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Man Crossing Bridges

Ronaldo Correia de Brito

‘He prefers the battles of the bed, but his wife insists on his keeping to a severe containment.’

Dreams of a Leisure Society

Adam Foulds

‘They were citizens of a multidimensional universe and they liked to get high.’

Clough

Jon McGregor

‘She probably thinks this is all a game. There’s time yet.’

That Year in Rishikesh

Adriana Lisboa

‘The pulp from her processing of the world was a mixture of past, present, dreams, imagination, films, books, newspaper articles, anything.’

Some Other Katherine

Sam Byers

‘There were days when it seemed sordid and doomed; days which, oddly, Katherine found more romantic than the days of hope.’

Hands Across the Water

Rachel Seiffert

‘Dark red hair. Wee skirt and trainers, bare arms. All those freckles.’

Enclosure

Jim Crace

‘Yes, our tomorrows will be shaped like this.’

Animals

Michel Laub

‘I only stopped playing with him when he began biting the fingers of anyone who tried to pet him.’

Violeta

Miguel Del Castillo

‘As if they longed to dive in but somehow couldn’t manage to.’

Blazing Sun

Tatiana Salem Levy

‘It’s never easy to trade one love for another.’

Evo Morales

Ricardo Lísias

‘Loneliness also makes our victories melancholy.’

Every Tuesday

Carola Saavedra

‘A stranger may well function as a projection screen.’

Lettuce Nights

Vanessa Barbara

‘When Ada died, the wash hadn’t dried yet.‘

Teresa

Cristhiano Aguiar

‘They rise up into the sky, like vultures.’

That Wind Blowing through the Plaza

Laura Erber

‘I didn’t go for the dental treatment, or for the gypsy dancing’

The Count

Leandro Sarmatz

‘There was a touch of magic in surviving all that.’

The Dinner

Julián Fuks

‘Sebastián can do nothing but seek refuge in his dinner plate.’

A Temporary Stay

Emilio Fraia

‘There doesn’t seem to be any cause and effect.’

Valdir Peres, Juanito and Poloskei

Antonio Prata

‘The only path to tread, from now on, was downward.’

Tomorrow, upon Awakening

Antônio Xerxenesky

‘He more than anybody else needs to define his symbols for the year to com.’

Rat Fever

Javier Arancibia Contreras

‘Everything around me, myself included, is warm and sticky.’

Far from Ramiro

Chico Mattoso

‘Through the eyes of the intruder, Ramiro saw the invasion of his own space.’

Before the Fall

J.P. Cuenca

‘Is it possible to run away without being a coward?’

Lion

Luisa Geisler

‘The better they were at escaping, the quicker, more daring they were, the harder the cat chased them.’

Still Life

Vinicius Jatobá

‘You see the house and its time, the house and the house alone, though your secrets, your fears and silences still exist there, locked away behind the denseness of the closed doors’

Apnoea

Daniel Galera

‘I could make you promise much worse things.’ Daniel Galera muses on unknown family histories.

Final Dispatch: End in Pizza

Juan Pablo Villalobos

‘Those are not prisons, they are condominiums for rich people. Or at least that is what rich people think.’

Sparks

Carol Bensimon

‘Your anywhere is a river you watch as you smoke.’

Brazil: A User’s Guide

Juan Pablo Villalobos

‘The Brazilian banking system was created by a Czech writer called Franz Kafka.’

Second Dispatches from Ambassador to Brazil, Earth

Juan Pablo Villalobos

‘Forget about football: queuing and stamping are Brazil’s national sports.’

Anecdotes

Ann Beattie

‘Christine’s hair had begun to dry, and she looked different, with her hair down and her glasses on. Her earnestness made her look younger, and took me back to the bar where we’d sat in Pennsylvania years ago.’

Dispatches from Ambassador to Brazil, Earth

Juan Pablo Villalobos

‘In Brazil it is crucial not to be Argentinian. Add that to our Earth mission’s proceedings manual under the topic ‘Cultural Affairs’.’

Frogs

Mo Yan

‘Once the preposterous reality set in, we were overcome by sadness.’

Exit Music

Chris Drangle

‘The only sound in the cabin is the droning of the engine.’

The Wig

Han Dong

‘Hu Yanjun had got his hands on a wig, and was trying it on in front of the mirror when his friend Wang Xinghai came to see him.’

Accident

Etgar Keret

’Thirty years I’m a cabbie,’ the small guy sitting behind the wheel tells me, ’thirty years and not one accident.’