Short Story #9: Mme Zitta Mendès, a Last Image (Alaa Al Aswany)

Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the six of clubs.

Story: Mme Zitta Mendès, a Last Image, by Alaa Al Aswany (translated from the Arabic by Humphrey Davies) [in The Granta Book of the African Short Story]

Comments: This is a beautifully written story.  It is very simple, consisting mainly of two depictions of the same woman, known to the narrator as “Tante Zitta” – she was his father’s mistress.  The first scene depicts her in 1961, when he was a boy, going to visit “Tante Zitta” with his father on Sunday afternoons; the second tells of a chance encounter between the narrator, now an adult, and the aging woman, in 1996.  For an excellent review of the story, see this blog post.

Alaa Al Aswany is an Egyptian writer, and I will be on the lookout for more of his work.

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