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blue Blue Has No South
Stories

by Alex Epstein

translated from the Hebrew by Becka Mara McKay

Their love story ended many years ago. He still writes her name as a solution to crossword puzzle clues of suitable length. Alex Epstein’s miniature stories are indeed love stories, puzzles, stray clues, the beginnings or ends of philosophical treatises, parables, modernized legends, or perhaps a vivid handful of images thrown together, then allowed to disperse. This is a form of which he has been hailed as a master, a form as singular and intricate as a collection of fingerprints. His stories are populated by angels, chess players, mythical figures, Walter Benjamin, Franz Kafka, lovers young and old, writers of disappearing languages; they are set in airports, trains, the sites of legends, hotels, bookstores in countries that no longer exist, dreams. In each of them, Epstein draws precisely the smallest possible world, and revels in the great possibilities of a single sentence. In each of them, we are invited to celebrate everything that can happen before “the tip of the pencil breaks against the bright paper.”
ISBN 9781566568067 • paperback • $13 • April 2010

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