MRU9: “Palm trees, my boy, like humans, experience joy and suffering” (North Africa)

“Absence” (2007) by Yasmina Khadra (Algeria)
A young man’s reality is blurred by a summer crush.
Story: http://wordswithoutborders.org/article/absence/

“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.
Story: http://www.banipal.co.uk/selections/35/67/alaa_al-aswany/

“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.
Story: http://www.pwf.cz/en/authors-archive/assia-djebar/2922.html

“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.
Story: http://www.arabworldbooks.com/Readers2004/articles/handfulofdates.html

“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.
Story: http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/excerpts/exabodip.html#ex2

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