This summer, we will run select pieces from summer issues of ArabLit Quarterly. This short story, by author Muhammad El-Hajj, tr. author-translator Yasmine Zohdi, ran in the summer 2019 SEA issue of the magazine, available as PDF, e-pub, and in print.
“Now, it was the beginning of summer.”
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.”
Cats have made themselves an essential part of human literatures.
Those are two separate themes; we are not requesting contributions about criminal or crime-fighting cats; although, naturally, we’re open to anything that’s evocative, soul-cracking, un-put-downable, fun.
We are in the process of hunting down Arabic cat stories, cat tales, cat anecdotes, cat poetry, The Great Cairo Cat Novel, and other feline literary productions in Arabic.