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The original Dybbuk
Menachem Kaiser

A story about afterlife. « A saint! What do you mean he’s a saint! the scholar says. He’s a librarian! Are librarians saints? »

Perhentian Sunrise
Preeta Samarasan

A story about romance. « The eve of a suitor’s arrival, bigger than Christmas or birthday, I tell you. »

WHOOOO
Sergei Lebedev

A story about a lonely railway guard on a desolate steppe. « In the cursed August of 1991 the radio informed Kasatonov that there was a state of emergency in the capital. Then it fell silent, as if the receiver had broken. »

A Silence Shared
Lalla Romano

« If a story just like that one — dying babies, divine retribution — had come back to me from childhood memories, it would have seemed fantastical, unreal. »

The Ogre, the Monk and the Maiden
Margaret Drabble

A story about quarks and antiquarks, beauty quarks and strangelets, gluons, muons, prions, hadrons and charms.

An Unlucky Man
Samanta Schweblin

« He rolled down the window, went back to honking the horn, and started waving my underpants out the window. »

A Madman’s Tale
Enric Valor

« I guess it all began, » he said, « because of that weak-headedness my father sometimes had. It just rubbed me the wrong way. »

Contalla d'un orat
Enric Valor

« —Tot va ser, passe a creure—començà—, per enfellonir-me d’aquella mena de fluixedat de cap que agafà al meu pare. »

Metaphrasis
Menachem Kaiser

A short story about fiction, from the author of Plunder.

By misadventure
David Mitchell

A short story about vertigo from the author of Utopia Avenue, Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green. « Possibly a dare, or a rite of passage, hung in the air. Remember their age: most late teenagers are immortal. »

The final frontier
Ali Smith

New short fiction from the author of Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer. A story about what’s ours and what’s not ours.

A rather disproportionate intervention
Ijoma Mangold

An excerpt from Ijoma Mangold’s memoir, Das Deutsche Krokodil (The German Crocodile), available in English translation from the DAS Editions imprint of Digitalback Books

Eine ziemlich nachhaltige Einmischung
Ijoma Mangold

An excerpt from Ijoma Mangold’s memoir, Das Deutsche Krokodil (The German Crocodile), available in English translation from the DAS Editions imprint of Digitalback Books

Stupid illnesses called « childhood »
Marina Jarre

An excerpt from I padri lontani / Distant Fathers (1987), the rediscovered memoir of Marina Jarre, available in English translation from New Vessel Press.