iván BRAVE

Writer

A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally.

A character unexpectedly bumps into his or her soulmate, literally.

25 December 2018

(. . . the story of a magician and a sorceress.)   The magician dashed off stage. He had been ridiculed for his fast-sprouting carnations, yet again. No more flower tricks at these open mics, he begrudged, they don’t care for nature fast or slow. Not to mention, being booed for your favorite spell sucked […]

Success, a NYC interview story

Success, a NYC interview story

22 October 2018

Pasó así, Papá, y aunque pese, como lo viví te lo narro, en inglés:   Completely cut off from chance, no hope, only needs and responsibilities. I got home at 1 PM from working a four-hour at the language school. I would talk about that shift later in the day, when it came to answering […]

Asesino (Assassin)

Asesino (Assassin)

29 May 2017

(Art by George Fredric Watts, Hope, 1886)   Click here for PDF of Asesino. Asesino is a story inspired by the dream a friend, Diego Sebastian Figueredo, told at a milonga about a year ago.   It begins with an epigraph borrowed from Thomas De Quincey’s On Murder as Considered as One of the Fine […]

Wajdan — “The Story of a Gypsy Dancer”

Wajdan — “The Story of a Gypsy Dancer”

22 May 2017

(Art work found on Sufi Friends, and Negarkhaneh.)   Click here for a PDF of “Wajdan”   At Slice’s Literary conference last September, I attend a panel titled (something like) “How to Write When Finding Time is Impossible.” Middle of the afternoon, after having taught a class earlier that morning, I began dozing off, tuning […]

La Albiceleste — part(e) 4

La Albiceleste — part(e) 4

1 May 2017

ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste4_2000   “My family and I moved back to our country, so my parents could finalize their divorce. And everyone blames someone else for it, except me. I blame myself.”

La Albiceleste — part(e) 1

La Albiceleste — part(e) 1

10 April 2017

ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste1_1300 The beginning. Will there be redemption? Follow failed soccer star Semis, and teenage dreamer Zulema, on their journey to fulfill their destiny.   El principio. ¿Habrá redención? Sigue a Semis, un excampeón de futbol, y a Zulema, una adolecente soñadora, en sus caminos a cumplir sus destinos.  

Naked Skeleton (1600 words)

Naked Skeleton (1600 words)

3 April 2017

Click here for PDF — Naked Skeleton A story inspired by the above image…   How would you write Dali’s version of the story? Leave it as a comment in the space below.

A Sylph Sketch’d

A Sylph Sketch’d

27 March 2017

(Link to story removed: story under consideration for print.)   Ricardo Soca, the philologist behind Palabra del Día and “La Fascinante Historia de las Palabras,” traces the etymology of “Sylph” back to the pre-Roman Gauls, forest dwellers of the north. The sylphs in their tales were the wild wind sprites who co-inhabited the mysterious forests. […]

“Ardor” — 400 words

“Ardor” — 400 words

21 March 2017

[Art by Edgar Degas: “Woman with a Towel”; 1894 or 1898] Click here for the PDF — “Ardor” I wrote this short story on the balcony of my grandmother’s fourth floor apartment in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires. My cousin and I were sharing a couple of tasty matecitos over an afternoon merienda–up there, on the […]