Ana María Moix, Walter, Why Did You Have to Go? IV

[Continued from yesterday] Once they were grown up, his clumsiness and inability to understand her and the silence she imposed still prevented him from coming to know the thoughts hidden in her mind; but the trembling of Julia’s lips, which had never learned to smile naturally, and the depth of her gaze lent Julia an … More Ana María Moix, Walter, Why Did You Have to Go? IV

Ana María Moix, Walter, Why Did You Have to Go? III

[Continued from yesterday] At times, during the summer, they would wake up after midnight and, stealthily, so as not to disturb the house’s other inhabitants, they would mount the spiral staircase to the balcony on the top floor to watch the sun come out. Was it, perhaps, María Antonia—who was always annoying the rest of … More Ana María Moix, Walter, Why Did You Have to Go? III

Ana María Moix, Walter, Why Did You Have to Go? II

[Continued from yesterday] Swimming pools? Idiotic fifteen-year-old sweethearts? Games of ping pong? I was simply trying to say that I’ve always believed that the ancient custom of basing our existence on constant challenges, a characteristic so peculiar to the pathetic human condition, is a catastrophe. No, not because I resent the fact that I lose … More Ana María Moix, Walter, Why Did You Have to Go? II

Nurit Zarchi, “Girl Inside Girl Inside Girl”

Translated by Lisa Katz Jubilat 2001/reprinted World Literature Today 2004 At the shoemakers’, I’m standing next to a barrel. I’ve been sent here because I lost my shoes. A scandal whirls around me. How is it possible to lose shoes? Last night, as soon as the loss was discovered, I was sent to the soccer … More Nurit Zarchi, “Girl Inside Girl Inside Girl”

Julya Rabinowich, Toads & Tempest

Toads and Tempest is a playful yet at times dark novel, telling the tangled story of three remarkable historical figures: Alma Mahler, Oskar Kokoschka and Paul Kammerer. Alma Mahler, the “femme fatale” who tries to compensate for the loss of her father by enjoying countless lovers, Paul Kammerer, the controversial father of epigenetics who takes … More Julya Rabinowich, Toads & Tempest