toska – noun /ˈtō-skə/ – Russian
No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.
TOSKA is not your typical nonfiction. We like the earnest and the offbeat, the provoking and the abstract. We encourage risk-taking and want distinct, energetic voices. We like writing that makes the mundane significant and the everyday transcendent. We like small stories that bare large truths. Our only real requirement: make our souls ache.
Founded in spring 2012, TOSKA publishes online quarterly. We are an independent publication not affiliated with any academic institution or other organization. As such, our editors are committed to publishing new and emerging writers.
For more about TOSKA, read our interview with BRINK Magazine.
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