Today’s story is called “One Gram Short” by Etgar Keret, translated by Nathan Englander. It’s my favourite one yet!
2018 Short Story Advent Calendar Unveiling: December 10
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This author is obviously a film lover—a person after my own heart. There was a 2003 movie called “21 Grams” with Sean Penn, the taglines for which were as follows (thank you IMDB):
Difference between dead and life
How much does life weigh?
They say we all lose 21 grams at the exact moment of our death… everyone. The weight of a stack of nickels. The weight of a chocolate bar. The weight of a hummingbird…
How much does love weigh?
How much does revenge weigh?
This Fall, fate weighs in.
How much does guilt weigh?
I think “How much does love weigh?” fits most closely with this wonderful story.
Oh wow! Very cool, I would have never made this connection.
Maybe Smokey’s gone out to see if she can buy you some exciting chocolates…
Nah she’s just being moody LOL
Etgar Keret is great. I read a few collections of his years ago. One was something like The Girl On Top of the Fridge? He typically has soldiers in his stories and is often funny. The stories are all super short, but he’s good in that form (lots of people aren’t).
And I like super short stories! haha