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Omar Al-Kikli عمر الككلي

Prison Sketches

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Prison Sketches [Translated from the Arabic by Sebastian Anstis]  In the beginning was the Word (forbidden) After we had first tasted the terror of their welcome, they stood us in line against the wall. One of them said severely, pointing to the nearest corner: “Those who who’ve got books or magazines or newspapers or anything with writing on it, stack it here.”  Mercy killing I wrote many stories during my prison years. The first three months in the regular ...

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Omar Al-Kikli is a Libyan writer and dissident. He was imprisoned for a decade during Qadhdhafi's reign.