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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Ice Guard

Short story by Luay Abdul-Ilah Doubts in the reality of what happened that night still seduced us whenever we met, and when one of us recalled its…

My Father’s Paradise

 My Father’s Paradise: a Son’s Search for his his Family’s Past By Ariel Sabar, Reviewed by Luay Abdul-Ilah  ,Algonquin Books, 2009. £9.99 American…