My Most Terrible Dream

Feisal Abdi Alrahaman

Once upon a time I was in my bedroom. The earlier hours of the night I had been reading my books pondering over how I will succeed in my examination. But, after some time I went to sleep. In the middle of the sleep I was faced with a very strong lion. Imagine I was alone. The lion opened its mouth. When I saw the fur and long claws on its body I started trembling and my body was in a black out situation. Despite the fact that the lion was looking very hungry and tired however, I decided to run away to escape from the lion but my legs had no power to support me. I fall down onto the ground. I tried to crawl. My hands have no power. I tried to scream to ask for help but my voice was very hoarse to be heard.
But I lastly woke up.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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