Story Winners 2012

The story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander (US) the €25,000 Frank O’Connor prize.The 2012 longlist is here.

Enjoy two stories from the collection:

“Free Fruit for Young Women” is available on The New Yorker

First line: “When the Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser took control of the Suez Canal, threatening Western access to that vital route, an agitated France shifted allegiances, joining forces with Britain and Israel against Egypt.”

“Everything I Know About My Family on My Mother’s Side” can be read on Esquire

First line: “1. Watch the husband and wife walking down Broadway together. Even looking at their backs, even from a distance, you can see the wife is making big sweeping points, advising.”

Writer Etgar Keret (Israel) was shortlisted for the second time for the prize with his collection Suddenly a Knock on the Door. If you are curious, his story “Healthy Start” (translated by Miriam Shlesinger) can be read on Tin House.

“East of the West” by Miroslav Penkov (Bulgaria) won BBC International Short Story 2012.

Excerpt: “I first met Vera in the summer of 1970, when I was six. At that time my folks and I lived on the Bulgarian side of the river, in the village of Bulgarsko Selo, while she and her folks made home on the other bank, in Srbsko. A long time ago these two villages had been one – that of Staro Selo – but after the great wars Bulgaria had lost land and that land had been given to the Serbs. The river, splitting the village in two hamlets, had served as a boundary – what lay east of the river stayed in Bulgaria and what lay west belonged to Serbia.”

“Mine” by Daniel Karasik (Canada) won the 2011-2012 CBC Short Story Prize

First line: “What the family does not know is that on Saul’s last night he broke his silence.”

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