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Al Singa
Al Singa

The wall of the old candy factory is covered with children's drawings, unreadable ads and various 25 January graffiti. In front of the wall stands a girl, Afaf. She takes a black spray bottle out of a plastic bag and writes a word.


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Amwaj
Amwaj

Amwaj tells the story of a young Ibrahim who was born and raised in Kirkuk to a family of Sunni Arab farmers and landowners.


Wa Raddadat Al-Jibal Al-Sada
Wa Raddadat Al-Jibal Al-Sada

Arwah’ Kilimanjaro
Arwah’ Kilimanjaro

A group of disparate individuals find themselves together, each on a personal mission to summit Kilimanjaro.


Golda Slept Here
Golda Slept Here

Politics enters the lives of every family in Palestine. In this literary historical tour de force, Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the émigré Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle East


Golda Namat Hona
Golda Namat Hona

Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the émigré Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle East.


Bloodstone
Bloodstone

Terrorists are nothing new. 

The year is 1368 and Granada, capital of the Moors in Spain, is under threat from violent extremists. Enter Abu Abdallah, the penniless globetrotter who has had wives and concubines on three continents and is still searching for the right woman, and his West African slave Sinan, the one with the brawn, the brains, the looks – and the demons in his past.


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Bitter Almonds (2016)
Bitter Almonds (2016)

Omar is an orphaned Palestinian born into chaos and driven by forces beyond his control to find his place in the world. He has only one thing to hold on to: a love that propels him forward.


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The Bamboo Stalk
The Bamboo Stalk

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION 

Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love.


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A Cloudy Day on the Western Shore
A Cloudy Day on the Western Shore

It's the dawn of the 20th Century, and Britain's glittering Empire extends far and wide, full of the dangerously seductive promise of untapped riches.


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Shawk Al Kawadi
Shawk Al Kawadi

Reem is a thoughtful young girl who enjoys life and deeply loves spending time with her parents. But fate has many surprises in store for her and her beloved mother passes away. 


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Book of Things
Book of Things

Written by a diasporic Iraqi poet, this work deals with the physical presence of everyday objects in our lives and the intensity they hold.


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Istajib in Daa’tka Aljibal
Istajib in Daa’tka Aljibal

A collection of poems with themes of loss and nostalgia, authored by one of the most highly-regarded poetic voices from Tunisia.


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Mushaton Yunadoon Ikhwatahom
Mushaton Yunadoon Ikhwatahom

Composed by the winner of the prestigious Griffin Prize for Poetry 2013, the poems in this collection revolve around the competing forces of life and death. 

 


The Holy Sail
The Holy Sail

The Holy Sail (Arabic)
The Holy Sail (Arabic)

Oblivious to the invasions, massacres and religious fanaticism that characterise the 15th century, a young girl falls in love with a noble Arabian tribal leader.


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Wa Raddadat Al-Jibal Al-Sada
Wa Raddadat Al-Jibal Al-Sada

Telepathy
Telepathy

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles – in an uncanny, terrifying way – a real person he has never met.


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Bayna Al-Ardh Wa Al-Samaa’
Bayna Al-Ardh Wa Al-Samaa’

With poignancy and humor, Al-Maria shares the struggles of being raised by an American mother and Bedouin father while shuttling between homes in the Pacific Northwest and the Middle East.


The Black Book of Arabia
The Black Book of Arabia

A princess from Sharjah in the UAE writes stories about women who live and love in the Middle East. These candid, moving and inspirational tales will resonate with readers around the world.


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Bitter Almonds
Bitter Almonds

Heartbreaking and moving, Bitter Almonds is about displacement and exile, family duty and honour, and the universal feelings of love and loss. This is a book to break your heart, but it is also a book of hope and admiration at the resilience of the human spirit.


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In the Hope of Virgins (Arabic)
In the Hope of Virgins (Arabic)

Amidst the violence rippling across the Middle East, a wealthy businessman is visited by an oracle and is given news that shakes the very foundations of his existence. 


The Bamboo Stalk
The Bamboo Stalk

Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back home with her baby son, José. 


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The Holy Sail (Arabic)
The Holy Sail (Arabic)

Oblivious to the invasions, massacres and religious fanaticism that characterise the 15th century, a young girl falls in love with a noble Arabian tribal leader.


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Telepathy (Arabic)
Telepathy (Arabic)

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles – in an uncanny and terrifying way – a real person he has never met.  


Where Pigeons Don't Fly
Where Pigeons Don't Fly

Where Pigeons Don't Fly follows the story of Fahd, a young boy growing up in Saudi Arabia. Fahd's childhood is overshadowed by his father's involvement in the attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca. 


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The Hidden Light of Objects
The Hidden Light of Objects

A young girl, renamed Amerika in honour of the US role in the liberation of Kuwait, finds her name has become a barometer of her country's growing hostility towards the West. A middle-aged man dying from cancer looks back on his extramarital affairs and the abiding forgiveness of his wife.


