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Sarajevo Firewood

by Saïd Khatibi
ISBN: 978-1-913043-23-0

Paperback • eBook • 320pp

Sarajevo Firewood explores in fictional form the recent histories of two entwined countries, Algeria and Bosnia and Herzegovina, both suffering traumatic and devastating civil wars in the 1990s. A lasting memorial to the thousands of dead and ‘disappeared’ of both countries and those who were forced to flee.

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The Madness of Despair

by Ghalya F T Al Said
ISBN: 978-1-913043-12-4 (PB) • 978-1-913043-21-6 (HB)

Pbk • Hbk • eBook • 256pp

Living in London, Nafie and his young wife Maliha become good friends with fellow exile Doctor Nadim, with unforeseen consequences for them all. A powerful narrative of psychological suffering and cultural displacement that upsets the very ordinary aspirations for life and love.

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Fadhil Al-Azzawi's Beautiful Creatures

by Fadhil al-Azzawi
ISBN: 978-1-913043-10-0 (Paperback)

Pbk • Hbk • eBook • 152pp

This work, first published in Arabic in 1969 to great acclaim, and now for the first time in English translation, was written in defiance of the “sanctity of genre” and to raise the question of freedom of expression in writing. 

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Poems of Alexandria and New York

by Ahmed Morsi
ISBN: 978-1-913043-15-5

Paperback  •  ebook  •  126pp

Ahmed Morsi’s first volume in English translation captures the modernity and empathy at the heart of all his works, his surrealistic humour, and his visions of the dramas of ordinary life.

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Mansi A Rare Man in His Own Way

by Tayeb Salih
ISBN: 978-0-9956369-8-9

Paperback • eBook • 184pp

"A flavourful and entertaining memoir of his friendship with a shape-shifting, rule-breaking character" – Boyd Tonkin

Readers will get to know a highly satirical Tayeb Salih with a keen sense of humour.

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The Mariner

by Taleb Alrefai
ISBN: 978-0-9956369-8-9

Paperback • eBook • 160pp

Taleb Alrefai turns a spotlight on Kuwait’s pearl-fishing history in this enthralling fictional re-telling of the day the country’s famous shipmaster Captain Al-Najdi was lost at sea.

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Goat Mountain

by Habib Selmi
ISBN: 978-1-913043-04-9

Paperback • eBook • 92pp
Both formats available now

"This intense, glacial fantasy is the work of a literary master. At a subliminal level, it can be read as the intellectual’s despairing and suicidal attack on inhuman political power" – James Kirkup

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A Boat to Lesbos

by Nouri Al-Jarrah
ISBN: 978-0-9956369-4-1

Paperback • 120pp • £9.99
Illustrated with 20 paintings by Reem Yassouf
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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An Iraqi In Paris

by Samuel Shimon
ISBN: 9780957442481

Paperback • 282pp • £9.99


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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Knife Sharpener

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

Paperback • 154pp  • £7.99  •  $15

These Selected Poems, translated from the Arabic by Sargon Boulus himself before his untimely passing, are a commemoration and celebration of him and his influential work. Plus tributes to him and a photographic memorial after he tragically passed away while the book was in progress

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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, with the poems selected by poet and translator from the poet's Arabic volumes of 1979 to 2004.

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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, then Poet Laureate of the Netherlands. 
Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer. Introduction by Victor Schiferli and Foreword by Ruth Padel

With this collection Anglophone readers are introduced to a poet of global scope" – Marilyn Hacker

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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

The brilliantly observed clutter and comedy of everyday lives pushed up against an iron occupation and fighting for survival . . .

• Click here for the title story Mordechai's Moustache and his Wife's Cats

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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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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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Unbuttoning the Violin

by Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Joumana Haddad, Ala Hlehel, Abed Ismael
ISBN: 978-0-9549666-2-1

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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All Titles

Sarajevo Firewood
by Saïd Khatibi

The Madness of Despair
by Ghalya F T Al Said

Fadhil Al-Azzawi's Beautiful Creatures
by Fadhil al-Azzawi

Poems of Alexandria and New York
by Ahmed Morsi

Mansi A Rare Man in His Own Way
by Tayeb Salih

The Mariner
by Taleb Alrefai

Goat Mountain
by Habib Selmi

A Boat to Lesbos
by Nouri Al-Jarrah

An Iraqi In Paris
by Samuel Shimon

Knife Sharpener
by Sargon Boulus

Shepherd of Solitude
by Amjad Nasser

Heavenly Life
by Ramsey Nasr

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

A Retired Gentleman, and other stories
by Issa J Boullata

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

The Myrtle Tree
by Jad El Hage

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