Alligator and Other Stories

Dima Alzayat

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28 May 2020
9781529029895
224 pages
Synopsis

'Startling, often shocking . . . brilliant.' Daily Mail

'These charged, visceral stories get under the skin and stay there. This collection heralds the arrival of an electrifying new voice.' Irenosen Okojie


In Alligator and Other Stories, Dima Alzayat captures luminously how it feels to be ‘other’: as a Syrian, as an Arab, as an immigrant, as a woman. Each story of the nine stories is a snapshot of those moments when unusual circumstances suddenly distinguish us from our neighbours, when our difference is thrown into relief.

Here are ‘dangerous’ women transgressing, missing children in 1970s New York, a family who were once Syrian but have now lost their name, and a young woman about to discover the hollowness of the American dream. At its centre lies ‘Alligator’: a remarkable compilation of real and invented sources, which rescues from history the story of a Syrian American couple who were murdered at the hands of the state.

Alzayat explores experiences that are startling and real, delivering an emotional punch that lingers long after reading.

How does it feel to be an alien at home? . . . Sardonic, monstrous, tender, these well-crafted tales show us circumstances that might be our own, and let us see them through the eyes of others.

Sunday Times

Dima Alzayat’s startling, often shocking stories have at their heart a profound sense of dislocation . . . Brilliant.

Daily Mail

Gloriously hypnotic. These charged, visceral stories get under the skin and stay there. This collection heralds the arrival of an electrifying new voice.

Irenosen Okojie