‘Absit’ by Angélica Gorodischer

Absit by Angélica Gorodischer, 2013

The magic trick:

Using a simple plot to challenge the reader’s notion of justice

Be warned, this story is very unsettling.

It takes a straight-line, simple plot – a man with the evilest of intentions is foiled by the young girl he targets – to force the reader to consider their own definitions of justice and morality.

And that’s quite a trick on Gorodischer’s part.

The selection:

“Go on, go on, little girl, go tell the fellow at the newsstand there was an accident, tell him to come, to bring a rope, no, a ladder, no, better a rope, go on.”

“Okay,” said the girl, “but, are there corpions down there?”

“No, no there aren’t. Go on, sweetie, go look for the newsstand man, tell him to bring a rope, to bring a rope because there was an accident.”

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