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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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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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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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Outcast
Shimon Ballas
" . . . reveals more about modern Iraq than nearly all Americans put together know, and Ballas creates one of the most relevant, most important characters in contemporary fiction." -- Booklist, Starred Review
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The Penguin's Song
Hassan Daoud
A family in exile from their home in old Beirut contends with claustrophobic conditions, recriminations, and unrealizable dreams of return. Daoud is one of the Arabic world's premier novelists. Translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth.
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Picnic Grounds
A Novel in Fragments
Oz Shelach
Part reportage, part parable, part excavation of history, this jigsaw puzzle of compelling tales constitutes an exile's nostalgic tour into Israel's culture of denial. Captivating in its beguiling, seeming simplicity, Picnic Grounds is a novel built...
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The Rising of the Ashes
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Two epic poems focus on the bitter consequences of war and violence in the Middle East
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September 11 and the U.S. War
Beyond the Curtain of Smoke
Roger Burbach, Ben Clark
An informative collection of essays by journalists, activists, and political theorists providing the historical, political, and intellectual context for understanding the events and the consequences of September 11 and America's "War on Terrorism."...
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Targeting Iran
David Barsamian, Ervand Abrahamian, Noam Chomsky, Nahid Mozaffari
Iran and the United States are on a collision course. David Barsamian presents the perspectives of three experts on Iran, offering an invaluable primer on the U.S.-Iran conflict.
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The World's Embrace
Abdellatif Laâbi
Selected Poems
Compelling poems from one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed of contemporary North African writers. Imprisoned for many years by the Moroccan authorities, Laabi's poetry is haunted by memories of torture and prisons and bears witness to...

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