Landmarks of Contemporary Arabic Literature

This semester, I took a seminar on literature from the Middle East. It's fairly current, in that the books were published during or after the 1960s. The region during this time was a fascinating place, politically but also on an interpersonal level: people were figuring out their place in the world, and in relation to the folks around them. 

A lot of people have expressed interest in the reading list, so I'm posting a list of the books we read here.

My three recommendations: Miramar (Naguib Mahfouz), Beer in the Snooker Club (Waguih Ghali), Palestine’s Children (Ghassan Kanafani).

  • Being Abbas El Abd, Ahmed Alaidy
  • I’jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, Sinan Antoon
  • The Golden Chariot, Salwa Bakr
  • Beer in the Snooker Club, Waguih Ghali
  • The Committee, Sonallah Ibrahim
  • Palestine’s Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories, Ghassan Kanafani
  • Gold Dust, Ibrahim Al-Koni
  • Miramar, Naguib Mahfouz
  • Endings, Abd al-Rahman Munif
  • Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih
  • Arabesques, Anton Shammas
  • The Story of Zahra, Hanan Al-Shaykh
  • Breaking Knees: Modern Arabic Short Stories from Syria, Zakaria Tamer