Asymptote, Summer 2018

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The 2018 summer issue of Asymptote is out, and once again I’ve curated my favorites!

From short fiction:

“Anna O.,” by Ricardo Lisias (translated by Laura Norgaard)

The tension in this one is palpable, and the twist ending is rewarding.

“Listening In,” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (translated by Sondra Silverston)

Short stories don’t have a lot of space for in-depth characterization, but Gundar-Goshen manages to accomplish exactly that for not one but two protagonists.

 

From non-fiction:

2501 Migrants by Alejandro Santiago,” by Cristina Rivera Garza (translated by Sarah Booker)

A fascinating mediation on an equally fascinating art project.

“Stories From the Barbershop,” by Nikola Popović  (translated by the author)

This is probably my favorite piece in the entire issue. I love when huge pieces of history intersect with quotidien slice-of-life.

 

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