Birds come to rest on Teresa’s shoulders, but they do not sing. In the last few days, she has – always in the late afternoons – sat on the steps that lead into the building. Her feet together and hands clasped shut, she watches the street: ears alert to the sounds, to dirty eyes. No one seems …
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An extract from Ben Lerner’s latest novel, The Topeka School.
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A short story about a high school friendship, by Che Yeun.
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Translated by Daniel Hahn
Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with seventy-something books to his name. His translations (from Portuguese, Spanish and French) have won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, among many others. He is on the Board of Trustees of English PEN.
Photograph © John Lawrence