Joint Journey to a Fictional World
Creation of this anthology was a collective effort. This class has drawn the students closer together; they have become not only friends but soul mates. This project has also enabled each of the students to discover their unexpected talents, which will stay with them well beyond the Joint BAE Program at HSE-NES.
Course instructor: Sharon Hannigan, PhD
It was Sharon who had the idea of publishing this anthology as a final project of the Modern Short Stories course. Then, by reading masterful classic short stories,many of us were introduced to a new world of short fiction that until then had largely gone unnoticed by us. To the extent that the format of the course allowed, we received cultural influence that some of us lacked and that we all needed to write our stories in a foreign language. We further improved our writing and imagination by way of reflecting on the artistic texts, carefully selected by Sharon, and formulating our thoughts in written form...
Special thanks go to Viktoria Zimina for her organizational role in finding and negotiating with a great print
A word or two as to our title seems necessary. We decided to call our stories Joint Journey to a Fictional World because we met each other at the Joint Higher School of Economics - New Economic School B.A.E. Program. The part, Journey to a Fictional World, is a direct reference to the symbolic Road that each of us has traveled throughout the course. This Road was hard and sometimes even exhausting yet fascinating. In the end, we looked back and have understood that this Road was but a little path to a Fictional World, and our Journey has only just begun. . .
Enjoy the book!