Available Now: A Translation of Tayeb Salih’s ‘Mansi, A Rare Man in His Own Way’

Salih went on to publish four novels as well as many other books, including his popular منسي إنسان نادر على طريقته (Mansi: A Rare Man in His Own Way), published in 2004, five years before the author's death.

Reading Challenge Update: Shakir Mustafa’s Top 5

Shakir Mustafa (not, you know, Mustafa Shakir) has finally turned in his reading challenge picks. Mustafa is the editor and translator of the excellent Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology. I found many gems in the collection, but was a particular fan of the first two stories: "The Turtle Grandmother" and "Yusuf's Tales," by Muhammad Khodayyir. … Continue reading Reading Challenge Update: Shakir Mustafa’s Top 5

Kotob Khan’s Arabic Bestsellers for April 2010

Thanks to Kotob Khan for making these available. Diwan also posts some bestsellers here, although their ranking or time frame isn't clear. I have not seen bestseller lists from other booksellers. Many of the titles are familiar from last month's list. A few are new: Mekkawi Said’s Downtown Acquisitions (3) is presumably a compilation of … Continue reading Kotob Khan’s Arabic Bestsellers for April 2010