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MRU14: Sleeping Beauty

“The Story of An Hour”(1894) by Kate Chopin (US) A woman reacts to the news of her husband’s death. “The Truth According to Parviz Mansoor Samadi” (2008) excerpt from Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator on Piazza Vittorio by Amara … Continue reading

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MRU13: “Once more, they could glimpse, if only briefly” (Southeast Asia)

“A Rightful Share” (2009) by Preeta Samarasan (Malaysia) Malaysian class and social conflicts are played out. “Steel Brassiere” (2000) by Iris Sheila G. Crisostomo (Philippines) A woman reflects on her marriage. “Cog-work Cat” (2010) by Joyce Chng (Singapore) A cat … Continue reading

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MRU12: Caribbean Calico (Caribbean)

“How to Escape from a Leper Colony” (2010) by Tiphanie Yanique (US Virgin Islands) Care and conflict take place in a leper colony. “Ghosts” (2008) by Edwidge Danticat (Haiti/USA) Street gangs and creativity clash. “Anancy and The Cricket Match” (2003) … Continue reading

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MRU11: Cacophony of Francophone Voices

“Heading South” (2006) by Dany Laferrière (Haiti/Canada) A young man tries to seduce an older woman. “Epitaph for a Spinster” from the collection Rire Haitien/Haitian Laughter (2006) by Georges Anglade (Haiti/Canada) An unmarried schoolteacher gets the final word. “Crazy Zarife” … Continue reading

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MRU10: Crime and Mystery for Christmas

“Free Radicals” (2008) by Alice Munro (Canada) A widow faces a killer in her house. “Night Stand” (2009) by Daniel Woodrell (US) A war veteran kills a young intruder. “The Hand You’re Dealt” (1997) by Robert J. Sawyer (Canada) A … Continue reading

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MRU9: “Palm trees, my boy, like humans, experience joy and suffering” (North Africa)

“Absence” (2007) by Yasmina Khadra (Algeria) A young man’s reality is blurred by a summer crush. Story: http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/absence/ “Izzat Amin Iskandar” from the collection Friendly Fire: Ten Tales of Today’s Cairo (2004) by Alaa Al-Aswany (Egypt) A boy with an … Continue reading

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MRU8: In the Blink of a Clock (Korea/Japan)

“In Goats’ Eyes Is the Sky Blue?” by Natsuo Kirino (Japan) A boy counts out the last days of his restricted life in a prisoners’camp. Story: http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/In-Goats-Eyes-is-the-Sky-BlueBlue “It’s Been Just a Year and a Half Now Since I Went with … Continue reading

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