Author: Andrés Neuman
Collection: The Things We Don't Do
I don't mean I want to be be called Cristóbal. He is my friend; I was going to say my best friend, but I have to confess he is the only one.
Gabriela is my wife. She loves me a lot and sleeps with Cristóbal.
And so the story continues for Marcos, the poor sad bastard, as he tried to justify his wife's, and his friend's, behaviour in just a few gullible paragraphs.
Oddly not without humour. This appealed to me a great deal.
Neuman is an Argentinian writer who is new to me. I received this book as part of a subscription I had in place with Open Letter Books, although I believe Pushkin Press publish this in the UK. I have been dipping in for a while and the stories in here are real gems, so I do urge you to track down a copy if you can.
And I am glad that I am able to pause this blog on a really good story. I will stop posting on here for a while. My plan is to take 2016 off and come back in 2017, but we'll see how that goes. Thanks to all of you who have popped in over the past five years. I hope I have been able to point you in the direction of some stories and collections that you may otherwise have missed.