‘The Red Fox Fur Coat’ by Teolinda Gersão, translated by Margaret Jull Costa

This story is an absolute joy. A bank clerk is drawn to a fox fur coat in a shop window, a coat that could, as the saleswoman points out, have been made for her. The coat transfixes the clerk and acts as the catalyst for a spectacular transformation – a heightened sense of smell, a lust for blood and flesh, a desire to run wild. This is a story about the animal in all of us, about the urge to throw aside the chains of the everyday. A subversive and rebellious work.

In the anthology Take Six: Six Portuguese Women Writers, Dedalus, 2018. Available to read online in The Threepenny Review