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January 2012


With a nod to the doomsday prophecy, we're launching 2012 with writing about apocalypse. In two riffs on the Old Testament, André-Marcel Adamek builds a Belgian ark, while Fernando Paiva eulogizes the Creator. Ofir Touché Gafla counts down the hours in a runaway city. Sławomir Mrożek awaits the end of days at McDonald's. Hector G. Oesterheld and Solano Lopez depict a deadly snowfall in Buenos Aires. Gyrðir Elíasson sees banned books in Iceland's future. Antônio Xerxenesky exposes a conspiracy to rewrite a famous ending. And Mexico’s Ambar Past provides an incantatory oracle. We trust you’ll enjoy these apocalyptic visions; and if not, well, it’s not the end of the world. Elsewhere, Luis Nuño slips out for a smoke, Juan Villoro misses connections, and Alber Sabanoglu heads to sea.

The Ark
By André-Marcel Adamek
I shall destroy man whom I have created from off the face of Belgium: both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them. Make thee an ark…
Translated from French by Edward Gauvin
Seizing Cervantes
By Antônio Xerxenesky
When it all began, that is, when the Skeptic Party rose to power in the United Kingdom, in 2070, I was completely in favor. The group’s plan to completely forbid religious practice pleased me greatly.…
Translated from Portuguese by Kim M. Hastings
The Eagle
By Ambar Past
I only learn to be content.—Shogun Tokugawa  For Brisa Tinoco and those who have emailed asking if it’s true an old eagle sits alone on the mountaintop, tearing…
Translated from Spanish by Samantha Schnee
By Sławomir Mrożek
I read in the newspaper that the Apocalypse wasn’t going to happen.To celebrate this piece of good news, I went to McDonald’s and ordered a hamburger.“How fortunate,” I thought,…
Translated from Polish by Garry Malloy
God’s Obituary
By Fernando Paiva
Deceased yesterday morning, aged ninety-one, the English scientist Allan J. Winchmaster, the father of Genetic Architecture, better known as God. Winchmaster was found dead in the easy chair of his country…
Translated from Portuguese by Brent Alan James