“Izzat Amin Iskandar” from the collection Friendly Fire: Ten Tales of Today’s Cairo (2004) by Alaa Al-Aswany (Egypt)
A boy with an artificial leg and a crutch insists to ride the bicycle of his classmate.
“Little Arab Girl’s First Day at School” excerpt from novel Fantasia (1985) by Assia Djebar (Algeria)
A woman recalls her first day at school and her first love letter.
“A Handful of Dates” from the collection The Wedding of Zein (1964) by Tayeb Saleh (Sudan)
A boy observes for the first time his grandfather doing business.
“The Director” from the collection The Director and Other Stories from Morocco (2005) by Leila Abouzeid (Morocco)
A young woman moves to the capital and visits her rich aunt, not seen for many years.