Issue #12 |

Manual for Wrestling

Actually, the most formidable wrestlers of the 1971 Hungarian National Team were not the heavyweights, but Istvan and Gabor, the two lightest on the roster. While preparing for Munich the following summer, after pummeling his practice partner, Istvan would cheap-shot him in the ribs when the coaches walked away. In the changing room, Gabor would slam the middleweight onto the metal lockers while his teammates observed silently.

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Ernie Wang’s fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Epiphany, The Southern Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Gulf Coast, Mississippi Review, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Wang was the recipient of PEN’s Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and his work, “Stay Brave, My Hercules,” was published in the 2018 …

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