Ascension on the Wings of a Tale: compelling short stories of Arab literature

Translated by noted author Abdallah Altaiyeb, Ascension on the Wings of a Tale: An Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories by Talented Arab Writers presents themes and emotions that readers from all over the world can relate to.

Be ready to be swept into the heat and passions of the Arabian world through its diverse literature. Each tale’s unique rhythm combines to create a collection that allows greater understanding of this part of the world.

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Journalist and author Gene Gumbs says of the book, “It is very easy to simplify, stereotype, and misunderstand cultures that we are unfamiliar with. In choosing the pieces for translation, Abdallah Altaiyeb presents a society, family dynamics, and perspectives that, in many ways, mirror our lives in the West. Translating someone else’s work is a monumental task. Doing it well is an art form. This is a masterful job of choosing stories that paint vivid pictures that know no borders.”

From the first page to the last, this insightful collection of contemporary short works proves just how much people everywhere have in common.

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