Fiction – Michigan Quarterly Review


The Dark Ages

“The Dark Ages” is from MQR’s Summer 2022 Issue. You can purchase the issue here. Every few months my mother became convinced that our house was going to burn down. A news story about a fire or a sale on nine-volt batteries would bring it on. My brother Colin and I pulled plugs from the walls, not daring …

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The Library

Why I Chose It: Michigan Quarterly Review reader Kabelo Motsoeneng introduces “The Library,” an excerpt from Mohammad Rabie’s novel Kawkab ’Anbar, translated by Elliott Colla for our Spring 2022 issue, “Decades of Fire.” You can purchase the issue here. Sometimes literature translated into English can lack a kind of beauty and essential voice that might have existed …

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Decades of Fire: A Virtual Reading

To celebrate the launch of MQR 61:2, “Decades of Fire: New Writing from the Middle East and North Africa,” we asked six contributors to share videos introducing and reading from their work featured in the issue. Purchase the MQR Spring 2022 issue here to read more from these and other contributors.

Poison In The Air

Accompanying the launch of Decades of Fire: New Writing from the Middle East and North Africa, a special Spring issue of MQR dedicated to the documentation of political, social, and cultural transformations of the past three decades, MQR Online is featuring additional non-fiction, poetry, and fiction not available in the print issue. We have gathered work …

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