Fiction

  • Photo: www.flickr.com/people/fineplan
       By Yuri Herrera
    Photo: www.flickr.com/people/fineplan When you are a pestilent being the world stops being pestilent. Or does it? Each night Rafa stares at the vestibule in hatred until those in li...
  • Photo: James Abbott
    Photo: James Abbott Some people feel a need to be silent, but I need to look at myself in the mirror, scream, smash things, and tear up my own writing. That’s not so bad, it really isn’t, because all...
  • Profile photo: Chandan Kumar  Photo: Michael Pham
       By Brano Mandić
    Profile photo: Chandan Kumar  Photo: Michael Pham If only people loved one another and learned to save money, if only the children at the orphanage could get foster parents, if only the sun shone bri...
  • Photo: Barn Images ift.tt/1phxbx2
    Photo: Barn Images/ ift.tt/1PhXbX2  Since you intend to kill yourself anyway, why don’t you fit your death into our plans? We need heroes, and it’s all the same to you, he...
  • Photo: Michael Pereckas
    Photo: Michael Pereckas Of Darkness is a book about love and death. These seem to me to be the only things worth writing about. When you write about love and death, the beauty in this world’s fa...
  • Momo rim
       By Nick Mulgrew
    STABLE URLhttp://www.gumtree.co.za/a-car-tyres-rims/overport/for-sale-set-of-second-hand-imported-momo/1001639422780910165059408SALE AREAOverport (Durban)DATE...
  • A bedroom with bubblegum pink walls.
    How to Deliver a Genius Advice from a St. Petersburg–based website (*) Conceive in April, May, or June. A child conceived in the fall has no chance to amount to anyt...
  • Mexico City’s TAPO station from above. Photo: Anthony Quigley
    Mexico City’s TAPO station from above. Photo: Anthony Quigley She picks up her suitcase. Gets in line. Shows her ticket without letting her fist tremble. Checks her luggage. They’re not...
  • A grouse on a snowy branch in winter
       By Iben Mondrup
    Photo: Gerry Paille/Flickr In this story from a snowy Greenland, a woman reluctantly joins her husband in the woods for a grouse hunt. Ready . . . aim . . .  She’s still in bed. She...
  • Tamas Galambos, Summer, 1981, oil on canvas. A detail from Galambos’s painting also appears on the cover of García Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude reprinted by Penguin London in 2000.
       By Carmen Boullosa
    Tamas Galambos, Summer, 1981, oil on canvas. A detail from Galambos’s painting also appears on the cover of García Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude reprinted by Peng...
  • Photo: Funkyfood London - Paul Williams / Alamy
       By Zsuzsa Selyem
    Photo: Funkyfood London - Paul Williams / Alamy Along the shore of the Danube, a cat reflects on world history and human nature. From Oppenheimer to Donne to Stalin to Ana Pauker the mus...
  • Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals
    Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals If, the woman thinks, she were an airplane that crashed and someone located the little black box, that would be the sentence they found, to hear water, but...
  • Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria / Artothek / Bridgeman images
       By Zsuzsa Takács
    Gustav Klimt, Allée in the Gardens of Schloss Kammer, 1912, oil on canvas. Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria / Artothek / Bridgeman images Ride the tram through...
  • Photo: flickr.com/people/duluoz_cats
       By Alison Wong
    Photo: flickr.com/people/duluoz_cats With Neil Young playing in the background, a New Zealand woman living in Australia recrosses the ocean over a game of Checkers.  Luke shakes the...
  • Moon and Sun artwork
    A long, long, time ago, in the time of the gods, two of them were in love with the same goddess. Que hermosa, with her shining white and blue-blue rainbow hair surrounded by stars circling her like e...
  • Photo by Juan Di Nella/Unsplash
    Photo by Juan Di Nella/Unsplash I’m not the first to ask, but for a long time I’ve been wondering about one of the first dilemmas we’ve faced as a band: the question of language. To put it in terms o...
  • Photo by Ariel Dovas
    Photo by Ariel Dovas Stasis and disruption go head to head in this story from Macedonia. It’s not clear whether my husband is going to be ambassador for much longer, as he might be...
  • Mountains and light
       By Lee Upton
    Something there is that doesn’t love a wall. – Robert Frost Even from a distance we could tell something was wrong with the wall. When we went out to the pasture the ground seemed f...
  • Green sequins. Photo by Soffie Hicks
    Photo by Soffie Hicks In this story by Brazil’s nominee for the Nobel Prize, a young girl will let nothing stop her from attending Carnival, not even her dying father. The blue-and-...
  • Baby Gaggia
       By Anastasia Edel
    A broken foot is poor luck and a nuisance. It cancels everything from hikes to trips to Germany. It gives your insurance company an opportunity to feast and acquaints you with an orthopedist, often m...
  • A blue house with snow on the roof and trees.
       By Carlos Pintado
    Photo by Michael Andrews On her eightieth birthday, a woman waits for a telephone call in this story inspired by Elizabeth Bishop’s “Sonnet.” How can everything change without our realiz...
  • 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 a...
  • 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 fro...
  • 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 n...
  • 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 s...

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