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Basrayatha: Portrait of a City  
By Mohammed Khudayyir, William M. Hutchins (Translator)

Basrayatha is a literary tribute by author Mohammed Khudayyir to the city of his birth, Basra, on the Shatt al-Arab waterway in southern Iraq. Just as a city’s inhabitants differ from...

 
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Clamor of the Lake  
By Mohamed El-Bisatie, Hala Halim (Translator)

Clamor of the Lake begins with the appearance of an old fisherman of unknown origin sailing a black boat. Taciturn and enigmatic, he takes on a woman and her twin boys. While he gives away...

 
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Homecoming: Sixty Years of Egyptian Short Stories  
By Denys Johnson-Davies

Short story writing in Egypt was still in its infancy when Denys Johnson-Davies, described by Edward Said as “the leading Arabic–English translator of our time,” arrived in Cairo as a young man in...

 
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Hunger  
By Mohamed El-Bisatie, Denys Johnson-Davies (Translator)

As with his earlier works, Mohamed El-Bisatie’s novel is set in the Egyptian countryside, about which he writes with such understanding. Episodic in form, it deals with a family—Zaghloul the...

 
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No One Sleeps in Alexandria  
By Ibrahim Abdel Meguid, Farouk Abdel Wahab (Translator)

This sweeping novel depicts the intertwined lives of an assortment of Egyptians—Muslims and Copts, northerners and southerners, men and women—as they begin to settle in Egypt’s great second city,...

 
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Poor  
By Idris Ali, Elliott Colla (Translator)

“This is your last day. Be strong. Don’t hesitate. Cut and run. An exit with no return.”
Idris Ali’s confessional novel opens with these words, spoken on an unbearably hot August afternoon in...

 
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The Collar and the Bracelet  
By Yahya Taher Abdullah, Samah Selim (Translator)

Set in the ancient Upper Egyptian village of Karnak against the backdrop of the British campaigns in Sudan, the Second World War, and the war in Palestine, The Collar and the Bracelet is the...

 
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The Golden Chariot  
By Salwa Bakr, Dinah Manisty (Translator)

From her cell in a women’s prison, Aziza decides to create a golden chariot to take her to heaven, where her wishes and dreams can be fulfilled. As she muses on who to take with her, she tells the...

 
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The Inheritance  
By Sahar Khalifeh, Aida Bamia (Translator)

In this powerful novel, acclaimed Palestinian author Sahar Khalifeh examines the stark realities in the lives of Palestinian women. Through her protagonist, Zeynab, born to an American mother and a...

 
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The Last Chapter  
By Leila Abouzeid, Leila Abouzeid (Translator), John Liechety (Translator)

This thought-provoking, semi-autobiographical book tells the story of Aisha, a young Moroccan woman, and her struggle to find an identity in the Morocco of the second half of the twentieth century....

 
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