Short story heaven 28/10/13

An unpublished story by Stieg Larsson
a darker shade - photo 14-10-13Brain Power, a previously unpublished short story by Stieg Larsson, is to appear in A Darker Shade, a new anthology of Swedish crime stories published in the UK by Head of Zeus. The editor of A Darker Shade is John-Henri Holmberg who was a personal friend of Larsson. The anthology will include stories from Eva Gabrielson, Henning Mankell, Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall. The anthology will be the first collection of Swedish crime short stories translated into English.

At the Malga
I didn’t know what a ‘malga’ was until I read this story by Catherine McNamara.



Afterwards I Googled it to find out a bit more. A ‘malga’ is an alpine hut, as described clearly by McNamara in At the Malga, a charming story of juxtapositions. Past/present, snow/sun, winter/summer, husband/stranger. An encounter between two strangers, left behind at an Alpine hotel by their fitter companions; one is tired, the other injured. They walk towards a malga, a walk that may lead to more than cheese.

There is a wonderful sensuousness about their companionship. They pass a lake. “Veronique had never paused here this long, except to loosen her neck scarf or apply sunblock. But now she felt an urge to wade into the rippled surface, feeling her bare feet fitting over the round stones and the chill delineation rising along her thighs. She wondered what would happen if she were to shed her clothes before poor Heinrik here, and proceed into the water.”

catherine mcNamara - PeltandOtherStories 12-10-13At the Malga is published in Pelt and Other Stories, to read more click here:-

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Munro wins Nobel Prize
Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature 2013. Munro won the Man Booker International prize in 2009 for her lifetime body of work.



Jasper Sutcliffe, head of buying at Foyles bookshop in London told The Bookseller magazine, “We’re absolutely thrilled that Alice Munro has won – it shines a light on a career of consistent brilliance lasting over four decades. It’s also very pleasing to see the merits of the short story form recognised, especially as Alice Munro manages to a cram a whole novel’s worth of meaning in every one she writes. She comfortably bears comparisons with Chekhov, the acknowledged master of the form.”

Queenie, a short story by Alice Munro, will be republished by Profile as a pocket-sized paperback and sold exclusively in the UK through Waterstones for £1.99. Queenie tells the story of Chrissy, who gets a new step-sister when her father remarries.