Story Title: ‘The Flies’ by Miha Mazzini.
Collection/Anthology?: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 4 (Bristol Review of Books)
Briefly: A Bosnian now living in Berlin with a German wife and a young daughter, is haunted by the terrifying memories by his past.
Afterthoughts: Every once in a while a short story will come along that totally blows me away. This is one such story. Rarely have I read anything so powerful or so moving. It’s clear that this story has come from a literary heavyweight (a Slovenian wordsmith who’s published some 23 books in 8 different languages) because it really is perfection personified. So touching! So moving! So evocative! Not taking anything away from the winner of this particular edition of the Bristol Short Story Prize, but how this story never took the top prize, is beyond me.
This story was read as part of a review of the Bristol Review of Books Anthology 4. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to pop along to my forethoughts post for this title. I also encourage you to make a trip over to the publisher page for this title.