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Divine Names

Luay Abdul-Ilah – Divine Names Review Posted on 9th February 2018 by The Gryphon Web Editor Luay Abdul-Ilah’s novel Divine Names is stylised as ‘a modern tale on the possibilities of being’. It is different from the types of works that usually grace our bookshelves because of its content, context, and the author’s …

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Snake’s Secret

Short story by Luay Abdul-Ilah Whenever anyone expressed their admiration for her ever renewable beauty my aunt would say, “With this handbag I’ll conquer old age forever.” No one in the room would take this literally, apart from us children. Our eyes would remain fixed on that blue cube-shaped purse, …

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East West

Short story by Luay Abdul-Ilah (1)      The famous paradox of Zeno of Elea states that, in order for Achilles’ arrow to fly from point A to point B, it must first fly halfway to point B. But for this to occur, it must first reach half the distance to …

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Compatriots

    Short story by Luay Abdul-Ilah (1)   I only got that job thanks to the sheer chance which made me pick the Evening Standard from one of the empty seats. I used to follow Stars and the English football news in that paper whenever I chanced upon it …

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Snake’s Secret*

Whenever anyone expressed their admiration for her ever renewable beauty my aunt would say, “With this handbag I’ll conquer old age forever.” No one in the room would take this literally, apart from us children. Our eyes would remain fixed on that blue cube-shaped purse, raised before us for split …

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Secret

Short story by Luay Abdul-Ilah “I will tell you an important secret that will turn your lives upside down,” Hadi said in a serious voice which made our ears prick up in deference to him, and instead of revealing it to us he remained silent, letting his eyes wander among …

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Deception

Short story by Luay Abdul-Ilah Whenever my sisters and I exchange memories of our childhood, I get the sensation of having been part of a story that Scheherazade forgot to tell King Shahryar. One of those tales set in a palace with forty rooms. The hero is free to roam …

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Delusion

  Short story by Luay Abdul-Ilah Her voice was soft and trembling with childlike delight, when she whispered in his ear: “wake up Mustapha, we’re going out,” and her gentle hand rested on his shoulder, rocking him slowly. After a long wait Eid had arrived at last, as if coming …

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Brook & Son

Short story by Luay Abdul-Ilah (I) I had never imagined, as I pushed through the revolving door, that I was about to enter a fantastical world as remote as could possibly be from the one outside. It was as though I had entered a dream outside the bounds of place …

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