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June Rain
June Rain

On June 16, 1957, a shoot-out in a village church in northern Lebanon leaves two dozen people dead. In the aftermath of the massacre, the town is rent in two: the Al-Ramis in the north and their rivals, the Al-Samaeenis, in the south. But lives once so closely intertwined cannot easily be divided. Neighbors turn into enemies, and husbands and wives are forced to choose between loyalty to each other and loyalty to their clan.


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Kal Ma' lil-Shukulata (Como agua para chocolate - Like Water for Chocolate)
Kal Ma' lil-Shukulata (Como agua para chocolate - Like Water for Chocolate)

A highly original novel by one of Mexico's most important storytellers, Como agua para chocolate is written in the style of the serialized novels so popular in the nineteenth century. Each chapter starts with a traditional northern Mexican recipe. In effect, cooking is the exclusive means of expression open to the female protagonist, who doesn't entirely conform to the limited role that both society and her family have given her.


The Arch and the Butterfly
The Arch and the Butterfly

As he prepares to leave for work one morning, Youssef al-Firsiwi finds a mysterious letter under his door. In a single devastating line he learns that his only son, Yacine, whom he believed to be studying engineering in Paris, has been killed in Afghanistan fighting with the Islamist resistance.


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 Throwing Sparks
Throwing Sparks

When a luxurious residence is built on the Jeddah waterfront not far from young Tariq’s neighborhood, Tariq and his friends dream of employment in the palace to escape their world of petty crime and unrelenting cruelty. But the debauched palace is ruled over by the ruthless Master whose influence in the city is as wide as it is pernicious.


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Visions of Lucrecia (Arabic)
Visions of Lucrecia (Arabic)

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Thousand Splendid Suns (Arabic edition)
Thousand Splendid Suns (Arabic edition)

Land of No Rain
Land of No Rain

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 Ghaza Taht Al-Jild
Ghaza Taht Al-Jild

Utopia
Utopia

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Where the Streets Had a Name/Heenama Kan Lil Shawarai Asmaa (Arabic edition)
Where the Streets Had a Name/Heenama Kan Lil Shawarai Asmaa (Arabic edition)

Taxi (English edition)

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Iraqi In Paris
Iraqi In Paris

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Utopia (Arabic)
Utopia (Arabic)

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Vertigo (Arabic)
Vertigo (Arabic)

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Kite Runner (Arabic edition)

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Weight of a Soul/Wazn Al Ruh (Arabic ed)
Weight of a Soul/Wazn Al Ruh (Arabic ed)

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Kite Runner (Arabic: Ada Al Taera Al Waraqeya) (graphic novel)
Kite Runner (Arabic: Ada Al Taera Al Waraqeya) (graphic novel)

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Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow/Ghadan Kiffe Kiffe (Arabic ed)
Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow/Ghadan Kiffe Kiffe (Arabic ed)

Tobacco Keeper
Tobacco Keeper

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Vertigo (English)
Vertigo (English)

Vertigo (Arabic)
Vertigo (Arabic)

Beirut, Beirut: A novel of love & war
Beirut, Beirut: A novel of love & war

A city - known for its light-heartedness, vibrancy and capacity for fun - is ripped apart by war.

A young man - full of the vim, vigour and desires of youth - refuses to allow his spirit to be dampened . . .


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Days of Ignorance
Days of Ignorance

Is he dead?

Medina, Saudi Arabia. A young man, Malek, has been brutally attacked for being of the 'wrong' race.

Malek's lover, Leen, waits by his bedside and reflects on their relationship and her life as an unmarried, childless woman. All around her are voices of judgment and concern; in the twenty-first century it is still unforgivable, and dangerous, for a Saudi woman to enter into a relationship with a black man. In the distance US planes hover over Iraq, primed to embark on yet another senseless conflict.


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Blue Lorries
Blue Lorries

Nada is no stranger to protest. She is five years old when her French mother takes her to visit her Egyptian father, a political activist with a passing resemblance to President Nasser, in prison. When he returns home five years later, a changed man, their little family begins to fracture and eventually Nada's mother moves back to Paris. Through her teenage years Nada is surrounded by the language of protest - 'anarchism', 'Trotskyism', 'communism' - and, one summer in Paris, she discovers the '68 movement and her first love. And how to slam doors in anger.


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Ashar nisaa (Diez Mujeres - Ten Women - Arabic)
Ashar nisaa (Diez Mujeres - Ten Women - Arabic)

Corsair
Corsair

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Burnt Shadows (Arabic edition Al Thelal al Mohtariqa)
Burnt Shadows (Arabic edition Al Thelal al Mohtariqa)

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Asrar Sagheera (Little Secrets)
Asrar Sagheera (Little Secrets)

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Baynama Yanaam Al Aalam (Mornings in Jenin (Arabic ed)
Baynama Yanaam Al Aalam (Mornings in Jenin (Arabic ed)

Corsair
Corsair

Al Qursan (Arabic)
Al Qursan (Arabic)

American Granddaughter
American Granddaughter

 BQFP Fiction is home to a list of distinguished authors from the Middle East


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