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Ten Thousand Steps

Rupert Tebb

Winner of the 2021 Disquiet Prize for Fiction.

The Coming Bad Days

Sarah Bernstein

‘I began to appreciate being amongst things that were mine only. I cleaned with a puritanical zeal.’

An excerpt from Sarah Bernstein’s debut novel, The Coming Bad Days.

The Walker

Izumi Suzuki

A newly translated story from the late Japanese writer.

A Perfect Cemetery

Federico Falco

An excerpt from Federico Falco’s story collection A Perfect Cemetery.

The Mob and the Crowd

Noémi Lefebvre

‘The purveyors of legitimate violence are what matter above all’.

An excerpt from the novel Poetics of Work.

House of Flies

Claudia Durastanti

‘The disappointment only spread later, like an odorless gas seeping through the pipes, and the only complaints heard were from old people wandering around anxiously in the fog.’

Translated from the Italian by Elizabeth Harris.

Clara’s Parrot

Hebe Uhart

‘He laughs with a human laugh, a sinister and forceful cackle.’

Newly translated work from the Argentine writer Hebe Uhart.

Selected

Sam Byers

‘Across the country, at any given moment lives are unravelling in rooms of crushing uniformity.’

Fat Bodies

Forsyth Harmon

‘Justine was at my lab table, pulling at the ends of her black bob, shoving her hair into her mouth.’

An excerpt from Justine, out with Tin House Books.

Return

Niki Bañados

An excerpt from the graphic novel, Return, by Niki Bañados.

Permafrost

Eva Baltasar

‘This never made sense to Roxanne, whose whole life was a treat.’

Translated from the Catalan by Julia Sanches.

I’ve Been Away for a While

Dan Shurley

‘When the world releases him from its oily grip will there still be a world?’

In Bright Light

Paul Dalla Rosa

‘The hard thing, as Alice saw it, was that something bad had happened to her and it was private and then it wasn’t.’

The Scarecrow

Diaa Jubaili & Chip Rossetti

‘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.