All posts tagged: Anthony Marra

400 short stories: story 310

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2019 short stories

story: “The Grozny Tourist Bureau” author: Anthony Marra year: 2015 where: Casa, sonnolento note: The opening image of the verdigris-encrusted statue rising from the debris reminds me of Shelley’s “Ozymandias.” a line: “The minister set down his silverware and began sorting through the little trout bones on his plate, reconstructing the skeleton of the fish he had consumed.” theme(s): Postwar, loss, disability, tourism industry

400 short stories: story 307

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2019 short stories

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.” […]

400 short stories: story 305

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2019 short stories

story: “Chechnya” author: Anthony Marra year: 2010 where: kitchen table, Abu Dhabi note: Marra’s novel is on my list. a line: “Time was marked not by minutes but by men. Eight one night, eleven the next. Each felt like a porcupine between her legs. Men from Rome, Naples, and Palermo. Men from Scotland, Luxembourg, and Germany. American men. Australian men. They called her Natasha, and she didn’t understand how they knew her name. Then another woman told […]