Mother’s Beloved—Stories from Laos: Outhine Bounyavong

Translated from Lao by Bounheng Inversin, Roger Rumpf, Jacqui Chagnon, Thipason Phimviengkham and William GallowayPublished by University of Washington Press A poor cobbler finds a way to make his contribution to his country's war effort; a young man offers strangers lifts on his bicycle; and a young woman tries to return a silver belt she …

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Ghost Stories: M.R. James

Published by Penguin and Oxford University Press “I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mould and of a cold kind of face pressed against my own...”The Treasure of Abbot Thomas M.R. James is one of the best—if not the best—ghost story writer in the English language. Born in 1862, he went on to …

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Vultures in the Living Room and Other Stories: Lula Falcão

Translated from Portuguese by Helena Cavendish de Moura with Andrew Michael BrownPublished in a bilingual edition by Casa Forte Press Lula Falcão is an award-winning journalist, political advocate and writer. His criticism of the current President Jai Bolsonaro has landed him on the list of “intellectuals to be watched”. This is the first of Falcão’s …

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Flights: Olga Tokarczuk

Translated from Polish by Jennifer CroftPublished by Fitzcarraldo Editions “Clearly I did not inherit whatever gene it is that makes it so that when you linger in a place you start to put down roots. I’ve tried, a number of times but my roots have always been shallow; the littlest breeze could always blow me …

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Lifting the Veil: Selected Writings of Ismat Chugtai

Selected and translated by M. Asaduddin with additional translations by Ralph RussellPublished by Penguin “In my stories, I’ve put down everything with objectivity. Now, if people find them obscene, let them go to hell. It’s my belief that experiences can never be obscene if they are based on authentic realities of life.”[1] Ismat Chugtai is …

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A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth: Daniel Mason

Published by Mantle This is an intriguing collection of short stories, many of them set in the 1800s. A doctor finds himself blanking out regularly. The seizure is heralded by the smell of chestnuts. When he comes to, he finds that, instead of passing out, he had carried on with what he had been doing …

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Fly Already: Etgar Keret

Translated from Hebrew by Sondra Silverston, Nathan Englander, Jessica Cohen, Miriam Shlesinger and Yardenne Greenspan A child encourages a man to jump off the top of a building, believing that the man is a superhero and will fly. A man keeps the compacted wreck of a car in his living room. A goldfish comes down …

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The Ayah and Other Stories: Chanis Fernando-Boisard

The short stories in this collection capture the small but seismic shifts in a person’s life: the distraction of a tutor whose wife has left him; the regret of a woman who has walked out of her marriage of 30 years; and a woman realizing that her dream house still harbours the spirits of its …

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Indian women tell their stories

The Inner Courtyard: Stories by Indian Women, edited by Lakshmi HolmströmPublished by Rupa & CompanyIn Other Words: New Writing by Indian Women, selected by Urvashi Butalia and Ritu MenonPublished by T.H.E. Women's Press LTD “Women in India have traditionally been tellers of tales. They have used not only the mythic materials of the epics in …

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Men without Women: Haruki Murakami

Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Ted GoosenPublished by Random House “Here's what hurts the most," Kafuku said. "I didn't truly understand her—or at least some crucial part of her. And it may well end that way now that she's dead and gone. Like a small, locked safe lying at the bottom of the …

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