Monday, January 30, 2017

Reader's Diary #1443- Mohamed El-Bisatie: A Conversation from the Third Floor


The title of Mohamed El-Bisatie's "A Conversation from the Third Floor" is a more apt description than referring to this as a short story. There's no conflict and it ends more abruptly than it begins.

The conversation in question is between a woman on the ground outside and her husband who speaks from behind the bars of a prison.

For all the abruptness and questionable purpose, it's nonetheless interesting. I think we tend to think of prisons as a drastic left turn in a timeline. The wife and husband in this case try their best (which turns up insufficient at times) to carry on with their domestic life. In that, there's a certain determined attitude, or is it a lack of other ideas? Is the wife, for instance, unwilling to accept the circumstance and move on with her life or does she know any other way forward?


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