Getting by in Tligolian by Roppotucha Greenberg

The City-State of Tligol is ruled by dictators, holds monthly public executions and is haunted by a benign, fishing, giant, but by and large the inhabitants are content, and the food is amazing. The perfect place for a city break, just as long as you don’t want to leave. Ever.

Language has its own relationship to time.

When Jennifer falls for Sam at his execution, she doesn’t immediately realise that she can still find and live with him; but the city of Tligol has trains that will take her anywhere, including her own past, and future, and multiple possible variations, just as long as she doesn’t leave the city. Jennifer rides the trains, loops around in time and sets an unplanned series of events in motion. For lovers of The City and The City… and Hotel California!

Getting by in Tligolian is a clever, beguiling novella that weaves its way through an elusive city, encountering knotty intersections of language and time, life and death.

J L George, author of The Word

A yearning fable of loss and love and all the bits in between; a miasmic dreamwalk one part Haruki Murakami, one part China Miéville, but, in the end, its own hypnotic, brilliant thing.

Val Nolan, co-author of Spec Fic for Newbies: A Beginners Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

Here is a voice that is original, a language that shimmers and a story that is moving and achingly beautiful and a privilege to read. Getting by in Tligolian is not to be missed.

Tara Isabel Zambrano, Author of an upcoming story collection,
Ruined a Little When We Are Born Dzanc Books 2024.

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‘Getting by in Tligolian’ can be pre-ordered via Arachne Press

Biography: Roppotucha Greenberg writes micro-fiction on Twitter (@Roppotucha). Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Ad Hoc Fiction (winners’ section) The Evening Theatre, Elephants Never, 101 Fiction, Former Cactus, TSS Publishing (The BIFFY50 competition runner up). She lives in Ireland and doodles magic creatures