‘We have not yet come to the most remarkable episode in this quasi-mythological quest for the genesis of the eel.’
‘He used to see things in his dreams and made them his policies. Yup, Americans loved his dreams because he was screwing the Soviets and Comrades in them.’
‘At last, at last. His first steps, on Chinese soil.’
‘Agony belonged to night and would take advantage of the union, increase the whirligig of pain.’
A trip on a commuter train takes a surreal turn in new fiction by Ben Pester.
‘Thoughts sharpen themselves on the flints of one another and pierce me like a knife in my middle, sunk deep and twisted around.’
‘He was typing up another proposal for robots that would replace human workers in an engine factory.’
‘All those years of manipulating the tuning crank have given him the patience to settle in for these more involved jobs, and patience is perhaps the most important quality in a human shield.’
'My nubile companion, assuredly no intellectual, continued to masturbate in front of me.'
‘Like all roads, this one too comes to an end.’ A Swedish novel that looks at the realities of the immigrant experience.
‘The Armadillo Man is watching her. She gives him a good show – the best she has to offer.’
‘But he couldn’t lose the sense that this was a turning point in his life, that she’d been delivered to him for a reason.’
‘The bidders who have assembled for the auction of the magic slippers bear little resemblance to your usual saleroom.’
‘In Bosnia, it seemed, a deal was a deal and the Bosnian was ready to pay his rent.’
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