Fiction

  • A redback spider hovers on a near-invisible web
    November 13, 2018 | Nicole Adair
    Female redback spider / Photo by serapheus / Courtesy of Flickr A poisonous spider, a fascinated boy, an indulgent dad, and a cautious mom ignored by all. What could possibly go...
  • A teacup sits, out of focus, next to a book on a table.
    October 19, 2018 | Olja Knežević
    Photo courtesy of freestocks.org In this opening to Montenegrin writer Olja Knežević’s novel Gospođa Black, a group of migrant friends drink tea together in London. An antilove...
  • A photo of author Kat Meads juxtaposed with the cover to her book Miss Jane
    October 2, 2018 | Kat Meads
    In a novelistic take on #MeToo, Kat Meads’s “historically aware, pissed-off female chorus” narrates the story of undergraduate Miss Jane as she sinks into an entanglement with Prof P, th...
  • June 26, 2018 | Anna Maria Ortese
    Photo (left to right) Translator Laura Shanahan and author Anna Maria Ortese Part One: Night Falls on the Hilltops On the evening of June 19 (evening only in a manner of speaking, a...
  • Photos of translator Mandersloot and Ouariachi juxtaposed
    June 19, 2018 | Jamal Ouariachi
    ( ) “I’ll have another glass of kwos.” The spolver gave me a questioning look. Probably trouble hearing me through the loud moloda. Just like last time, I raised my forepogger and repeated my order....
  • A photograph of a broken television with no screen in a room tagged with graffiti on the walls
    June 4, 2018 | Felix Krivin
    Photo by Tina Rataj-Berard / Unsplash The fictions of Ukrainian-born writer Felix Krivin, “punctuated by sharp irony and acerbic humor,” have been described as “fairy tales for adults” t...
  • A photograph of a simple wooden bench sitting on a bright green sloping hill covered in grass with trees dotting the landscape in the backgroundf
    May 21, 2018 | Biljana Jovanović
    Courtesy of Pixabay Translator’s note: Biljana Jovanović (1953–96) is a largely untranslated but highly regarded Serbian feminist writer. Jovanović was a Serbian intellectual who grew up...
  • 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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