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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 Same Sea

by Amos Oz & Nicholas de Lange

The Same Sea is Amos Oz's most adventurous and inventive novel, the book by which he would like to be remembered. The cast of characters ranges from a prodigal son to a widowed father who has taken in his son's...


The Yacoubian Building

by Alaa Al Aswany

This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today.

All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside...


Snow

by Orhan Pamuk

Dread, yearning, identity, intrigue, the lethal chemistry between secular doubt and Islamic fanaticism–these are the elements that Orhan Pamuk anneals in this masterful, disquieting novel. An exiled poet named...


Blooms of Darkness: A Novel

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012

by Aharon Appelfeld

**WINNER OF THE 2012 INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE**

A new novel from the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Israeli writer (“One of the greatest writers of the age”—The Guardian), a haunting,...


Limassol

by Yishai Sarid & Barbara Harshaw

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


Beer in the Snooker Club

by Waguih Ghali & Pankaj Mishra

Set amidst the turbulence of 1950s Cairo, Beer in the Snooker Club is the story of Ram Bey, an over-educated, under-ambitious young Egyptian struggling to find out where he fits in. Ram’s favorite haunt is...


Suddenly, Love: A Novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

A poignant, heartbreaking new work by “one of the best novelists alive” (Irving Howe)—the story of a lonely older man and his devoted young caretaker who transform each other’s lives in ways they could...


Falling Out of Time

by David Grossman

Following his magisterial To the End of the Land, the universally acclaimed Israeli author brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief––concise, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding...


In Praise of Hatred

by Khaled Khalifa & Leri Price

In 1980s Syria, a young Muslim girl lives a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents. Her three aunts—the pious Maryam, the liberal Safaa, and the free-spirited Marwa—raise...


The Time Regulation Institute

by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Alexander Dawe & Maureen Freely

A literary discovery: an uproarious tragicomedy of modernization, in its first-ever English translation

Perhaps the greatest Turkish novel of the twentieth century, being discovered around the world only now,...


Snapshots

by Michal Govrin

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


Bliss

by O.Z. Livaneli & O. Z. Livaneli

Meryem, a fifteen-year-old girl, lives in a rural village on the shores of Lake Van in Eastern Turkey.  Her simple life changes dramatically after her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order, rapes her.  She is...


Accidents

by Yael Hedaya

A captivating first novel of family, sex, love, and death from an "extraordinary" writer of "remarkable emotional power"

(Maureen Howard, Los Angeles Times Book Review)

For Shira Klein, Yonatan Luria, and his...


Children of the Jacaranda Tree: A Novel

by Sahar Delijani

New York Times bestselling author Khaled Hosseini says, “Set in post-revolutionary Iran, Sahar Delijani’s gripping novel is a blistering indictment of tyranny, a poignant tribute to those who bear the scars...


Katerina: A Novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

Fleeing an abusive home, Katerina, a teenage peasant in Ukraine in the 1880s, is taken in by a Jewish family and becomes their housekeeper. Feeling the warmth of family life for the first time and incorporating...


The One Facing Us

by Ronit Matalon & Marsha Weinstein

A richly colored narrative of a flamboyant Jewish-Egyptian family and its dispersal across three continents, from Israel's most original new novelist.

Esther, seventeen years old, wild and rebellious, is sent...


Bliss

by Ronit Matalon & Jessica Cohen

Set in Tel Aviv and Paris, a powerful story of love, friendship, regret, and war, as current as today's headlines

Ronit Matalon's fiction has been praised as "haunting," "inventive," "refreshingly daring." Now...


Souffle

by Asli Perker

Three troubled lives, one cookbook: a recipe for self-discovery . . . Lilia wakes up one morning to discover that her marriage is not what it seemed. Marc cannot face his empty apartment after the loss of his...


Beirut Blues

by Hanan Al-Shaykh

With the acclaim won by her first two novels, Hanan al-Shaykh established herself as the Arab world's foremost woman writer. Beirut Blues, published to similar acclaim, further confirms her place in Arabic literature,...