Banipal Books was established in 2004 by Banipal's then editor Margaret Obank 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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Our special offer on books and magazine back issues is still open. Please note: This offer does not include the new edition of An Iraqi in Paris. Buy any two of the other books or magazine back issues and get a third free! Simply purchase two back issues or books online, then email subscribe@banipal.co.uk to let us know which free title you would like to receive in addition.


An Iraqi In Paris

by Samuel Shimon
ISBN: 9780957442481

Paperback • 282pp 

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A fully revised third edition in translation of this best-selling ‘gem of autobiographical writing’ in the Arab world, by an author who has been called ‘a relentless raconteur’, ‘a modern Odysseus’, ‘the Iraqi Don Quixote’.

 

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A Boat to Lesbos

by Nouri Al-Jarrah
ISBN: 9780995636941

Paperback • 120pp
Illustrated with 20 paintings by Reem Yassouf

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First collection in English translation for Syrian poet Nouri Al-Jarrah. Translated from the Arabic by Camilo Gómez-Rivas and Allison Blecker.

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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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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

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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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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 . . .

SHORT STORIES FROM THE ARAB WORLD on 24 October 2013 included 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 . . .

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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 August 2006 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: 978-0-9549666-1-4

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

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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

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All Titles

An Iraqi In Paris
by Samuel Shimon

A Boat to Lesbos
by Nouri Al-Jarrah

Knife Sharpener
by Sargon Boulus

Heavenly Life
by Ramsey Nasr

Shepherd of Solitude
by Amjad Nasser

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