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Visitation, By Jenny Erpenbeck, trans. Susan Bernofsky

That short fiction can be potent is no secret. From Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea to Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose, John Steinbeck's The Moon is Down (possession of which was punishable by death in parts of occupied Europe) to Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse and Thomas Mann's oeuvre, the special qualities of the form are acknowledged. Publishers such as Melville House in Brooklyn, or London's Peirene Press, have made the genre their sole focus, while the Left Bank establishment Shakespeare and Co celebrates it through the newly-launched Paris Literary Prize. Vive the novella.

Leading article: Troubles as deep as the oceans lie ahead

Discard fish is merely an egregious by-product of a fundamentally broken system

Callum Roberts: This practice is no good for fishermen or fish

Discards are wasteful, damaging and need to be stopped. And measures to bring them to an end are long overdue. Good money is spent catching fish that you then have to throw away with little prospect of them reviving. It's a crazy waste of marine resources and of the effort put in by fishermen. Discards are a big problem for most of the seas around the UK. They cause unwanted mortality in fish stocks and they undermine fishery management. They are no good to us as consumers, they are no good to the health of fish stocks and they are no good to the fishermen.

North Sea fisheries madness

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Google offers staff 10 per cent pay rise to beat poachers

Google's 23,000 employees around the world will each get a 10 per cent pay rise in the new year, the latest move in what the internet giant has called "a war for talent" in the technology industry.

France signs death warrant for the eel

Europe's eel populations face being wiped out because France has refused to accept a continent-wide complete ban on the export of glass eels.

A sucker for succulents: See them through the frost, and you'll have Californian sunshine all year round

My grandma sounded very pleased on the phone earlier; she'd just persuaded my uncle to come round and collect her plants. Not all of them. Just the precious collection of succulent plants that sit in pots on her balcony – they are off to spend the cold spell in his greenhouse. Succulents are desert plants that survive in the wild by filling their leaves with stored water – a reservoir that makes them prone to frost damage when the temperature goes down. Which it does, every so often, in the non-deserts of mid-Oxfordshire.

Protest at Anglo's Alaskan quest

Top jewellers are refusing to use gold from a proposed mine because it threatens a major fishing ground

Japan signs mining and nuclear deal

Vietnam has chosen Japan as a partner to mine rare earth metals and to develop nuclear power in the Communist country, the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said yesterday.

Cure for seasonal blues: Skye Gyngell cooks with cod

It's over-fished and under threat – but sustainable stocks of cod are available, and, says Skye Gyngell, if you salt it, very little will go an awfully long way

Snooker: Teenage kicks: the 15-year-old eyeing world domination

As Barry Hearn sets about implementing his masterplan to drag snooker up by its boot straps, it could be that the long-term wellbeing of the sport rests in the hands of an introverted 15-year-old boy from Belgium.

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