Fiction

  • Kaitlin. Image: © Masha watercolor
       By Zsófia Bán
    Image: © Masha watercolor In this story, Hungarian author Zsófia Bán writes into a little-known episode from Hungary’s tangled and traumatic pre–and post–World War II history, centered...
  • Read Cole’s note about translating Among the Bieresch in the January 2016 issue of WLT.
       By Klaus Hoffer
    First published in two parts in 1979 and 1983, Among the Bieresch was praised by critics, winning the Rauris Literature Prize and the Döblin Prize. Forthcoming in English translation fr...
  • Photo by Brook Ward  (Flickr.com/brookward)
       By Baret Magarian
    Photo by Brook Ward  (Flickr.com/brookward) Some years ago a diabolical fire, triggered by lightning, ravaged Donmark cathedral. It was a terrible tragedy, though fortunately no lives were lost and...
  • Photo by Eduard Kreis/Flickr
    Photo by Eduard Kreis/Flickr Deciding to throw off life’s stagnation, a woman moves from Finland to Italy and takes up tossing coins in fountains. But just how much change can...
  • Giulia Riccobono,Thanatos (2008), Rome
       By Farid Tali
    Giulia Riccobono, Thanatos (2008), Rome Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia is a work of postmodern elegy comprising narrative chapters that alternate with dense, ly...
  • Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia
    In this story written in response to current events in Malaysia, a writer confronts the doppelgänger intended to silence her political speech. The Petronas Towers in Malaysia. P...
  • Gasp graffiti on side of a rail car. Photo by Cranky Messiah/Flickr
       By Yevgeny Lukin
    Photo by Cranky Messiah/Flickr                                                             If you don’t gasp, find somewhere else to live.– Vladimir Ivanovich Dal  I knew...
  • The Firebird by Saikat Majumdar
       By Saikat Majumdar
    In late-twentieth-century India, a boy whose mother is a stage actress grows up in a traumatic relationship with a viscerally compelling but dying art form—commercial theatre.  The sprawling...
  • Moniru Ravanipour. Photo by Aaron Mayes
    To accompany Omid Fallahazad’s interview with Ravanipour that appears in the March 2015 print edition, the Feminist Press has generously granted WLT permission to reprint the title story...
  • Photo by Randall Epp
       By Cate Kennedy
    A man finishes a cedar hall closet, a wedding gift for his wife, but is the time he spends creating something perfect revealing something flawed? Photo by Randall Epp Sam found him in the...
  • Cup of tea by a window
       By Polona Glavan
    Photo by Victoria Calligo y Solivella While Slovene writer Polona Glavan’s debut novel explored the journey of young Europeans, in the following story, two widowed neighbors fo...
  • A Nutmeg Mannikin bird. Photo by Noel Reynolds.
       By Wu Ming-yi
    Photo by Noel Reynolds/Flickr “Birds” is one of the interrelated stories in Tianqiao shang de moshushi (Magician on the overpass), published in Taiwan in 2011. The ent...
  • Illustration by Marla Johnson
    Žydrūnas Drungilas’s first book, Kita stotelė (Next stop), is a collection of texts in...
  • Barcelona Streets
       By Eduard Màrquez
    Photo by Fernando Rodríguez/Flickr Zugzwang: a chess position where any move is disadvantageous. Eduard Màrquez applies the term to his characters who, he observes, “are subjected to forces and...
  •    By Peppe Fiore
    Via Prenestina. Photo by Carlo Busini/Flickr In contrast to Michela Murgia’s Il mondo deve sapere (see WLT, Nov. 2013, 43–46), Peppe Fiore’s Nes...
  •    By Abdellah Taïa
    On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, the narrator recounts three near-death experiences and his journey from Morocco to France. With nods toward Dostoevsky and Genet (echoing the Lazarus scene b...
  •    By Alberto Chimal
    Alberto Chimal published these stories in Spanish as “An Alphabet of Twitter-Stories: A Study by Horacio Kustos” (@hkustos) in summer 2012. In a self-interview Chimal published...
  •    By Shaheen Akhtar
    Photo by crowdive/Flickr Based on a legend from eighteenth-century Bengal, Shokhi Rongomala is Shaheen Akhtar’s third novel. The book follows Rongomala, a beautiful an...
  •    By Leonardo Padura
    Photo by Tortured Mind Photography/Flickr Once again using the lens provided by detective fiction, Leonardo Padura magnifies various aspects of Cuban reality for his readers.  ...
  •    By Peter Orner
    Marie and Frank were lifelong renters, and though moving their things out of a house was like unloading a ship, their old house didn’t sail away. It sat there, on the South Dakota plains, waiting...
  •    By Kim Kyŏnguk
    Photo Shannalee/Flickr In the first translation of his work into English, South Korean writer Kim Kyŏnguk imagines an ad executive confronting a man who may be his...
  •    By Andrés Neuman
    During the time my father was in the hospital, it made sense to leave the car in the hospital’s underground garage. I would stop at the top of the entrance’s small abyss and let my white Opel slide d...
  •    By Tom Paine
    In a haze of marijuana and beer, a vacationing photojournalist discusses the state of humanity with a West Indian boy. What are we without our addictions, our distractions, and are we doomed if w...
  •    By Mahmoud Saeed
    www.flickr.com/people/paloetic “Everything has a price,” but how do you put a price tag on the human condition? In Mahmoud Saeed’s unflinching story of abjection and brutality, the mora...
  • As this story about changing laws and changing times in South Africa reveals, repealing the letter of a law will not necessarily kill its insidious spirit. Photo illustration b...

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