N+1 has published an excerpt from my translation of Mikhail Shishkin's novel Maidenhair in its Winter 2013 issue:
DARIUS AND PARYSATIS had two sons, the elder Artaxerxes and the younger Cyrus.
Interviews start at eight in the morning. Everyone's still sleepy, crumpled, and sullen — employees, interpreters, policemen, and refugees alike. Rather, they still need to become refugees. For now they're just GS. That's what these people are called here. Gesuchsteller.1
He's brought in. First name. Last name. Date of birth. Thick lips. Pimply. Clearly older than 16.
Briefly describe the reasons why you are requesting asylum in Switzerland.
I lived in an orphanage since I was 10. Our director raped me. I ran away. At the bus stop I met drivers taking trucks across the border. One took me out.
Why didn't you go to the police and file a statement against your director?
They would have killed me.