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Carol Bensimon

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


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.’

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.’

Grand Rounds

Chris Adrian

‘I am more of a practice person than a theory person. Not that there’s anything wrong with theory people.’


Carys Davies

‘His name was Arthur Pritt, he said, and he was sorry for the day.’

Morrison Okoli (1955-2010)

Jekwu Anyaegbuna

‘It is always an honour to have women cry during someone’s burial, but yours is too silent for comfort.’

Tea Water

Gyrdir Eliasson

‘We sat on the little stools under the window and watched Grandma in her dress with the red roses on it, against the backdrop of the blue-painted kitchen.’

Sky Burial

Maile Chapman

‘That was my first introduction to the way that the elderly are obliged to live: the dependence, the danger and the enormous expense when something does happen.’

City Boy

Judy Chicurel

‘I would have dreams that woke me in the middle of the night, my heart shaking inside my body.’

The Provincials

Daniel Alarcón

‘I'd been out of the Conservatory for about a year when my great-uncle Raúl died.’

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Nick Dybek

‘We searched the horizon for returning fishermen, who arrived shaggy and greasy, telling their stories but not their secrets.’


Carol Anshaw

‘Nick didn’t kid himself that what he and Olivia had was love. It was more serious than that.’


Peter C. Baker

‘How terrible, I thought, not to remember your own dreams.’

The Starveling

Don DeLillo

‘All human existence is a trick of light.’

The Colonel’s Son

Roberto Bolaño

‘Then Julie extracts her victim’s heart and eats it.’


Robert Coover

‘His wife comes in, baring, with a wink, her incisors, and offers him a Bloody Mary.’

Out of the Tombs

Madison Smartt Bell

‘He had always been curious as to what lay behind the gate: a metal portcullis, of an almost medieval aspect, opposite the corner of Columbus Park.’


Robert Olen Butler

‘I wake and it’s dark and a woman is beside me, naked and small, and she is waking too and the room is still heavy with the incense she burned for her dead.’

Gothic Night

Mansoura Ez Eldin

‘He wrote: they called it the city of eternal sun. Its sun set only after the last inhabitant slept, and rose before the first got up. They were all deprived of the night. They were not even aware of its existence.’

The Trouble with the Horses

Patrick deWitt

‘We did not believe in naming horses but they were given to us as partial payment for the last job with the names intact, so that was that.’

Punnu’s Jihad

Nadeem Aslam

‘It is as though the metal itself is bleeding.’

The Dreadful Mucamas

Lydia Davis

‘They are very rigid, stubborn women from Bolivia.’

The Ojibwe Week

Louise Erdrich

‘Have you seen a beautiful naked antelope lady running through the streets?’

Hot-Air Balloons

Edwidge Danticat

‘We should all know that life and death are beyond our control.’

Rabbit Cycling

Madison Smartt Bell

‘He’d lost her first name in a burst of senseless coloured lights and he couldn’t tell her his own name because he didn’t know it.’


Roberto Bolaño

‘I said to myself that maybe he wasn’t about to die.’

Last Man in Tower

Aravind Adiga

‘Perhaps that calm was all he had ever had’

Here Is What You Do

Chris Dennis

‘It’s like there’s a piece of candy hidden deep inside you and everyone is trying to find the easiest way to get it out.’

After Effects

Oliverio Coelho

‘Iván tried not to keep still.’

The Coming Flood

Andrés Barba

‘When it happens, she gets the feeling that the men, for her, are a way to cling to life.’

Scenes From A Comfortable Life

Andrés Ressia Colino

‘That nothing that’s consumed is real; what’s real is expensive, and gets consumed slowly.’

Leila in the Wilderness

Nadeem Aslam

‘It was almost involuntary: it felt like falling, or like rising in a dream.’

The Sins of the Mother

Jamil Ahmad

‘They are after us. I feel it in the air.’

Missing Out

Leila Aboulela

‘She had held the day up with pegs; not only her day but his too.’

The Unwriteable

Mark Doty

‘When I was seventeen, a freshman in college living in my parents’ house, I met Ruth at a poetry reading.’