Forthcoming in 2019: Twenty-six Notable Translations from Arabic

A list of twenty-six notable translations from Arabic forthcoming in 2019:


Death is Hard Work,Khaled al-Khalifa, tr. Leri Price, FSG (February 2019)

All That I Want to ForgetBothayna al-Essa, tr. Michelle Henjum (March 2019)

The Book of DisappearanceIbtisam Azem, tr. Sinan Antoon (May 2019)

Book of Collateral Damage (al-Fihrist)Sinan Antoon, tr. Jonathan Wright, Yale University Press (May 2019)

Guard of the Deadby George Yaraq, tr. Raph Cohen, Hoopoe (May 2019)

Clouds over Alexandria, by Ibrahim Abdelmeguid, tr. Kay Heikkinen, Hoopoe (May 2019)

Ice, Sonallah Ibrahim, tr. Margaret Litvin, Seagull, (June 2019).

The Frightened Ones, Dima Wannous, tr. Elisabeth Jacquette. Harvill Secker (July 2019)

God 99, Hassan Blasim, tr. Jonathan Wright. Comma Press (October 2019)

Daughter of the TigrisMuhsin al-Ramli, tr. Luke Leafgren. Quercus (November 2019)

The Old Woman and the River (Al Sabiliat), by Ismail Fahd Ismail, tr. Sophia Vasalou, Interlink (Fall 2019)

Whisper of Stars, Naguib Mahfouz, tr. Roger Allen, Saqi Books (Fall 2019).

Velvet, by Huzama Habayeb, tr. Kay Heikkinen (Fall 2019)

Mama Hessa’s Miceby Saud Alsanoussi, tr. Sawad Hussain, AmazonCrossing (Fall 2019)

Theatre texts

Sentence to Hope: a Sa’dallah Wannous Reader, ed. Robert Myers, Yale University Press (March 2019)


Songs of Mihyar the Damascene, Adonis, tr. Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Ivan Eubanks, New Directions (April 2019)

Short story collections

Jokes for the Gunmen, by Mazen Maarouf, tr. Jonathan Wright, Granta Books (Jan 2019)

The Sea Cloak, by Nayrouz Qarmout, trans. Perween Richards, Comma Press (Feb 2019)

Book of Cairo, ed. Raph Cormack, Comma Press, (March 2019)

Thirteen Months of Sunrise, by Rania Mamoun, tr. Elisabeth Jacquette, Comma Press (March 2019)

Palestine + 100ed. Basma Ghalayini, with stories by: Talal Abu Shawish, Awad Saud Awad, Liana Badr, Ramzy Baroud, Selma Dabbagh, Samir El-Youssef, Anwar Hamed, Mazen Maarouf, Ahmed Masoud, Nayrouz Qarmout, and Rawan Yaghi. Comma Press (May 2019).

Children’s: YA

Trees for Absentees, by Ahlam Bsharat, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp and Sue Copeland, Neem Tree Press. (Fall 2019).

Children’s: Middle Grade

Ghady and Rawan, co-authored by Fatima Sharafeddine and Samar Mahfouz Barraj, co-translated by M Lynx Qualey and Sawad Hussain, University of Texas Press (August 2019).

Children’s: Picture books 

Nour Escapes from Her Story, by Gulnar Hajo, tr. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Darf Books, 2019

The Tale of the Dot, by Gulnar Hajo, tr. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, Darf Books, 2019


Stories of Piety and Prayer: Deliverance Follows Adversity, edited and translated by Julia Bray By al-Muhassin ibn ‘Ali al-Tanukhi (May 2019)


Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World, ed. Zahra Hankir, Penguin (August 2019).