In Another Country
“The Loss” is from David Constantine’s new collection, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Biblioasis, 2015). Constantine is a British poet, translator, author whose short fiction has won two of the top short fiction prizes in English — the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (2013) and the BBC National Short Story Award (2010) — and yet he is relatively unknown to readers in America.
Constantine’s new collection has been widely praised.
“Constantine is writing for his life. Every sentence and paragraph is shaped, tense with meaning and unobtrusively beautiful, his images of the natural world burning their way into the reader’s mind.”–Maggie Gee, The Sunday Times
“Masterful … pregnant with fluctuating interpretations and concealed motives.”–The Guardian
“This is a superb collection of stories: Constantine’s writing is rare today, unafraid to be rich and allusive and unashamedly moving.” The Independent
“Sparkling.”–The Times Literary supplement
“Spellbinding.”–The Irish Times
“The excellence of the collection is fractal: the whole
book is excellent, and every story is excellent, and every paragraph is excellent, and every sentence is excellent. And unlike some literary fiction, it’s effortless to read.” —The Independent on Sunday