Andrei Bitov describes his book "The Symmetry Teacher" as a “novel-echo,” a palimpsest of a text which, as he explains in his preface, is his Russian “translation” of an obscure and untraceable English novel by a writer called A. Tired-Boffin.
Dorothy Tse’s third book, "Snow and Shadow," is a collection of surreal stories set in a fantastical version of Hong Kong.
In each of her five short stories, Nettel places humans under the microscope and examines them at their most fragile and desperate.
I say we go. It can’t be worse than it is here.
Once there, they had been robbed of their passports and forced to work without pay for twenty hours a day.
He says that was the most ingenious smokescreen he’s ever seen in his life.
''The clock inside has no numbers, it has only memories.''
"And that shadowy bit you see up there, that’s the thing that has me worried."
“Do you know how many policemen’s numbers I have in my phone?”
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