Literature from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

Cover Image from The Book of Khartoum

We've selected literature from the stacks and also ordered a number of more popular novels and memoirs for the Tower Cafe Leisure Reading collection.  We will add books as they come in, so please check back often.

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Abdolah, Kader.  My Father's Notebook: A Novel of Iran.  New York: Harper, 2000.  Print.

Aboulela, Leila.  Minaret.  New York: Black Cat, 2005.  Print.

-----.  The Translator.  New York: Black Cat, 1999.  Print.

Adagha, Ovo and Chris Brazier, eds.  One World Two: A Second Global Anthology of Short Stories.  Oxford: new Internationalist, 2016.  Print.

Ali, Nujood.  I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. New York: Broadway Books, 2010.  Print.

al-Khatib, Muhammad Kamil.  Just like a River.  Gloustershire, Arris Books, 2003.  Print.

al-Takarli, Fuad.  The Long Way Back.  Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2007.  Print.

Amirrezvani, Anita.  The Blood of Flowers.New York: Back Bay Books, 2007.  Print.

-----.  Equal of the Sun: A Novel.  New York: Scribner, 2012.  Print.

Amirrezvani, Anita and Persis Karim, eds.  Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers.  Fayetteville: Unversity of Arkansas Press, 2013.  Online.

Blasim, Hassan.  The Iraqi Christ.  Manchester: Comma Press, 2013.  Print.

-----.  The Madman of Freedom Square.  Manchester: Comma Press, 2009.  Print.

-----, ed.  Iraq +100: Stories from a Century after the Invasion.  Manchester: Comma Press, 2016.  Print.

Cormack, Raph and Max Shmookler, eds.  The Book of Khartoum: A City in Short Fiction.  Manchester, Comma Press, 2016.  Print.

Deng, Alephonsion, Benson Deng, and Benjamin Ajak.  They Poured Fire on us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan.  New York: Perseus Books, 2005.  Online.

Eltayeb, Tarek.  Cities without Palms.  Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2015.  Print.

Farah, Nuruddin.  Crossbones: A Novel.  New York: Penguin, 2011. Print.

-----.  Knots: A Novel. New York: Penguin, 2008.  Print.

-----.  Secrets.  New York: Arcade Publishing, 1998.  Print.

Haddad, Joumana, ed.  Madina: City Stories from the Middle East.  Manchester: Comma Press, 2008.  Print.

Herd, David and Anna Pincus, eds. Refugee Tales.  Manchester: Comma Press, 2016.  Print.

Idilbu, Ulfat.  Sabriya: Damascus Bitter Sweet.  New York: Interlink, 1997.  Print.

Ludwig, Mark, ed.  Liberation: New Works on Freedom from Internationally Renowned Poets.  Boston: Beacon Press, 2015.  Print.

Mohamed, Nadifa.  The Orchard of Lost Souls: A Novel.  New York: Picador, 2014.  Print.

Nafisi, Azar.  Things I've Been Silent About: Memories of a Prodigal Daughter.  New York: Random House, 2008.  Print.

Parsipur, Shahrnush.  Women without Men: A Novel.  New York: Feminist Press, 2011.  Online.

Reza, Parisa.  The Gardens of Consolation.  New York: Europa Editions, 2016.  Print.

Salih, Tayeb.  Season of Migration to the North.  New York: Michael Kesend Publishing, 1989.  Print.

-----.  The Wedding of Zein & Other Stories.  Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1985.  Print.

Satrapi, Marjane.  Embroideries.  New York: Pantheon Books, 2005.  Print.

Shahram, Nadia.  Marriage on the Street Corners of Tehran: A Novel Based on True Stories of Temporary Marriages.  Scottsdale: Unhooked Books, 2016.  Print.

Yazbek, Samar.  A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution.  London: Haus Publishing, 2012.  Print.