300 short stories: story 298

story: “Tancredi”

author: Barbara Alberti (translated by Lawrence Venuti)/didn’t have access to the Italian

year: 1976

where: Al Reem

note: Much like the form of Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize Speech, when asked to explain this story, Alberti, instead of answering straightforwardly, tells another story.

a line:  “She nursed the baby with one mouth at each breast, and she didn’t complain.’”

theme(s): Birth defect, god, siblings


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