Our first summer culture bouquet features fiction from Syria and Iraq and poetry and art from Palestine. Annie Weaver translates "Oh Damascus," a short story by the undertranslated Syrian writer Ghada Al-Samman. Andrew Leber and Elisabeth Jacquette translate excerpts from "Memoirs of an Iraqi Dog," a novel by the Iraqi writer Abdul Hadi Sadoun. Sinan Antoon translates eight poems by the Palestinian poet Zakaria Mohammed. John Halaka reviews "Eltifaf-Bypass," a series by the Palestinian artist Rafat Asad.
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* Ghada Al-Samman, "Oh Damascus," (tr. Annie Weaver).
* John Halaka, Between Home and Homeland: Reflections on New Paintings from Elifaf-Bypass by Rafat Asad.
* Zakaria Mohammed, Eight Poems (tr. Sinan Antoon).
* Abdul Hadi Sadoun, Memoirs of an Iraqi Dog (tr. Andrew Leber & Elisabeth Jacquette).