The fig tree with gnats: A short story by Avner Shats


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On this week’s episode, host Marcela Sulak reads a selection of Avner Shat’s short story, “Figs,” which was published in his first book, Printed Circuits in 1994.  Here is an excerpt from the story:

“The years went by, and not a single daughter came to the world. The women were getting older, fewer babies were born, and I was the last girl born here. There is no girl younger than me in the village, no sister nor niece, and today I shall marry a man, and no one is really sure whether to be happy or sad, for no one ever heard of such a thing, not even the army and the other people who came with it, those who wear no uniforms and walk around the village asking silly questions, those who erected a tent like nomads, with bizarre instruments in it, so my aunt says, where they cure people by pricking them or feeding them bitter hard beans, and request you to do odd things and movements and to answer questions about drawings, and even those knowledgeable people have never heard of a wonder such as ours, a place where only males are born.”

Figs” by Avner Shats 

Bill Frisell – Gone Just Like a Train

Producer: Ariella Plachta
Technical producer: Tammy Goldenberg

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