For the shortest day of the year, 12 shortish short stories for your reading pleasure:
“Bloodred Dew,” Mohammed Dib, trans. C. Dickson
“The Battle of the Rabbits,” Muhammed Mustajab, trans. Qisasukhra
“The Logic of Birds,” Luay Hamza Abbas, trans Yasmeen Hanoosh
“Tantal,” Samir Naqqash, trans. Shakir Mustafa
“God, It’s as Though You’re Sewing a Dress For a Flea,” Hanan al-Shaykh, trans. Randa Jarrar
“The Teacher,” Ibrahim al-Koni, trans. Elliott Colla
“Men Have All the Luck,” Mohamed Choukri, trans. Paul Starkey
“Silence,” Adania Shibli, trans. Randa Jarrar
“Oil Field,” Mohammad Hasan Alwan, trans. Peter Clark
“In the Long Shadows,” Jamal Mahjoub
“The Pride of Garbage,” Osama Alomar, trans. the author with C.J. Collins.
“The Way to Poppy Street,” Rachida el-Charni, trans. Piers Amodia
Yes, this also ran last year on Dec. 21. Although last year, we had “Silent Ones,” Zakaria Tamer, trans. Ibrahim Muhawi in Syria.