Marginal Stories

The Last Rectangle and Other Short Stories

TitleThe Last Rectangle and Other Short Stories
AuthorAkram Najjar
PublishedDecember 2016
Size164 pages (50,000 words)

These stories saw the light when the author was around 40 satisfying the writing urge he had always had. Having tried his hand at several literary genres, he settled on writing short stories.

Moving away from socio-psychological or pseudo auto-biographical fiction, he concentrated on writing stories that do not use traditional narrative or plots. The stories are literary ventures, playing with literary devices, the fiercely fantastic, or magic realist.

A series of houses that envelope a story each. A set of painters that contravene the principles of the Golden Ratio, Phi. A crab and its habits. A festival of laughter. A man whose life is encumbered with non-psychological and non-social difficulties. An afternoon spent by 4 unusual companions. Government exercises that leave citizens breathing with peace. A scarab and how to make one. A prisoner who subverts the offer of a last wish. Some are half a page long while others go up to 10 pages.

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Table of Contents 

The Scarab

Dr. Giacometti
The Hakawati
The Lion
The Rat
My Grandmother Never Told Me a Novel
The Crab
Dead Cars
The Last Wish
Interrogation 1
Interrogation 2
The Biology Teacher
The Festival of Laughter
The Scent of Pine
The Building

Things I Have Stolen


Quartet Afternoon
Five Houses and Five Stories
House 1 - Adele's Door
House 2 - Malek's Operation
House 3 - Mireille's Promise
House 4 - Salwa's Distance
House 5 - Dalal's Spirit
The Prince Who Danced
The Man with Difficulties
Eight Variations on No Theme
The Law of Negative Inference
Lenders and Borrowers
The Last RectangleTop of Page