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Coming this October, the 68th issue of our National Magazine Award-winning McSweeney’s Quarterly features stories of duplicity and deception, double lives and secret histories, waiting for you underneath a cover by Italian artist Daniele Castellano (inspired by the Roman god Janus depicting duality in its many forms). Inside, readers will find an essay by Alejandro Zambra on soccer sadness; an epic, time-bending short story from Carmen Maria Machado; and new work from National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko.

Like all editions of McSweeney’s, this issue includes work from established contemporary talents (Catherine Lacey, Andrew Martin, Laura van den Berg) alongside fresh emerging voices (Stephanie Ullmann, Hallie Gayle). Readers will find new translations of Peruvian writer Santiago Roncagliolo and Italian novelist Andrea Bajani, and a little diamond of flash fiction by James Yeh. Compiled by visiting editor Daniel Gumbiner, McSweeney’s Issue 68 offers a host of delights and surprises, from some of the world’s best writers.

Featuring original stories by:
Hallie Gayle
Carmen Maria Machado
Lisa Ko
Andrew Martin
Catherine Lacey
Santiago Roncagliolo
Stephanie Ullmann
Laura van den Berg
Andrea Bajani
James Yeh

An original essay by Alejandro Zambra

And letters by:
Sreshtha Sen
Dave Schilling
Rachel Yoder
Sam Riley
William Brewer
Anna Fitzpatrick