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Hanan al-Shaykh
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  • About this Author
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Hanan al-Shaykh, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short story collection I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops; the novels The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues, and Only in London; and a memoir about her mother, The Locust and the Bird. She was raised in Beirut, educated in Cairo, and lives in London.

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Beirut Blues

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1996
Price: $15.00

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, and brings her writing to a new, groundbreaking level.

The daring fragmented structure of this epistolary novel mirrors the... Read more >
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Beirut Blues

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2013
Price: $11.99

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I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 3, 2013
Price: $11.99

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I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 17, 1998
Price: $16.00

By the author of Women of Sand and Myrrh, this is a collection of 17 short stories about contemporary Arab women. In the stories—11 of which appear here in English translations for the first time—al-Shaykh expands her horizons beyond the boundaries of Lebanon, taking readers throughout the Middle East, to Africa... Read more >
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The Locust and the Bird
My Mother's Story
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $13.99

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The Locust and the Bird
My Mother's Story
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95

“One of the most daring female writers of the Middle East” (San Francisco Chronicle) gives us an extraordinary work of nonfiction: an account of her mother’s remarkable life, at the core of which is a tale of undying love.

In a masterly act of literary transformation, Hanan al-Shaykh re-creates the dramatic... Read more >
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One Thousand and One Nights
A Retelling
Translated by Hanan al-Shaykh
Foreword by Mary Gaitskill


Format: eBook, 344 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $11.99

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One Thousand and One Nights
A Retelling
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh
Foreword by Mary Gaitskill


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95

Passed down over centuries from India, Persia, and across the Arab world, the mesmerizing stories of One Thousand and One Nights are related by the beautiful, young Shahrazad as she attempts to delay her execution. Retold in modern English by the acclaimed Lebanese author Hanan al-Shaykh, here are stories of the real and the... Read more >
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One Thousand and One Nights
A Retelling
Translated by Hanan al-Shaykh
Foreword by Mary Gaitskill


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $26.00

Gathered and passed down over the centuries from India, Persia, and across the Arab world, the mesmerizing stories of One Thousand and One Nights tell of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate. They are related... Read more >
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Only in London

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $15.95

Four strangers meet on a turbulent flight from Dubai to London: Amira, a canny Moroccan prostitute; Lamis, a 30-year old Iraqi divorcee; Nicholas, an English expert on Islamic art; and Samir, a Lebanese man who is delivering a monkey on a mission he doesn’t fully understand. Once safely on British soil... Read more >
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Only in London

Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Story of Zahra
A Novel
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 15, 1996
Price: $15.95

The haunting story of a woman’s troubled journey from South Lebanon, to West Africa, to Beirut in search of sanctuary from violence is “sure to change any simple preconceptions about the Muslim women of today.” (San Francisco Chronicle). Translated by Peter Ford.

The Story of Zahra is a classic by any standards.”—Village... Read more >

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Women of Sand and Myrrh
A Novel
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1992
Price: $15.95

The Arab world's leading female novelist tells the story of four women struggling within the confines of a society which treats them to every luxury-but not to freedom. Translated by Catherine Cobham. Read more >
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Women of Sand and Myrrh
A Novel
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 10, 2013
Price: $11.99

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