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Friday, October 01, 2010

Beyond Borders: Fiction of the Middle East


At last weekend’s National Book Festival, I had the honor of hearing Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. He joins Egyptian writer, Naquib Mahfouz, who won the same prize almost two decades earlier, as a chronicler of a culture that is still unfamiliar to many Westerners. If you would like to further explore the Middle East in fiction, here’s a few online lists:

Literature of the Middle East

The Arab World

Want to sample some recent titles? Try the books below:

The Bathhouse by Farnoosh Moshiri

The Family Orchard by Naomi Eve

The Same Sea by Amos Oz

My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

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