There is a delightful short story in the current New Yorker (Feb 13 & 20, 2006) called “A Shinagawa Monkey”, by Haruki Murakami. It is a brief enigmatic piece, about 20 minutes reading time, translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel. If it is a parable, it is hard to say what it is a parable of; it is nominally about a monkey who steals names.
See our Writing Notes department for our Review of this fascinating little tale.
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