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Abdo, Khal Days Don't Hide Anyone The narrator meets his fearsome companions in prison - the giant night guard
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £16.99
Abu Sharqi Atallah, Fida Maram After fleeing her tyranical uncle, Maram's newfound liberty is cut short by the arrival of a man who claims she was promised to him in marriage. Against a backdrop of legal and cultural repression, Maram beings her fight for the freedom and dignity she has always dreamed of.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2017. Price: £16.99
Aissauoi, Abdelouahab al-Diwan al-Asparti / الديوان الأسبرطي: The Spartan Court Winner of the Arabic Booker Prize 2020. The Spartan Court is a historical novel that follows the interconnected lives of five characters - two French and three Algerian - in Algiers from 1815 to 1833, as a means of exploring the trappings of Empire.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2019. Price: £23.50
Al Alawi, Maqbul The Copt A collection of funny, sad and satirical short stories from a highly celebrated and Saudi author. Winner of the Altayeb Salih Prize for Creative Writing.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £16.90
Al Daif, Rashid Awdat al-Almani ila Rushdih Based on a real life dialogue between the Lebanese author and gay German intellectual Joachim Helfer, this fictionalised biography is a controversial exploration of gender and sexuality in both Europe and the Arabic-speaking world.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2013. Price: £9.90
Al Douaihy, Jabbour Tobiah fi beirut Farid is a young man in his thirties from a mountain village who moves to Beirut desperately pursuing his dream of getting his book published. When, despair, he takes a job as a proofreader, his quest takes a turn he would never have imagined.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £17.50
Al Harez, Siba Al Akharun (The Others) In the suffocating environment of an all-female Saudi university, a 16-year-old girl begins an intense relationship with her glamorous and possessive classmate. A truly explosive portrayal of life for young lesbians in Saudi Arabia.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2006. Price: £18.50
Al Madhoun, Rabai Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba Winner of the 2016 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the scope of this inventive novel spans the Holocaust, the Palestinian exodus from Israel in 1948, and the Palestinian right to return.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £16.90
Al Rawi, Shahad The Baghdad Clock During the first Gulf War, two young Iraqi girls meet in an air raid shelter and quickly become best friends. But as they grow older and the bombs continue to fall, the girls must face the fact that their lives will never be the same again.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2017. Price: £12.00
Al- Senousi, Saud Mama Hissa's Mice (Fi'ran Ummi Hissa) In the year 2020 a young Kuwaiti surveys the ruins of his country. His memories of childhood friendships between Sunni and Shia neighbours tell the story of Kuwait's turbulent history and a future made uncertain by the threat of civil war and sectarianism.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £20.99
Al-Abbasi, Ines Manzel Bourgiba / The house of Bourgiba Jihan narrates the novel trying to unravel the threads of her father’s story as an adult between Tunis and Chicago, between the past and present: a gripping journey through Tunisia’s independence from colonization to the days of the Arab Spring.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 27/01/2018. Price: £15.50
Al-Ajily, Shahla Summer with the enemy The book tells the story of Lamees, who having fled the war in her home country, arrives in the German city of Cologne to meet Nicholas, a lecturer at the University of Munich, who welcomes her and enables her to pursue her studies in Germany. Shortlisted to 2019 edition of International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 12/09/2018. Price: £18.99
Al-Aswany, Alaa Nadi al-Sayarat / The Automobile Club of Egypt Egypt teeters on the brink of change, both servants and masters are subsumed by social upheaval, and the Egyptians of the Automobile Club face a choice: to live safely but without dignity as servants, or to risk everything and fight for their rights.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 28/10/2017. Price: £15.99
Al-Aswany, Alaa Yacoubian Building / Amara Yacoubian Welcome to the Yacoubian Building, Cairo: once grand, now dilapidated, and full of stories and passion. At ground level, Taha, the doorman’s son, harbours career aspirations and romantic dreams…
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 1/02/2014. Price: £10.99
al-Ba'aini, Youssef Faraoun 9.0 / Pharaoh 9.0 It's the year 2034, and the world is engulfed in a fierce technological battle. The protagonist, Nader, is but a young boy when he unexpectedly finds the fate of this war rests on his shoulders. But will he be able to save humanity?
