The Buddhist by Alan Rossi

This short story is in the latest edition of Granta, the literary magazine of new writing.

It is about a Canadian Buddhist monk, thinking about his life and emotional past and, as he does so, deconstructing them using Buddhist techniques. It is refracted through his conversations on Skype with a student of Buddhism in America, who is an attractive and troubled woman in her forties.

It is very nicely done, indeed. Humorous, in a faint way, but emotionally allusive and it feels, well, as if it could be a true account of a real situation. Which is something to say about a piece of fiction.


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