Fiction

  • Car lights at night.
    August 17, 2016 | Alonso Cueto
    Copyright Maaboret – The Short Story project The Short Story Project is a non-profit venture dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling across the world, our mission is to advance short story li...
  • Tujia shamans / Courtesy of Fang Qi
    August 3, 2016 | Fang Qi
    Translators’ Note  Acclaimed in China, Fang Qi has published two works: Elegy of a River Shaman and The Ivory Bed of the Princess. A long-term researcher of myths...
  • Public domain drawing of Joseph dreaming.
    July 13, 2016 | Mark Budman
    Illustration of Joseph dreaming. Public Domain. A second-career medical interpreter for Russian immigrants in Boston contemplates his role—a biblical Joseph? a robot?—and the system that brings h...
  • Jacked by Michael Cunningham
    November 4, 2015 | Michael Cunningham
    Yuko Shimizu created the original illustrations that accompany Cunningham’s tales in A Wild Swan. The following is an excerpt from A Wild Swan, due out next w...
  • Crescent moon behind clouds. Photo by Adam Evans/Flickr
    August 19, 2015 | Wolfgang Hilbig
    Set in an old house in provincial East Germany, “Coming” begins with a boy’s memories of the ghastly suicidal wails of the women who lived in his neighborhood. Trying to escape these painful cries...
  • Green Memory Stewed in Sugar by Marla Johnson
    August 3, 2015 | Zsolt Láng
    Enjoy this recipe from the Zsolt Láng cookbook and look forward to two more in WLT’s September issue. Illustration by Marla Johnson Prod the freshly picked memory meticulously with...
  • Granada. Photo by Allie Caulfield/Flickr.
    July 1, 2015 | Luis García Montero
    Granada, Spain. Photo by Allie Caulfield.  In this excerpt from Luis García Montero’s third and latest novel, Someone Speaks Your Name, Granada is gray, sad, a...
  • Adolfo Bioy Casares
    September 15, 2014 | Alberto Chimal
    for Adolfo Bioy Casares By Alicia D'Amico [Public domain or Public domain],via Wikimedia Commons Today, September 15, would have been Adolfo Bioy Casares’s 100th birthday. A pro...
  • Protestors dressed as zombies in Slovenia. Photo by Jumpin' Jack/Flickr
    August 19, 2014 | Miha Mazzini
    Slovene protestors dressed as zombies. Photo by Jumpin' Jack/Flickr With political elites in power who, many claim, were out of touch with the people, the small, Adriatic countr...
  • 32 by Sahar Mandour
    August 14, 2014 | Sahar Mandour
    A best-seller at the 2010 Arab Book Fair in Beirut, 32 follows the life of a young woman in her thirties, her four female friends, and a Sri Lankan domestic worker. The book sheds light o...
  • Bench by a bay. Photo by Julie Skarwecki/Flickr
    July 21, 2014 | Patricio Pron
    Photo by Julie Skarwecki/Flickr What are masters for? Isn’t the relationship between master and disciple one of those relationships whose very existence depends on it never bein...
  • Yellow Tulips
    July 1, 2014 | Naja Marie Aidt
    Photo by Laura Taylor/Flickr I didn’t see her come in, but suddenly she’s there. She’s walking on the polished floor in her heavy boots. She’s long-legged. That’s the first thing I notice. It’s Satur...
  • September 10, 2012 | Jen Rickard Blair
    As a special treat this Monday, we're delighted to share a clip from the audiobook of Israeli author Etgar Keret's newest collection of short stories, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. Ira Glass...

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