5 Arabic Books to Read ‘Before You Die’

Plethora of GOOD selections, funny this is written in English though, funny 🙂

Arabic Literature (in English)

Well, perhaps this one was a bit morbid:

The “Five Before You Die” was a feature we ran back in the summer 2010; by now, there are now many more great Arabic books available in translation, but this remains a strong list from translators, authors, critics, and publishers.

Shakir Mustafa

Although he might not put it on his resume, Mustafa was perhaps the first supporter of this blog.  He teaches at Northeastern University, translates, and is the editor and translator of the excellent Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology. His picks:

Mahmoud Saeed

Saeed is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Saddam City, among many other works. We have since run an interview with him here. He currently…

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5 responses

  1. I’m glad you re-blogged this. It is from an excellent blog site by a professor-translator that has a lot of great information about Arabic writers and their works, whether translated or not, and includes links to articles in Arabic. The blog author is a great supporter of contemporary Arabic literature and its reaching the widest audience possible. She lives in Egypt and the US.

    Now that you have given this list your seal of approval, I shall add it to my “to be read in Arabic” list. 🙂

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