Herman Melville’s tale is a story of disillusionment and thwarted idealism.
Thom Jones’s most famous story is about one U.S. Marine before, during, and after deployment to Vietnam.
Ottessa Moshfegh uses humour to drive home a deadly serious point.
Matsuda Aoko’s story is a surrealistic allegory about the psychological fallout from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
Jenny Diski’s story is about female domestic confinement and the promise of a more fulfilling life.
Varlam Shalamov’s intense short fiction provides an intense and unvarnished glimpse of life inside Stalin’s Gulag.
Dashiell Hammett’s story about a promising boxer and his venal brother represents a departure for the author.
31 Days of Stories 2020, Day 3: “Musique Concrète” by Amparo Dávila; Audrey Harris and Matthew Gleeson, trans.
Amparo Dávila’s uncanny story of psychological torment has echoes of Poe and Kafka.
Jean Stafford’s story is a close and incisive work of psychological fiction.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s story is a satire about the cascading violence that results from institutional racism.