I found the photographs. It was June, well on the way to getting hot, and I was clearing out the shed in the hope of… Continue reading

TO TRY OR NOT TO TRY: ‘Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories After Cervantes and Shakespeare’

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Daniel Hahn and Margarita Valencia (eds.), Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories After Cervantes and Shakespeare (And Other Stories, 2016) By Edmund Chapman 2016 marked the four hundredth anniversary of one of the most extraordinary… Continue reading

GIDEON THE IDOL MAKER – A SHORT STORY BY CRAIG BURNETT

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Gideon the Idol Maker ran his hands over the limestone block, pressing his fingertips into its hollows and crevices. The coolness of the rock was a welcome contrast to the heat inside the… Continue reading

‘CRUDE WORDS’: Creating an anthology of contemporary Venezuelan writing

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Crude Words: Contemporary Writing from Venezuela, edited by Montague Kobbé, Katie Brown and Tim Girven (Ragpicker Press, 2016) By Katie Brown, with an introduction by Rebecca DeWald “Venezuelan literature?” you say? For many… Continue reading

ONLY CABLE CAR IN IRELAND – A SHORT STORY BY ROB DORAN

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Harry had come to Ireland. Iris had loved him, married him and left him. It was all over a misunderstanding, but like most misunderstandings it led to greater revelations and an irresolvable rupture,… Continue reading