Lit & Found: Samira Azzam’s ‘The Roc Flew Over Shahraban’

Here, we revisit Ranya’s translation of “The Roc Flew Over Shahraban,” which ran as part of The Common’s special section on Palestine. The Roc Flew Over Shahraban opens: Slowly, we raised our heads as hellish cries echoed in our ears, and we looked up in awe and fear. On Gumroad, the book it as a 20% launch-week discount, set to end December 9. Lit & Found: Samira Azzam’s ‘The Roc Flew Over Shahraban’ December 9, 2022December 4, 2022 by mlynxqualey This week, we are launching our first community-supported translation: Ranya Abdelrahman’s translation of thirty-one selected stories by the great cult-classic Palestinian writer Samira Azzam. Our cracked feet were rooted to the furrowed mud, as if our slightest movement might stir up the screeching. They gathered in silence, stealing furtive looks at each other, waiting for one among them to muster the courage to find his voice. We chewed over our terror for a few minutes, our parted lips emitting silence. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading… You can find the book on Amazon (US, UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, UAE, etc.) and Gumroad. We lowered our gazes, licking our bluish lips as we exchanged panicked glances. Thanks to our supporters on Patreon and elsewhere for making this happen. It is also coming to other platforms and bookshops, as well as launch events in the new year. The men began to pour in, forgetting to hold up the muddy hems of their robes as they edged into the courtyard. To mark the release, we’ll be celebrating Samira Azzam and her work all this week on ArabLit. The sky was a summery blue with no trace of a cloud, and the sun had spread out, occupying every corner. Read the rest of the story over at The Common. Our mounts were as terrified as we were, and they scattered around the courtyard at the inn, fear spurring them to shake off the torpor of the midday heat.

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