Category Archive: fiction

THE HUSTLER ABIDES: JONATHAN LETHEM’S ‘A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY’

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Jonathan Lethem A Gambler’s Anatomy (Doubleday, 2016) by Mark Bresnan Jonathan Lethem is much cooler than me. I admit that without bitterness or sarcasm. Reading Lethem’s novels and essays sometimes feels like snooping through the… Continue reading

VAMPIRE IN LOVE: In Conversation with Margaret Jull Costa about Translating Enrique Vila-Matas’ Short Stories

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Enrique Vila-Matas, Vampire in Love, short stories collected and translated by Margaret Jull Costa (And Other Stories, November 2016) by Delaina Haslam Vampire in Love is curious in that it has not only… Continue reading

RIPOSTES AND ADDENDUMS: TEJU COLE’S ‘KNOWN AND STRANGE THINGS’

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Teju Cole, Known and Strange Things (Faber and Faber, 2016) by Rachel Sykes For the author of a critically lauded debut novel, Teju Cole is winningly reluctant to publish fiction. Open City (2011)… Continue reading

THE SCARECROWS OF ISTANBUL – A SHORT STORY BY DEFNE ÇIZAKÇA WITH IMAGES BY OMER TEVFIK ERTEN

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For Katy   This is the street down which my grandmother remembers walking in red stilettos, under the shade of the poplar trees, and on cobblestones. They have since plucked out those trees and… Continue reading

A CONVERSATION WITH MARGOT LIVESEY, AUTHOR OF ‘MERCURY’

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Margot Livesey Mercury (Harper, 2016) by Anne Kniggendorf (author image Tony Rinaldi) Studying logic at the University of York made a deep impression on Scottish novelist Margot Livesey. “Oneof the developments in logic was the… Continue reading

NO WRITERS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS WHISKEY – A SHORT STORY BY P.W. BRIDGMAN

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(photo: Art Perry) “Now here’s a fine, square-shouldered whiskey for you. You’ll like this one.” Giving Art a nod, Jack twists the bottle cap with exaggerated care, like a sapper extracting a fuse… Continue reading

20P DOMINO – A SHORT STORY BY T.L. HUCHU

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“The laddie who pinched 20p off the pool table obviously didnae know it was Callum McDonald’s in the first place. Imagine it, Crofters on a Sunday afternoon, footie playing on the TV screens,… Continue reading

SWALLOW SUMMER: An Interview with Lyn Marven on translating Larissa Boehning

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Larissa Boehning, Swallow Summer, translated by Lyn Marven (Comma Press, 2016) Larissa Boehning’s debut collection Schwalbensommer is as short as it is rich in life experience. Lyn Marven made these short stories available… Continue reading

THE INFLAMED EYE – A SHORT STORY BY JESSICA SEQUEIRA

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It wasn’t an entirely normal day for the politician. There he was in an ophthalmologist’s chair, staring at a painting of a mouth outlined in red lipstick, very white teeth inexplicably framing an… Continue reading

SITKA SPRUCE – A SHORT STORY BY GERARD MCKEEVER

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The trees had all changed since Arthur was last in Tynron. Twenty-four years became a generation as he smelled the sappy evergreens standing in rows. His hands bristled for the sensations of bark… Continue reading