‘Compartment’ by Ursula Scavenius, translated by Jennifer Russell

I could have chosen any of Ursula’s stories from her hallucinating-with-anger collection but this one has the unshakeable image of the three grown-up siblings travelling in a train carriage to Hungary, the three of them sat with their mother’s coffin.

It has been adapted into an excellent film by Maj Rafferty. 

First published in English in The Dolls, Lolli Editions, 2021 and online at Granta

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