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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 one particular family living in one particular house during these historic events.

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 Colonel: A Novel

by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi & Tom Patterdale

Winner of the 2013 Jan Michalski Prize

Longlististed for the Man Asian Literary Prize

A new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today


Ten years in the writing, this...

Missing Soluch: A Novel

by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi & Kamran Rastegar

Perhaps the most important work in modern Iranian literature, this starkly beautiful novel examines the trials of an impoverished woman and her children living in a remote village in Iran, after the unexplained...

The Last Romanov

by Dora Levy Levy Levy Levy Mossanen


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 GlobeFrom 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 mature...

The Mirage

by Naguib Mahfouz

A stunning example of Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz’s psychological portraiture, The Mirage is the story of an intense young man who has been so dominated by his mother that her death...

Until the Dawn's Light: A Novel

by Aharon Appelfeld & Jeffrey M. Green


From the award-winning, internationally acclaimed writer (“One of the best novelists alive” —Irving Howe): a Jewish woman marries a gentile laborer in turn-of-the-century...

Khan al-Kalili

by Naguib Mahfouz

Khan al-Khalili, by Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, portrays the clash of old and new in an historic Cairo neighborhood as German bombs fall on the city.

   The time is 1942, World War II is at its...

Anatomy of a Disappearance: A Novel

by Hisham Matar

This mesmerizing literary novel is written with all the emotional precision and intimacy that have won Hisham Matar tremendous international recognition. In a voice that is delicately wrought and beautifully...

Heatwave and Crazy Birds (Hebrew Literature Series)

by Gabriela Avigur-Rotem & Dalya Bilu

An extraordinary lyrical novel about a culture seeking to bury its origins, which date to the Holocaust, preferring the biblical to the recent past . . .

Hotel Bosphorus

by Esmahan Aykol & Ruth Whitehouse

A film director is murdered in Istanbul. The heroine and accidental investigator is the owner of a mystery bookshop.

Motti (Hebrew Literature Series)

by Asaf Schurr & Todd Hasak-Lowy

Calling to mind the minimalist novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Motti is at once an exercise in simplicity and a self-conscious investigation into storytelling . . .

Life on Sandpaper (Hebrew Literature Series)

by Yoram Kaniuk & Anthony Berris

Susan Sontag writes: “Of the novelists I have discovered in translation . . . the three for whom I have the greatest admiration are Gabriel Garci´a Ma´rquez, Peter Handke, and Yoram Kaniuk.“

The Confessions of Noa Weber: A Novel

by Gail Hareven & Dalya Bilu

Acclaimed author Noa Weber has a successful “feminist” life: a strong career, a wonderful daughter she raised alone, and she is a recognized and respected cultural figure. Yet her interior life is bound...

A Sky So Close: A Novel

by Betool Khedairi

This haunting coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in wartime Iraq was the subject of heated controversy when it was published in the Middle East; now in English, it offers American readers a rare chance...


by Yishai Sarid & Barbara Harshaw

This timely and morally complex novel tells the story of a conflicted Israeli secret service agent. An expert interrogator, a connoisseur of persuasive methods—legal and otherwise—he never fails to make...

Cut Throat Dog

by Joshua Sobol

International intrigue, murderous politics, and psychological suspense combine in a stylish literary thriller


An enigmatic Israeli who calls himself Shakespeare – because he’s got a way with words –...