‘First prize went to the dog school principal, who of course had submitted a cartoon dog.’ Translated from the Japanese by Ted Goossen.
‘The church has no thoughts. The church is brick and glass. If they ever slept there, they would see that.’
‘Every person who travelled here is unsteady, I can feel that.’
‘The fact was that outside of summertime they knew nothing about the place at all.’ Translated from the French by Jordan Stump.
‘I was only nine when I took to practicing the art of not waving. I felt an exhilarating power surge inside me and I ran all the way home, punching the air as I went.’
‘I saw the bodies. They were blotched under the skin where the blood had clotted & pooled. I have never seen the dead so dead.’
Read an excerpt from The Great Homecoming by Anna Kim, a novel of love and loss in the wake of the Korean war.
‘The light pouring from the open door throbbed like a bruised thumb.’ New fiction from Carmen Maria Machado.
‘She was so understanding, so interesting, such an intellectual. She was also a wristwatch, but this hardly mattered.’
‘Her body poured away inside the too-tight cotton suit and only her bloodshot feet, almost purple in the torturing sandals, had any kind of substance.’
‘I looked around at my apartment, wondering if there was anything gazing back.’ New fiction from Lincoln Michel.
‘You’re gonna want to go down the other side of the mountain and check out the Facility. Don’t do it.’
‘The dreams were packed together like coloured soap bubbles.’Short fiction by Mazen Maarouf, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright.
Nathalie Léger, translated from the French by Natasha Lehrer.
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