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Max Shmookler

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Max Shmookler

Max Shmookler is a doctoral candidate in the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University, where he is a recipient of a Dean's Fellowship. His work focuses on trends in contemporary Sudanese literature and, more broadly, the place of Arabic as a language of thought, rhetoric, and religiosity in Sahelian Africa. He lived for many years in Cairo and traveled widely in the Middle East.

Articles by Max Shmookler

Biting their Mother Tongue: Three Sudanese Short Stories about Estrangement
By Max Shmookler
The three short stories collected here offer a glimpse into contemporary Sudanese understandings of estrangement, a theme with a long history in Arabic letters. From the pre-Islamic renegade poets who…
Conjunctions
By Nagi Al-Badawi
Doves!Doves flying on a horizon of signs and metaphors. I can never hear the word “doves,” nor think of it unexpectedly, without picturing them flying as if they were the horizon's capricious…
Translated from Arabic by Max Shmookler & Najlaa Eltom
Multilingual
A Condition
By Adil al-Qassas
You’re certain that nothing will dissuade you now. Nothing. Not your neighbors’ invitation to the luncheon to celebrate their boys’ circumcision. Not the kind old lady’s pleading…
Translated from Arabic by Max Shmookler & Najlaa Eltom
Multilingual
Isolation
By Sabah Babiker Ibraheem Sanhouri
It's hot, hot enough to suffocate. There is nothing except this table upon which I sleep, a rectangular hall with four doors and twelve windows. On each side a door. On the shorter sides, two windows,…
Translated from Arabic by Max Shmookler & Najlaa Eltom
Multilingual
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