Jacques Barbéri

Isanve by Jacques Barbéri, M-Brane #19, August 2010.

A first for M-Brane SF this month is an item in translation. Michael Shreve renders into English French writer Jacques Barbéri’s “Isanve.” Remember how I said that Scarber’s story was set in the weirdest milieu I had seen here lately? Well, Barbéri’s is a close competitor for that distinction. I cannot risk spoilers by saying much at all about this story, but think of “psychomachines” with faces of farm animals, and a trapped soul. Shreve’s English rendering is so lovely that I badly wish that I could read French and compare it with Barbéri’s original.




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