Tag Archives: short fiction

Cruel Imaginations: The Stories of Mariana Enriquez and Silvina Ocampo

Reviewed by Rebecca DeWald At the Edinburgh International Book Festival last summer, I heard Mariana Enriquez read from her short story collection Things We Lost in the Fire, the first English translation of her work, by Megan McDowell. Twice, in fact: At the official reading, and at a more informal evening event with readings and […]

Lempel-Oedipus in Brooklyn

Trauma Ballads: Blume Lempel’s Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories, translated by Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Reviewed by Daniel Kennedy “I am a housewife, a wife, a mother, a grandmother—and a Yiddish writer. I write my stories in Yiddish.  [. . . ] Because I speak Yiddish, think in Yiddish. My father and mother, my sisters and brothers, my murdered people seek revenge in Yiddish.” (215) There was a time when […]

Saadat Hasan Manto-Bombay Stories

The Filmic Eye: Saadat Hasan Manto’s Bombay Stories, translated by Matt Reeck & Aftab Ahmad

Reviewed by Amanda Sarasien It is tempting to view Saadat Hasan Manto and his work as representative of India at a pivotal moment in its history: The Bombay Stories are shot through with such vivid detail as to seem firmly rooted to their setting, Bombay of the 1930s and ’40s, and it is no surprise […]