Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World by James Thomas Robert Shapard Christopher Merrill Linh Dinh Stefani Nellen Edmundo Paz Soldán Randa Jarrar Juan Villoro Online

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World
Title : Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World
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ISBN : 9780393346077
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288

A dazzling new anthology of the very best very short fiction from around the world.What is a flash fiction called in other countries? In Latin America it is a micro, in Denmark kortprosa, in Bulgaria mikro razkaz. These short shorts, usually no more than 750 words, range from linear narratives to the more unusual: stories based on mathematical forms, a paragraph-length novA dazzling new anthology of the very best very short fiction from around the world.What is a flash fiction called in other countries? In Latin America it is a micro, in Denmark kortprosa, in Bulgaria mikro razkaz. These short shorts, usually no more than 750 words, range from linear narratives to the more unusual: stories based on mathematical forms, a paragraph-length novel, a scientific report on volcanic fireflies that proliferate in nightclubs. Flash has always—and everywhere—been a form of experiment, of possibility. A new entry in the lauded Flash and Sudden Fiction anthologies, this collection includes 86 of the most beautiful, provocative, and moving narratives by authors from six continents, including best-selling writer Etgar Keret, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah, Korean screenwriter Kim Young-ha, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, and Argentinian “Queen of the Microstory” Ana María Shua, among many others. These brilliantly chosen stories challenge readers to widen their vision and celebrate both the local and the universal.

Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World Reviews

  • Tara

    My book blurb: Like the most diligent of cultural anthropologists, the editors of Flash Fiction International have sifted through centuries of micro art to record and then exhibit to the rest of the world these enduring small stories, common in their humanity but culturally distinct in their presentations. This anthology is a gift to the literary community, an important contribution to the understanding of the flash species in all its variegated forms.

  • Sentimental Surrealist

    I will not be so presumptuous as to claim I understood how to rate a collection like this, and not just because I see all sorts of problems in my natural inclination to slap vaguely defined numerical ratings on works of art and call it a day, but also because how do you rate this damn thing? Quality of stories seems like bad practice to me - sure, there were stories I didn't like in here, but that's the nature of them and they were so quick I'd find something I did like around the corner. Maybe [...]

  • Helen McClory

    It's probably too hard to rate a diverse collection such as this, with stories from over eighty different people, plus snippets of flash fiction theory to finish - so what can I say? A hefty, healthy compendium, with lots of familiar names (and a tendency to lean more American than I'd expected). If I had a criticism, it's that the collection is rather more realist than experimental, and perhaps misses out on some more nimble works than it could have showcased. I did notice a bit of a repetition [...]

  • Karie Luidens

    The author E.L. Doctorow once said that “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.” This came to mind as I flew through the 86 stories collected in Flash Fiction International, each by a different author and each only a few paragraphs long.“Really?” a friend asked when I explained the anthology’s concept. “Isn’t that too short to have characters and a plot and everything?”Maybe, but it’s lo [...]

  • LAPL Reads

    The short story is different from a novel in length and in plot content. Flash fiction is a variation with very, very, very short stories. They are popular throughout the world and offer writers a creative chance to experiment, to compress and still express some type of story which can leave a reader room for speculation and even some puzzle solving. As with regular short stories, because they are short, these works can be read quickly, however they often require more than one repeat reading, an [...]

  • Sadia Afrin

    Reading this book was like taking a quick walk through the world, peeking at different lives and experiencing various emotions which are universal.The book is beautifully formatted, at the top of the page is the name of the country where the stories are from - which really helps understanding the context sometimes, and then the name of the story and the author. Ranging from stories from Ancient Rome to modern day United States, the selection is diverse. The little bite-sized pieces of stories ar [...]

  • Santino Prinzi

    This is a fantastic and far-reaching collection of flash fiction featuring writers from all over the globe. As with any collection of stories or anthologies there's always that feeling of some stories being better than others, but all of these pack a punch and reward pondering. The flash theory section at the end is just as thought-provoking as the flashes themselves. An important flash fiction anthology.

  • Beau North

    Proves you don't need to be florid or wordy to write an amazing piece of fiction. Sherman Alexie's 'Idolatry' was my particular favorite, thanks to the elegant knife twist at the end. Great collection that I will return to again & again.

  • Ray Zimmerman

    Flash fiction InternationalReviewed by Ray ZimmermanI usually compare the novel to a mammal, be it wild as a tiger or tame as a cow; the short story to a bird or a fish; the microstory to an insect (iridescent in the best cases). - Louisa ValenzuelaLuisa Valenuzeula’s statement has a certain charm as she compares the very short fiction form, now known as flash fiction, to iridescent insects, but I prefer to liken them to gems, lustrous with beauty and hard as the truths they reveal. The editor [...]

