Composed of 32 short stories and divided into four sections, A Last Breath Before It’s All Over trains an unflinching eye on critical issues of our time – including refugees, ecology, the patriarchy, and nuclear threat. Bursting with literary hybrids, the book engages an array of techniques, ranging from internalised first-person narratives to wide-angle cinematic descriptions.
The four sections – the Book of Drowning, the Book of Horror, the Book of Indolence, and the Book of Desperation – take us from the private infernos of contemporary Arab life to the public myths that govern them, engaging themes of the home, consumerism and colonialism along the way. In one story, children are left alone in a car, frying under the merciless summer sun; in another, the sea is transformed from a symbol of tranquility into an insurmountable barrier.
Approximate number of pages: 120p.
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