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Zakariya Tamer

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Zakariya Tamer

Zakariya Tamer, an influential master of the Arabic-language short story, was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1931. His formal schooling was abbreviated and he is largely an autodidact. His works began appearing in the 1960s, and he then worked for a time for Syrian cultural entities. He left Syria in 1981 and has lived in England since. He is known particularly for his many volumes of short stories, which are often reminiscent of folktales or children's stories. His works, however, have a sharp edge and are often a surrealistic protest against political or social oppression and exploitation. See also his collection Tigers on the Tenth Day and Other Stories, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies (Quartet & Interlink Publishing).

 

 

 

Articles by Zakariya Tamer

Stories from “The Hedgehog”
By Zakariya Tamer
My Invisible Friend My mother went to call on her neighbor Umm Baha’. She refused to take me with her, giving the excuse that women visit women and men visit men, and she left me at home alone,…
Translated from Arabic by Marilyn Hacker
Multilingual
Sprouts
By Zakariya Tamer
As he did every morning, Bilal al-Dandashi headed to school. Arriving late, he entered trembling from fear of his teacher, whose rebuke would be crude and sarcastic. He discovered, however, that all the…
Translated from Arabic by William Maynard Hutchins
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