300 short stories: story 254 & 255

story: “The Fifth Story” & “Happy Endings”

author: Clarice Lispector & Margaret Atwood

year: here and there 🙂 1950s & 1980s

where: Abu Dhabi

note: Putting these two together since their forms are similar.

a line: “In the mouths of some of the cockroaches, there are traces of white powder. I am the first to observe the dawn breaking over Pompeii.”

& “Mary gets run-down. Crying is bad for your face, everyone knows that and so does Mary but she can’t stop. People at work notice. Her friends tell her John is a rat, a pig, a dog, he isn’t good enough for her, but she can’t believe it. Inside John, she thinks, is another John, who is much nicer. This other John will emerge like a butterfly from a cocoon, a Jack from a box, a pit from a prune, if the first John is only squeezed enough.”

theme(s): Storytelling, reality, metafiction


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