Author: Zakaria Tamer
|via Tower Books|
Another story, "The Ancient Gate," addresses western involvement in the Middle East. In it, a drunken blond soldier confronts a man and woman in the street. The situation turns ugly quickly. Bear in mind, the English-language collection was published in 1985, well before the first Gulf War.
The stories generally have a darker tone but much of the imagery is quite lovely. From "A Lone Woman":
Breathing heavily, motionless, Aziza felt her fear dwindle. Leisurely, she experienced a delirium with a new flavour. Smiling, laughing she beheld white stars and a dark blue sky, yellow plains and a sun of red fire. Aziza heard the purling of a distant river. The river. Far away it was. It would not remain far away. She laughed joyfully. Sadness was a child who ran away from her.The collection was translated by Denys Johnson-Davies.