Found in Translation Book Club: "The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories" by Osama Alomar

A Club where we dive into fresh English translations of stand-out fiction from around the world.

This month's book club pick is The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories by Osama Alomartranslated by CJ Collins.

Personified animals (snakes, wolves, sheep), natural things (a swamp, a lake, a rainbow, trees), mankind's creations (trucks, swords, zeroes) are all characters in The Teeth of the Comb. They aspire, they plot, they hope, they destroy, they fail, they love. These wonderful small stories animate new realities and make us see our reality anew. Reading Osama Alomar's sly moral fables and sharp political allegories, the reader always sits up a little straighter, and a little wiser.

In Alomar s stories, fantasy never devolves into mere whimsy. His magical imaginative creations are, every one, inspired by his deeply felt philosophical, moral, and political convictions, giving these tales a heartfelt urgency. -Lydia Davis

Osama Alomar was born in Damascus, Syria in 1968 and now lives in Chicago. A poet, short-story writer, and musician, Alomar is the author of three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry. He is a regular contributor to various newspapers and journals within the Arab world.

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Event date: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories Cover Image
By Osama Alomar, C. J. Collins (Translated by)
Not available for online purchase
ISBN: 9780811226073
Availability: Backordered - Currently Unavailable
Published: New Directions - April 25th, 2017