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Ibrahim Mālik

The Culture of Peace and Co-Existence – Translated by Jamal Assadi, with Assistance from Michael Hegeman and Michael Jacobs

Edited By Jamal Assadi

This selection of Ibrahim Mālik’s short stories and poetry brings together an illustrative compendium of his works, which propose a genuine portrait of the numerous predicaments, concerns, apprehensions, and coercions from which the Arab community inside Israel suffers. To a great extent, these difficulties are currently the lot of many ethnic groups and communities in the Middle East and many other parts of the world. General readers of this work will take pleasure in exploring a different culture, while specialists interested in Arabic literature will find new and bountiful grounds for academic study.
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The Land of Gold

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As my habit, my beloved children who have grown up a little, I waited impatiently that morning for a phone ringtone, like I was standing on hot coals. I waited for the sound about which grandmothers and grandfathers were right to have said since antiquity, “Nothing is dearer and sweeter than the child save the child’s child!” After my long life’s experience, I give due credence to such a saying.

I waited for my granddaughter Lena’s call, and there it came. The invisible wire carried it to me and it started to say, “Grandpa! I have heard Dad saying that you live on a piece of land that was called by those who were born and grown up in it, ‘The Land of Gold.” What is the story behind that name?”

I felt, in that moment, embarrassed by my granddaughter’s question. How could I tell her about something that was originally a fairy tale, though it had the ring of truth to it? I did not know what to do, but I found myself apologizing to her. I claimed that I had forgotten the tale, although it still possesses me. It fills up my reality and links together all the threads of my memory. I remembered what people used to say about times that had passed and times that have refused to leave! ← 50 | 51 →

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