In the pieces included here, men seem more likely to link mirrors to a past, while for women they are part of an encircling present.
Mustafa Taj Aldeen Almosa
Read Mustafa Taj Aldeen Almosa’s ArabLit Story Prize-winning ‘How Kind They Are,’ Tr. Maisaa Tanjour & Alice Holttum
“They arrested me yesterday evening. The patrol head greeted me in his own way, and I was very surprised: instead of shaking my hand, he warmly shook my face with his fist, causing one of my teeth to fly from my mouth and land on the street.”
Winner of 2021 ArabLit Story Prize Goes to ‘Fresh, Disquieting Translation’ of ‘Compelling and Haunting Tale’
Judge Leri Price said: “Absurd, grotesque, and unsettling, [this story] stays with you, ready at any moment to make solid ground feel that little more unstable beneath your feet.”
2021 ArabLit Story Prize Shortlisted Translators Maisaa Tanjour and Alice Holttum: On the Value of Co-translations
“We are both outsiders and insiders, readers and translators, hence approaching the text from various angles and perspectives which ultimately enriched the translation process and product.”
ArabLit is delighted to announce that this year’s judges selected five stories for the shortlist of the 2021 ArabLit Story Prize, by five writers from four countries: Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco.
“Death called me a couple of hours ago and told me in its foggy and cold voice that it wanted to visit me.”