The Living Room

“The Living Room” is excerpted from A Game for Swallows by Zeina Abirached and translated by Edward Gauvin. It appears in PEN America 12: Correspondences. More

Mehdi’s Gone

Mehdi’s Gone is part of Zahra’s Paradise, a story set in the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 elections. First Second Books is publishing it online in Farsi, Arabic, English, French,… More

Of Course and Utensils Shrink

Of Coursehe won’t tell you his whole lifein three hours or in three days, evenif he really wantedto show you that he likes youand trusts you. There’s justno way… More

Amir and Khalil: Mehdi’s Gone

"Mehdi’s Gone" is part of Zahra’s Paradise, a story set in the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 elections that First Second Books is publishing online in Farsi, Arabic, English, French,… More

Horoscopes For the Dead

Horoscopes For the DeadEvery morning since you fell down on the face of the earth,I read about you in the newspaperalong with the box scores, the weather, and all… More

Hunger

HungerWhy don’t I eat something newlike the map of Sudan, for exampleor the Egyptian deltain a longitudinal slicefrom split branches to moutha million generations of built up siltor eat… More

Ten Approximations

East German ChinaLove, like music, is always a true story—in the spring of 1980, half a year before we emigrated to Israel, my grandfather decided to smuggle his collection… More

In Sfax

I no longer know exactly how this strange premonition came about, but I was certain I was going to die on this trip to Tunisia. I’ve often taken the… More

His Mother’s Voice

In high spirits, I waved to the waiter, and called my mother to warn her I'd be late. An urgent case, I lied. The way I sometimes lied, though… More