13 Jan 2012

...and 20 Great Translated Arab Novels

 Following my last post 'The ultimate 100 best English-language novels', I compiled a list of 20 great Arab novels translated into English. This should come in handy for people who are interested in Arabic literature but can't speak Arabic. Unfortunately, there are many novels that have never been translated into English, such as Haidar Haidar's 'Banquet for Seaweed', and others have been translated into German but not English.

As usual, your comments and suggestion are welcome, hope you find this useful:

The Animists by Ibrahim al-Koni
Beirut Nightmares by Ghada Samman
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
The Call of the Curlew by Taha Hussein
Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif
The Committee by Sun' Allah Ibrahim
Death in Beirut by Tawfiq Yusuf Awwad
For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri
Gate Of The Sun Elias Khoury
The House of Mathilde by Hassan Daoud
In Search of Walid Masoud by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
The Long Way Back by Fuad Al-Takarli
Memoirs of a Woman Doctor by Nawal El Saadawi
Men in the Sun by Ghassan Kanafani
Passage to Dusk by Rashid al-Daif
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist by Emile Habiby
The Sinners by Yusuf Idris
War in the Land of Egypt by Yusuf Al-Qaid


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