The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories (Paperback)

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By Osama Alomar, C. J. Collins (Translator)
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Forget walking a tightrope between wacky/serious, frivolous/insightful. This collection of aphorism-like short stories manages to fully embody each pair of opposites simultaneously. Every five seconds a single sentence has me both in throes of laughter and paroxysms of heartbreak.

-- Cara

— From Cara M. Staff Picks


Personified animals (snakes, wolves, sheep), natural things (a swamp, a lake, a rainbow, trees), mankind's creations (trucks, swords, zeroes) are all characters in The Teeth of the Comb. They aspire, they plot, they hope, they destroy, they fail, they love. These wonderful small stories animate new realities and make us see our reality anew. Reading Alomar's sly moral fables and sharp political allegories, the reader always sits up a little straighter, and a little wiser. Here is the title story:

Some of the teeth of the comb were envious of the class differences that exist between humans. They strived desperately to increase their height, and, when they succeeded, began to look with disdain on their colleagues below.

After a little while the comb's owner felt a desire to comb his hair. But when he found the comb in this state he threw it in the garbage.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811226073
ISBN-10: 0811226077
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Pages: 96
Language: English