400 short stories: story 318

story: “The Weeping Child” author: Jane Gardam year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: I just ordered her collection. I love the ending of this story, because it doesn't follow the conventional rules of short stories. "A ghost of somebody who is still alive"--amazing! a line: “I saw only the housekeeper who was a slut and …

400 short stories: story 317

story: “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” author: Mavis Gallant year: 1963 where: Burj al Salam, Dubai note: reread a line: “Snow, which he tasted, melted on her hands. His gesture of licking snow from her hands was formal as a handshake.” theme(s): Self-delusion, expatriate life, storytelling, loyalty

400 short stories: story 312

story: “Sealed Off” author: Eileen Chang year: 1944 (English translation 2016) where: Blacksmith Coffee note:  Chang's studies were interrupted in Hong Kong when the Japanese attacked (the same week as Pearl Harbor). Chang returned to Shanghai. All Chang's stories (to my knowledge) are set in either Hong Kong or Shanghai. a line: “But," said Cuiyuan, "a girl from …

400 short stories: story 310

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 …