Category Archives: Novels

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

SUSAN BARBARA BISHTAWI

SUSAN BARBARA BISHTAWI Painter (Maiden name Susan Galea Borg) Jewellery Designer Book Cover Designer Susan at Medina, Malta; Susan with close friends. Highlights from an interview with Susan Bishtawi by Hussam-ul-Deen Mohamed, author, Managing Editor of Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, London,

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

There Remains a Farewell – A poetica by Adel Bishtawi

There Remains a Farewell As poetica by Adel Bishtawi The rickety wooden boat rocked dizzily on a sudden wave that crept shyly towards the beach, and almost touched their feet before the gently surging sea pulled it back. Nader was

The last lecture – A short story by Adel Bishtawi

The last lecture A short story by Adel Bishtawi A shadowy veil descended slowly over the last warm rays of the sun as it dipped behind the trees to the south west. They sat on the cold marble stairs of

A travel document to hell – A short story by Adel Bishtawi

A travel document to hell A short story by Adel Bishtawi The glass door to the left of the transit lounge was flung open and a young immigration officer holding a collection of green, blue, and black passports marched towards

THE ATHEIST: A short Story

THE ATHEIST A short story in two parts BY Adel Bishtawi adapted from the novel Times of Death and Roses. (1) Rana, a beautiful Christian girl from Beirut, goes to her Muslim boyfriend’s flat for a coffee. As they were

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,

TRACES OF A TATTOO: Chapter 9

TRACES OF A TATTOO A novel by Adel Bishtawi Read Chapter 9 Shortly thereafter Aroub pushed her hands deep into the bathrobe pockets and started swinging them while wondering if Wissam was aware of the strategically-conceived trap she had set

Traces of a Tattoo by Adel Bishtawi: chapter 14

Traces of a Tattoo by Adel Bishtawi Read chapter 14 Washington: Uncle’s house Next morning 5783w Samir held up both hands to his sister. “Could anything worse happen to me on my wedding day?” He complained, angry and frustrated. “My

Traces of a Tattoo: Chapter 18

Traces of a Tattoo Read Chapter 18 London: Mill Hill Cemetery Two weeks later 3844w Hisham pulled the sagging flowers out of the submerged vase and laid them inside a plastic bag which Wissam held open. He took the bag

𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗔 𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗢𝗢: REVIEWS

𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗔 𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗢𝗢 A novel by 𝗔𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗕𝗜𝗦𝗛𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗜 Reviews ● “The scars of failed love are often more painful than the wounds.” ● …Traces of a Tattoo earns one of its distinguished qualities from its scrupulous monitoring of its