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The Short Form

“Subtle Invasion”

Pere Calders


I'd imagined the Japanese would eat with exaggerated neatness, even to the point of irritation, pincering the food as if each morsel were a mechanism in a timepiece. But this wasn't the case: the man served himself with knife and fork, using them with great fluidity, and he chewed each mouthful without any breach of aesthetics. Reality shook my preconceptions.

We read it in Asymptote: April 2013.

Tranlsation published in 2013. Full story can be read here.