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storyteller, liar, dreamer

April 12th 2017

CATHY SWEENEY, runner-up in the 2017 Feature Writing Competition, recommends ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ by Yuri Buida: ‘Let’s start with this: many writers distrust stories. This may seem odd since they are compelled to spend their lives telling them, but such is human nature. I am thinking of writers such as Kafka and Borges and Pirandello and Beckett. And Yuri Buida. They do not consider stories to be the source of truth because they know that truth is a tricky thing, and not something that can easily be contained between ‘once upon a time’ and ‘the end’, like meat between two pieces of bread. If there is something akin to ‘truth’ in a story, it is like the truth that comes from dreams…’

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