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MIDDLE EASTERN

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Written by ALAA AL ASWANY
Translator RUSSELL HARRIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/12/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94731-4

In British-occupied Egypt, on the eve of the 1952 revolution, respected landowner Abd el-Aziz Gaafar has fallen on hard times. Bankrupt, he moves his family to Cairo and takes a menial job at the Automobile Club, a luxurious lodge for its European members, where Egyptians appear only as fearful servants. When Abd el-Aziz’s pride gets the better of him and he stands up for himself, he is subjected to a corporal punishment that ultimately kills him—leaving two of his sons obliged to work in...

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MY FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN
Written by SHIRIN EBADI

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99887-0

Selected for Common Reading at Thomas College

The first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi has inspired millions around the globe through her work as a human rights lawyer defending women and children against a brutal regime in Iran. Now Ebadi tells her story of courage and defiance in the face of a government out to destroy her, her family, and her mission: to bring justice to the people and the country she loves.

For years the Islamic Republic tried to intimidate...

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Written by SALEEM HADDAD

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51769-7

A debut novel that tells the story of Rasa, a young gay man coming of age in the Middle East
 
Set over the course of twenty-four hours, Guapa follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, as he tries to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval. Rasa spends his days translating for Western journalists and pining for the nights when he can sneak his lover, Taymour, into his room. One night Rasa's grandmother — the woman who raised him — catches...

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Written by ORHAN PAMUK
Translator EKIN OKLAP

Format: Hardcover, 624 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/20/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-70029-2

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize
A Best Book of 2015: Financial Times and The Boston Globe


From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red: a soaring, panoramic new novel—his first since The Museum of Innocence—telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life. 

Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as...

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STORIES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND BEYOND
Written by SANDOR JASZBERENYI
Translator M. HENDERSON ELLIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: New Europe Books

On Sale: 12/09/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-990-00432-5

In the nineteen extraordinary stories that comprise The Devil Is a Black Dog and Other Stories, writer and photojournalist Sándor Jászberényi shows us the human side of war and revolution in the contemporary Middle East and Africa, and of the social upheaval that has held Eastern Europe in its grip since the fall of communism. Characters contemplate the meaning of home, love, despair, family, and friendship against the backdrop of brutality. From Cairo to the Gaza Strip, from Benghazi to...

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A NOVEL
Written by YOUSSEF RAKHA
Translator ROBIN MOGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 12/09/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80571-5

Set in Cairo between 1997 and 2011, The Crocodiles is narrated in numbered, prose poem-like paragraphs, set against the backdrop of a burning Tahrir Square, by a man looking back on the magical and explosive period of his life when he and two friends started a secret poetry club amid a time of drugs, messy love affairs, violent sex, clumsy but determined intellectual bravado, and retranslations of the Beat poets. Youssef Rakha’s provocative, brutally intelligent novel of growth and change...

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Edited by MARLE HAMMOND

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71243-2

A bilingual anthology of poems from the sixth century to the present, Arabic Poems is a one-of-a-kind showcase of a fascinating literary tradition.

The Arabic poetic legacy is as vast as it is deep, spanning a period of fifteen centuries in regions from Morocco to Iraq. Themes of love, nature, religion, and politics recur in works drawn from the pre-Islamic oral tradition through poems anticipating the recent Arab Spring.

Editor Marlé Hammond has selected more than fifty poems reflecting...

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A NOVEL OF THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR
Written by MAHMOUD DOWLATABADI
Translator MARTIN E. WEIR

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 06/24/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19300-7

Winner of the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature
Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Award
Shortlisted for the Haus der Kulturin’s 
International Literary Award  


In the midst of the Iran–Iraq War, an Iraqi journalist is given a tour of a military prison. The Major in charge of the camp informs the writer of what is expected: he is to write a fabricated report about a murder that has occurred in the camp, with the aim of demoralizing Iranian soldiers.

Reluctant to write the report, the...

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Edited by WEN-CHIN OUYANG
Introduction by WEN-CHIN OUYANG

Format: Hardcover, 920 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 06/10/2014

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71241-8

The most famous of all story collections, The Arabian Nights, also known as The Book of the Thousand and One Nights, is beloved around the world. Composed of Persian, Arabic, Greek, Indian, and other sources that accumulated over hundreds of years, these fabulous stories-within-stories have long fired readers’ imaginations with an enchanted world of flying carpets, magic lamps, genies, demons, magicians and sorceresses, carnivorous giants, and bloodthirsty bandits.

Translation has played a...

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Written by WAGUIH GHALI
Introduction by PANKAJ MISHRA

Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/10/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17074-1

Set amidst the turbulence of 1950s Cairo, Beer in the Snooker Club is the story of Ram Bey, an over-educated, under-ambitious young Egyptian struggling to find out where he fits in. Ram’s favorite haunt is the fashionable Cairo Snooker Club, whose members strive to emulate English gentility; but his best friends are young intellectuals who devour the works of Sartre and engage in dangerous revolutionary activities to support Egyptian independence. By turns biting and comic, Beer in the...

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Written by HANAN AL-SHAYKH
Foreword by MARY GAITSKILL

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94899-1

Passed down over centuries from India, Persia, and across the Arab world, the mesmerizing stories of One Thousand and One Nights are related by the beautiful, young Shahrazad as she attempts to delay her execution. Retold in modern English by the acclaimed Lebanese author Hanan al-Shaykh, here are stories of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate. Bringing together nineteen classic tales, in...

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ISLAMOPHOBIA, EXTREMISM, AND THE DOMESTIC WAR ON TERROR
Written by ARUN KUNDNANI

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/18/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68159-6

Death came instantly to Imam Luqman, as four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded the building on that October morning, the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that had infiltrated the imam’s Detroit mosque. The FBI quickly claimed that Luqman Abdullah was “the leader of a domestic terrorist group.” And yet, caught on tape, he had refused to help “do something” violent, as it might injure innocents, and no...

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