I recently read an interesting story that was sought in an identification request on another site: the short story "Time, as it evaporates..." ("Le temps, en s'évaporant") by Jean-Claude Dunyach. The story can be read in full or in part, depending on your location, from Google Books. In short, it's set in an apocalyptic setting where time has almost disappeared, from everywhere in the world except one city nestled between mountains which has survived in a little bubble of time, like an air pocket trapped below a lake.
Where is this city? It's clearly in a mountainous Muslim country, which instantly makes me think of Afghanistan, but of course other Islamic countries have mountains too. Is there enough evidence in the story, perhaps cultural or linguistic hints as well as geographical, to enable us to pin down a location?