400 short stories: story 307

story: “The Leopard”

author: Anthony Marra

year: 2015

where: A bed on the 33rd floor.

note: There’s a description near the end where the narrator, Roman, considers all the folks responsible for erasing people, and it makes me think of the book Ordinary Men.

a line: “It takes nothing less than the whole might of the state to erase a person, but only the error of one individual–if that is what memory is now called–to preserve her.

theme(s): Censorship, war, siblings,


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