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Fullblood Arabian

(New Directions Poetry Pamphlet #10)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A prominent practitioner of the Arabic "very short story" (al-qisa al-qasira jiddan), Osama Alomar's poetic fictions embody the wisdom of Kahlil Gibran filtered through the violent gray absurdity of Assad's police state. Fullblood Arabian is the first publication of Alomar's strange, often humorously satirical allegories, where good and evil battle with indifference, avari ...more
Paperback, 63 pages
Published January 27th 2014 by New Directions
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Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cheryl by: Lydia Davis
It was by way of an article by Lydia Davis in The New Yorker last December that I first heard of this book / pamphlet.
Alomar fled Syria six years ago, leaving behind not only friends and his culture but also an established literary career.
These are short short stories, like Lydia Davis’s, but these are more powerful and urgent. Some stories are about concepts that become concrete objects or even personified.
After years of searching, I was finally
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Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good bookstores are like good gourmet menus. The entrees cater to discovery. The guests thrill at the presentation, and they delight in being surprised. So when I find myself in a good bookstore, I usually beeline for the poetry shelf. It's a horribly understocked category in many places. But a good bookstore understands the gourmet poetry diner: We want to look across an exotic menu, close our eyes and point at something ambiguous. Whatever comes out will be different and delightful.

So I was ve
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Clearly a coup both for New Directions and for Osama Alomar, Fullblood Arabian is effervescent but never whimsical; spirited without ever leaving the ground; and deeply, radically political, while seemingly giving little cause for disagreement. Prose poetry that shades into flash fiction, Alomar's work leaves such distinctions the products of the academics who live by them and instead speaks in a language (here marvellously translated) that is intuitive and facile but also with deep philosophica ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My heart broke several times
Nov 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked the cover more than the content. The stories are so personal that I could not relate to it at all. It did not just click.
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Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Some of them are beautiful, some of them are funny, some of them make you lose your breath, and some of them are just kind of OK.
May 25, 2016 added it
Shelves: poetry
Like Lydia Davis' writings, Alomar's writing exhibits the the best qualities of prose and verse.
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Hit or miss for me, but way more hits than misses, and the hits hit hard.
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