Sticky Trap Street

By A. Alwan

Comedy & satire | Paperback


Sticky Trap Street is a highly symbolic novelette-cum-novella. It is neatly constructed and brilliantly thought out. This work of art sets the tone and the direction of the storyline right from the outset. All is gravitated towards the centre of imaginary little town, built in the shape of a trap, on a site previously used as a make-believe airfield, to mislead and trap the Nazis fighter planes, reminiscent of a spider web that entraps flying insects. Every human character is moving in that direction. In brief, it is a story of trapping and entrapment, unfolding to reveal the deceit, hypocrisy and corruption that result from having different characters in a setting, pre-arranged for them. Each one depicts their own deceit, oblivious to the fact that they are all victims caught up in a trap. While their predicaments differ, they all seem to be doomed in a war-like game where the hunter becomes both hunted and haunted. The harder one attempts to get out of this impasse, the more entangled up they become; exactly like a trapped insect desperate for a way out. Amidst all this scramble, the author’s dark humour and sarcasm permeates down to many of the characters in order to help the reader process the sudden, an at times, their erratic reactions and also their mysterious demise.


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Sticky Trap Street is a highly symbolic novelette-cum-novella. It is neatly constructed and brilliantly thought out. This work of art sets the tone and the direction of the storyline right from the outset. All is gravitated towards the centre of imaginary little town, built in the shape of a trap, on a site previously used as a make-believe airfield, to mislead and trap the Nazis fighter planes, reminiscent of a spider web that entraps flying insects. Every human character is moving in that direction. In brief, it is a story of trapping and entrapment, unfolding to reveal the deceit, hypocrisy and corruption that result from having different characters in a setting, pre-arranged for them. Each one depicts their own deceit, oblivious to the fact that they are all victims caught up in a trap...


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A. Alwan - was born in 1941 in Iraq. After completing the high school in Baghdad, Alwan left Iraq for good to work as a freelance journalist and researcher. He lived in Beirut through the Lebanese civil war before moving to Cairo, Morocco, Rome, and London. He finally settled in Leeds in West Yorkshire where he dedicated his life to writing. Alwan's work reflects the notion that there are two sides to truth, yet both are built on illusion. Some of his works include: The Terminus – Novel, 1995. The Orange Room – Novel, 1999. The Lights – Novel, 2005. Destruction of Babylon – Play, 1975. The Tatars are coming! – Play 1986. Dear London, - Play 2000. Princess of Lily and Oysters – Collection of short stories, 2008. and many others


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A. Alwan - was born in 1941 in Iraq. After completing the high school in Baghdad, Alwan left Iraq for good to work as a freelance journalist and researcher. He lived in Beirut through the Lebanese civil war before moving to Cairo, Morocco, Rome, and London. He finally settled in Leeds in West Yorkshire where he dedicated his life to writing. Alwan's work reflects the notion that there are two side...


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