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Banipal 63 – The 100 Best Arabic Novels is a feast of literary fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews and paintings, with the first pages in the print edition now in full colour. With the huge increase in Arabic novel-writing we asked 100 Arab authors, critics, academics, and a few translators for nominations to find the 100 best. The 100 are listed with brief synopses and biographies of their authors, who include the new generation of writers such as Ahmed Saadawi, Ali Bader and Rabee Jaber.

Egyptian poet and artist Ahmed Morsi, whose impressive painting of “The Fish Eye” graces the front cover, is celebrated with vivid paintings and poems. The issue opens with a feature on the tragic life of Iraqi writer and academic Hayat Sharara, painfully redrawn through her posthumously published compelling novel “When the Days Grow Dark”.

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