Very first MRU story selection
“Forbidden Fruit” (1966) by Fazil Iskander (Russia/Abkhazia)
A young Muslim boy and his sister visit neighbours and are offered tea and tender slices of pork.
Extra: autobiographical story by same author Something About Me
“Gold Boy, Emerald Girl” (2008) by Yiyun Li (China/US)
An elderly Chinese professor arranges a marriage between her middle-aged son and a lonely former student.
“The Penis Story” (1998) by Sarah Schulman (US)
A woman wakes up and discovers she has a penis.
“The Circus Has Come” by Milena Benini (Croatia)
The Lucky Bastard and the crew, a space-travelling circus, land at a border station and meet its lonely inhabitants.