Fullblood Arabian

Osama Alomar (Author) Lydia Davis (Preface by)
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A prominent practitioner of the Arabic very short story (al-qisa al-qasira jiddan), Osama Alomar s poetic fictions embody the wisdom of Kahlil Gibran filtered through the violent gray absurdity of Assad s police state. Fullblood Arabian is the first publication of Alomar s strange, often humorously satirical allegories, where good and evil battle with indifference, avarice, and compassion using striking imagery and effervescent language."

Product Details

New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
January 27, 2014
5.9 X 0.4 X 8.7 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author

Osama Alomar was born in Damascus, Syria in 1968 and now lives in Chicago. A poet, short-story writer, and musician, Alomar is the author of three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry. He is a regular contributor to various newspapers and journals within the Arab world.

Lydia Davis was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and educated at Barnard College. Her novels and short stories have received numerous awards, including the Whiting Foundation Writers' Award for Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her collection, Varieties of Disturbance: Stories was a National Book Award finalist. She has also produced several new translations of French literary classics, including Proust's Swann's Way and Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Davis is one of only three authors to have their work featured in the Best American Short Stories and the Best American Poetry series.

C. J. Collins is a librarian and a translator based in Queens, NY.


[His stories] convey a raw combination of beauty and resignation, as if the two were created to reside under the same roof, hope and hurt at one [...] Alomar is a man of small but universally affecting insights.
Marvellous compressions.--John Madera
In Alomar''s stories [...] fantasy never devolves into mere whimsy. His magical imaginative creations are, every one, inspired by his deeply felt philosophical, moral, and political convictions, giving these tales a heartfelt urgency--Lydia Davis
The stories'' distinctive flavour comes from Alomar''s masterful shifts of character perspective within extremely tight parameters [...] The book is full of these moments which trip you up, swing bluntly from one psyche to another, rapidly decelerate time and play with scale, all of it exposing the delicate balance of our presumptions and allegiances; the small dictatorships that we foster second by second.--Emma Jacobs