Banipal Books was established in 2004 by Banipal's editor in order to strengthen and expand the work of Banipal Magazine by publishing in book form works by contemporary Arab authors. The first two titles were published in March 2005.

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Heavenly Life
by Ramsey Nasr
ISBN:978-0-9549666-9-0

180pp  •  £7.99 • €12 • $15
Selected Poems

First English-language collection for Ramsey Nasr, the Palestinian-Dutch Poet Laureate of the Netherlands. 

Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer. Introduction by Victor Schiferli and Foreword by Ruth Padel

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With this collection Anglophone readers are introduced to a poet of global scope," writes renowned American poet Marilyn Hacker


Shepherd of Solitude
by Amjad Nasser
ISBN:978-0-9549666-8-3

186pp • £7.95 • $15

Selected Poems

Translated from the Arabic by Khaled Mattawa


Shepherd of Solitude
is the first English collection for Jordanian poet Amjad Nasser, translated and introduced by the foremost translator of contemporary Arabic poetry into English Khaled Mattawa, with the poems selected by poet and translator from the poet's Arabic volumes over the years 1979 to 2004.

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Knife Sharpener
by Sargon Boulus
ISBN:978-0-9549666-7-6

154pp  • £7.99  •  $15

Selected Poems
translated from the Arabic by the author

Knife Sharpener is a posthumous commemoration and celebration of Sargon Boulus in this collection of poems, written between 1991 and 2007 that he translated himself, together with an essay, "Poetry and Memory", written a few months before he died.

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Mordechai's Moustache and his Wife's Cats, and other stories
by Mahmoud Shukair
ISBN:978-0-9549666-3-8

Paperback • 124 pages • £7.99$15
Here is the brilliantly observed clutter and comedy of everyday lives, the lives of ordinary people pushed up against an iron occupation and fighting for survival . . .

Make a date on 24 October for SHORT STORIES FROM THE ARAB WORLD – including the title story of this book

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A Retired Gentleman, and other stories
by Issa J Boullata
ISBN:978-0-9549666-6-9

Paperback • 120 pages • £7.99$15
From Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. George, Kamal, Mayy, Abdullah, Nadia, William, all have to begin their lives again, learn how to deal with their memories, with their pasts . . .


Unbuttoning the Violin
by Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Joumana Haddad, Ala Hlehel and Abed Ismael
ISBN:0-9549666-2-7

Paperback. 128pp. £3.95

Poems and short stories by four young Arab authors celebrating their tour of the UK this August with Banipal Live, a partnership of Banipal magazine with the British Council and The Reading Agency.

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Sardines and Oranges
by Tayeb Salih and 20 other North African authors
ISBN:0-9549666-1-9

Paperback. 222pp. £8.99 $15

Short Stories from North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia

Includes new works by authors well-known in the West – Tayeb Salih from Sudan, Mohamed Choukri from Morocco


The Myrtle Tree
by Jad El Hage
ISBN:978-0-9549666-4-5

Paperback • 288 pages • £9.99$15

Enthralling and timely saga, set in a small Lebanese village, of a young family's attempt to thwart the onset of civil war


An Iraqi In Paris
by Samuel Shimon
ISBN:9789992142295

The new re-translated edition of Samuel Shimon's An Iraqi in Paris has been published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing.

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Heavenly Life
by Ramsey Nasr

Shepherd of Solitude
by Amjad Nasser

Knife Sharpener
by Sargon Boulus

Mordechai's Moustache and his Wife's Cats, and other stories
by Mahmoud Shukair

A Retired Gentleman, and other stories
by Issa J Boullata

Unbuttoning the Violin
by Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Joumana Haddad, Ala Hlehel and Abed Ismael

Sardines and Oranges
by Tayeb Salih and 20 other North African authors

The Myrtle Tree
by Jad El Hage

An Iraqi In Paris
by Samuel Shimon


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