The main focus of this issue is the great Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer and his short stories. This time, when the Arab world is in major upheaval and turmoil (though some of us wonder if it has ever been otherwise), is indeed the time to turn to an author who has given so much in pursuit of freedom of expression, human rights and liberty through his inspiring and inimitable writings – Zakaria Tamer. There are altogether 29 stories translated, including 13 children's stories (with illustrations), a fascinating interview with the author and a number articles and reviews of his works. The Short Stories of Zakaria Tamir: with Dima Alchukr, Roger Allen, Fadhil al-Azzawi, Clayton Clark, Alessandro Columbu, Hartmut Fähndrich, Subhi Hadidi, Ismail Fahd Ismail, Denys Johnson-Davies, Volker Kaminski, Srpko Leštarić, Ibrahim Muhawi, Abigail O’Brien, John Peate, Faisel Laibi Sahi, Basil Samara, Spencer Scoville, Mahmoud Shukair, Paul Starkey, Mehmet Hakkı Suçin, Susannah Tarbush, Abdo Wazen and Jonathan Wright.
Also in the issue: Ali Bader, Shakir Noori, Charbel Dagher and Jawdat Fakhreddine.