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West of the Jordan
A Novel
Written by Laila Halaby


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 15, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8359-8 (0-8070-8359-3)

This is a brilliant and revelatory first novel by a woman who is both an Arab and an American, who speaks with both voices and understands both worlds. Through the narratives of four cousins at the brink of maturity, Laila Halaby immerses her readers in the lives, friendships, and loves of... Read more >
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August 5, 2014
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Arabic Poems

Edited by Marle Hammond


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71243-2 (0-375-71243-7)

A bilingual anthology of poems from the sixth century to the present, Arabic Poems is a one-of-a-kind showcase of a fascinating literary tradition.

The Arabic poetic legacy is as vast as it is deep, spanning a period of fifteen centuries in regions from Morocco to Iraq. Themes of love, nature, religion... Read more >

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Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

Written by Mohammed Hanif


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94894-6 (0-307-94894-3)

Mohammed Hanif delivers a shockingly funny new novel set in steaming Karachi, about second chances, thwarted ambitions and love found in the most unlikely places.

The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital for All Ailments need a miracle. Alice Bhatti may be just what they’re looking for. She’s the daughter of a... Read more >
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Motoring with Mohammed
Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea
Written by Eric Hansen


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73855-8 (0-679-73855-X)

In 1978 Eric Hansen found himself shipwrecked on a desert island in the Red Sea. When goat smugglers offered him safe passage to Yemen, he buried seven years' worth of travel journals deep in the sand and took his place alongside the animals on a leaky boat bound for a country... Read more >

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The Mulberry Empire
A Novel
Written by Philip Hensher


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3089-7 (1-4000-3089-7)

In the spring of 1839, some fifty thousand British forces entered Afghanistan with “the full pomp of Empire,” possessed of the certainty that they would replace the Amir with someone less hostile toward their ally, the King of the Punjab. Three years later, a single British horseman rode out of the... Read more >
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The Moonlit Cage
A Novel
Written by Linda Holeman


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34649-0 (0-307-34649-8)

Daryâ’s simple life in mid-nineteenth-century Afghanistan is torn apart when a hateful curse by a jealous tribeswoman leaves her an outcast in her small Muslim village. She looks to her arranged marriage to the son of a nomadic tribal chief with hope that it will deliver her from this oppression; instead... Read more >
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Night & Horses & the Desert
An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature
Edited by Robert Irwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72155-4 (0-385-72155-2)

Spanning the fifth century to the sixteenth, from Afghanistan to Spain, this anthology includes translated excerpts from famous works of classical Arabic literature--The Thousand and One Nights, The Qur'an, Isfahani's Book of Songs--as well as unusual pieces that are beautiful but not as well known, such as Ibn Washshiyya on the... Read more >

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The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction

Written by Denys Johnson-Davies


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7976-6 (1-4000-7976-4)

This dazzling anthology features the work of seventy-nine outstanding writers from all over the Arab-speaking world, from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, Syria in the north to Sudan in the south.

Edited by Denys Johnson-Davies, called by Edward Said “the leading Arabic-to-English translator of our time,” this treasury... Read more >
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They Burn the Thistles

Written by Yashar Kemal
Translated by Margaret E. Platon
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-185-1 (1-59017-185-3)

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Istanbul: The Collected Traveler
An Inspired Companion Guide
Written by Barrie Kerper


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39059-2 (0-307-39059-4)

THE COLLECTED TRAVELER
For Travelers Who Want More Than a Guidebook

Bringing The Collected Traveler along on your trip is like having your own savvy personal tour guide who knows the place intimately. This unique guide to one of today's hottest tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven... Read more >

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The Attack

Written by Yasmina Khadra
Translated by John Cullen


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 25, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27570-7 (0-307-27570-1)

From the bestselling author of The Swallows of Kabul comes this timely and haunting novel that powerfully illuminates the devastating human costs of terrorism.

Dr. Amin Jaafari is an Arab-Israeli surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. As an admired and respected member of his community, he has carved a space for... Read more >
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The Sirens of Baghdad

Written by Yasmina Khadra
Translated by John Cullen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38616-8 (0-307-38616-3)

The third novel in Yasmina Khadra's bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism has the most compelling backdrop of any of his novels: Iraq in the wake of the American invasion.

