‘At nine o’clock the man leaves the flat dressed in an elegant salmon-pink dress’.
Bastard Alias the Romantic
‘Can you imagine what it would be like if instead of killing we cuddled?’
‘My wife and I lay side by side, the bear looming over us in the same way a crucifixion scene looms above the pews inside a Catholic church.’
Short fiction by Naomi Ishiguro.
Beethoven Was One Sixteenth Black
‘Once there were blacks wanting to be white. Now there are whites wanting to be black.’
‘I don’t know much about the cosmos, but I know enough to avoid the game of tennis.’
‘I sold funeral insurance to North Carolina black people.’
‘It was this summer that the restlessness came over me.’ Translated from the Norwegian by May-Brit Akerholt.
Buckets of Blood
‘I’m miscarrying a pregnancy, she said, when the spasm seemed to have passed.—It’s a fine mess.’
Butt and Bhatti
‘Teddy is one of those people who are only articulate when they talk about cricket.’
‘Natalia picks at the frayed black lace of her dress while the photograph of her American penpal loads into the computer.’
‘All through winter and another summer we wait, but time passes more quickly now that we have a purpose. I feel it flowing.’