Orhan Pamuk | On Europe
‘In the part of the world where I come from, Europe is not just an ideal and a beautiful dream’ Translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap.
‘you alone sit down at that table / facing the houses you tried to inhabit’
Translated from the Galician by Erín Moure.
All silky and wonderful
A trip on a commuter train takes a surreal turn in new fiction by Ben Pester.
‘Our reasons for purchasing a reJesus no doubt require little explanation.’
‘How could having sex with the Earth ever be consensual?’
‘Is there another way to look at the Russianisation of reality?’
The Pine Islands
‘Gilbert Silvester woke up distraught. Mathilda’s black hair lay spread out on the pillow next to him, tentacles of a malevolent pitch-black jellyfish.’
‘Write through your first ending is advice I give, again and again.’
‘To be fair, it is near a waterfall; although, to be fair again, everything around here is near a waterfall.’
‘his balance / between person and / abstraction’s so stirring I want no other token for anything can happen’
To the Dogs
A short story by Jianan Qian on stray dogs, desperation and re-education in rural China during the Cultural Revolution.
Jianan Qian | First Sentence
‘For every witness, history unfolded at some other time, and in some other place.’ Jianan Qian on the first sentence of her story, ‘To the Dogs’.