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2016. Price: £16.50
Al-Ghitani, Gamal The Mahfouz Dialogues The memories, views, and jokes of famous writer Naguib Mahfouz on subjects ranging from politics to the relationship between his novels and his life, as delivered to friends at a series of informal meetings stretching out over almost half a century.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £19.50
al-Harthi, Jokha Sayyidat al-Qamr / Celestial Bodies This novel follows the lives of three women and their families, showing Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of the present. Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2019
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 13/09/2019. Price: £22.99
al-Ramli, Mohsen Abna' wa-Ahdhiyya / أبناء وأحذية A rich novel with diverese characters and important, universal themes. The protagonists are a young man forbidden from pursuing his dreams in theatre by his father, and a young woman, who falls pregnant but suffers through a tragic childbirth.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2018. Price: £19.99
Al-Rez, Khalil Al-Hay al-Rusi / الحي الروسي: The Russian Quarter The Russian Quarter tells the story of a neighbourhood which for many years resists being dragged into the war going on around it, but is finally compelled to get involved. Shortlisted for the Arabic Booker 2020.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/10/2019. Price: £15.99
Al-Sanea, Rajaa Girls of Riyadh Described as "Sex and the City Saudi style", the four twenty-something fun-loving girls of the title juggle sneaking out behind their parents' backs, dating, shopping and working while trying to live by Saudi Arabia's strict cultural traditions.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2008. Price: £18.99
Al-Sanousi, Saud ناقة صالحة / Naqa Saliha This is the story of Saliha and Dakhil, as narrated from a father to his son. Flitting back and forth between 1941 and 1901, this is not only a beautiful love tale but a history of Kuwait.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/09/2019. Price: £13.50
Al-Zoubi, Kafa Shams bayda baridah / Cold white sun "Cold White Sun" tells the story of a young intellectual Jordanian man, impoverished and alienated from his conservative society. Working as a teacher in the Jordanian capital, Amman, he is forced to rent a miserable, windowless room in one of the poor districts. Shortlisted to 2019 edition of International Prize for Arabic fiction.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2018. Price: £22.99
Alawi, Maqboul Zuhur Fan Ghukh / Flowers of van Gogh A new novel by the award-winning Saudi author, Maqbul al-Alawi, spins a fictional tale of the fate of the painting "Poppy Flowers" by Van Gogh that was actually stolen from a Cairo museum in 2010 and has yet to be found.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2018. Price: £17.50
Alwan, Muhammed Hassan A Small Death A fictionalised account of the life of 12th century Sufi saint Ibn Arabi, from his birth in Spain until his death in Damascus. It follows his heroic travels against a backdrop of savage conflict, extraordinary characters and Sufi mystic experience. Shortlisted for the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £24.90
Antoon, Sinan The Corpse Washer (Wahdaha Shajarat al-Rumman) Determined to forge his own path, young Jawad abandons the family tradition of corpse washing and decides to become a sculptor, to celebrate life rather than tend to death. A heartbreaking novel confronting Iraq's recent history through the struggles of one family.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2013. Price: £14.99
Antoon, Sinan Wahdaha Shajarat al-Rumman / The Corpse Washer Jawad decides to walk away from corpse washing to become a sculptor, celebrating life not death. But the 2003 invasion and military occupation unleash sectarian violence. Corpses pile up, and Jawad returns to the inevitable washing and shrouding.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 8/10/2010. Price: £19.99
Antoon, Sinan Ya Maryam / Ave Maria The events of this novel are narrated by two carachters from the same Iraqi Christian family, drawn together due to the political situation. Youssef, a man in his seventies, clings to the past, while young Maha hopes for a better life.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 08/05/2012. Price: £14.99
Ashour, Radwa The Grenada Trilogy A beautifully woven family saga and account of the fall of the last Muslim ruler through the eyes of one extraordinary Grenadan family.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 1994. Price: £22.50
Aswani, Alaa Jumhuriyat Kaann A shocking and terrifying novel about the frustration of the revolution through the brutal alliance of religious, authoritarian and media discourse.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/03/2018. Price: £26.99
