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New Literature from Europe, 2012

November 2012

In this collection, originally featured in the November 2012 issue of Words Without Borders, we present fiction by two writers from the New Literature from Europe Festival. Spain’s Ricardo Menéndez Salmón sees a marriage go down in flames, and Romania’s Dumitru Tsepeneag witnesses a backyard transformation. 

In Our Backyard
By Dumitru Tsepeneag
Then, for the first time, the strange thought occurred to me that our carpet frame had become a gallows.
Translated from Romanian by Patrick Camiller
Life in Flames
By Ricardo Menéndez Salmón
My wife and I were sitting on our porch when a man engulfed in flames entered our garden.
Translated from Spanish by Erica Mena