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Astrolabe of the Sea
Shams Nadir
The Astrolabe of the Sea-a work of beauty, originality, and universal outlook-is part ancient fable, part contemporary ironic narrative. A mysterious astrolabe that unfolds "the fabric of dreams" to all who gaze upon it was once consigned to the...
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The Heart's Desire
A Novel
Nahid Rachlin
Jennifer Sahary, an American artist, and her husband Karim, a professor and Iranian immigrant, make an extended visit to Teheran shortly after the Iran-Iraq War, encountering unforeseen dangers and sexual temptations that change the course of their...
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Departures
Selected Writings
Isabelle Eberhardt
As usual, Isabelle Eberhardt's stormy love affair with the Algerian desert sets the physical and emotional scene in this collection of short stories. Written in French in the late 1800s and translated by Karim Hamdy and Laura Rice, her characters...
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Married to a Stranger
Nahid Rachlin
When Minou Hakini marries a man of her own choosing-an intellectual and a radical-and moves to Abadan, a thriving oil town near the Iraqi border, she imagines her life will be adventurous and liberating. Before long, however, she becomes aware of her...
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Mogador
The Names of the Air
Alberto Ruy Sanchez
Set in an imaginary walled city off the coast of Morocco, Mogador traces the days and nights of Fatma, a young woman who finds herself suddenly seized by desire. As she wanders the city's maze of erotic pleasures, she encounters other desiring bodies...
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Memoirs of a Woman Doctor
Nawal El Saadawi
Rebelling against the contraints of family and society, a young Egyptian woman decides to study medicine, becoming the only woman in a class of men. Her encounters with the other students- as well as the male and female corpses in the autopsy room...
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A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard
Paul Bowles
These are four tales of contemporary life in a land where cannabis, rather than alcohol, customarily provides a way out of the phenomenological world. Thus, of the men in these stories, Salam uses suggestions supplied by smoking kif to rid himself of...
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The Oblivion Seekers
Isabelle Eberhardt
Isabelle Eberhardt was an unusual woman, and we're fortunate to glimpse her unique meld of European angst and Algerian verve. We're equally lucky for Paul Bowles's sympathetic, robust biography that precedes Eberhardt's 13 short stories. Born in...
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M'Hashish
Mohammed Mrabet
"Ah," said Hassan, "I don't believe in the world. There's another world where life is different." These are stories of that world. The word m'hashish (equivalent in Moghrebi of "behashished" or "full of hashish") is used only in a literal sense, but...

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