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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...


Black Box

by Amos Oz & Nicholas de Lange

After seven years with no communication, a divorcee writes a letter to her ex-husband begging for help with their rebellious son. That single epistle opens a flood gate of correspondence that leads to her ex-...


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 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 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

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 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

***NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD WINNER (2012)***

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.