Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tigers on the Tenth Day by Zakaria Tamer

The forests had forsaken the tiger, imprisoned in his cage, but he could not forget them. He glared hatefully at the men beyond the bars; their eyes, curious and unafraid, studied him. One of them spoke in a calm, authoritative … Continue reading

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[UPDATED] Palestinian Intellectuals to Syrian Regime: Not in Our Name! (English trans)

UPDATE: There are credible reports that many of the supposed signatories to this document never saw it and had no knowledge that their names were being used. I respectfully request that anyone who has republished this translation take appropriate measures … Continue reading

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And to my critics, I say…

I was between projects, on the prowl for cheap (literary) thrills, and a friend of a friend recommended Ihsan Abdel Quddous. I am withholding judgement until I’ve finished the book, but I have to say, based on the author’s forward, … Continue reading

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Book titles taken from subject lines of drunk e-mails to best friend

A Girl Unloved by Men My first thought when I saw the Arabic title of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was pretty negative. “Right,” I thought. “Because all complex female characters are actually just bitter harpies who need to … Continue reading

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A sad day in human-jinn relations

Security forces surround the mountain: Omani kidnapped by Jinn who ties him up in a cave using her hair as mediation by human sheikhs fails While it is important not to make generalizations about the entire jinn community based on … Continue reading

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تعويذة بلا سحر

عندما بدأت بقراءة ثالوث و تعويذة بقلم الكاتبة العمانية زوينة الكلباني، كنت أتطلع إلى التمتع بقصة رومانسية خفيفة يتخللها التشويق النفسي، و لكن سرعان ما خابت تطلعاتي. أدركت أن الرواية ليست بالخفة التي تخيلتها ، فهي محاولة صادقة في كتابة … Continue reading

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