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A dazzling new anthology of the very best very short fiction from around the world.
What is a flash fiction called in other countries? In Latin America it is a micro, in Denmark kortprosa, in Bulgaria mikro razkaz. These short shorts, usually no more than 750 words, range from linear narratives to the more unusual: stories based on mathematical forms, a paragraph-length novel, a scientific report on volcanic fireflies that proliferate in nightclubs. Flash has alwaysand everywherebeen a form of experiment, of possibility. A new entry in the lauded Flash and Sudden Fiction anthologies, this collection includes 86 of the most beautiful, provocative, and moving narratives by authors from six continents, including best-selling writer Etgar Keret, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah, Korean screenwriter Kim Young-ha, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, and Argentinian “Queen of the Microstory” Ana María Shua, among many others. These brilliantly chosen stories challenge readers to widen their vision and celebrate both the local and the universal.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Robert Shapard directed the University of Hawaii MFA program and now lives in Austin, Texas.
Christopher Merrill directs the International
Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Flash Fiction International is a delightful book of short stories from around the world. With 76 stories of 1000 or fewer words, there is something here for everyone. My three personal favorites illustrate the diversity of the stories. "Man Carrying Books", by Vietnamese author Linh Dinh, is about how books afffect people's impresions of the book owners."The Lament of Hester Muponda," by Zimbabwe author Petina Gappah, is a heartwrenching tale of devastating grief, and the well-meaning but hurtful responses of others. "Without a Net," by Argentine author Ana Maria Shua, describes the effects of modern society on circus performers, including the negative impact of politcal correctness on their ability to make a living as they used to. This is a good book for travel, waiting rooms and for anyone who simply relishes the opportunity of tasting so many delectable stories, via flash fiction.