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  • In the Presence of Absenceby Mahmoud Darwish; Sinan Antoon

    Archipelago Books 2011; US$ 16.00

    From the incomparable, award-winning Mahmoud Darwish: a stunning book of prose poetry that recalls the Palestine of his youth. more...

  • Plague Lands and Other Poemsby Fawzi Karim

    Carcanet 2011; US$ 18.89

    Born in Baghdad in 1945, now living in London, Fawzi Karim is one of the most compelling voices of the exiled generation of Iraqi writers. In the first collection of his poetry to appear in English, his long sequence ?Plague Lands? is an elegy for the life of a lost city, a chronicle of a journey into exile, haunted by the deep history of an ancient... more...

  • A Brief Introduction to Modern Arabic Literatureby David Tresilian

    Saqi 2012; US$ 10.19

    Modern Arabic literature remains little known and poorly understood despite growing curiosity among European readers. This brief introduction offers a unique overview, focusing on developments over the last fifty years. It provides a guide to the literary landscape, indicating the major landmarks in the shape of authors, ideas and debates. The picture... more...

  • The Dramatic Literature of Nawal El Saadawiby Nawal El Saadawi

    Saqi 2012; US$ 11.65

    Nawal El Saadawi?s most recent play, God Resigns at the Summit Meeting, created an uproar in her native Egypt. On the basis of the title alone, officials declared the work heretical and charged El Saadawi with insulting the ?Almighty God?, not just Islam. Her prosecutors requested that all her books be destroyed, that she be arrested on return to... more...

  • A River Dies of Thirstby Mahmoud Darwish; Catherine Cobham

    Saqi 2012; US$ 11.67

    Mahmoud Darwish was one of the most acclaimed contemporary poets in the Arab world, and is often cited as the poetic voice of the Palestinian people. During the tumultuous summer of 2006, as Israel attacked Gaza and Lebanon, Darwish was in Ramallah. He recorded his observations and feelings in writing, included in A River Dies of Thirst, some of his... more...

  • Sirat Antara – the Manuscript from the University Library in Wroclaw, Polandby Anna Nawolska

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2011; US$ 169.95

    The Sirat Antara was an eighteenth century manuscript discovered by Anna Nawolska in the Manuscripts Department of Wroclaw University, Poland, which Nawolska translated from Arabic into English. Anatara Ibn Shaddad al-Absi was a sixth century pre-Islamic poet, knight, and hero. The Sirat Antara is the fifth incomplete volume of the chivalric epic that... more...

  • Standing by the Ruinsby Ken Seigneurie

    Fordham University Press 2011; US$ 21.99

    Since the mid-1970s, Lebanon has been at the center of the worldwide rise in sectarian extremism. Its cultural output has both mediated and resisted this rise. Standing by the Ruins reviews the role of culture in supporting sectarianism, yet argues for the emergence of a distinctive aesthetic of resistance to it. Focusing on contemporary Lebanese fiction,... more...

  • Plague Landsby Fawzi Karim; Anthony Howell; Abbas Kadhim

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2011; US$ 20.95

    Fawzi Karim is one of the most compelling voices of the exiled generation of Iraqi writers. The first of his poetry to appear in English, this collection includes an elegy for the life of a lost city—a chronicle of a journey into exile, haunted by the deep history of an ancient civilization. Memories of Baghdad?s alleys, smoke-filled cafés, and mulberry-shaded... more...

  • Moorish Poetryby A.J. Arberry

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 55.95

    This anthology of small masterpieces of Moorish poets from Islamic Spain, North Africa and Sicily, compiled by Ibn Sa'id al-Andalusi, is translated here into rhymed English verse by A.J. Arberry. A classic translation. more...

  • Classical Arabic Literatureby Geert Jan van Gelder

    Library of Arabic Literature 2012; US$ 89.00

    A major achievement in the field of translation, this anthology presents a rich assortment of classical Arabic poems and literary prose, from pre-Islamic times until the 18th century, with short introductions to guide non-specialist students and informative endnotes and bibliography for advanced scholars. Like many pre-modern Arabic anthologies it... more...