It’s February, and love is in the air. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered seven stories from our archives that are sure to put your romantic notions to the test.
In Levi Henriksen’s “All the Way Home,” translated from Norwegian by Diane Oatley, a bus driver gives a solitary passenger a ride home on Christmas Eve.
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Matteo B. Bianchi
A university student finds himself falling in love with an unlikely suspect in Matteo B. Bianchi’s “The Lost Language of Crane Operators,” translated from Italian by Wendell Ricketts.
A man becomes obsessed with his lover’s open relationship in this excerpt from Abel’s Autobiography by Kári Tulinius, translated from Icelandic by Larissa Kyzer.
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Bùi Ngọc Tấn
An elderly man reminisces about love and youth in Bùi Ngọc Tấn’s “Endless Universe,” translated from Vietnamese by Nguyễn Hoàng Quyên.
A man finds himself unexpectedly in love in “Little Dipper” by Naira Gelashvili, translated from Georgian by Mary Childs.
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Carlos Oriel Wynter Melo
A woman anxiously awaits the arrival of her lover in this short story by Carlos Oriel Wynter Melo, translated from Spanish by Pamela Carmell.
In Johan Harstad’s “To,” translated from Norweigian by Deborah Dawkin and Erik Skuggevik, an old man keeps his wife alive in his memory before he, too, disappears.