An excerpt from Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, translated from the French by Frank Wynne.
‘From a series of linked couples they become one continuous wave, larger all the time.’
‘It got into you. How many scrapes had he seen? How many wrecks?’ New fiction from Will Boast.
‘It sounded like the birth of tragedy.’
‘There she is: Dolores. Newly named. Sitting at the kitchen table inside the convent, conscious of how bad she must smell.’
‘When I was at school I used to think that everyone disliked me, and it wasn’t far from true.’
‘I tell myself it doesn’t do to fixate too much on the dead: apart from everything else, they can’t answer you.’
‘It began with the ant farm in second grade.’
‘This is his Toxic Super-Ego at work. Surely?’
‘I released the picture of my mother’s breast, which resized itself to auto-fit my smartphone’s display.’
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‘She does not go home for her mother's funeral because the prospect of return gives her insomnia. She splurges on a coat from Miu Miu instead.’
‘She has never been very keen on the thought of herself as other people see her.’
‘Vicky says I’m crazy. She said worse things too last night. But who could blame her?’
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