Flying Carpets

June 14, 2021
Flying Carpets

Flying Carpets is a story collection in the grandtradition of Arab storytelling. In it, Habra masterfully waves herwriting wand and takes us on a journey as we read about people andplaces far away and encounter temples and mountain villages,gliding boats and fragrant kitchens, flaming fish and richtapestries.The stories recover lost, partially forgotten and imaginaryspaces, progressing from the concrete to the universal. The firsttwo sections move between Egypt and Lebanon with a touch of magicrealism. In the second half of the collection, the charactersbecome less rooted in time and space as the dreamlike elementsintensify. Throughout the book, storytelling and fortunetellingevoke a mythical past that is at the same time lost yet alive:love, loss, the yearning for alternate worlds, and the need toreinvent oneself through art permeate its pages.