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Author: Camilla Grudova
Publisher: Granta, 2016

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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Horror
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Shirley Jackson award winning and BFA nominated novelette. Originally appeared in Granta 136, Summer 2016. It can be found in the anthology Year's Best Weird Fiction: Volume Four (2017), edited by Michael Kelly and Helen Marshall, as well as the collection The Doll's Alphabet (2017).

In this world, men are Men who must constantly study and take Examinations in Philosophy. A woman's existence is driven by capturing a Man which is "The Goal of Life;" she must support him working in hazardous factories, often being injured. "An outsider male who is not part of the exam system hooks up with a woman and they have a secret child and demonstrate strange, illicit tenderness in a world devoid of any." (Marc Nash)


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