Arabic literature that’s newly published (in translation, online) this month.
“Younis in the Belly of the Whale” (on Qisasukhra)
By Yasser Abdellatif, trans. Robin Moger
I entered the mall through one of its sixty-nine gates. It is the biggest mall in North America, sprawling out over eight residential blocks: an entire commercial district in a town that lacks the very concept. Though situated on the west side of town, it is the central district for a city without a centre.
By Hisham Bustani, trans. Thoraya El-Rayyes
The actor is on a stage. The stage is a vast wasteland without a trace of shadow.
He throws his voice to the back of the chamber, it bounces back and knocks him down:
the end of the chamber is right in front of his nose.
Wherever he runs and throws sound, walls close in…
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