‘Justine was at my lab table, pulling at the ends of her black bob, shoving her hair into her mouth.’
An excerpt from the graphic novel, Return, by Niki Bañados.
‘This never made sense to Roxanne, whose whole life was a treat.’ Translated from the Catalan by Julia Sanches.
‘When the world releases him from its oily grip will there still be a world?’
‘The hard thing, as Alice saw it, was that something bad had happened to her and it was private and then it wasn’t.’
‘Just at the time of the ceasefire between Iraq and Iran in 1988, an infantry platoon discovered that they were in a minefield.’ Translated from the Arabic by Chip Rossetti.
‘I’m not sure I even thought of him as a person, really. He was more just this – phenomenon.’
‘And it wasn’t that day, or the day after, but sometime after that, you cried in your kitchen.’
‘She’d blinked at me kindly and said it must be sad when your country no longer exists, then returned to pulverising her asparagus.’
‘There wasn’t much money. His father had been blunt: the classes were fine, the rest wasn’t.’
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‘Maybe I was born with this face the way moths are born with the ability to blend in with bark, to survive.’
‘She hadn’t been skiing since her master’s in Iceland, back when glaciers had some heft to them, though slackened and fast-diminishing as the legs of a retired cyclist.’
‘All those who might have lived instead of us are gone, or they are starving, while we stay on here at the high house, pulling potatoes from soft earth.’
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