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Cara Blue Adams

‘She was quietly awed by her own panic.’

Animalia

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

An excerpt from Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, translated from the French by Frank Wynne.

The Main Thing Is to Keep the Front Garden Immaculate

Simone Buchholz

An extract from Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz, translated from the German by Rachel Ward.

Cousins

Angela Carter

‘It sounded like the birth of tragedy.’

Menudo

Raymond Carver

‘Vicky says I’m crazy. She said worse things too last night. But who could blame her?’

The Dreadful Mucamas

Lydia Davis

‘We do not believe they are sincerely trying to please us.’

The Silk Road

Kathryn Davis

‘The choice of starting point wasn’t important; the important thing was to cycle through the same sequence of edges.’

At Yankee Stadium

Don DeLillo

‘From a series of linked couples they become one continuous wave, larger all the time.’

Our Agent At Dawn

Nina Ellis

‘After I kill him I’ll go to Graceland.’