Breach of all Size: Small stories on Ulysses, love and Venice

Edited by Michelle Elvy and Marco Sonzogni


Thirty-six flash fiction stories that celebrate the anniversaries of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses and the founding of Venice.

About the book

This book bridges two anniversaries. Ulysses by James Joyce was published in 1922. Venice was founded in 421. The title Breach of All Size is Joyce’s pun on Venice landmark Bridge of Sighs but could as easily describe his sprawling modernist classic, which clocks in at 265,222 words.

To celebrate both anniversaries, 36 Aotearoa writers were asked to write love stories set in Venice and inspired by words from Ulysses, but to steer the opposite course and keep them short. How short? 421 words, of course.

Featuring stories by: Anita Arlov • Ben Brown • Diane Brown • Gina Cole • Rijula Das • Lynley Edmeades • Alison Glenny • Trish Gribben • Jordan Hamel • Jenna Heller • Lloyd Jones • Anne Kennedy • Erik Kennedy • Fiona Kidman • Kerry Lane • Wes Lee • Renee Liang • Emer Lyons • Becky Manawatu • S J Mannion • Selina Tusitala Marsh • Paula Morris • Emma Neale • James Norcliffe • Karen Phillips • Patrick Pink • Sudha Rao • Renée • Harry Ricketts • Jack Ross • Tracey Slaughter • Apirana Taylor • Catherine Trundle • Hester Ullyart • Ian Wedde • Sophia Wilson

About the author

Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor and manuscript assessor in Ōtepoti / Dunedin. She edits at Flash Frontier: An adventure in short fiction and Best Small Fictions, and is reviews editor at Landfall and founder of National Flash Fiction Day. Her latest book is the other side of better (Ad Hoc, 2021).

Marco Sonzogni is a widely published scholar, translator, poet and editor. He is a reader in translation studies at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, and director of the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation. Recently he co-edited More Favourable Waters: Aotearoa poets respond to Dante’s Purgatory.


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm
Number of pages: 98
Binding: soft cover with flaps