1. 'Amsterdam Stories' in Fiction Writers Review

     

    …these stories are also very funny. His story ‘The Freeloader’ describes the narrator’s memories of Japi, a vagabond and scrounger, a man who continuously attempts to avoid all effort. ‘I am nothing and I do nothing,’ Japi explains, and he disrupts these bohemians’ lives by revealing just how much stress and responsibility they have accepted. Japi has a Whitman-esque pleasure in observing the multiplicities of the world, without Whitman’s desire to subsume these into himself. Japi simply observes, and enjoys.

       — from a review of Nescio’s Amsterdam Stories, translated by Damion Searls and released last week, by Daniel Wallace in Fiction Writers Review. To read the whole review click here.