  •  Marla

    We are speaking to Robbie Shapard for our book club teleconference. I am looking forward to it.3.5 stars. Interesting collection of VERY short stories gathered from around the world. Not a book to read cover to cover, but great for a few minutes here and therewaiting for children, standing in a check out line, reading a few pages before bed. I'd never read flash fiction before and it is different even than short stories. Some similar themes sprinkled throughout, but even if you don't understand [...]

  • Kate

    I love flash fiction and I love the concept of an anthology of authors from around the world, as then you get to sample so many authors. Speed dating with authors. What fell flat for me was the tone of the collection as a whole. A lot of these stories are dark and sad. They are also very rooted in present day troubles. All fine if you like that sort of thing, but I don't unfortunately. The only story that was more in the vein of what I like was Kirsty Logan's story 'The Light Eater', about a wom [...]

  • Meghan

    What a beautiful collection! I read everything in here without skipping around, which is rare for me, and it was especially interesting to see the geographic trends in my favorite flash pieces. (Apparently I like flash from the UK, US and Argentina almost equally, with a dash of the Northern European. Who would've known!) This was the first collection of flash I've read, and as formal (or informal) introduction to the form, this book is a great read. Recommended to: writer who want to learn abou [...]

  • Jonathan Tennis

    Started slow and was worried this was another wasted attempt at finding a good collection of flash fiction. When it got good, it stayed good. Some of my favorites were as follows: ShatteredLoveHonor KillingSignsIdolatryLostThe Extravagant Behavior of the Naked WomanNight Drive The Light EaterInsomnia (best of the collection) Appointment in SamarraThe Egg PyramidMy Brother at the Canadian BorderWhen a Dollar was a Big DealReunionFarewell, I Love you & GoodbyeFrom the Roaches’ PerspectiveSto [...]

  • Ida

    Here are stories you can read in less than five minutes. Every continent is represented, with the exception of Antarctica. Some of the authors amaze me with their ability to portray a character’s entire life in under 1,000 words. Two of my favorite pieces, “Barnes” by Edmundo Paz Soldán and “Idolatry” by Sherman Alexie, are each only one page long. Both authors explore the human craving for recognition, but in different ways.

  • Adam

    I mostly enjoyed reading these microstories. Though for the most part they feel like scenes from a longer work, or even just writing experiments, rather than stories with a beginning, middle and end. Some fun ones about flies and god, Koko and death. And it was refreshing to be able to pick up, read for a few minutes, and set aside. However, I'm not running back to the library in search of another compilation.

  • Laurie

    I didn't finish this book. I'm not wild about the genre of flash fiction after all, which shouldn't surprise me since I'm not big on short stories either. Every once in a while there is a piece that really grabs me, but for the most part there is too short hand in conveying ideas and not enough character development in this genre.

  • Tracey

    Wonderful! Everyone should own this collection for when you only have time for a shot of beauty. It's perfect; you pick it up read a page and understand that beautiful, generous hearts create such wonder and you can carry on creating your own.

  • Ellen

    The micro story is in many ways superior to its brother the short story. I was quite pleased by many of these.

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  • Ben Arzate

    3.5 Stars

  • Michael

    Wide-ranging, enjoyable, often funny or moving, collection. Not as literary (stuffy) as some similar collections.

  • Gwen Jones

    I enjoyed this.Of course, there were some stories I like more than others . I t was good read for a book I bought for the wrong class. I reccommend this for anybody with wonderlust.

  • mayhugh

    "Sahira hoped that, even if Saleh didn't recognize her, he'd at least recognize his old self."Prisoner of War, Muna Fadhil

  • Valerie Doherty

    Flash fiction- love the form. This book included flash theory and sources at the end- very helpful resource.

  • Theresa

    This is a very good compendium of a wide variety of imaginative flash fiction. The styles are hugely varying, but mostly it stretches the boundaries of one's imagination. Not everything in this book was to my taste (possibly not most), but I found inspiration in the great spectrum of offerings. If you're writing flash fiction or you like to read it - experimental and all - give this book a read!

  • David

    This is a nicely put together collection. Some of these flashes are absolutely brilliant, and all are at the very least enjoyable and well written. There is a wonderful amount of variety to the form shown in here, which I suppose is at least part of the point. Very nice.

  • Kate

    "In this world, we must love the liars or go unloved."

  • Levi

    Insightful. Interesting. Fun.This book was a great first step for me into flash fiction. I heard about it from a friend and I was interested in finding out more about the genre and style. I appreciated the "Flash Theory" and quotes from various authors in the back to get other people's insight as to what flash fiction is. Plus, by reading through most of the shorts in the book, I have a much better idea about what this genre entails.Throughout the book I was fascinated by the different stories a [...]