Jean Ferry in Best of Gigantic

April 17th, 2015 § 0 comments


The tiny, mighty magazine of tiny, mighty fiction known as Gigantic has released a Best Of retrospective of its first five years (2009-14). I’m proud to report my translation of Jean Ferry’s “Rapa Nui” was selected for inclusion. Here’s an excerpt:

Since I had been thinking about it for thirty years, you would think I’d worked out my schedule in advance. Besides, I had no time to lose, as the Chilean training ship that had brought me was only putting in at port for two days. I am not lying when I say I was trembling with emotion under a strange, pale sun; I had a very hard time convincing myself this wasn’t the same old dream again, the dream where I dream I’ve reached Easter Island, trembling with emotion under a strange, pale sun. But no, it was all real: the wind, the black cliff, the three rippling volcanoes. There really were no trees, no springs. And, faithful to a date set at the dawn of time, the great statues awaited me on the slopes of Rano Raraku.

Like it? Consider purchasing Ferry’s short story collection The Conductor, from Wakefield Press.

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