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The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

by D. A. Mishani

Inspector Avraham Avraham is back in this sequel to the acclaimed thrillers A Possibility of Violence and The Missing File—internationally bestselling author D. A. Mishani’s The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything...


Unto the Soul: A novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

In turn of the century Eastern Europe, a brother and sister have been chosen to guard an ancient cemetery of Jewish martyrs situated on an isolated mountain. The endless snows protect them from the pogroms and...


The Retreat: A novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

The year is 1937. On a remote hilltop some distance from Vienna stands a hotel called The Retreat. Founded by a man who is determined to cleanse himself and his guests of all "Jewish traits," it is a resort...


Laish: A novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

A caravan of Jews wanders through Eastern Europe at the end of the nineteenth century on a heartbreaking quest. Spiritual seekers and the elderly, widows and orphans, the sick and the dying, con artists and...


The Conversion: A novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

Our story opens in an Austrian city, two generations before the Holocaust, where almost all of the Jews have converted to Christianity. Today the church bells are pealing for Karl, an ambitious young civil servant...


The Angel of History: A Novel

by Rabih Alameddine

“There are many ways to break someone’s heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life.”—Yiyun Li

Following the critical and commercial...


The English Teacher: A Novel

by Yiftach Reicher Atir & Philip Simpson

For readers of John Le Carré and viewers of Homeland, a slow-burning psychological spy-thriller by a former brigadier general of intelligence in the Israeli army

One of The Washington Post's 10 Best mystery...


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.”—...


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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,...