The Clash of Images

I just finished Abdelfattah Kilito's The Clash of Images, a series of thirteen stories about a boy named Abdallah growing up in urban Morocco.

The Quarterly Conversation has a great review of this lovely, slender book, and I'm afraid I can't quite do the same justice. I can say, however, that "Pleiades" might be one of the most perfect little pieces I've read this year, and "Cinedays," which follows it, is a stunning observation on how people a world away from America take the same cultural touchstone (in this case, a Western) and dissect, remix, and reimagine the object into a wholly new vision.