Category: Literary Short Stories

Gravel Roads by Peter Butler

By Peter Butler

just like the view from a cracked wing reflect, every one bankruptcy finds one other sharp mirrored image of the characters who inhabit the Ails Valley. printed in fragments, their lives overlap and intertwine via many years. Gravel Roads spotlights the mental panorama of rural New Zealand within the uncooked, which isn’t continually beautiful yet is often actual. Humour and tragedy coexist for those unpretentious humans of Ailsford, as their lives intersect, collide, disintegrate and movement on.

The chapters are wound jointly by way of state roads, and the looking out trips which are made alongside them. the folk are tricky yet they aren’t dumb and don’t scale down from self-examination. What they see may be unsettling, or attractive, even even as. Gravel Roads is writing that isn’t afraid to exceed the rate restrict, or simply move slowly up the overgrown driveway on the head of the valley.

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What You Get at Home by Dora Dueck

By Dora Dueck

packed with longing and depression, the tales in What You Get at domestic locate convenience and figuring out within the unlikeliest of locations. In “The Rocking Chair” a bit of furnishings concurrently divides a kinfolk and heals previous wounds. The narrator within the identify tale unearths a feeling of belonging and objective in a small pool of sunshine and her favorite ebook. In “Chopsticks” a piano in a private care domestic reminds a girl of the experience of ask yourself and admiration she had for her father as a baby. With the ability of reminiscence the characters that inhabit What You Get at domestic locate the energy to hold on while existence is at its so much challenging.

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Where Europe Begins: Stories (New Directions Paperbook) by Yoko Tawada

By Yoko Tawada

Where Europe Begins provides a set of startling new tales by means of jap author Yoko Tawada. relocating via landscapes of fairy stories, relations heritage, unusual phrases and letters, goals, and every-day truth, Tawada's paintings blurs divisions among truth and fiction, prose and poetry.

Where Europe Begins offers a set of startling new tales through eastern author Yoko Tawada. relocating via landscapes of fairy stories, family members background, unusual phrases and letters, goals, and every-day truth, Tawada's paintings blurs divisions among truth and fiction, prose and poetry. frequently set in actual areas as disparate as Japan, Siberia, Russia, and Germany, those stories describe a fragmented international the place even a urban or the human physique can turn into a type of textual content. all at once, the reader turns into as a lot a foreigner because the writer and the figures that fill this publication: the ghost of a burned girl, a lady touring at the Trans-Siberian railroad, a mechanical doll, a tongue, a monk who leaps into his personal mirrored image. Tawada playfully makes the event of estrangement--of a being in-between--both sensual and bewildering, and consequently virtually invents a brand new approach of seeing issues whereas telling a good story.

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The Best Australian Stories 2014 by Amanda Lohrey,Julienne van Loon,Shaun Prescott,Lucy

By Amanda Lohrey,Julienne van Loon,Shaun Prescott,Lucy Neave,Anthony Panegyres,Nicola Redhouse,Edwina Shaw,Claire Corbett,Adam Narnst,Fiona Place,Kate Elkington,Arabella Edge,Claire Aman,Angela Meyer,J.Y.L. Koh,Rebekah Clarkson,Ryan O'Neill,Mark Smith,Anna K

‘The paintings of the tale is generally concerning the trip, and the financial system of capacity with which the writers right here hold us an outstanding distance is every now and then breathtaking.’ —Amanda Lohrey

In The top Australian tales 2014, Patrick White Award–winning writer Amanda Lohrey selects the exceptional brief fiction of the 12 months. occasionally fantastical, occasionally uncooked, and consistently a ‘shot of adrenaline to the brain and heart’, this assortment positive aspects fascinating new voices along the verified and well known.

The edges of fact blur in a company lawyer’s story of operating in a 1200-storey glass tower. A prized espresso desk turns into the focal point of a father’s anxieties and frustrations. annoying and fractured strains of verbal exchange form the lifetime of an interpreter on Christmas Island. creative, impressive, intimate – this unmissable anthology celebrates the artwork of consummate storytelling.

Julienne Van Loon • Shaun Prescott • Lucy Neave • Anthony Panegyres • Nicola Redhouse • Edwina Shaw • Claire Corbett • Fiona position • Kate Elkington • Arabella aspect • Claire Aman • Angela Meyer • J.Y.L. Koh • Rebekah Clarkson • Ryan O'Neill • Mark Smith • Anna Krien • David Brooks • Leah Swann • Kirsten Tranter • Lisa Jacobson • Melanie Joosten

‘[This collection], edited by way of revered author Amanda Lohrey, indicates that the shape is not just alive yet kicking, and kicking demanding’ —Spectator

‘A pride … all [stories] are well-crafted and surround greatly with succinct economic climate’ —Westerly

Amanda Lohrey is the writer of the acclaimed novels Camille’s Bread, Vertigo and The Morality of Gentlemen, in addition to the award-winning brief tale assortment Reading Madame Bovary. She has additionally written Quarterly Essays: Groundswell and Voting for Jesus. In 2012 she used to be provided the Patrick White Literary Award.

