FICTION

  • Berlin. Photo: Daniel Krieg
       By Andreas Baum
    Photo: Daniel Krieg In post-unification Berlin, groups of squatters compete for empty housing. Who will gain the upper hand? The next morning, a group of angry men were standing in...
  • Foxglove design
       By Alit Karp
    Illustration: flickr.com / xyzquantumpoet A Lutheran seminary student wonders what it takes to become a Jew for his girlfriend, whose embrace is “not a preface to anything else.” I ...
  • Two boats on dark blue water with ripples
       By Daniel Dencik
    Photo: Kai C. Schwarzer A relationship is put to the test when a young couple visits a family member on an isolated island. We left home to think it over. Nanna had an abortion three years a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 t...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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