Since it’s the shortest day of the year, I tried to find some short-short stories for your reading pleasure. In some cases — such as Zakariya Tamer — they are indeed shortly short. But I have tried to keep all of them to the short side. Limiting to one short story per country was difficult, and perhaps silly.

images (2)ALGERIA

Bloodred Dew,” Mohammed Dib, trans. C. Dickson

EGYPT

The Battle of the Rabbits,” Muhammed Mustajab, trans. Qisasukhra

IRAQ

The Logic of Birds,” Luay Hamza Abbas, trans Yasmeen Hanoosh

IRAQ/ISRAEL

Tantal,” Samir Naqqash, trans. Shakir Mustafa

LEBANON

God, It’s as Though You’re Sewing a Dress For a Flea,” Hanan al-Shaykh, trans. Randa Jarrar

LIBYA

The Teacher,” Ibrahim al-Koni, trans. Elliott Colla

MOROCCO

Men Have All the Luck,” Mohamed Choukri, trans. Paul Starkey

PALESTINE

Silence,” Adania Shibli, trans. Randa Jarrar

SAUDI ARABIA

Oil Field,” Mohammad Hasan Alwan, trans. Peter Clark

SUDAN

In the Long Shadows,” Jamal Mahjoub

SYRIA

Silent Ones,” Zakaria Tamer, trans. Ibrahim Muhawi

TUNISIA

The Way to Poppy Street,” Rachida el-Charni, trans. Piers Amodia