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TRACES OF A TATTOO: CHAPTER 10

Shortly thereafter Aroub went into the bathroom and slammed the door shut. Her panic turning into an elaborate exercise of self-condemnation, she leaned back against the door and started pounding her thighs with her fists and biting at her lower

Traces of a Tattoo, a novel by Adel S. Bishtawi: Chapter 24

  Scene: Amman, Jordan: Wissam’s aunt house One week later     Haytham had to lower his head in order to look inside the taxi that had just pulled over in the middle of the road, right in front of

Random Is Not Chaos

I was absolutely shocked when I discovered in an early translation of Traces of a Tattoo that the translator has decided to spice up the plot a bit by changing the outcome of a crucial scene. “With these changes,” he wrote in

𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗿𝗮𝗯 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗿𝗮𝗯 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗹𝗽𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘀, 𝗡𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹𝘀, 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝗪𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀, 𝗝𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗱𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆, 𝗔𝗜𝗥𝗣.     This volume of about 700 pages contains most of the research published in the English edition of Origin of

𝗠𝘆 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 – 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲

𝗠𝘆 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 – 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲   See also http://bishtawiadel.com/my-vision/ Sheikh Mohammad’s economic and development is vision is credible and feasible. His opinion was that if it can apply to Dubai it can apply to the entire Arab

THE ORIGIN OF THE ‘“THINGS’”

𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 THE ORIGIN OF THE ‘“THINGS’” From Chapter 10 Origin of the Arabic Numerals The question as to which came first, the numerals or the letters, was an-swered convincingly a century ago with the conclusion that the

Origin of Arabic Numerals: a natural history of numbers.

  𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 Origin of Arabic Numerals: a natural history of numbers. Origin of the Arabic Numerals offers the reader two stories the author believes they have never been told convincingly in a book before. If correct, the

𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜

  𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗚𝗜𝗡𝗦 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜   ■ Origin of Arabic Numerals: a natural history of numbers (2008). ■ Natural Foundations of Arab Civilisation: Origins of Alphabets, Numerals, Measurements, Weights, Jurisdiction and currency, was published by Institute for Publication and Studies, Beirut,

A History of American Injustice: Manifest Destiny of Imperial Decline:

  Manifest Destiny of Imperial Decline: A History of American Injustice 𝗛𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 Editorial Review     Unusual times require unusual interpretation. At a time when Western disdain of the Arab and Islamic worlds, often poorly understood and

History of Injustice in the Arab World

𝗛𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 Editorial Review “What are the chances of the Arab Nation wrestling control of its destiny from the three main powers locking horns in the region to usurp the wealth and future of the Arab World: The

𝗛𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜

● Manifest Destiny of Imperial Decline: A History of American Injustice (Arabic Only) ● History of Injustice in the Arab World (Arabic Only) Google Books ►https://books.google.com.mt/…/%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A… ►http://www.albayan.ae/paths/books/2006-04-17-1.910299 ►https://www.arabicbookshop.net/main/details.asp?id=154-183 ● Martyrdom of the Andalusian Nation (Arabic Only) My interest in Al

Traces of a Tattoo Painting by international painter Hani Mazhar

  Details from a painting by the distinguished Iraqi painter Mazhar Hani. It is a gift from a great friend to Adel Bishtawi who knew each other for close to two decades. The painting is use for the cover of the English edition

Is it possible for a literary work to possess a human being day and night?

    “Times of Death and Roses does not allow for classification. This, in my opinion, is the most important characteristic of great literature.” 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗔 𝗡𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 {Editor’s note: Since the publication of

The patient reader will come out of the novel both damned and damning

  The patient reader will come out of the novel both damned and damning 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗔 𝗡𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 Reviewed by Iraqi Writer and Critic Ismael Zayer Times of Death and Roses by Palestinian novelist

Love in times of war, horror and death

Angel or a Demon? 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗔 𝗡𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 A review By distinguished Moroccan literary critic Mohammed Alloutt When over a year and half ago we presented novelist Adel Bishtawi as a distinguished writer our

𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗔 𝗡𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜

“Building a Bridge Between Death and Life” 𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗔 𝗡𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗬 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜     Reviewed by Salman Zain-ul-Deen* In his latest novel, Times of Death and Roses, Palestinian novelist, Adel Bishtawi, has his hero, Ali,