This issue marks The Barcelona Review’s 17th anniversary, and to celebrate we have a lusciously diverse collection of stories, with settings from Lima to Saint Petersburg to points throughout the US.
Peruvian-American Daniel Alarcón is the author of five novels and three short-story collections, some in English, some in Spanish. In 2010 he was included on The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list of promising young American writers. Three years earlier his name had appeared on a similar list of Latin American novelists, the “Bogotá 39,” but as a Peruvian. Here we are pleased to present lima, peru, july 28, 1979 which glimpses the revolutionary atmosphere of Lima at that time.
Croatian-American Josip Novakovich writes fluently in English as well. His work has earned him the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award, an American Book Award, and in 2013 he was a Man Booker International Award finalist. In Rubble of Rubles we have an excerpt from his novel-in-progress, which cast an unknowing American in the streets of Saint Petersburg, leaving him witness to a disturbing incident.
From southern Indiana, where I grew up, it was pure delight to discover Frank Bill, hailed by Donald Ray Pollock, Benjamin Percy and Pinckney Benedict – three favorite writers already in our archives. Amphetamine Twitch takes pulp fiction to an art as it captures the grit and noir of the southern Indiana badlands.
Emerging writer Gretchen A. Van Lente portrays the scene of “cheap condo living” on the Florida coast in Prelude to a Welterweight, right down to the Florida cracker building manager who “was no fun during a hurricane.”
And in All Fours, Joseph Chinnock, also from the U.S., takes us through a harrowing and humorous polygraph test. Can it be beat?
The quiz this issue is on Russell Banks. If you’re familiar with his work, have a go and you may win a 30-euro gift certificate from Amazon. Twelve correct responses to last issue’s quiz on Fiction of 2013, a record number of winners. Names into a hat and the winner came out Armando Celayo. Click here for the answers.
In book reviews, we focus on the new short story collection by Russell Banks, A Permanent Member of the Family, which inspired our quiz.
Local News: We’re all tired of dog owners who don’t scoop the poop. Brunete, a small town some 20 miles west of Madrid, got fed up, too, so the council launched a team of twenty volunteers to patrol the streets and by striking up a “casual conversation” with non-complying dog owners, names were obtained, and the scooped up excrement got packaged and sent to the pet owners in a box branded with the town hall insignia and marked “Lost Property”; while in Hernani, a town in the Basque Country, the council introduced a by-law forcing pet owners to register their dog's DNA so that they could be traced if their excrement was found in the streets or parks. (Blame that one on all those dubbed CSI episodes). Barcelona hasn’t gone quite so draconian, but do tread carefully.
Peace and love,
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