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A row of violins
Photo by Umutcan Günüç on Unsplash
By Verena Rossbacher
As he obsesses over his interpretation of Schubert, a man collects strands of hair he finds around his apartment in an excerpt from Verena Rossbacher's novel Verlangen nach Drachen.
Translated from German by Anne Posten
A pile of cucumbers
Photo by Mohammadreza Ghasemian on Unsplash
By Martin Karbowski
Bulgarian journalist Martin Karbowski harvests cucumbers and comedy in this essay translated by International Booker winner Angela Rodel.
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel

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