International Review
Contemporary Fiction

issue 22
january - february 2001

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This issue we are pleased to present a short story by Frederick Barthelme, editor of the highly esteemed Mississippi Review, director of the Writing Program at the University of Southern Mississippi and a writer of unique wit and talent. If those of you outside the United States don’t know what a “low-rider” is (as our Spanish crew did not), the image on this page is an example, although Barthelme’s delightful story “Driver” is all you need to get the full picture; it’s about people, not cars, but the funky “low-rider” serves as a catalyst.  Of interest to U.S. readers:  most of our Spanish crew didn’t exactly know what a “tamale” was either. 

Jumping to another culture,
Helen Simpson’s story takes us into a slightly offbeat corner of central London.  With three highly-acclaimed story collections already to her name (and numerous awards), Simpson is one of the U.K.’s major new talents. If you don’t yet know her, catch her here and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.

Frank Huyler (U.S.) is an emergency-room doctor in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who also writes poetry and fiction. The two short stories in this issue - from a series of 28 vignettes - reveal a doctor/writer whose exceptional powers of empathy and insight take the reader to a deeper level of understanding than can ever be gleaned from E.R. television or film scenarios. 

New writer
John Aber, on the faculty at the College of Mt. Joseph, Ohio (U.S.), offers a selection from a series of stories he is writing set in Licking County, Ohio.The delectable and offbeat “Massage” won us all over; we expect you’ll be hearing more of his name.

From Spain, we present two short selections from
Juan Goytisolo - “Spain’s greatest living novelist,” says Carlos Fuentes. Goytisolo has been translated into many languages and is well known internationally; here you can read two recent pieces in translation by U.K.’s Peter Bush.    

In poetry, it is with pleasure that we present some new poems by England’s
Tim Turnbull as well as audio readings of “Raw  Horse” and “Popular Culture” - two poems previously published in TBR. For those of you who would like to know what is happening now in the world of spoken-word performance in the U.K., catch Turnbull - he’s fun, vibrant and  delivers a memorable reading of his work.  From here in Catalunya, one of TBR’s (and Catalunya’s) favorite poets, Antoni Clapés, offers a sampling from his recent work Hair’s Breadth, Epigrams/Epitaphs, as translated by Matthew Tree. Matthew Tree, btw, is an English native who lives in Barcelona and writes in the language of his adopted Catalunya. He is presently on the bestseller lists here for his non-fiction work, CAT: An Englishman Travels Around Catalonia To See If It Exists. A few issues ago we published his story “Summer of Love,” from the award-winning collection Ella ve quan vol (She Turns Up When She Wants To). We recommend you check it out if you happen to have missed it.

Our quiz this issue is on
George Orwell, who is dear to Barcelona, where over 60 years ago - in TBR’s own barrio - he joined the ranks of a group of Catalan Republicans who fought against Franco. His classic Homage to Catalonia shows his disillusionment with communism and the Spanish Civil War effort, but because of its honest and insightful political assessment as well as its compassionate humanitarianism, both the book and Orwell are revered here in Catalunya. No winner from last issue’s Gothic/Horror Quiz, but a near miss in a joint entry from Anna Pedroso and Patrick Hennessey, who definitely know the genre. Click here for the answers.

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In the meantime, good reading to all . . .             

Jill Adams

Jill Adams, editor

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