Bombay Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto
I’ve been interested in short fiction this year. Two newly translated works I’ve enjoyed are Bombay Stories (Vintage) by Saadat Hasan Manto, the Bollywood screenwriter who led a decadent life behind the scenes in the Indian film business in the 50s: cynicism, dry prose and Carveresque plots. And second, Ex Cathedra: Stories by Machado de Assis (New London Librarium), freshly translated by Rhett McNeil; witty, subversive and beautifully constructed tales from turn-of-the-century Brazil. The book I would most like to be given for Christmas is The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence (Harvard University Press) by David Bromwich.