Atmatov, Chingiz Jamilia In rural Kyrgystan during World War 2, the lonely and restless Jamilia, whose indifferent husban is fighting at the front, meets Daniyar, an eigmatic stranger recently returned from battle. As much a coming of age as a love story, it is narrated from the unusual perspective of Seit, Jamilia's teenage brother-in -law whose job it is to watch over her. Torn between his duty to protect his family's honour and his joy at the way Jamilia and Daniyar make the world come alive for him, Seit describes their forbidden relationship and the beautiful but unforviging environment in which they live with sparse but unforgetable detail. A gorgeous and unique little book.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2014. Price: £11.99
Barakat, Hoda Ahel al-Hawa This novel begins with a crime. However the narrator, an inmate in a mental asylum in Dahieh, Beirut, can't remember exactly what happened. With the civil war unfolding in the background, we see the realities of modern Lebanon through his eyes.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2015. Price: £12.50
Barakat, Hoda Barid al-lail / The night mail The Night Mail tells the stories of letter writers. The letters are lost, like those who have penned them, but each is linked to another and their fates are woven together, like those of their owners. Shortlisted to 2019 edition of International Prize for Arabic fiction.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2017. Price: £19.99
Barakat, Hoda Sayyidi wa Habibi Wadih, once a polite and hardworking student, has turned into the head of a gang of murderers and drug traffickers. One day, when he receives a threat, he and his wife Samia decide to suddenly Lebanon and their life behind to start anew in Cyprus…
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2015. Price: £13.99
Barakat, Hoda The Stone of Laughter A haunting vision of war-torn Beirut through the eyes of Khalil, a young gay man who struggles to survive and find acceptance as society collapses around him. Hailed by many critics as the best novel set against the background of the Lebanese civil war.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £22.99
Barakat, Hoda The Stone of Laughter / Hajar Al-Dahik
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £17.50
Ben Jelloun, Taher Aeinan Munkaseratan (With Downcast Eyes) A young Moroccan girl flees from an impoverished Berber village to the extravagant city of Paris and finds herself torn between the sophistication of an unfamiliar society and the vibrant, mystical culture that is her true spiritual inheritance.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £18.50
Beydan, Abbas Kherif Al Baraeh (Autumn of Innocence) After murdering his wife, Masoud fled to Syria to join an Islamic militia leaving behind his son Ghassan to carry his bitter legacy. When he returns after eleven years, Ghassan decides to take revenge but fate takes them both in unexpected directions. Winner of the 2017 Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £14.90
Boy, John Janat al-Khafafish Returning to his home town in newly independent South Sudan, Archangelo probes the story of his musician father who was killed many years ago. Guided by a recurring dream, he discovers his father was no mere musician and there is more to his death than it would seem.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2017. Price: £14.90
Darwish, Mahmoud Eleven Planets A epic sequence of poems drawing parallels between the voyage of Christopher Columbus and the destruction of Native American culture, the expulsion of the Arabs from Andalucia, and the Palestinian Nakba.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2014. Price: £18.99
Darwish, Mahmoud Lover from Palestine 1966 collection of verse from one of the Arabic-speaking world's most respected poets. Includes the famous poem, 'To my Mother'.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2013. Price: £10.99
El Saadawi, Nawal Diaries of a Child Called Suad The first novel of the fearless Egyptian feminist writer, Nawal El Saadawi. Written when she was 10, the young Nawal's writing reveals the makings of a revolutionary spirit and relentlessly analytical mind.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £14.99
El Senousi, Saud The Bamboo Stalk An incredible story of migration and rootlessness and what it means “to belong”, told by Jose, the teenage son of a Philippina maid and an aristocratic young Kuwaiti.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2013. Price: £22.50
El-Saadawi, Nawal The Fall of the Imam A powerful and poetic novel which, using a mixture of folklore and allegory, reveals the underlying hypocrisy of any male-dominated religious state, and the insufferable predicament of women in a society that must ultimately self-destruct.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2010. Price: £14.90
El-Saadawi, Nawal Zeina Bodour, a distinguished professor, carries a dark secret- she has an illegtimate daughter whom she abandoned as a baby on the streets of Cairo. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Bodour pines for her daughter. Is there any hope of them being reunited?
