Alpine view

Alpine view

from Henrik Failmezger
03.07.2019
“Is that an eagle?” The boy stood out on the terrace of the hotel, half of his upper body leaning over the railing while making telescope eyes through his binoculars.
“A bearded vulture” said Professor Nestor. The boy handed his binoculars to the professor, who ...
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Brake Light

Brake Light

from Ingrid Kloser
03.07.2019
Loose lines are like loose thoughts. A tired head remains upright when facing headwind. Tired, not from yesterday, the day before, or last year. Just tired. Leaving, slowly chugging out of the harbour. Wind caressing the face. Initially staying close to the bay, not ...
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Brother of Sheep

Brother of Sheep

from Wolfgang Machreich
03.07.2019
If Norbert’s hiking boots had known where they were being led to, they would have wished themselves into a pair of flip-flops. I understand the boots completely. The worn-off soles, the worn-out form, the worn-through leather. They stand in front of the wood stove and ...
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Enough

Enough

from Gabriele Chiapparini
03.07.2019
It had reached that point in the day when Raffaele was forced to untie the knots that secured the curtains of the rooms facing west. The sun was now positioned directly in front of the house, and, before long, it would begin to set, flooding the kitchen ceiling with ...
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Little Winnetou

Little Winnetou

from Beatrix Erhard
03.07.2019
One step after another; one step after another. Lenny stares down at his feet clad in light deerskin moccasins embroidered by Small Sun with red, light blue and lavender threads of wool. Dappled sunshine covers the ground, which let Lenny’s white deerskin trousers seem ...
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Mona Lisa’s Smile

Mona Lisa’s Smile

from François Loeb
03.07.2019
One morning, the Tuesday after the Christmas holiday, the museum guard Dupond made his rounds around the Louvre. He had advanced seniority with a flawless security record, which allowed him to exercise his duty by guarding the Mona Lisa, that famously unique icon of ...
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Saturday

Saturday

from Emanuele Quindici
03.07.2019
“Yes, tomorrow is Sunday and I’m not sure what I want to do. I mean in one way I have a million ideas: I’d like to conquer the world, but then I also feel like relaxing; I’d like to catch up with friends and then again I’d like to be on my own a bit. It’s always ...
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Stanko Prefers Stacking Love

Stanko Prefers Stacking Love

from Anna Maltschnig
03.07.2019
Stanko did not have to make himself bigger than he was. What good would that do when he spent day in, day out sitting around, unnoticed by the outside world behind opaque plastic panels. Neon-lit warehouses were his home, palettes and parcels were his addresses, the ...
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Sundays in September

Sundays in September

from Anita Hetzenauer
03.07.2019
About once a week, mostly on Sundays, I unlock my mailbox to find out what my orange “No Bulk Mail” sticker could not stop. These are almost exclusively bills, but today there is a handwritten envelope underneath. It is the only letter with a stamp. I haven't seen a ...
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The Gatekeeper

The Gatekeeper

from Jörg Michael König
03.07.2019
At 5:58 am, Hartmut Peter points a flat, black box towards the garage. His thumb slides into the small groove which has been worn into the button through the years; the garage door opens. The red clinker bricks are covered in dew. The neighbour’s dachshund is barking ...
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The Private Viewing

The Private Viewing

from Camilla Marrese
03.07.2019
The private viewing begins at 12. It’s 11:45. I’d actually be on time for once, thinks Nicolò, if it wasn’t for all this traffic. A guy behind him beeps his horn. Like that’s suddenly going to make all the cars in the traffic jam disappear, like that odious noise has ...
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The Writer

The Writer

from Stefano Zangrando
03.07.2019
It all started with a book, her last novel. “Please read it” my neighbour, Pia, had said to me, who was a friend and admirer of this writer whom I had neither met nor read: every time I saw her photograph in the papers or on television, she seemed too beautiful to be ...
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Vader

Vader

from Klaus Papula
03.07.2019
I lead a simple life. I work hard, I eat meat, I drink beer, I digest. I have planted a tree, I have built a house. I have almost procreated life. I have a dog. In contrast, my neighbours have a white rabbit and do not eat meat. They drink non-carbonated mineral water, ...
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What else?

What else?

from Stefano Girardi
03.07.2019
I open the window and let a biting breeze into the room. It’s only then that I notice the smell of our bodies.

Beyond the balcony I can make out the farm that presides over the valley: the men there are already at work, and I can see them, frenetic, as ...
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The Sea

The Sea

from Lisa Echcharif
21.06.2019
I'm hanging between two women.
Who are they? How did I get here?
I hang between them. They have picked me up holding me tight. My feet are raised and lowered as if someone were pulling them, like a puppet. And yet every step seems to cost me hours of ...
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Sanding Smooth

Sanding Smooth

from Shannon Wardell
27.02.2019
The sculpture is about 15 hours away from being perfectly finished. Whether it is perfect or not is a different question entirely, one best left to others to decide. But it will be as perfectly finished as I am capable of, it being a single massive block of cherry ca ...
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The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

from Lucy Bauer
27.02.2019
It wasn‘t that Jake despised his customers‘ tastes. On the contrary, he was well aware that if it weren‘t for the fact that many people’s notion of the ideal picture to hang on their wall was an exact copy of a famous work of art, he would be out on the street scraping ...
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