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Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 10, EGe rated it liked it. This book is nice to discover some Middle Eastern writers however some of them did not really get me into the story, it could be because of the translation but still Jan 25, Susan Strickland rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-east. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Madinah is a collection of ten short stories from ten middle eastern cities, edited by Joumana Haddad, the author of the story set in Beirut and the only female author of the ten.

All but two of the stories are translated from the original Arabic, Turkish, or Hebrew.


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Each of the ten stories centers around loneliness or some kind of loss, most of the protagonists missing someone they never had, instead of someone who went away. Least tortured are Istanbul's "The Award" by Nedim Gursel,, Akka's "T Madinah is a collection of ten short stories from ten middle eastern cities, edited by Joumana Haddad, the author of the story set in Beirut and the only female author of the ten.

In "The Award", an award winning author is back in Istanbul for the first time since violent riots separated him from his girlfriend. The other stories are sadder still. Tel Aviv's "Meningitis" Yitzhak Laor mourns a soldier who wasn't who people thought and wasn't who the reader thought, either , through the eyes of the mentally ill only son of a military-obsessed father.

Literature from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

Alexandria's "Midnight on the Outside" Gamal al-Ghitani follows a young man to a new city, leaving his seaside small town and a woman he loves for employment, only to realize, broken, that he can never go back to her or his family. In Latakia "City of Crimson," Nabil Sulayman acts of violence and terrorism rob a man of his ability to love his wife and daughter, to recognize any emotion than hatred. In "The Reality and the Record," by Hassan Blasim, an Iraqi ambulance driver seeks refuge after being kidnapped and released by insurgents. His story was written for him when he was forced to appear in broadcast messages to the Americans, and now he must rewrite it for the officials who can give him a new life.

The story is one of war and sex and passion and girlish dreams and loneliness, again but the language and style of the story telling is poetic and literary.

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We get to read Haddad's original words, as this is one of the only stories in the collection written in English and not requiring translation, so there isn't much of a filter between the author's pen and the reader's eyes. I read "Living it Up and Down in Beirut" first, because when I opened the book to the middle in the bookstore, it drew me in, but I would have read it last if I'd realized Haddad was miles ahead of the others in terms of maturity and talent.

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Rather than focusing on an experience particular to the Middle East, its themes establish a sense of commonality, of what it is to be human. While the anthology is about sharing cultural experience, Qasem is also a female writer trying to understand the perspective of a man who wants to cheat on his wife. Hopefully your mind will follow.

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Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East

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