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2009. Price: £16.99
Faqir, Fadia My Name is Salma (Ismi Salma) Slipping seamlessly back and forth between the olive groves of the Levant and the rain-slicked streets of Exeter, "My Name is Salma" is a searing novel of forbidden love, violated honour and a woman's courage in the face of insurmountable odds.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2009. Price: £16.90
Fayadh, Ashraf Instructions Within Bilingual English - Arabic edition of this singular collection of poetry by Ashraf Fayad who is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia on an apsotasy charge for writing these very verses.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2017. Price: £16.99
Hamdi, Khawla Fi Qalbi Untha Ibriyya / A Jewish Girl Lies Within my Heart The story of Reem, an orphaned Muslim girl sent to live with a Jewish family in southern Lebanon, and her friend Nada, half-Jewish half-Muslim girl in love with a Muslim resistance fighter. A tale of love, friendship, and religious coexistence.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 11/07/2012. Price: £19.99
Hijazi, Hana Imraatan / Two Women Set in contemporary Saudi Arabia, this novel tells the story of two very different women - Layla and Maram - who find themselves trapped by their community and unable to marry for love. A novel that sheds light on the realitites of Saudi society.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2014. Price: £14.90
Hosni, Muhammad Khara'it Younes Younes is separated from his beloved and arrives in an isolated island that has become a dystopian city where the rulers have eradicated poverty and embraced the culture of consumption. But soon after his arrival the city begins to fall apart
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2018. Price: £12.90
Ibrahim, Sonallah Zaat / Self The novel revolves around the story of the life of the Egyptian woman and monitors the social and economic changes from the 1952 revolution until the end of the twentieth century. It was made into a television series called "A Girl Named Self".
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 1/1/2014. Price: £15.99
Jabra, Jabra Ibrahim The First Well / al-Bi'ir al-Awla An autobiographical account of Jabra's boyhood growing up in Palestine in the 1920s. Through the eyes and heart of a sensitive, highly imaginative boy, Jabra describes the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures of Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/01/2009. Price: £19.99
Kanafani, Ghassan Umm Saad A compelling portrait of a mother who encourages her son to take up arms as a resistance fighter in full awareness that the choice of life might lead to his death.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 1969. Price: £5.80
Khadra, Yasmina The Dictator's Last Night In the dying days of the Libyan civil war, Muammar Gaddafi hides out in his home town of Sirte. A gripping imaganing of the last hours of one of the most complex and controversial figures of recent history.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £14.90
Khalifa, Khaled al-Mawt Amel Shaq / الموت عمل شاق: Death is Hard Work At a hospital in Damascus Abdel Latif's final wish is to be buried in the family plot - just a two-hour drive away.But Syria is a war zone, and the trials that confront the family on their journey will have enormous consequences for them all.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 19/11/2015. Price: £9.99
Khalifa, Khaled Lam Yusal Alayhim Ahad / لم يصل عليهم أحد: Noone Prayed Over Their Graves In 1907, in the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, a flood sweeps away the pleasant life which had existed on both sides of its banks, and nothing is the same again. The novel follows these changes and paints a picture of the wider destiny of Aleppo.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/05/2019. Price: £14.99
Khalifa, Khaled No Knives in the Kitchens of this City In the once beautiful city of Aleppo, irrepressible Sawsan flirts with militias, the ruling party, and finally religion. Set between the 1960s and 2000s,this novel speaks of a climate of fear and control and the persecution of a whole society.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2013. Price: £18.50
Laroui, Fouad Return to Casablanca Adam, an eminent engineer, begins to question the course of his life and decides to return to his roots. Travelling to his birthplace in Morocco, he begins a series of extraordinary encounters which lead to more questions than answers.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £16.90
Mahfouz, Naguib Qasr al-shouq
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2006. Price: £18.99
Mahfouz, Neguib Al Sukariyya (Sugar Street) The final novel in the Cairo Trilogy ushers in a dramatic climax as the ageing patriach Ahmed Jawwad sees one of his sons an Islamic fundamentalist, one a communist and the third the lover of a powerful politician.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £22.99
