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By Italo Calvino

This number of playful, lethal fables is populated with waifs and strays, a gluttonous thief and a mischievous gardener. The grimly shaggy dog story "The Argentine Ant" moved Gore Vidal to claim 'if this isn't a masterpiece of twentieth-century prose writing, i will not examine something better'.

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The men stamped their feet on the ground, making a cloud of dust. The men held the hands of a man who they surrounded that night. They threw him into the middle. They formed a circle around him. They thudded over the ground. They spun to the right. And to the left. He shrugged his shoulders threw his head up to the sky. He lifted his hand towards the star hovering over his head. In his soft voice, the drummer bellowed ‘The night’. Sweat poured from his body. He shrugged his shoulders and his head swayed, intoxicated by the voice of a woman who cried out to welcome him.

We will stay for the night near one of these houses,’ Atiyya bin al-Sarawi said. ‘We have dates, and some of us have wheat. The finest traveller is the Abdulaziz Mashri 33 one who brings his provisions along in unknown regions. ’ ‘Good deeds,’ said Atiyya bin al-Sarawi, ‘are in that which God chooses. If we were to leave it aside, there would be no blame upon us. ’ 2 They knocked on the door of the most outlying house in the village. They knocked calmly and with confidence, like one who had been guaranteed of the excellence of their night’s resting place.

Tea, coffee, cappuccino. I am the man whose voice is heard, I am, and the salon is a silent witness to what is said and what is not said. In these moments I find that culture has as many faces as there are types of drink, food and flattery. 22 New Voices of Arabia – The Short Stories I look for someone I really know. I do not find anyone. No one in the hall really knows anyone. I consider the salon … I find myself alone in front of a cup of bitter coffee. I drink down the bitterness. I give in to my feet; they carry me towards a door, opening onto the sun and the rain.

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