Flash Fiction International

Flash Fiction International

Very Short Stories From Around the World

Book - 2015
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What is a flash fiction called in other countries? In Latin America it is a micro, in Denmark kortprosa, in Bulgaria mikro razkaz. These short shorts, usually no more than 750 words, range from linear narratives to the more unusual: stories based on mathematical forms, a paragraph-length novel, a scientific report on volcanic fireflies that proliferate in nightclubs. Flash has always--and everywhere--been a form of experiment, of possibility. A new entry in the lauded Flash and Sudden Fiction anthologies, this collection includes 83 of the most beautiful, provocative and moving narratives by authors from six continents, including best-selling writer Etgar Keret, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah, Korean screenwriter Kim Young-ha, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, and Argentinian "Queen of the Microstory" Ana Mar?a Shua, among many others. These brilliantly chosen stories challenge readers to widen their vision and celebrate both the local and the universal.

Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393346077
Branch Call Number: FICTION Flash 04/2015
Characteristics: 277 pages ;,21 cm


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Oct 08, 2019

The below comment is ridiculous. Ok, maybe the collection is a little same-y -- but that has to do with the preferences and sensibility of the editor, NOT any kind of formal inevitability. And, yes, flash has its constraints and those can lead writers toward certain predictable narrative solutions. That's true of any literary form. And to the point about our 'frivolous' times: if there were any truth to that, surely lyric poetry would be flying off the shelves.

How many of us have been trained to read closely and with patience? To read what ISN'T on the page?

Please stick to reviewing the collection at hand -- don't stoop to trashing an entire literary form.

Nov 19, 2016

OK. In-a-flash - Here's my opinion about "Flash Fiction".

In this frivolous day & age of fast-food, instant information, and super-short attention spans - What else could possibly be more fitting than to now have "flash" fiction added to the menu? - I mean - What's next? Flash Poetry?... Dog Bog... Hog Log (?)

With each of these 86 stories written in 750 words, or less - Believe me - Once you've read their first 2 sentences, then you're sure to know exactly what the last 2 sentences are going to be - Instantly.

If you ask me - I'd say that each of these tales all had such an annoying "sameness" to them that I swear they were written, one and all, by the same person - (But, apparently they're not).

And so, with that in mind - I think that this whole "Flash Fiction" business is nothing but a clever scam invented by its author (who wrote all of these padded-out paragraphs) as a means of selling his/her book to a gullible and naive public who are seeking something new and trendy. Yep. That's what I think.

(*Watch the "Go Solo" music-video (4 stars) which has nothing, in any way, to do with this book*)


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