‘Because I spent a large amount of time convincing people to buy clothing they would never actually wear, it was easy to convince myself the same.’
A young film composer turns to prostitution in a short story by Naben Ruthnum, set in a Rome of the early 1970s.
‘Nothing was your fault. You defended no one. By default, you defended us.’
‘His voice had long since lost all superfluous timbral embellishments, he was left with only the raw thread of screeching.’
‘She was sliding down on the seat under him and it was like the soundtrack at the drive-in – a surface closed over her.’
C’est une des premières choses que je lui ai dites, J’ai des daddy issues.
Constantia Soteriou’s ‘Death Customs’, translated from the Greek by Lina Protopapa, is the winner of the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
‘His requests did stretch the resources, almost all-encompassing, of the sound-archive. But that is part of the game.’
‘Destiny: there are those who still believe this word has meaning’.
‘Your virginity guarantees your happiness, my mother had explained numerous times.’ New fiction from Geeta Tewari.
‘In a single year, my father left us twice.’
‘There’s Bo Diddley. Big hips, pointy shoes, glasses. A gap between his teeth, and a bow tie, in 1965.’
‘They gazed at us calmly, as if we had caught them in the middle of performing some ritual whose meaning we could not fathom.’
‘I am the full-time driver here. I am not going to kill my employers. I have read that drivers do that now.’
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