Mahmoud Shukair

The micro stories collected in this booklet paint an outline of urban routine: from the city’s sculptures, through train cars, to cafés and bars and into homes, to the heart of human longing. With unmatched skill, Shukair gives his narrative vignettes dimensions of depth and bulk, in a mixture of realism and imagination. Objects, landscapes and human beings receive the status of equal speakers, while the whole time fear rises from the deep valley and clings to the drapes.

Mahmoud Shukair was born in 1941 in Jabel Mukabbar, Jerusalem. He holds a BA in philosophy and social sciences from the University of Damascus. In the 1970s he was banished from Israel to Lebanon and wandered between Beirut, Amman and Prague. He published 45 books, including a novel, short story collections, micro story collections, children’s books and plays. His books have been translated into more than 10 languages, including English, French, German, Chinese, Korean and Czech.

The booklet is available at independent bookstores.


Translator: Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani | Translation Editor: Loaay Wattad