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A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear

Written by Atiq Rahimi


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-361-3 (1-59051-361-4)

Farhad is a typical student, twenty-one years old, interested in wine, women, and poetry, and negligent of the religious conservatism of his grandfather. But he lives in Kabul in 1979, and the early days of the pro-Soviet coup are about to change his life forever. One night Farhad goes out drinking... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Three by Atiq Rahimi
Earth and Ashes, A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, The Patience Stone
Written by Atiq Rahimi


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-630-0 (1-59051-630-3)

Never before in paperback, three short novels–including Prix Goncourt—winning The Patience Stone–that convey years of Afghan history, heartache, and hope.

Atiq Rahimi’s reputation for writing war stories of immense drama and intimacy began with his first novel, Earth and Ashes, about fathers and sons and the terrible strain inflicted on families... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crocodiles
A Novel
Written by Youssef Rakha
Translated by Robin Moger


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 9, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-571-5 (1-60980-571-2)

Set in Cairo between 1997 and 2011, The Crocodiles is narrated in numbered, prose poem-like paragraphs, set against the backdrop of a burning Tahrir Square, by a man looking back on the magical and explosive period of his life when he and two friends started a secret poetry club amid a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Khalid

Written by Ameen Rihani
Afterword by Todd Fine
Illustrated by Kahlil Gibran


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-087-7 (1-61219-087-1)

This long-awaited re-publication of the first Arab-American novel–inspiration for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet–deals with Arab/American relations, religious conflict and the American immigrant experience.

Told with great good humor and worldly compassion, and with illustrations by Kahlil Gibran, The Book of Khalid recounts the adventures of two young men, Khalid and Shakib, who... Read more >
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Rumi

Written by Jalal Al-Din Rumi
Edited by Peter Washington


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26352-0 (0-307-26352-5)

The poetry of the medieval Persian sage Rumi combines lyrical beauty with spiritual profundity, a sense of rapture, and acute awareness of human suffering in ways that speak directly to contemporary audiences.

Trained in Sufism—a mystic tradition within Islam—Rumi founded the Sufi order known to us as the Whirling Dervishes, who... Read more >

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Step Across This Line
Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002
Written by Salman Rushdie


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 30, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78349-7 (0-679-78349-0)

The essays, speeches, and opinion pieces assembled in Step Across This Line, written over the last ten years, cover an astonishing range of subjects. The collection chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual odyssey and is also an especially personal look into the writer’s psyche.

With the same fierce intelligence, uncanny social commentary, and very strong... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Girl from the Golden Horn

Written by Kurban Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 21, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3082-8 (1-4000-3082-X)

Set in 1928, Kurban Said’s classic novel of thwarted love, exile, and desire explores the clash of values between conservative prewar Istanbul and decadent postwar Berlin, as well as the tensions between Muslims and Christians. Ultimately, it is the story of one girl’s choice between two worlds.

Asiadeh Anbara and her father... Read more >

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The Wedding of Zein

Written by Tayeb Salih
Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
Introduction by Hisham Matar


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-342-8 (1-59017-342-2)

The Wedding of Zein unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih’s tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the overlapping, sometimes contradictory voices of the villagers is comic. Zein is the village idiot, and everyone in... Read more >
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Chicken with Plums

Written by Marjane Satrapi


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71475-7 (0-375-71475-8)

Acclaimed graphic artist Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor and insight, her keen eye and ear, to the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love.

When Nasser Ali Khan, the author’s great-uncle, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged... Read more >

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The Complete Persepolis
Now a Major Motion Picture
Written by Marjane Satrapi


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 30, 2007
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71483-2 (0-375-71483-9)

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her... Read more >

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Embroideries

Written by Marjane Satrapi


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 18, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71467-2 (0-375-71467-7)

From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough–talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the subject turns to love... Read more >

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Persepolis
The Story of a Childhood
Written by Marjane Satrapi


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 1, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71457-3 (0-375-71457-X)

Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Silence and the Roar

Written by Nihad Sirees


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-645-4 (1-59051-645-1)

The Silence and the Roar takes place in an unnamed Middle Eastern country resembling Syria. The story follows a day in the life of Fathi Chin, an author banned from publishing because he refuses to write propaganda for the ruling government.

On this day, the entire country has mobilized to celebrate the... Read more >
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I Think of You
Stories
Written by Ahdaf Soueif


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27721-3 (0-307-27721-6)

Ahdaf Soueif, the bestselling author of The Map of Love, writes poignantly and beautifully about love, and about finding one’s place in the world. Achingly lyrical, resonant and richly woven, and with a spark of defiance, these stories explore areas of tension–where women and men are ensnared by cultural and social... Read more >
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In the Eye of the Sun

Written by Ahdaf Soueif


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 3, 2000
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72037-3 (0-385-72037-8)

Set amidst the turmoil of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, this marvelously vivid novel by an Egyptian journalist is an intimate look into the often hidden lives of Arab women today. It tells the story of Asya, a brilliant young woman who grows up in the luxurious world of the Egyptian elite... Read more >
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The Map of Love
A Novel
Written by Ahdaf Soueif


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72011-3 (0-385-72011-4)

Booker Prize Finalist

With her first novel, In the Eye of the Sun, Ahdaf Soueif garnered comparisons to Tolstoy, Flaubert, and George Eliot. In her latest novel, which was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize, she combines the romantic skill of the nineteenth-century novelists with a very modern sense of culture and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Afghanistan
A Russian Soldier's Story
Written by Vladislav Tamarov


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: October 30, 2001
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-58008-416-1 (1-58008-416-8)

Drafted into the Soviet Army in April 1984 and sent at the age of 19 to serve in Afghanistan as a minesweeper, Vladislav Tamarov turned in secret to the pen and the camera to chronicle his 621 days of war. Photographs depicting the haunted faces of both soldiers and civilians, the... Read more >

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The Baburnama
Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor
Written by W.M. Thackston, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76137-9 (0-375-76137-3)

Both an official chronicle and the highly personal memoir of the emperor Babur (1483–1530), The Baburnama presents a vivid and extraordinarily detailed picture of life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India during the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries. Babur’s honest and intimate chronicle is the first autobiography in Islamic literature, written at a... Read more >

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Exodus

Written by Leon Uris


Format: Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1983
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-25847-9 (0-553-25847-8)

ABOUT THIS BOOK
Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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The Haj

Written by Leon Uris


Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-24864-7 (0-553-24864-2)

Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness and forgiveness. The Middle East is the powerful setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge is sacred and hatred noble. Where an Arab ruler tries to... Read more >
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