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Autumn Quail

by Naguib Mahfouz

Autumn Quail is a tale of moral responsibility, alienation, and political downfall featuring a corrupt young bureaucrat, Isa ad-Dabbagh, who is one of the early victims of the purge after the 1952 Revolution...


The Time and the Place: And Other Stories

by Naguib Mahfouz

Selected and translated by the distinguished scholar Denys Johnson-Daivies, these stories have all the celebrated and distinctive characters and qualities found in Mahfouz's novels:  The denizens of the dark,...


The Beginning and the End

by Naguib Mahfouz

First published in 1956, this is a powerful portrayal of a middle-class Egyptian family confronted by material, moral, and spiritual problems during World War II.


The Harafish

by Naguib Mahfouz

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988,  Naguib Mahfouz is perhaps the best-known living  Arab writer. His books have had great success in  this country, particularly The Cairo  Trilogy. Fans...


The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

by Sarit Yishai-Levi & Anthony Berris

"A wonderful read—full of fascinating characters and spanning four generations of Israeli women." —B.A. Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist and The Art Forger

The #1 International Best...


A Man Lies Dreaming

by Lavie Tidhar

The novel that stunned—and scandalized—Europe comes to America

Wolf, a low-rent private detective, roams London’s gloomy, grimy streets, haunted by dark visions of a future that could have been—and a...


Guapa

by Saleem Haddad

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...


The Kindness of Enemies: A Novel

by Leila Aboulela

“A versatile prose stylist... [Aboulela’s] lyrical style and incisive portrayal of Muslims living in the West received praise from the Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee... [she is] a voice for multiculturalism.”—...


Bearing the Body

by Ehud Havazelet

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

At the start of Bearing the Body, Nathan Mirsky learns that his older brother has died in San Francisco, apparently murdered after years of aimlessness. On the spur of...


A Strangeness in my Mind: A novel

by Orhan Pamuk & Ekin Oklap

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...


The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories

by Etgar Keret

Classic warped and wonderful stories from a “genius” (The New York Times) and master storyteller.

 

Brief, intense, painfully funny, and shockingly honest, Etgar Keret’s stories are snapshots that illuminate...


Endgame

by Ahmet Altan & Alexander Amadeus Dawe

A man retires to a sun-baked Turkish town for a quiet life. What he finds is a world of suspicion, paranoia and violence. In a community of shady local officials, corrupt businessmen and a crooked police force,...


The Automobile Club of Egypt: A novel

by Alaa Al Aswany & Russell Harris

From the most popular Egyptian novelist of his generation (“a suitable heir to the mantle worn by Naguib Mahfouz” —The Guardian), a rollicking, exuberant and powerfully moving story of a family swept up...


The Sound of Our Steps

by Ronit Matalon & Dalya Bilu

Gorgeously observed and emotionally powerful, The Sound of Our Steps is an inventive novel of immigration and exile from Ronit Matalon, a major voice in contemporary Israeli fiction

In the beginning there was...


Alexandrian Summer

by Yitzhak Gormezano Goren, Yardenne Greenspan & André|| Aciman

Love, lust, and the convulsions of history surge through this dazzling novel about the vanished cosmopolitan world of Alexandria.


The Architect's Apprentice: A Novel

by Elif Shafak

From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire

In her latest novel, Turkey’s preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning...


The New Life

by Orhan Pamuk & Guneli Gun

Osman is a young university student whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a mysterious book. Osman becomes obsessed with the book, which seems to contain all the magic and power of life and love....


The Black Book

by Orhan Pamuk & Guneli Gun

The Black Book is a stunning tapestry of Middle Eastern and Islamic culture which confirms Orhan Pamuk's reputation as a writer of international stature, comparable to Borges and Calvino.

Galip is an Istanbul...


Khirbet Khizeh

by S. Yizhar, Yaacob Dweck, Nicholas de Lange & David Shulman

"Exhilarating . . . How often can you say about a harrowing, unquiet book that it makes you wrestle with your soul?" —Neel Mukherjee, The Times (London)

It's 1948 and the Arab villagers of Khirbet Khizeh are...


Asylum City

by Liad Shoham

In this edgy thriller from the #1 international bestselling author of Lineup, which was described by New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder as "a marvel of tight plotting, spare prose, and relentless...