Magazine article World Literature Today

Two Stories

Magazine article World Literature Today

Two Stories

Article excerpt

You Need to Take These Shoes Home

"You need to take these shoes home," said the old woman. "But your home is here," said the unshaven man quietly. She turned to him in wonder. "Who decided that?" "You and Mother. Don't you remember?" She hesitated a moment. She pointed toward the window, at a landscape of hills and a plowed field. "I think it's over there," she said. "Put the shoes in a bag and take them home."

More True Superheroes

T. tried to commit suicide after every disappointing love affair, but once she managed to stop a taxi in the rain using only the power of thought. She never lefthome without a copy of Anna Karenina. R. was an old sailor who knew how to draw a perfect circle in the sand of the shore of the Black Sea. He said that during his world travels he arrived in Dar-es-Salaam, where he learned to play chess on a board that was half the size of a regular board, with no more than ten pieces on each side. He further claimed that he remembered every word his wife had ever spoken. U. worked as a museum guard for so many years (he never drank on the job) that in the end he had the power to turn every flower in a vase into an artificial flower. He missed the land where he was born.

Translations from the Hebrew

By Becka Mara McKay

Q&A with Alex Epstein

Q: Is there a quote you like or think is particularly fitting or relevant to very short fiction, whether by a fiction writer or by someone in a field other than literature, be it the arts, sciences, philosophy, religion, or other area? …

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