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Nichtsangst: Fragmente auf Tod und Leben (German Edition) by Jürg Amann

By Jürg Amann

Die Angst vor der Leere, vor dem Tod, das Gefühl der Gottverlassenheit vor dem schwarzen Nichts - das ist der eigentliche Antrieb des Lebens und des Schreibens.
Jürg Amann wirft in diesem Brevier der Todesverachtung und der Lebenslust dem Tod alles an Worten, Bildern und Gedanken entgegen, was once die Sprache aufzubieten vermag: Notizen und Aphorismen, kurze Essays und Betrachtungen. Ein eindringlicher textual content über die immerwährende Gegenwart des Todes im Leben, über den Schatten, den er über die Menschen wirft, über das Versagen der Religionen im Angesicht des Sterbens und über die Zeit, die eben nicht alle Wunden heilt, sondern "die Wunde ist".
Jeder Satz eine Attacke gegen den großen Sinnzerstörer - obsessiv, wütend, unerschütterlich und voller Liebe zum Leben.

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Contes des Juifs de Tunisie (Aux origines du monde t. 20) by Sonia Koskas,Aux origines du monde,Susanne Strassmann,André

By Sonia Koskas,Aux origines du monde,Susanne Strassmann,André Nahum

Un florilège de mythes, de contes et de légendes permet de pénétrer dans l'imaginaire des Juifs de Tunisie

La fête battait son plein. los angeles mariée se tenait, immobile... comme une mariée. Assise sur son trône élevé, parée, fardée, attifée comme une poupée, tellement chargée de gowns et de bijoux que tout mouvement lui est difficile, los angeles mariée attend. C'est une belle et grande femme... un peu trop grande peut-être. Enfin vient le second de se retirer et d'aller dans l. a. nouvelle maison avec son mari. Le cortège arrive devant los angeles porte de l. a. nouvelle demeure, mais ô stupeur, los angeles mariée est bien trop grande ! most unlikely de lui faire passer los angeles porte ! Ou alors, c'est l. a. porte de l. a. maison qui est trop basse. remark résoudre ce problème ? Chacun y va de son conseil :
- Il faut démolir le linteau de l. a. porte !
- Il faut couper los angeles tête de los angeles mariée !
- Non, lui couper les jambes !
On s'échauffe, on s'énerve, los angeles mariée pleure et re-pleure. A ce second passe Ch'ha. Il become aware of l. a. scène. Et puis il s'avance et brusquement, il donne un coup sur los angeles nuque de l. a. pauvre fille qui baisse los angeles tête et est projetée en avant. Elle passe ainsi los angeles porte. C'est le délire ! Les youyous reprennent ! On porte Ch'ha en triomphe... Quand on ne trouve pas une answer uncomplicated à un problème uncomplicated on dit :
- l. a. porte de los angeles maison est trop basse et los angeles mariée est trop grande.


« Aux origines du monde » (à partir de 12 ans) permet de découvrir des contes et légendes variés qui permettent de comprendre remark chaque tradition explique los angeles création du monde et les phénomènes les plus quotidiens. L’objectif de cette assortment est de faire découvrir au plus grand nombre des contes traditionnels du monde entier, inédits ou peu connus en France. Et par le biais du conte, s’amuser, frissonner, s’évader… mais aussi apprendre, approcher de nouvelles cultures, s’émerveiller de l. a. sagesse (ou de l. a. malice !) populaire.


• Contes et légendes de France
• Contes et légendes de los angeles Chine
• Contes et légendes du Burkina-Faso
• Contes et légendes d'Allemagne, de Suisse et d'Autriche
• Contes et récits des Mayas

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A Day, a Night, Another Day, Summer: Stories by Christine Schutt

By Christine Schutt

A robust and colourful number of tales delivering an intimate look at the souls of unforgettable characters, stressed and oppressed by means of the realities in their lives

Time passes relentlessly within the lives of the delicate characters populating the pages of Christine Schutt’s striking choice of stories, revealing a lot yet usually altering not anything. even if it brings a grandfather to the unhappy cognizance that his daughter has handed on her lifelong emotional struggles to her personal daughter, or permits a toddler to appreciate her mother’s tragic disconnect from truth, the passage of days, months, and years deals depression knowing for these stuck in its float. but there could be a yes grace within the painful knowledge introduced via experience.

