The Art of the (Very) Short Story

'Journeys' talks to Saint Petersburg-born writer Alex Epstein, the micro-novelist known for his one-line stories who has always pushed the boundaries of conventional fiction.

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Alex Epstein started writing as a young kid, in an attempt to imagine exciting alternatives to his life. The result of this life-long endeavor is his varied oeuvre, consisting of fantastical short stories.

Famous for his so-called micro-fiction - 'one-line stories' - Alex's work has been translated into English, Russian, Greek. In 2003, he was awarded the Israeli Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature.

Drawing on history, mythology as well as day-to-day life, Alex's fiction is hardly ever conventional. He was the first author to publish his short stories entirely on Facebook, inviting readers to interact and comment which, he says, comes in part from his refusal to cooperate with giant publishers and chain book stores.

Playlist:

Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

Perfect Day – Duran Duran

Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel

Answerphone - The Back Yard (Ha-Hatzer ha-Achorit)

Mad World – Tears for Fears

Running Up that Hill – Kate Bush

Alex Epstein. Credit: David Bachar

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