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Summer is here, and here are some novels to take you around the world . . .
Ghassan Kanafani, translated by Hilary Kilpatrick
This collection of important stories by novelist, journalist, teacher, and Palestinian activist Ghassan Kanafani includes the stunning novella Men in the Sun (1962), the basis of the film The Deceived. Also in the volume are "The Land of Sad Oranges" (1958), "'If You Were a Horse . . .'" (1961), "A Hand in the Grave" (1962), "The Falcon" (1961), More >
Tayeb Salih, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
Salih's shocking and beautiful novel reveals much about the people on each side of a cultural divide. A brilliant Sudanese student takes his mix of anger and obsession with the West to London, where he has affairs with women who are similarly obsessed with the mysterious East. Life, ecstasy, and death share the same moment in time. First published in Arabic in 1969. More >
Stefan Zweig translated from the German by Jill Sutcliffe and with an introduction by Jeffrey B. Berlin
Stefan Zweig gained early fame as a poet, translator, and biographer. When he added fiction to his repertoire, he won even more critical acclaim. After his death, however, his work fell inexplicably into obscurity. The Royal Game and Other Stories is a collection of five of Stefan Zweig's brilliant and creative psychological thrillers. Filled with emotional extreme—from obsessive love More >
Ingeborg Bachmann, translated from the German by Philip Boehm and with an afterword by Mark Anderson
The narrator of Ingeborg Bachmann's stunning novel, Malina, tells the story of the triangle that forms between herself, the shadowy Malina, and Ivan, the man with whom she is involved. Plunging toward its riveting finale, Malina lays bare the struggle for love and the limits of discourse between women and men. A masterpiece of contemporary fiction, Malina has been translated into ten More >
Driss Chraibi, translated by Nadia Benabid
It is the 26th day of Ramadan in the year 610, and a handsome man named Muhammad is meditating in a cave on Mount Hira. Fear grips him as he tries to sort out the visions and voices washing over him; and terrified that he is possessed, he leaves the cave to return to Mecca. The day that will transform Muhammad’s life—and change the world—has begun. That day becomes a fluid More >
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