TMR Issue Nº 33 • Stories from The Markaz


TMR Issue 33 – 26 articles – 342 pages

If pictures are worth a thousand words then short stories are worth a thousand-and-one. The Markaz Review’s double 2023 summer literary issue features short stories, memoir, plays, a graphic novel, and creative nonfiction, some of which appears in English for the first time, translated from Arabic or Persian, with wide-ranging themes, from from domestic abuse in Egypt to multiracial relationships in London and queer life in Beirut.



Stories From The Markaz, Stories From the Center – Malu Halasa

The Light at the End of the Tunnel – Mohamed Aboelgheit

“Here, Freedom”—fiction from Danial Haghighi

“Arrival in the Dark”—fiction from Alireza IranMehr

“The Cactus” – fiction from Mohammed Al Naas

“The Agency”—a story by Natasha Tynes

“We Saw Paris, Texas”—a story by Ola Mustapha

“Rich and Poor People”—fiction by Farah Ahamed – Farah Ahamed

“My Mother is a Tree”—a story by Aliyeh Ataei

Being Without Belonging: A Jewish Wedding in Abu Dhabi – Deborah Kapchan

“The Afghan and the Persian”—a short story by Jordan Elgrably

“The City Within”—fiction from MK Harb

Zahhāk: An Etiology of Evil – Omid Arabian



Rebels of the Alpujarras: a House in Granada – Doreen Metzner

“The Burden of Inheritance”—fiction from Mai Al-Nakib – Mai Al-Nakib

“The Long Walk of the Martyr”—fiction from Salar Abdoh – Salar Abdoh

STAMP ME—a monologue – Yussef El Guindi

In Shahrazad’s Hammam—fiction by Ahmed Awadalla – Ahmed Awadalla

The Ship No One Wanted—a story by Hassan Abdulrazak – Hassan Abdulrazak

Inside the Giant Fish—excerpt from Rawand Issa’s graphic novel – Rawand Issa

Naar, Are You illuminated? – The Markaz Review – Bint Magdaliyya

“Nadira of Tlemcen”—fiction from Abdellah Taïa – Abdellah Taïa

Abortion Tale: On Our Ground – Ghadeer Ahmed

Hayat and the Rain—fiction from Mona Alshammari – Mona Alshammari

On Ice—fiction from Malu Halasa – Malu Halasa

Tears from a Glass Eye – Samira Azzam

Genesis and East Cairo – Shady Lewis Botros