A young Iraqi student, unable to attend college because of the war, sees American soldiers leave a trail of humiliation and grief... Read more >
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The Swallows of Kabul

Written by Yasmina Khadra
Translated by John Cullen


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3376-8 (1-4000-3376-4)

Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed... Read more >
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Absent
A Novel
Written by Betool Khedairi
Translated by Muhayman Jamil


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 10, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7742-4 (0-8129-7742-4)

Dalal is a young woman living in a crowded Baghdad apartment with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. In the same building, Umm Mazin, a fortune-teller, offers her customers cures for their physical and romantic ailments, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling number of female customers, and Ilham... Read more >
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A Sky So Close
A Novel
Written by Betool Khedairi


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72078-6 (0-385-72078-5)

In this elegant, incisive debut, a young girl comes of age while aching for a sense of belonging. Daughter of an Iraqi father and an English mother, the unnamed narrator struggles with isolation both in the traditional Iraqi countryside where she’s raised and at the Western school of music and ballet... Read more >
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Adrift on the Nile

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1994
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42333-5 (0-385-42333-0)

For the thousands of devoted readers of Naguib Mahfouz’s The Cairo Trilogy, Adrift on the Nile—first published in Arabic in 1966—will be an exciting and dramatic change of pace.

In elegant and economic prose, Mahfouz creates—out of the simplest of plots—a telling commentary on human nature. It is the late sixties, and... Read more >

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Akhenaten
Dweller in Truth A Novel
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49909-5 (0-385-49909-4)

From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of the Cairo trilogy, comes Akhenaten, a fascinating work of fiction about the most infamous pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

In this beguiling new novel, originally published in 1985 and now appearing for the first time in the United States, Mahfouz tells... Read more >
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Arabian Nights and Days
A Novel
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-46901-2 (0-385-46901-2)

This imaginative novel by the recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature is a spirited retelling of the Arabic masterpiece Arabian Nights. Mahfouz refashions the classic tales of Scheherazade in his own imaginative, spellbinding style. Here are genies and flying carpets, Aladdin and Sinbad, Ali Baba, and many other familiar... Read more >

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Before the Throne

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74256-8 (0-307-74256-3)

Nearly sixty of Egypt’s past leaders—from the time of the Pharoahs to the twentieth century—are summoned to judgment in the Court of Osiris in the Afterlife, in this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize–winning author Naguib Mahfouz.

Before the Throne calls forth a parade of those who have shaped the modern nation of... Read more >
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The Beggar, The Thief and the Dogs, Autumn Quail

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49835-7 (0-385-49835-7)

A new omnibus volume of three novels—previously published separately by Anchor—by Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Assembled here is a collection of Mahfouz’s artful meditations on the vicissitudes of post-Revolution Egypt. Diverse in style and narrative technique, together they render a rich, nuanced, and universally resonant vision... Read more >

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The Beginning and the End

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26458-7 (0-385-26458-5)

First published in 1956, this is a powerful portrayal of a middle-class Egyptian family confronted by material, moral, and spiritual problems during World War II. Read more >

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Cairo Modern

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47353-0 (0-307-47353-8)

In Naguib Mahfouz's suspenseful novel a bitter and ambitious nihilist, a beautiful and impoverished student, and a corrupt official engage in a doomed ménage à trois.

Cairo of the 1930s is a place of vast social and economic inequities. It is also a time of change, when the universities have just opened... Read more >
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The Cairo Trilogy
Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Introduction by Edward W. Said


Format: Hardcover, 1368 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41331-5 (0-375-41331-6)



Naguib Mahfouz's magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize—winning writer's masterwork is the engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain's occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century.

The novels of The Cairo Trilogy... Read more >

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Children of the Alley
A Novel
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26473-0 (0-385-26473-9)

First published in Arabic in 1959, this deeply spiritual and prophetic work comes from “the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature” (Newsweek). Through the story of a delightful Egyptian family, this novel reveals the spiritual history of humankind as the men and women of a modern Cairo neighborhood unwittingly... Read more >

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The Day the Leader Was Killed

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49922-4 (0-385-49922-1)

Mahfouz's succinct prose manages to entwine the great themes of love, death and the human condition with the tense atmosphere of Egypt in 1981.  Anwar al-Sadat's open-door economic policy, Infitah, is draining the wealth of the majority and removing hope from the dreams of the young.  It is also setting the stage for... Read more >
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