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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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Part of What My Granddaughter, Lina, Whispered to Me

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I was astonished that day, the twenty-seventh day of a month that had hurried by very quickly, accelerating the departure of another year. I was astonished when the voice of my granddaughter, Lina, reached me faintly through the phone. In Lina’s voice, I could feel a touch of some fear and sadness very unlike the beautiful bird-like singing I used to hear from her. She said, in a whispering yet insistent tone, “My grandpa! Beware of this era and the deep chasm we have reached! Beware of the judges and the military! All the power is in their hands and from them emerges the law of the jungle! But, Grandpa. listen up to what I am going to tell you!”

Trying to understand her implication, I asked: “What do you have to say?”

She answered quickly, “I heard my father saying, ‘Once upon a time a fierce wolf lived in a jungle, where he used to bring about terror and horror. He stole what he wanted of lambs, going after the fat, slow-moving, unsubtle and delicious ones. He tore them from limb to limb and gulped them with a fierce, voracious joy. ← 66 | 67 →

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