“Talking to Juanito” by Mia Tijam at Bewildering Stories

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 26 - 2012

Our good friend Mia Tijam has a new piece of fiction up on “Bewildering Stories“, for their 504th issue. “Talking to Juanito” told from the perspective of a child, but it is not a children’s story– or, rather, the material may not be for children. In another sense though, it *is* a children’s story because it deals with their fused awareness of the real and the imagined, as well as the rules imposed by adults so different as to seem to be from another species. For those who enjoy stories where the line between real and unreal is blurred, this one may be for you.

The editors of Bewildering Stories had this to say about it:

The story mingles languages very effectively. The subordinating conjunction ta is essential: it means “because, and it’s a bad thing…” And the interjection Ta… ta… recurs frequently. Readers can imagine the “lolas” muttering darkly, “Bad… very bad.”

One Response to ““Talking to Juanito” by Mia Tijam at Bewildering Stories”

  1. Mia Tijam says:

    I’m now a resolved believer in “Ars longa, vita brevis” haha. Thanks so much Pao for this!

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