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