This month we celebrate LGBT writing from around the world with the fourth installment of our annual Queer Issue. In two timely essays, Dmitry Kuzmin exposes the roots of recent anti–gay propaganda laws in Russia and Quentin Girard observes the protests against gay marriage in France. We also feature an excerpt from Tatiana Niculescu Bran's The Confession, the basis for the award-winning Romanian film Beyond the Hills. India's Vaishali Raode takes us into the world of Mumbai's hijra community, and Taiwanese poet Jing Xianghai looks through photos from an old relationship. And we present fiction from Jordan's Fadi Zaghmout, Cuba's Anna Lidia Vega Serova, Slovenia's Suzana Tratnik, and Austria's Josef Winkler. In a special section of Sri Lankan writing, Ru Freeman, the author of A Disobedient Girl, introduces us to the work of Simon Navagaththegama, Ariyawansa Ranaweera, and Kalaivaathy Kaleel.

New Writing from Sri Lanka


I too am a child. How would I know how to look after a baby?

The Hunter in the Wilderness of Sansara

The bird lay motionless and dead and infinitely small upon his massive palm.

At the Supermarket

trembling for the fingertip touch, pick, and cuddle

Book Reviews

Georges Perec’s “La Boutique Obscure”

For Perec even the task of recording a dream becomes a demanding literary and intellectual game.

Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo’s “Where There’s Love, There’s Hate”

This unsung jewel of a novella by the decorated couple Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo is a stylish, postmodern-inflected pastiche of an Agatha Christie mystery.

Lakshmi’s Story

What do we do? Do we kidnap children?

Very Cheesy and Also Rather Blah

behind us a lake brimmed with the noise of crows

Harpooned Woman

We bit one another mercilessly.

from “The Graveyard of Bitter Oranges”

I implored him softly, Kill me! Kill me!