Review of “Milagroso” (2015)


Isabel Yap (writer).

Read in 2024.

Synthetic foods turn miraculously into traditional foods at a festival.

I don’t usually enjoy fabulism or stories that cast aspersions on synthetic foods (see e.g. “Progress”). This is both, but it’s still very good. There is an ironic distance to it, but it’s not insincere in the manner that dooms a lot of fabulism. What saves the story is the protagonist’s anguished failure to resolve their own feelings. Yap sticks the landing, clear of the trap of having no conclusion.

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