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By Vi Khi Nao

Winner of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick leading edge Fiction Prize

An unflinching and riveting meditation at the soreness that attends each aspect of existence—love and sacrifice and intimacy and beauty—a biography of torture.

Like all of Vi Khi Nao’s acclaimed and award-winning paintings, A short Alphabet of Torture bleeds throughout many modes and genres—poetry, essay, fiction, drama—and itself nearly constitutes a singular of a distinct type. every one story captures the emotional, actual, mental, political, and inventive issues that pervade sensible breath and which, even if very appealing, are jam-packed with pain.


These tales are all aspects of Nao’s mind's eye that outline the best way she perspectives construction, sexuality, violence, and the position of existence in an ontological approach that is predicated seriously on cultural, social, and creative duress. a few tales like “Winter Rose” and “I Love You Me Neither” upward push above the limits of ache to locations of good looks and style and love, the place soreness has no position, yet clarify how infrequent such moments seem in life.

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