By Vi Khi Nao

Winner of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick cutting edge Fiction Prize

An unflinching and riveting meditation at the discomfort that attends each aspect of existence—love and sacrifice and intimacy and beauty—a biography of torture.

Like all of Vi Khi Nao’s acclaimed and award-winning paintings, A short Alphabet of Torture bleeds throughout many modes and genres—poetry, essay, fiction, drama—and itself virtually constitutes a singular of a special variety. every one story captures the emotional, actual, mental, political, and inventive issues that pervade lifelike breath and which, even if very attractive, are packed with pain.


These tales are all points of Nao’s mind's eye that outline the way in which she perspectives production, sexuality, violence, and the function of existence in an ontological method that is based seriously on cultural, social, and creative duress. a few tales like “Winter Rose” and “I Love You Me Neither” upward thrust above the bounds of ache to locations of attractiveness and style and love, the place soreness has no position, yet clarify how infrequent such moments look in life.

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