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The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories

Category: Book
By (author): Alomar, Osama
Translated By: Collins, C. J.
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: April 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in
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From The Publisher*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 Alomar's sly moral fables and sharp political allegories, the reader always sits up a little straighter, and a little wiser. Here is the title story:

Some of the teeth of the comb were envious of the class differences that exist between humans. They strived desperately to increase their height, and, when they succeeded, began to look with disdain on their colleagues below.

After a little while the comb's owner felt a desire to comb his hair. But when he found the comb in this state he threw it in the garbage.

Review Quote*In the Arab world, the Syrian writer Osama Alomar has a growing reputation as the author of short, clever parables that comment obliquely on political and social issues. But here in Chicago, where he has lived in exile since 2008, he spends most of his time as the driver of Car 45 at the Horizon Taxi Cab company. - Larry Rohter (The New York Times)

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 (The New Yorker)
Biographical NoteOsama 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.

C. J. Collins is a librarian and a translator based in Queens, NY.