"The place was choking, and it will always be."
I don’t know when exactly the idea came to me: of building a castle like the ones I’d imagined when reading stories, or like the ones I’d seen in cartoons.
"Now, it was the beginning of summer."
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"Nobody has the power to impose a limit on the madness of dreams and their ideas, and consequently nobody can judge you for that."
“One of the trickiest, most mysterious secrets of the Arabic language is the root h-l-m.”
As we set up the table for our meal, the doorbell rang. “Who is it?” we all wondered at the same time. No one answered.
"Bella felt she had several cats at once, and that the spirit of her cat was being continually rejuvenated, such that she could never guess what her cat would do next."
ArabLit Quarterly's Winter 2020 issue will have a focus on DREAMS.
This episode of Bulaq looks at the Fall 2020 issue of ArabLit Quarterly.
Cats have made themselves an essential part of human literatures.
This essay and excerpted translations of Safynaz Kazem's ran in the Winter/Spring 2020 issue of ArabLit Quarterly -- the ROAD issue -- and reappear here as part of our series on Women in Translation Month classics.