Category Archive: fiction

SEXY, EXISTENTIAL, COOL: April Ayers Lawson’s ‘Virgin and Other Stories’

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April Ayers Lawson Virgin and Other Stories (Granta Books, 2017) By Laura Waddell Like a sinewy muscle, April Ayer Lawson’s debut short story collection Virgin and Other Stories flexes a visceral grace. The heady themes… Continue reading

From the ‘Fictive Nation’ to the ‘City in Short Fiction’: Reading ‘The Book of Tokyo’ After Barthes

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The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction, edited by Michael Emmerich, Jim Hinks, and Masashi Matsuie (Comma Press, 2015) by Calum Rodger The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction… Continue reading

SPECIMENS – A SHORT STORY BY SALLY ROBERTS

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A young librarian – shall we say around thirty-two? – wore the same clothes every single day. Thick grey trousers, which were perhaps intended to sit directly on the waist but instead lingered… Continue reading

JUAN PABLO VILLALOBOS’ TRAGIC SURREALISM: ‘I’ll Sell You a Dog’

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Juan Pablo Villalobos, I’ll Sell You a Dog, translated by Rosalind Harvey (And Other Stories, 2016) By Ailsa Peate Mexico has recently been in the spotlight internationally thanks, mainly, to celebrities – in a… Continue reading

FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES: Mikhail Lermontov’s ‘A Hero of Our Time’, trans. by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen

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Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of our Time, translated by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen (Northwestern University Press, 1840/2016) By Alex Fleming “You’ll say to me again that an individual can’t be so bad, but I’ll say to… Continue reading

BRECHT AND MAM: Anakana Schofield’s ‘Martin John’

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Anakana Schofield Martin John (And Other Stories, 2016) By Xenobe Purvis Consider this: never in Nabokov’s Lolita do we actually meet Humbert Humbert’s mother. She is mentioned briefly on the second page; “My very photogenic… Continue reading

BEHIND THE PASTORAL: Cynan Jones’ ‘Cove’

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ECOCRITICISM NOW: The essays, reviews, and poetry collected in this thread trace responses to the interlinked terms nature, ecology, and ecocriticism, all of which have come to occupy increasingly important roles in a… Continue reading

MARCH OF THE MONOLITHS – A SHORT STORY BY MARTIN CATHCART FRODEN

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Photo: Peter Iain Campbell / http://www.peteriaincampbell.co.uk   There’s a woman standing at the helm TEN of vessel number two and her hair is as black as a coal seam. Her fogged-up eyes are squinting,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: Catriona Knapman

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Anthony Marra A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth) I rarely like a novel as much as I enjoyed A Constellation. I read it when I was sick, I had lost my voice, had a fever… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2016: P.W. Bridgman

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  Karen Solie The Road in is Not the Same Road Out (House of Anansi) Some of what we Canadians export to the rest of the world properly attracts controversy.  Oil, asbestos (until recently)… Continue reading