Full of visionary strangeness... deeply peculiar, occasionally touching and often very funny... Beautifully translated by Jonathan Wright, who renders Maarouf's language in sprightly, elegant prose
Alex Preston, Observer
A debut collection that returns over and over again to the subject of humour as its characters try to make sense of life in a Lebanese war zone...the twelve stories offer a surreal look at the impact of war on the civilian population... An unsettling collection that seeks to showcase loss in all its varied forms
Sarah Gilmartin, Irish Times
Mazen Maarouf on Granta.com
Fiction | Granta 150
The Story of Anya
‘The dreams were packed together like coloured soap bubbles.’
Short fiction by Mazen Maarouf, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright.
Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition
Best Book of Any Year: A Thousand and One Nights
Mazen Maarouf on why A Thousand and One Nights is the best book of any year.