Telling a story in the shortest way is not a tribute to silence, but an example of the power of language: that’s the intention behind these texts, which show David Albahari’s full range and his linguistic elegance. Whether characterised by absurdity or bitter humour, melancholy or roguishness –they are always distinctive in their breathtaking concision. Reduced to one or two main images, the stories develop in the imagination of the reader into fully elaborated panoramas of his or her choice: mysterious and as bright as day at the same time.