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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...


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...


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...


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...


The Others

by Siba al-Harez

A best-seller in Arabic, The Others is a literary tour de force, offering a glimpse into one of the most repressive societies in the world. Siba al-Harez tells the story of a nameless teenager at a girls’...


Songs My Mother Never Taught Me

by Selcuk Altun, Ruth Christie & Selcuk Berilgen

After the death of his overbearing mother, the privileged Arda reclines in his wealth, reflecting on his young life, and on the life of his father, the famous mathematician Mürsel Ergenekon, who was murdered...


Many and Many a Year Ago

by Selcuk Altun

Kemal Kuray is lucky to escape with his life after his beloved F-16 hurtles to the ground in a test flight. Convalescence comes in the form of a comfortable monthly allowance and an opulent apartment in a mysterious...


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 . . .When her archeologist father died, Loya Kaplan left Israel...


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 . . .An unassuming, unambitious man named Motti,...


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.“A whirlwind of...


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...


Limassol

by Yishai Sarid & Barbara Harshaw

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA