Short story: “The Resignation Letter of Señor de Santiesteban”

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“The Resignation Letter of Señor de Santiesteban,” by Javier Marías, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa

Appeared in the anthology Electric Literature No. 4, published July 6th, 2010 (for sale here and here); collected in While the Women Are Sleeping, published November 29th, 2010 by New Directions Publishing

Maybe 2,500 words?

It’s a pleasure to see an old-fashioned ghost story in a contemporary publication. This one felt a little slow getting started; it seems to me that the protagonist’s character type is readily recognizable and doesn’t need so much explanation. But I like the ending very much. It has kind of a Bartleby feel—a seemingly meek, unambitious person rejecting the world he has always lived in.