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Hanan al-Shaykh

HANAN AL-SHAYKH, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short-story collections I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops and One Thousand and One Nights; the novels The Story of ZahraWomen of Sand and MyrrhBeirut 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
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 1996
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-47382-8 (0-385-47382-6)

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

I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 1998
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-49127-3 (0-385-49127-1)

Since the U.S. publication of Women of Sand and Myrrh--which has now sold more than 35,000 copies and was selected as one of the Fifty Best Books of 1992 by Publishers Weekly--Hanan al-Shaykh has attracted an ever larger following for her dazzling tales of contemporary Arab women. In these seventeen short... Read more

The Locust and the Bird
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2010
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-47231-1 (0-307-47231-0)

In a masterly act of literary transformation, celebrated novelist Hanan al-Shaykh re-creates the dramatic life and times of her mother, Kamila.
Married at a young age against her will, Kamila soon fell head-over-heels in love with another man—and was thus forced to choose between her children and her lover. As the narrative... Read more

The Occasional Virgin
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh
Pantheon | Hardcover | July 2018
$24.95/33.95(Canada) | 978-1-5247-4751-0 (1-5247-4751-3)

In this frank and fearless novel, acclaimed writer Hanan al-Shaykh follows the tumultuous lives and sometimes shocking choices of women successful in their careers but unlucky in love.
On a sunny beach on the Italian Riviera, two thirtysomething women, Yvonne and Huda, relax by the sparkling sea. But despite the setting, as... Read more

One Thousand and One Nights
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh, Foreword by Mary Gaitskill
Anchor | Trade Paperback | June 2014
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-94899-1 (0-307-94899-4)

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

Only in London
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2002
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-72121-9 (0-385-72121-8)

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

The Story of Zahra
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 1996
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-47206-7 (0-385-47206-4)

Zahra’s mother uses her as a cover for her meetings with a lover; Zahra’s strict father mistreats her for being complicit in her mother’s affair. Fleeing from Beirut in search of solace, Zahra stays with her uncle in West Africa—and then uses marriage as another kind of escape. Back in Beirut... Read more

Women of Sand and Myrrh
Written by Hanan al-Shaykh
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 1992
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-42358-8 (0-385-42358-6)

A powerful and moving novel, by the Arab worlds  leading woman novelist, about four women coping  with the insular, oppressive society of an unnamed  desert state. Read more