A. L. Snijders: photo by Paul van Puffelen

A. L. Snijders

A. L. Snijders (b. 1937) has become a master of “zkvs” (“zeer korte verhalen” or “very short stories”—a term he invented). In 2010 he was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize, one of the most important literary prizes in Holland, in recognition of his work as a whole and especially his “zkvs.”

Night Train

Fiction by A. L. Snijders

Translated from the Dutch by Lydia Davis

Translated from the Dutch and with an introduction by Lydia Davis Gorgeously translated by Lydia Davis, the miniature stories of A. L. Snijders might concern a lost shoe, a visit with a bat, fears of travel, a dream of a man who has lost a glass eye: uniting them is their concision and their vivacity. Lydia Davis in her introduction delves into her fascination with the pleasures and challenges of translating from a language relatively new to her.…
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