Yossi Faybish’s three 100 word microfiction stories, “Love Story”, “Not This Horror”, and “Chance Encounter”, will appear in the third issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021). Yossi graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the stories “Love Story”, “Not This Horror”, and “Chance Encounter”?
I have rarely had the occasion to express in writing my pride in belonging to this “survivor nation”. I am not built for long narratives and I truly believe that a short, pin-pointed narrative can be as powerful as a long one when targeting a specific subject and audience. And the subject of pain and survival is one of those dear to my heart.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
Memories, events, triggers from various sources goading me into an irrepressible desire to express my thoughts. This, alongside with the wish and need to leave a meaningful trace of myself for any future interested party.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
Irrelevant the reality surrounding me, I am an incorrigible optimist. I believe that for every 1000 people there is at least a really good one there, and this thought or rather knowledge uplifts me. I search for them, and when I find them I do tear with the joy of monumental discovery. I am aware this does not look too optimistic a way to see things, well, for me it is.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Make sure your story is much longer than the 100 words. Make sure it builds itself not at the tracing end of your pen but at the imaginative conglomerate of your reader’s mind. The secret of a good microfiction story is an intelligent reader, which is an assumption you MUST make.
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
I am a voracious reader, mainly of poetry. I am also a voracious writer, of poetry as well, and I know “voracious” does not really go well with “writing”. Of short stories as well, both reading and writing. And going against the grain of accepted academical forms is probably one main reason I did not succeed to “penetrate”. Which is a blessing in disguise since neither my mind nor my style is slave to any fashion or “official dictates”. Long live liberty of choice and expression!
Yossi Faybish was born in Romania, where he spent his childhood absorbing a rich cultural heritage seeping through the imperfect seals of an oppressive system. He finished his higher studies in Israel, and then wandered away with his job and his family, finally ending in Belgium. He works in and is passionate about the high-tech industry, though writing is a serious runner-up; or maybe it’s the other way around. Yossi writes prose and poetry in a variety of styles and languages, mainly English and Romanian. “I want people to know not the what but the way I think,” he says. yossifaybish.com. aquillrelle.com.