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Blue Has No South

Alex Epstein
In these 100 plus stories Alex Epstein is revealed as a master of the poetic-philosophical short and very-short story. In a few paragraphs, sometimes only a few sharp, brilliant lines, Epstein creates worlds filled with wonder and beauty. He embarks on journeys across the shaded plains of consciousness, shines an original light on pop-culture heroes, and engages in dialogue with great literary figures like Kafka, Borges, and Calvino. He never shies away from taking a stance on the issues of the day either. The stories lure us with their magic and twinkling humor; they light our imagination and entice us to ponder the meanings hidden within them.

Epstein has a dark, dry wit, and his narratives are the product of serious play… His style and tone are post-modern, but his voice is his own.  
New York Journal of Books

A master of flash-fiction who distills stories to their aphoristic essence…His stories are often enigmatic, and sometimes like thought experiments.
Epstein’s stories are distinguished by their philosophical lyricism.. What stirs you most is not what happens but the ideas and impressions that get conjured as the stories unfold.
Jewish Week (New York)

The complexity and beauty, as well as the dry humor, of Epstein’s miniature narratives rise to the surface... There is much to admire and consider in Epstein’s work.

Epstein Blue Has No South
Title Blue Has No South
Author’s Last Name Epstein
Author's First Name Alex
Language(s) Hebrew, English, Russian
Genre stories
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2005
No. Pages 215 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Le-Kachol Ein Darom
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: Northampton, MA, Clockroot Books, 2010

Selected Stories
Russian: Moscow, Muravei, 2006

Lunar Savings Time [Shortcuts Home]
English: Northampton, MA, Clockroot Books, 2011
French: Bordeaux, Éditions do, 2017

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