Saturday, 21 February 2015

Haruki Murakami's “Scheherazade" in the New Yorker

Short stories can be tricky and I think the jury is out on what really makes a good short story.  When I got around to reading the short stories outside my textbooks -  This is very different, I realized,  from what I read in school - which were mostly reeeeally short as in SHORT stories. Most of the stuff I read in school were the shorter ones by RK Narayan (malgudi) and O Henry etc.

So, some very good ones would actually not be very short at all. I quite liked reading Maugham's stories from the orient, and expatriate life back in the days when colonization was in its last days. Jeffrey archer, Roald Dahl, Jhumpa Lahiri etc. were some of my favourites (and I think the entire list would be difficult to put down ehre)

Anyways quite a few short story writers keep being published, and even these I find labourious - a few are readable, but only a few stand out.

This one I read in the New Yorker (which publishes great stuff mostly but can also get crappy short stories too...) and is something to be shared, as IMHO it is simply outstanding. PLEASE Note - this is for adults only


And I think it survived and possibly even enhanced by translation.  I don't want to discuss it much here as it might give away the story. The only thing you might get the feeling is either WTF or 'hey, I just realized what you  just did there..."hopefully.

Read it.  Needless to say there was a lot of interest and the author also indulged a webchat with his fans to discuss his works.

Here're the links:

Short story: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/13/scheherazade-3

discussion with autor: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/fiction-this-week-haruki-murakami-2014-10-13


Enjoy....

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