Top Reads 2021
‘It’s no good joining an existing cult, you have to start one yourself.’
A short story by Japanese author Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori, who also brought us Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings.
Have You Met Husband?
‘The oysters were her idea, a way of catching me off guard. I accidentally said yes.’
A story by Amy Silverberg.
‘I often had head lice as a child.’
Memoir by A.K. Blakemore, author of The Manningtree Witches.
A Bleed of Blue
‘I was trying simultaneously to numb the grief I felt and to burrow into that grief, so I could stand in it.’
On love, its absence and Joni Mitchell’s Blue album.
‘I want the poem to destroy time. / What are the ceremonies of forgetting?’
Nick Laird’s elegy for his father, Alastair Laird, who died of Covid-19.
Jethro Soutar is a writer and translator of Spanish and Portuguese. He is co-editor of The Football Crónicas, a collection of translated short-form writing from Latin America, and a co-founder of Ragpicker Press. His recent translations include Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel’s Arde el monte de noche (By Night the Mountain Burns) and Frei Beto’s Hotel Brasil, published in English under the same title.More about the author →