Mahfouz, Neguib Awlad Haretna The tumultuous alley of this rich and intricate novel (first published in Arabic in 1959) is inhabited by a delightful Egyptian family, but is also the setting for a second, hidden, and more daring narrative: the spiritual history of humankind.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £18.99
Mahfouz, Neguib Bayna al-Qasreyn (Palace Walk) A sweeping and evocative portrait of both a family and a country struggling to move toward independence, Palace Walk introduces us to middle class shopkeeper Ahmed Al Jawwad and the family he controls with an iron fist.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £22.99
Mahfouz, Neguib Qasr Al Shawq (Palace of Desire) The sensual and provocative second volume in the Cairo Trilogy, Palace Of Desire follows the Al Jawad family into the awakening world of the 1920's and the sometimes violent clash between Islamic ideals, personal dreams and modern realities.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £24.99
Mahfouz, Neguib The Thief and the Dogs After four years in prison, a skilled young thief emerges bent on revenge. He finds a world that has changed in more ways than one. A haunting novella of post-revoluntionary Egypt.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 1971. Price: £14.99
Milud, Mohammed Bin The Dangerous Neighbourhood After his uncle was kidnapped and executed, Murad decides to investigate his life and finds he was a revoluntionary fighter. Reading the books his uncle bequeathed him, Murad begins a journey of conflict, discovery and revolution.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £18.99
Mostaghanemi, Ahlem The Bridges of Constantine / Memories of the Flesh Khaled, a former revolutionary in the Algerian war, has been in self-imposed exile in Paris for decades. When the daughter of his former commander unexpectedly re-enters his life, he is forced to confront his past and his feelings about his homeland.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2013. Price: £14.99
Mostaghanemi, Ahlem Fawda Al Hawas A famous and highly unusual love story set in Algeria during the civil war which explores the boundaries between reality and imagination, real life and fiction.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2013. Price: £14.99
Nasrallah, Ibra Zaman al-khuyul al-bayda (Time of the White Horses)
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Price: £22.50
Saadawi, Ahmed Frankenstein in Baghdad Winner of the International Prize for Arabic fiction, this is a blackly comic novel of literary horror from war-torn Iraq. In the rubble-strewn streets of Baghdad, a young man scavenges for human body parts in a dark quest which will soon spin out of his control.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2014. Price: £21.50
Salih, Tayeb Season of Migration to the North (Mawsim al-Hiǧra ilā ash-Shamāl) Widely agreed to be one of the greatest Arabic novels of all time, this is the story of a man undone by a culture that in part created him and a powerful and evocative examination of colonization in two vastly different worlds.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2013. Price: £10.99
Sharafeddine, Fatima Faten When Faten is sent from her village to work as a maid in Beirut she is angry and scared. However, in this city of war and fear she will find friendship, fall in love and begin her fight to change her destiny.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2010. Price: £17.50
Shatwan, Najwa Bin The Slaves Pen / Zarāyib al-ʻabīd Shortlisted for the 2017 International Prize for Arabic fiction, this courageous novel uncovers the dark and untold story of slavery in Libya via the taboo love affair between Mohammed and Ta'awidha, the woman enslaved by his family.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £16.90
Tag Elsir, Amir Flowers in Flames 19-year-old Khamila returns from her studies to find a group calling themselves 'Remembrance and History' have taken over her town and declared war on 'infidels'. Like the other women, Khamila awaits her fate in this brutal new era in which women are devoured like flowers in flames.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2018. Price: £14.99
Taha, Sumaya The Morgue Salwa is married to man from a respected tribe and has a child she dedicates her life to. However, she cannot escape the nightmare which continues to pursue her after a series of terrifying events…
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2016. Price: £10.99
Tamer, Zakaria Rabiah fi al-Ramad / Spring in the Ashes These short stories by the celebrated Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer take us to the heart of Damascus, revealing its beauties and its horrors. Although justice does not always win, what remains in each story is the promise of freedom and dignity.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 01/12/1994. Price: £13.50
Ziedan, Yusuf Azazeel Winner of the Arab Booker Prize. Set in the 5th century AD, Azazeel is the exquisitley crafted tale of a Coptic monk's journey from Upper Egypt to Alexandria and then Syria during a time of massive upheaval in the early Church.
Literature & fiction: Fiction. Published 2008. Price: £18.99