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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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Jashi’oun

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Jashi’oun put down his feet, then he said, reassuring himself, “No one dares in this thorough darkness to oppose what I desire for myself.” He was full of satisfaction with a sense that was mixed with conceit and self-pride. He had achieved what he had wished for a long time in his waking and in his sleep. He saw himself treading the world with his feet.

He saw the valleys losing their depth and the mountains losing their peaks. As for the deserts, they forgot their heat and dryness and instead they were turned into banana forests with a fetid stench. But he whetted his own appetite, as well as the appetites of those sharing council with him. He extended himself in all directions exactly as he had seen in his dreams. He felt his swollen stomach in the wake of gulping many yellow and green bananas before his siesta. He told himself, “Indeed, appetite culminates with eating food!” ← 55 | 56 →

He noticed that the more he ate, the more he was motivated to restart and return to the beginning as if he was ravenous. He patted his stomach with noticeable satisfaction. He liked the bananas despite, their unpleasant smell. What was important, he said, was that they were curved, easy to gulp and easy to digest. He felt his stomach again, and was impressed by how big it had grown. He recalled the inside of whales mentioned in two ancient frequently told...

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