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  • Translating Libyaby Ethan Chorin

    Saqi 2012; US$ 14.58

    Part anthology and part travelogue, Translating Libya presents the country through the eyes of sixteen short story writers and one American diplomat. Intrigued by the apparent absence of ?place? in modern Libyan short fiction, Ethan Chorin resolved to track down and translate stories that specifically mention cities and landmarks in Libya. The stories... more...

  • Heart of Beirutby Samir Khalaf

    Saqi 2013; US$ 13.11

    The Bourj in central Beirut is one of the world?s oldest and most vibrant public squares. Named after the mediaeval lookout tower that once soared above the city?s imposing ramparts, the square has also been known as Place des Canons (after a Russian artillery build-up in 1773) and Martyrs? Square (after the Ottoman execution of nationalists in 1916).... more...

  • The Hungry Ghostsby Shyam Selvadurai

    Saqi 2014; US$ 18.94

    In Buddhist myth, those that have desired too much in life may be reborn as “hungry ghosts?– spirits with a stomach so large they can never be full. Six year-old Shivan is boarded up in his grandmother?s mansion in Sri Lanka. While civil unrest brews outside, Shivan is fighting small battles of his own: the matriarch of his mysterious family wants... more...

  • My Animal Lifeby Maggie Gee

    Saqi 2011; US$ 8.74

    How do you become a writer, and why? Maggie Gee's journey starts a long way from the literary world in a small family in post-war Britain. At seventeen, Maggie goes, a lamb to the slaughter, to university. From the 1960s onwards she lives the defining events of her generation: the coming of the Pill and sexual freedom, tremors in the British layer-cake... more...

  • All My Friends are Superheroesby Andrew Kaufman

    Saqi 2011; US$ 7.28

    All Tom's friends really are superheroes. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding the Perfectionist is hypnotized by her ex, Hypno, to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later the Perfectionist is sure that Tom has abandoned her, so she's moving to Vancouver. She's going to... more...

  • From the Mouth of the Whaleby Sjon; Victoria Cribb

    Saqi 2011; US$ 8.74

    The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn's horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret and both books and men are burnt. Jonas Palmason, a poet and self-taught healer, has been condemned to exile for heretical conduct, having fallen foul of the local magistrate. Banished... more...

  • Shake Offby Mischa Hiller

    Saqi 2011; US$ 7.28

    London 1989: Michel is an undercover PLO operative hooked on painkillers and posing as a student. He is tasked by mentor Abu Leila to find a venue for secret Palestinian-Israeli talks. But fellow student Helen, forbidden fruit in this clandestine world, is proving to be a distraction. Michel is forced to go on the run when he takes possession of a... more...

  • Zeinaby Nawal El Saadawi; Amira Nowaira

    Saqi 2011; US$ 8.74

    Bodour, a distinguished literary critic, carries with her a dark secret. As a young university student, she fell in love with a political activist and gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Zeina, whom she abandoned on the streets of Cairo. Zeina grows up to become one of Egypt's most beloved entertainers, despite being deprived of a family name... more...

  • Unspeakable Loveby Brian Whitaker

    Saqi 2011; US$ 13.11

    Homosexuality is a taboo subject in the Arab world. While clerics denounce it as a heinous sin, newspapers write cryptically of 'shameful acts' and 'deviant behaviour'. Amid the calls for reform in the Middle East, homosexuality is one issue that almost everyone in the region would prefer to ignore. In this absorbing account, Guardian journalist Brian... more...

  • I Killed Scheherazadeby Joumana Haddad

    Saqi 2011; US$ 11.65

    Joumana Haddad is angry about the way Arab women are portrayed in the West. In I Killed Scheherazade she challenges prevalent notions of identity and womanhood in the Middle East and speaks of her own intellectual development and the liberating impact of literature on her life. Fiery and candid, this is a provocative exploration of what it means to... more...