To Jaffa by Ayman Sikseck

He  placed  his  notepad  on  his  knee  and  wrote:  Cloudy.     The  smell  of  gasoline  and    garbage  bins.      Then  he  looked  out  the  window  again    to    verify  that  there  was  nothing  he  had    failed    to    note.  The  bus  pulled  away  from  the  station  with  a    vaporous  breath  and  headed  to  the    highway,  toward  Jerusalem.     The  Doors  are  playing    on   the  radio,    he  wrote,    then  crossed    out  the  words  and  immediately  changed  his  mind  and  wrote    them  again.

(Excerpt from  the  novel,  published  in  2010  translated  from  the  Hebrew  by  Evan  Fallenberg)
A columnist and literary critic who studied comparative literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was the co-editor of “The Palestinian Nakba in Hebrew Poetry, 1948-1958,” published in 2009. His novel To Jaffa grew out of several short stories that received numerous awards, including the Ha’aretz short story competition.
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