I’ve always written short stories in my spare time. Out of insecurity, I’ve never sought to publish them. Academic are not supposed to write fiction… Although it does not constitute a collection at such, the four I make available on this page appear to make a cohesive whole about grandmothers. I give them here so that they don’t continue languishing in my drawers. Others will follow if I manage to find a vaguely coherent tread between them. In the meantime, if you feel like providing feedback for these, please do so on the contact page.

  • Elagabalus

    A short story in the form of a dialogue taking place in the temple of the Castra Praetoria in Rome during the night of 10 March 222. The characters include the Syrian princess Julia Maesa and her grand child, Sextus Varius Avitus Bassianus, later known as the Roman Emperor Elagabalus. PDF

  • Çatalhöyuk

    A short story narrating the last days of the Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyuk. Four protagonists try to make sense of an imminent nomad invasion and the end of their sedentary life. PDF

  • The Bitter Liquid

    A short story narrating the last hours of a cancer patient during which she admits having failed to save her daughter from the sexual advances of her husband. PDF

  • Doña Mabel

    A short story in the form of a letter written by a Brazilian ex-plantation owner to her grandson studying and living in England. PDF