Over at BuzzFeed, you can find a short story by Syrian master craftsman Zakariya Tamer, translated and illustrated by the artist and memoirist Molly Crabapple:
In the story, the Persian poet Omar Khayyám is brought back from the dead to defend himself in court.
The fat policeman entered the tomb, walked a few bewildered moments, then shouted with a stretched voice: “Omar Khayyám!”
No one answered, so he took a dirty white handkerchief from his pocket, searched in its folds, balled it up, and returned it to his pocket. He shouted grouchily: “Omar Khayyám…Omar Khayyám…You are wanted to stand trial!”
The short-short collaboration, which can be seen in its entirety over at BuzzFeed, underlines the necessity of an illustrated Zakariya Tamer.
More by Tamer:
From a special issue of Banipal:
From Words Without Borders