These lyrical masterworks of brief fiction from an acclaimed American literary artist supply poignant appears at the back of closed doorways, the place the lives of girls and males, young ones and households are outlined and decreased by means of love, loss, and misunderstanding.

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xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths by Kate Bernheimer

By Kate Bernheimer

Fifty major writers retell myths from world wide during this outstanding follow-up to the bestselling My mom She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

Icarus flies once again. Aztec jaguar gods back stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a brand new form of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. the following, in beguiling guise, are your favourite mythological figures along characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and different traditions.
Aimee Bender retells the parable of the Titans.

Elizabeth McCracken retells the parable of Lamia, the child-eating mistress of Zeus.

Madeline Miller retells the parable of Galatea.
Kevin Wilson retells the parable of Phaeton, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Emma Straub and Peter Straub retell the parable of Persephone.
Heidi Julavits retells the parable of Orpheus and Euridice.
Ron Currie, Jr. retells the parable of Dedalus.
Maile Meloy retells the parable of Demeter.
Zachary Mason retells the parable of Narcissus.
Joy Williams retells the parable of Argos, Odysseus’ dog.
If “xo” indications a so long, then xo Orpheus is a see you later to an previous means of mythmaking. that includes talkative goats, a cat girl, a chook girl, a beer-drinking ogre, a squid who falls in love with the sunlight, and a lady who provides start to cubs, listed here are extravagantly imagined, bracingly modern tales, heralding a brand new starting for one of many world’s oldest literary traditions.

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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Die Paradiesmaschine: Erzählungen (German Edition) by Lydia Mischkulnig

By Lydia Mischkulnig

Ein Besuch bei der Kosmetikerin, der zum mythischen Ereignis wird; eine Heuschrecke, die erstaunlich der Kreatur Mensch ähnelt; ein Ausflug ins Wiener Umland, der einen unheilvollen Verlauf nimmt; ein Kuss auf dem mondänen Kärntner Landgut, der empört; und eine Handschrift, die dem größten Liebhaber aller Zeiten gehört - in ihren Erzählungen fächert Lydia Mischkulnig alle Facetten des Mensch-Seins auf. Unbestechlich in ihren Beobachtungen lotet sie die Machtverhältnisse zwischen Mann und Frau aus, die Grenzen zwischen Vertrautem und Fremdem, das Gefälle zwischen Stadt und Land.

Längst gilt Lydia Mischkulnig als eine der spannendsten und unkonventionellsten Stimmen in der österreichischen Literatur. Mit ihren neuen Erzählungen geht sie unter die Haut - sie ist witzig und abseitig, tiefschürfend und klug, feinnervig und aufrüttelnd, und immer: sprachgewaltig. Zum Teil autobiographisch gefärbt, führen uns ihre Texte von Kärnten über Wien und Venedig bis ins japanische Nagoya, wo die Autorin einige Zeit lebte: Geschichten, die sich tief eingraben und einen nicht mehr loslassen.

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Ik ben een beul (Dutch Edition) by Rajesh Parameswaran,Adriaan Krabbendam

By Rajesh Parameswaran,Adriaan Krabbendam

De beul is goed in zijn werk en daar is hij trots op. Toch verzweeg hij de ware aard van zijn baan voor zijn kersverse echtgenote, en is om die reden naar de financial institution verbannen. Terwijl hij probeert haar te sussen, probeert hij ook zijn nieuwe ter dood veroordeelde gerust te stellen, een jong meisje. ‘Ik ga je executie doen. Maar maak je geen kopzorgen: ik ben geen ruwe kerel.’

Dodelijke onschuld en een combinatie van wreedheid en tederheid kenmerken Parameswarans macabere liefdesverhalen. Een bedachtzame
tijger uit de dierentuin, die slechts zijn liefde wil uiten wanneer hij onbedoeld een spoor van doden achter zich laat. Een olifant in gevangenschap die haar verhaal doet, hoewel de voetnoten - geschreven door haar zelfverklaarde vertaler, een vreemde 'olifantenman' geobsedeerd door zelfmoord - het verhaal overnemen. Parameswaran onderzoekt op provocerende wijze de dunne scheidslijn tussen vrijheid en gevangenschap.

Rajesh Parameswaran schrijft in een zuiver, sereen proza dat een verontrustend distinction vormt met zijn veelal groteske verhalen. Ik ben een beul is een verbazingwekkend origineel en humoristisch debuut.

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