You’re not going to believe this, but last night, at about 4 a.m., I saw a movie on TV that could have been my biography or my autobiography or a summary of my days on this bitch of a planet. It scared me so fucking shitless I tell you I just about fell off my chair.
Top Reads 2022
Small Girl Landlady
‘She must have loved gold seeing that everything in the penthouse was gold. We didn’t sit. Fear didn’t let us see where to sit.’ A story by Adachioma Ezeano.
‘I had also, a week earlier, been fired for trying to sleep with my boss’s husband. I got the idea from a book, or maybe every book.’ A story by Emily Adrian.
‘The Mitsubishi conglomerate controls a forty per cent share of the world market in bluefin tuna; they are freezing and hoarding huge stocks of the fish every year.’ Katherine Rundell on extinction speculation.
The Trip to Rose Cottage
‘Two roof tiles are missing to the rear: the kiss of death. Without repair, ruination is now inevitable. Until then, this is my best hope of shelter.’ Cal Flyn visits the island of Swona in northern Scotland.
Beautiful Short Loser
‘I’m on the cliff of myself & these aren’t wings, they’re futures. / For as long as I can remember my body was a small town nightmare.’ A poem by Ocean Vuong.
Translated by Chris Andrews
Chris Andrews teaches at Western Sydney University in Australia. He has translated various books of fiction from Spanish to English, including César Aira’s Ghosts, Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s Severina, Marcelo Cohen’s Melodrome, and Roberto Bolaño’s Distant Star, which won the Valle Inclán Prize in 2005. He is the author of two critical studies: Poetry and Cosmogony: Science in the Writing of Queneau and Ponge and Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction: An Expanding Universe.More about the translator →