The collection’s best stories — of which there are many — aren’t interested in djinn as a site of the exotic, wish-granting imaginary. Instead, they employ djinn in tales that move sideways to explore cruelty or loss, adolescence or injustice.
“He could feel himself getting hotter and his heart beating furiously: apartment, car, cell phone, sexy girl, shiny glass buildings … threshold to HERE. “
Iraq is often portrayed as a place that has always been violent and always will be. By germinating new narrative possibilities, Iraq + 100 provides new ways of imagining the next century that go beyond seeing the present as eternal.
“He was sitting, motionless, his face frozen as though sculpted from stone, staring into nothingness as though he had lost his hearing or his sight.”
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.
“Basra is a pioneer in writing fiction and this is probably because Basra is a multi-ethnic and -nationality city, or used to be, until it was depopulated of these many ethnic and national citizens with the passage of time, such as the Jews, Armenians, Christians and some other foreign residents.”
“Al-Multaqa Prize for the Short Story has announced its inaugural shortlist, with an emphasis on vigorous, young, experimental writing.”
Al-Multaqa Prize for the Short Story has announced its inaugural longlist, for collections published in 2015-2016: The new Kuwait-based prize is unusual in celebrating the overlooked short-story genre. As Jordanian short-story writer Hisham Bustani said a few years back, in… Read More ›
“They were going to join the official Locust Resistance Committees and fight back.”
Last Wednesday, Banipal magazine presented “An evening with Zakaria Tamer” to celebrate one of the Arabic language’s most influential writers: By Valentina Viene Banipal dedicated its latest issue entirely to the celebrated Syrian short-story writer. Since 1957, Tamer has published eleven short-story collections,… Read More ›
“There is no corresponding justification for work left off the list.”
“Tamer was once asked why he didn’t write a novel. ‘As if they would go to a baker, he answered back, and ask him why he doesn’t sell roses!'”