23 Apr 2013
LONDON — Kuwaiti author Saud Alsanousi has won the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his portrayal of the lives of foreign workers in Gulf countries in "The Bamboo Stalk."
The 31-year-old Alsanousi...
22 Apr 2013
Only a few months after the launch of “The Time of Beautiful Melancholy,” author Omar Taher graced his avid readers with another collection of his articles from 2012.
The satirical writer and journalist celebrated the...
31 Mar 2013
One might not agree with Hazem Kandil’s “Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt” that the competing roles of the military and security apparatus have been some of the main agents and causes for change...
24 Mar 2013
In Hassan Blasim’s “The Song of the Goats,” hundreds of Iraqis “were waiting in queues to tell their stories. The police intervened to marshal the crowd, and the main street opposite the radio station was closed to...
22 Mar 2013
Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, widely seen as a grandfather of modern African literature, has died at the age of 82, publisher Penguin said on Friday.
Achebe made his name more than 50 years ago with his novel "Things Fall...
19 Mar 2013
Baghdad’s Al-Mutanabbi Street is perhaps the longest-lived book-selling neighborhood in the world. According to scholar Muhsin al-Musawi, the current bookshops on Al-Mutanabbi Street exist where, hundreds of years before, there was...
28 Feb 2013
Almost every reader on the planet is familiar in some way with the epic “1,001 Nights.” We know of Sultan Shahryar, who, heartbroken by his wife’s infidelity, remarries every night only to kill his new bride at the first...
25 Feb 2013
Mostafa Mahmoud’s 2004 “The Devil Rules” is a book about hippies, rising drug abuse and Western supremacy over the Arab world. It is a book about the past and present, touching upon social, economic and political issues...
24 Feb 2013
Prominent mystery fiction writer Mahmoud Salem died Sunday at the age of 84, after a life full of adventure, both in his real life and in his best-selling stories.
Salem was born in 1929 and spent his childhood moving between different...
24 Feb 2013
The book about Iraq most well-known to English readers is perhaps Chris Kyle’s best-selling “American Sniper,” a memoir told from behind the barrel of a gun. Other popular English books set in Iraq have been written...