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Palace Walk (Cairo Trilogy #1)
Palace Walk (Cairo Trilogy #1)
by Naguib Mahfouz
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The master work by the 1988 Nobel Prize winner in literature, this stunning book, which introduces the engrossing saga of a Muslim family in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1990s, is "a majestic and capacious accomplishment"... (read more)

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Palace of Desire (Cairo Trilogy #2)
Palace of Desire (Cairo Trilogy #2)
by Naguib Mahfouz
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The second volume of the highly acclaimed Cairo Trilogy from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Filled with compelling drama, earthy humor, and remarkable insight, Palace Of Desire is the unforgettable story of the violent clash between ideals... (read more)

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A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear
A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear
by Atiq Rahimi
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Farhad is a typical student, twenty-one years old, interested in wine, women, and poetry, and negligent of the religious conservatism of his grandfather. But he lives in Kabul in 1979, and the early days of the pro-Soviet coup are about to change his... (read more)

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My Uncle Napoleon
My Uncle Napoleon
by Pezeshkzad
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The most beloved Iranian novel of the twentieth century “God forbid, Ive fallen in love with Layli!” So begins the farce of our narrators life, one spent in a large extended Iranian family lorded over by the blustering, paranoid patriarch... (read more)

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Kamal Jann (French List)
Kamal Jann (French List)
by Dominique Edde
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Dominique Eddés gripping novel tells the story of the doomed Jann family as they plot against one another for revenge and power. Kamal Jann, a successful lawyer in New York City, has a troubled past unseen to most. When he was a boy in Syria... (read more)

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Specters
Specters
by Radwa Ashour
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"The fates of two Egyptian women who grew up during the turbulent, nationalistic 1950s and participated in the revolutionary student movement of the early 1970s intertwine in Ashour's meandering autobiographical novel. The narrator, ostensibly the author... (read more)

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Zubaida's Window: A Novel of Iraqi Exile (Women Writing the Middle East)
Zubaida's Window: A Novel of Iraqi Exile (Women Writing the Middle East)
by Iqbal Al Qazwini
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In the first novel in English by an Iraqi to focus on the 2003 invasion, Iqbal Al-Qazwini masterfully describes the tortured psyche of a woman who fled Iraq but still longs for her homeland. Like millions around the world, Iraqi exile Zubaida watches... (read more)

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Istanbul Blues (Turkish Literature)
Istanbul Blues (Turkish Literature)
by Buket Uzuner
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The stories in Istanbul Blues are filled with Buket Uzuners remarkable sensitivity and psychological insight, taking us into the memories and imaginations of children and adults, and exploring shared history, love, and attachment—to family... (read more)

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The House of Jasmine (Interlink World Fiction)
The House of Jasmine (Interlink World Fiction)
by Ibrahim Abdel Maguid
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"Set in 1970s Alexandria, Egypt, Meguid's deeply satisfying new novel (after No One Sleeps in Alexandria) chronicles a brief but significant period in the life of Shagara Muhammad ‘Ali. At the shipyard where he works, one of his duties is... (read more)

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Days in the Diaspora: A Modern Egyptian Novel
Days in the Diaspora: A Modern Egyptian Novel
by Kamal Ruhayyim
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"How could a good Muslim boy like you be born into a Jewish family!" For Galal, forced to leave Egypt in the 1960s Jewish exodus with his family, the Diaspora has none of the beauty of a rich tapestry of history; it is a day-to-day struggle to fit into... (read more)

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The Lady from Tel Aviv
The Lady from Tel Aviv
by Raba'i Al-madhoun
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Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2010. "Will take you to the height of reading pleasure."—Elias Khoury Walid Dahman is going home. Returning to Gaza after nearly four decades in exile, he looks forward to reconnecting with... (read more)

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Things We Left Unsaid
Things We Left Unsaid
by Zoya Pirzad
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A model wife and mother, Clarisse leads an unremarkable life. She has all she's ever wanted: a well-respected engineer husband and three children, tucked away in a wealthy, middle-class neighbourhood. But her tranquillity ends forever with the arrival of... (read more)

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Revolution Street
Revolution Street
by Amir Hassan Cheheltan
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An uncensored and unflinching tale of power, corruption and love, set against the roiling aftermath of the Islamic Revolution - the first in an unforgettable trilogy about everyday life in contemporary Tehran. Fattah is middle-aged and unmarried. A... (read more)

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The Sirens of Baghdad
The Sirens of Baghdad
by Yasmina Khadra
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“Yasmina Khadra may well be the most powerful and serious writer in French since his Algerian compatriot Albert Camus.” Philadelphia Inquirer The third novel in Yasmina Khadras bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism brings readers... (read more)

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Distant View of a Minaret & Other Storie
Distant View of a Minaret & Other Storie
by Alifa Rifaat
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Horrible, beautiful, comforting, divine and devilish all at thesame time. - Jan MorrisMore convincingly than any other woman writing in Arabic today, Alifa Rifaat, an Egyptian, lifts the veil on what it means to be a woman living within a traditional... (read more)

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Strand of a Thousand Pearls
Strand of a Thousand Pearls
by Dorit Rabinyan
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For fans of Isabelle Allende and Laura Esquivel, here is the sensuous, spellbinding story of the Azizyan family — a story of love, marriage, and mischief by the bestselling, award-winning Dorit Rabinyan. In the years leading up to Iran?s... (read more)

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The Amos Oz Reader
The Amos Oz Reader
by Amos Oz
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A rich and varied selection of writings—from the early sixties to the present—by Amos Oz, one of Israels leading novelists, public intellectuals, and political activists. The Amos Oz Reader draws on Oz's entire body of work and is loosely... (read more)

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The Illusion of Return (Contemporary Art of the Novella)
The Illusion of Return (Contemporary Art of the Novella)
by Samir El Youssef
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"A stirring book."-Financial Times "[A] vivid portrait of life in wartime Lebanon, and the temporary refuge provided by friends . . . poignant and evocative."-The Economist "El-Youssef is unflinchingly critical of aspects of his society. . . . Puncturing... (read more)

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Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (Words Without Borders Anthologies)
Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (Words Without Borders Anthologies)
by Reza Aslan
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Featuring marvelous translations of works from countries as diverse as Morocco and Iran, Turkey and Pakistan, Tablet and Pen finally endows twentieth-century Middle Eastern literature with a primacy in the English language that it much deserves. Edited... (read more)

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The Liberated Bride
The Liberated Bride
by A B Yehoshua
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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER "A world-class writer at the height of his powers." --The Boston Globe Yochanan Rivlin, professor of Near Eastern studies at Haifa University, is a man of boundless and often naïve curiosity. His wife Hagit is tolerant of... (read more)

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