Below is a guest post from Pravesh Bhardwaj, a filmmaker based in Mumbai who has been posting his favorite short stories all year.
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I started posting short stories using the hashtags #Fiction and #Longreads last year. The idea was to read something new and discover stories and authors instead of just sitting in my chair, staring at the laptop screen. Short stories were meant to be a ‘worthy’ distraction from my effort towards writing (rather, attempting to write) a screenplay.
Every day after dinner I looked for something fresh from free sources including The New Yorker—which was kind enough to unlock their entire collection for a few months this year—Granta, Guernica, Berfrois, Narrative Magazine, Electric Literature, Esquire, Barcelona Review and The Paris Review. I’d love your suggestions, too—you can direct them to me at @AuteurPravesh on Twitter.
Here are the 10 short stories that I enjoyed reading the most, in random order:
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Lovely story from the lovely collection of the same name.
I thoroughly enjoy Ha Jin’s writing. This year I also read his novel Waiting and loved that too.
This was a blind discovery. Can’t wait to read her other works.
If you are going to read just one story out of the ten that I am recommending, then make it this one.
I have never seen an Etgar Keret book in a bookstore in Mumbai. Either I am going to the wrong shops or I should go ahead and order online.
I read many glowing reviews of All the Light We Cannot See, which appears on most of the year-end lists this year. I started looking for him and found this gem.
I also liked Marías’s novel Infatuations, though not many of his books are available here in India.
Super story from the writer whose novel The Reader I also thoroughly enjoyed.
Phil Klay’s short story collection Redeployment is perhaps the most recommended short story collection of the year. This story is from the same collection. There is another one, “OIF,” at the Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading.