"When it sidled up beside me at the traffic light, I turned and saw a coffin through the side glass panel."
According to the judges, the 'No Windmills in Basra' combined realism and fantasy in its often satiric depictions of war that includes stories set during "the Iraq-Iran war, the Gulf War, and the waves of extremism that engulf Iraq to this day."
Organizers of the Kuwait-based Almultaqa Prize for the Arabic Short Story announced their shortlist this morning.
"In addition to the $20,000 prize, there is also a fund to support translation of the winning collection into English, and $5,000 for each of the shortlisted authors."
Maarouf, in a celebratory Facebook post, called this a "win for the short story," which has often been sidelined in favor of support and promotion for the novel.