Whatever we make ugly, nature will correct.
‘How could having sex with the Earth ever be consensual?’
Fatima Farheen Mirza on navigating gender roles in a Muslim family, wearing hijab and learning how to box.
Constantia Soteriou’s ‘Death Customs’, translated from the Greek by Lina Protopapa, is the regional winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 for Canada and Europe.
A trip on a commuter train takes a surreal turn in new fiction by Ben Pester.
‘I wanted to go for a walk, but I was afraid / of missing a phone call.’
‘Alone in the silent dark, she traversed the mouth of the estuary in mile-long sweeps, making a little more progress up the river each time she turned. Wind and tide were pushing her away, back towards the sea.’
Saraswathy M. Manickam’s ‘My Mother Pattu’ is the Asian regional winner of the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Robert Coover envisions a Trumpian Hulk for a modern America.
‘We need to keep the modern, civilised father on the hook.’