The Arab Writers Union’s ‘Top 105’ of the 20th Century

Regular readers have seen this list before. However, as new books have appeared in translation, it's time for an update. Below, you'll find the best hundred (well, really 105) Arabic novels as selected by the Arab Writers Union. The rankings are sometimes puzzling, and one imagines there was a good deal of horse-trading involved, but lists are nevertheless fun.

Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 91-100

So you thought I was finished...but no, no! The Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union) is actually a list of 105. Please make your own jokes, I haven't any today. Thank you. Or, if you prefer, start back at the beginning with 1-10 (and an explanation of this project), and 11-20, … Continue reading Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 91-100

Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 81-90

This is where you’ll find 1-10 (and an explanation of this project), and here’s 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, and 71-80. Please do help me out with errors and omissions. 80 There Is a Man in our House, by the Egyptian novelist Ihsan Abdul Quddus. According to David Waldner, on answers.com: Abd al-Quddus wrote … Continue reading Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 81-90

Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 71-80

This is where you’ll find 1-10 (and an explanation of this project), and here’s 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, and 61-70. Please do help me out with errors and omissions. 71 Seventh day of Creation by Iraqi writer Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi Al-Rikabi’s acclaimed novel Sabi’a Ayaam al-Khalq (Seventh Day of Creation) was excerpted in Banipal … Continue reading Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 71-80

Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 61-70

This is where you'll find 1-10 (and an explanation of this project), and here's 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, and 51-60. Please do help me out with errors and omissions. 61 Seeds of Corruption, by the Egyptian author Sabri Moussa, translated by Mona Mikhail, published by Interlink in 2002. 62 Al Saghamat, by the Egyptian author … Continue reading Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 61-70

The Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 1-10

Somehow, I thought I could quickly track down each of these 100 titles, translate them (roughly), note whether or not an English translation or excerpt exists, and be done with it. Apparently, my eyes were bigger than my fingers. So here you have it! The first 10 of the best hundred Arab novels selected by … Continue reading The Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 1-10