Winter 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 1 Fiction |

Summer with Anna

From the Greek   So beautiful it hurt, she thought to herself as she walked along. Birds were twittering, clouds moving south. The spikes of wheat were gold in the distance, and the hills on the horizon curved in a lazy line against the blue sky. She noticed a particular cloud grazing the side of the hill, and its white shape unfolded like a woman reclining on a divan. That cloud pisses me off, she told herself. She coughed, and came to a halt. On the other side of the fence the grass was dry and the earth red and cracked. Three fig trees stood guard over the landscape, and behind them the ground fell abruptly away. Someone had tethered his donkey to a tree. It was a small, gray creature, standing absolutely still, its hooves rooted to the dry ground; only its tail swished almost imperceptibly from side to side. It had a white star on its forehead. Rhea gazed at its calm, brown eyes, and for a moment they seemed to stare at one another. She could climb over the fence, wa

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Ersi Sotiropoulos is the author of thirteen books of fiction and a volume of poetry. Her work has been translated into many languages. Her awarded novel Zigzag through the Bitter-Orange Trees was published in the US in '07 and Landscape with Dog and Other Stories in ’09. Her last collection of stories Feel Blue, Dress in Red received the National Award in Greece in 2012. She lives in Athens, Greece.
Translator Chris Markham has spent most of his adult life in Greece, working as a teacher and translator in the northern city of Thessaloniki. He now divides his time between Greece, Florence and England’s Lake District. He specializes in legal translations and can be contacted at www.chrismarkham.eu

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