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MIDDLE EAST LITERATURE AND DRAMA

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A NOVEL
Written by KANAN MAKIYA

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 03/15/2016

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87047-1

From the best-selling author of Republic of Fear, here is a gritty and unflinching novel about Iraqi failure in the wake of the 2003 American invasion, as seen through the eyes of a Shi‘ite militiaman whose participation in the execution of Saddam Hussein changes his life in ways he could never have anticipated.
 
When the nameless narrator stumbles upon a corpse on April 10, 2003, the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein, he finds himself swept up in the tumultuous politics of the American...

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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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Written by TARIQ ALI

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68003-2

The Book of Saladin is the fictional memoir of Saladin, the Kurdish liberator of Jerusalem, as dictated to a Jewish scribe, Ibn Yakub. Saladin grants Ibn Yakub permission to talk to his wife and retainers so that he might present a full portrait in the Sultan’s memoirs. A series of interconnected stories follows, tales brimming over with warmth, earthy humor and passions in which ideals clash with realities and dreams are confounded by desires.

At the heart of the novel is an affecting love...

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Written by TARIQ ALI

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68006-3

Night of the Golden Butterfly concludes the Islam Quintet—Tariq Ali’s much lauded series of historical novels, translated into more than a dozen languages, that has been twenty years in the writing. Completing an epic panorama that began in fifteenth-century Moorish Spain, the latest novel moves between the cities of the twenty-first century, from Lahore to London, from Paris to Beijing. The narrator is rung one morning and reminded that he owes a debt of honour. The creditor is Mohammed...

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Written by TARIQ ALI

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/07/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68930-1

The fourth novel in Tariq Ali’s ‘Islam Quintet’ charts the life and loves of the medieval cartographer Muhammed al-Idrisi. Torn between his close friendship with the sultan and his friends who are leaving the island or plotting a resistance to Norman rule, Idrisi finds temporary solace in the harem; but his conscience is troubled...

A Sultan in Palermo is a mythic novel in which pride, greed, and lust intermingle with resistance and greatness. It echoes a past that can still be heard today....

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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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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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Written by WAGUIH GHALI
Introduction by PANKAJ MISHRA

Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/10/2014

Price: $15.00

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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Written by OLGA GRJASNOWA

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 01/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51584-6

Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to compare gas prices. Masha has nearly completed her studies to become an interpreter, when suddenly Elias is hospitalized after a serious soccer injury and dies, forcing her to question a...

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EARTH AND ASHES, A THOUSAND ROOMS OF DREAM AND FEAR, THE PATIENCE STONE
Written by ATIQ RAHIMI

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 06/11/2013

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51630-0

Never before in paperback, three short novels–including Prix Goncourt—winning The Patience Stone–that convey years of Afghan history, heartache, and hope.

Atiq Rahimi’s reputation for writing war stories of immense drama and intimacy began with his first novel, Earth and Ashes, about fathers and sons and the terrible strain inflicted on families, when an Afghan village is destroyed by the Russian army.

A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear takes place in 1979, during a period of social and...

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Written by NADEEM ASLAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/26/2013

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80282-8

Winner of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize

From the author of Maps for Lost Lovers, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Aslam’s exquisite first novel, the powerful story of a secluded Pakistani village after the murder of its corrupt and prominent judge.

Judge Anwar’s murder sets the people of the village on edge. Their anxieties are compounded when a sack of letters, thought lost in a train crash nineteen years ago, suddenly reappears under mysterious...

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