International Short Story DayOur friends at Arabic Literature (in English) contributed 12 short stories for the International Short Story Day, which was held last Saturday, which, of course, was the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Here is the impressive list of authors, which includes some of the great names of Arabic literatures:

  • “Bloodred Dew,” by Mohammed Dib (Algeria), trans. C. Dickson
  • “The Battle of the Rabbits,” by Muhammed Mustajab (Egypt), trans. Qisasukhra
  • “The Logic of Birds,” by Luay Hamza Abbas (Iraq), trans Yasmeen Hanoosh
  • “Tantal,” by Samir Naqqash (Iraq/Israel), trans. Shakir Mustafa
  • “God, It’s as Though You’re Sewing a Dress For a Flea,” by Hanan al-Shaykh (Lebanon), trans. Randa Jarrar
  • “The Teacher,” Ibrahim al-Koni (Libyia), trans. Elliott Colla
  • “Men Have All the Luck,” by Mohamed Choukri (Morocco), trans. Paul Starkey
  • “Silence,” by Adania Shibli (Palestine), trans. Randa Jarrar
  • “Oil Field,” by Mohammad Hasan Alwan (Saudi Arabia), trans. Peter Clark
  • “In the Long Shadows,” by Jamal Mahjoub (Sudan)
  • “The Pride of Garbage,” by Osama Alomar (Syria), trans. the author with C.J. Collins.
  • “The Way to Poppy Street,” by Rachida el-Charni (Tunisia), trans. Piers Amodia

You can find the links to these stories here. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them, be it during during the holidays or at some other time.

“Bloodred Dew”, Mohammed Dib, Algeria, C. Dickson, “The Battle of the Rabbits”, Muhammed Mustajab, Egypt, Qisasukhra, “The Logic of Birds” Luay Hamza Abbas, Iraq, Yasmeen Hanoosh, Tantal,Samir Naqqash, Israel, Shakir Mustafa,
“God, It’s as Though You’re Sewing a Dress For a Flea,” Hanan al-Shaykh, Lebanon, Randa Jarrar, “The Teacher,” Ibrahim al-Koni, Libyia,  Elliott Colla, “Men Have All the Luck”, Mohamed Choukri, Morocco, Paul Starkey, “Silence”, Adania Shibli, Palestine, Randa Jarrar, “Oil Field”, Mohammad Hasan Alwan, Saudi Arabia, Peter Clark, “In the Long Shadows”, Jamal Mahjoub, Sudan, “The Pride of Garbage”, Osama Alomar, Syria, C.J. Collins, “The Way to Poppy Street” Rachida el-Charni, Tunisia, Piers Amodia