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The Retrospective

by A. B. Yehoshua

From the acclaimed author of A Woman in Jerusalem, a novel about a director, a screenwriter and an actress, old friends and colleagues who meet up for the first time in decades in Santiago de Compostela, and...


The Silence and the Roar

by Nihad Sirees

The Silence and the Roar takes place in an unnamed Middle Eastern country resembling Syria. The story follows a day in the life of Fathi Chin, an author banned from publishing because he refuses to write propaganda...


Music by My Bedside

by Kür?at Ba?ar & Çi?dem Aksoy Fromm

On the eve of a coup d'etat, the wife of a diplomat newly returned to Turkey finds that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuat, is in fact a childhood friend. Having married more for status than love, and quizzically...


That Smell and Notes from Prison

by Sonallah Ibrahim & Robyn Creswell

That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahim's modernist masterpiece and one of the most influential Arabic novels. Composed in the wake of a five-year prison sentence, the semi-autobiographical story follows a recently released...


The Serenity Murders

Hop-Çiki-Yaya #4

by Mehmet Murat Somer & Amy Marie Spangler

Oh, no! Burçak Veral—kickboxing transvestite, nightclub owner, Audrey Hepburn lookalike, and amateur sleuth—has finally been invited to strut her stuff on a local television show. But during her appearance,...


Kin

by Dror Burstein & Dalya Bilu

In prose both minimal and subtly off kilter, acclaimed novelist Dror Burstein introduces us-through the shifting relationships between an adopted child and his two sets of parents-to an Israel that is as peculiar,...


We Are All Equally Far from Love

by Adania Shibli & Paul Starkey

A new award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of Touch

A young woman, asked at work to write a letter to an older man, does as she is told. So begins an enigmatic but passionate love affair conducted entirely...


Silent House

by Orhan Pamuk & Robert Finn

Never before published in English, Orhan Pamuk’s second novel is the story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980.

In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a former fishing...


The Sultan of Byzantium

by Selcuk Altun, Clifford Endres & Selhan Endres

Fighting the Ottoman invaders in Constantinople in 1453, Emperor Constantine XI was killed, his body never found. Legend has it that he escaped in a Genoese ship, cheating certain death at the hands of the Turks...


The People of Forever Are Not Afraid: A Novel

by Shani Boianjiu

A “searing debut” about three young women coming of age, experiencing “the absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence” (Vogue)

 

   Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny,...


The Loves of Judith: A Novel

by Meir Shalev & Barbara Harshav

A woman with three loves and a son with three fathers: a universal story of passion and personal destiny by the award-winning author of A Pigeon and a Boy.

 

When the mysterious Judith arrives in a small agricultural...


Soumchi

by Amos Oz, Quint Buchholz & Penelope Farmer

An eleven-year-old boy in British-occupied Jerusalem trades away one possession after another, only to find something much more wonderful--his first love. In the tradition of such memorable characters as Huckleberry...


Farewell: A Mansion in Occupied Istanbul

by Ayse Kulin & Kenneth J. Dakan

A sweeping story of the final collapse of the Ottoman Empire over the course of the First World War, Farewell is a novel of great warmth, suffused with tragedy.Focusing on the experiences of one particular family...


The Diesel

by Thani Al-Suwaidi & William M. Hutchins

Critically shunned when it was first published in 1994, nearly two decades before the rest of the world ever envisioned an Arab Spring, Emirati author Thani Al-Suwaidi saw a cultural shift on the horizon and...


Before the Throne

by Naguib Mahfouz

Nearly sixty of Egypt’s past leaders—from the time of the Pharoahs to the twentieth century—are summoned to judgment in the Court of Osiris in the Afterlife, in this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize–winning...


Tzili: The Story of a Life

by Aharon Appelfeld & Dalya Bilu

The youngest, least-favored member of an Eastern European Jewish family, Tzili is considered an embarrassment by her parents and older siblings. Her schooling has been a failure, she is simple and meek, and...


The Fall of the Imam

by Nawal El Saadawi

Who will overthrow the Imam? Who will defeat the oppression, the tyranny, the injustice and the killings? ... Then, who is the Imam? Is he the man, the male, the father, the husband, the ruler, the leader? Bint...


The Last Romanov

by Dora Levy Levy Levy Levy Mossanen

IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN'S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later,...


Second Person Singular

by Sayed Kashua & Mitch Ginsburg

"Part comedy of manners, part psychological mystery . . . Issues of nationalism, religion, and passing collide with quickly changing social and sexual mores." —Boston Globe

From one of the most important contemporary...


Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

by Etgar Keret, Miriam Shlesinger, Nathan Englander & Sondra Silverston

Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most...