Best Middle East Fiction

Any fiction by Middle Eastern authors or about the Middle East.
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Jack Kirby and the X-man Check out the Children's Book Council of Australia. Their annual awards highlight the best of Australian children's literature each year.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) "The Art of War" -- a novel?


message 3: by Lee (new)

Lee Isn't Wild Swans a memoir???


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Yes, that occurred to me as well. Didn't want to appear too picky, though ...


message 5: by Lee (new)

Lee Shall I delete it? I'm pretty sure it's non-fiction.


message 6: by Bettie (new)

Bettie wild swans - In 1991 it was the biggest NON-FICTION book ever to have been published


message 7: by Lee (new)

Lee Alrighty then! Out it goes.


message 8: by Bettie (new)

Bettie and The Art of War is most certainly 'bye-bye' as Themis-Athena points out


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Can "The Art of War" then be deleted as well, please? It's military strategy/politics/philosophy/ whatever ... pretty much anything BUT a novel!


message 10: by Lee (new)

Lee Yes, done.


message 12: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn NOTE: Hurakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle takes place LARGELY in China in 1937, an entire novel-within-the-novel sets Mr. Honda's experience during the war as a major challenge to the protagonist's attempt to find his identity.


message 13: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I PLEAD FOR THE INCLUSION OF DA CHEN on this list, just as we have accepted War Trash and should accept Soul Mountain. Such "memoirs" as these are vehicles for illuminating the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution and the retelling of many stories. We in the West labor with such distinctions as "The Non-Fiction Novel"(e.g. In Cold Blood, Roots, etc.) and "Faction" but such generic labels have little or no meaning in East Asian literature.


message 14: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Wind-Up Bird Chronicle takes place LARGELY in Japan, in fact. There are side stories in both Mongolia and China. I personally don't consider it much of a novel that takes place in China, but to each his own.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) "The Rape of Nangking" is a great book, but it, too, is nonfiction and therefore shouldn't be on this list ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for being non-fiction:

The Rape of Nanking, by Iris Chang


message 18: by Lisa (new)

Lisa How can anybody vote on this list when half the titles are showing up in Arabic and unless we can read that language, we can't tell whether they're ones we've read or not??


message 19: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter It is according to the system (we can not choose a certain edition cover) , you can click on any of the book and see the other editions , you will find the English one if it was translated (most of them are)

The 1st one is a Trilogy in one book , not sure if Granada: A Novel is its 1st part in English or the whole of it .


message 20: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Nile daughter wrote: "It is according to the system (we can not choose a certain edition cover) , you can click on any of the book and see the other editions , you will find the English one if it was translated (most o..." Hi Nile Daughter (nice moniker!) thanks for responding...Yes, I know you can click on a book to see the other editions. But this is a long list, and clicking through on every one of them would be a pain LOL.
Lisa


message 21: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter You are welcome and thanks for the compliment :) . Sorry I wish I can help about that but I guess it could be handled someday in the website setting . BTW if you are interesting in adding books not only voting , you can check the bookshelves in here (all in English covers)

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/4...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I just looked to the right to see if I'd given it a rating or not.


message 23: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Susanna wrote: "I just looked to the right to see if I'd given it a rating or not." True, but I also use these lists to find books I might be interested in reading...they're a good way of finding books that are 'off the beaten track' so to speak. It can be quite difficult to find books in translation in bookshops even if you know what you're looking for, so mostly I order them online after I've discovered them from a blog or a list like this.


message 24: by Garth (new)

Garth I voted for The Yacoubian Building. For the best novels about Egypt, I suggest Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy for the first half of the 20th century and The Yacoubian Building for the second half.

Here's a post about The Yacoubian Building on Newsworthy Novels, a blog that matches novels to today's headlines (the headline that day was about the turmoil in Egypt and the continued conflict between the country's moderates and the Muslim fundamentalists):
http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/...


message 25: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel I've been forced by this list to look up where Egypt really belongs - Africa or Middle East?
Physically/geographically, it is very much an African country. However, culturally it follows the religion and lifestyles of countries which are literally located in the middle of the east. Which makes it Middle Eastern. (Which might also explain why Africa and the Middle East are often described as one big lump known as "Africa and the Middle East" - though that's another rant altogether.)
However, this conclusion bothers me! If Middle Eastern culture were to take over the whole world, then what exactly would "Middle East" mean? Go east of the middle east and you'll get to... the middle east.
Anyway, nothing at all to do with any of the books on this list, just my thoughts! Carry on!


message 26: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter I believe Middle East can be considered a political term not a cultural one, that what makes it confusing .

As for Egypt , goegrafficaly it's an African- Asian country ( Sinai is in Asia) , like Turkey is Asian European , so both are considered Middle East .

I guess MENA (middle east north Africa) will be a more appropriate term in here .


message 27: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Nile daughter wrote: "...political term not a cultural one, that what makes it confusing ... MENA (middle east north Africa)"

Ah, I take your points. I suppose this same question and these points can also be applied to any place in the world that has been colonised, merged, or otherwise made part of/subject to another empire.

So, back to the topic at hand, Lol! I have added my like vote to this list, because I see a few titles which I would really like to read at some point. Particularly Persian Girls - I read a little of the description and it seems intensely intriguing.

I've also added A Thousand Splendid Suns. I could not put this down even when I wanted to - result: sleep deprivation and a craving for more Middle Eastern literature!


message 28: by Melinda (last edited Oct 27, 2015 04:55PM) (new)

Melinda I've noticed that some books on this list take place in Afghanistan (see the Khaled Hosseini titles) or Sudan (Minaret), and by most definitions neither country is part of the Middle East, despite neighboring the region.


message 29: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 10, 2015 09:06AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Melinda wrote: "I've noticed that some books on this list take place in Afghanistan (see the Khaled Hosseini titles) or Sudan (Minaret), and by most definitions neither country is not a part of the Middle East, despite neighboring the region..."

Egypt is considered to be the Middle East here, judging by the titles on this list (The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk / Palace of Desire / Sugar Street, The Map of Love). But strictly speaking Egypt is (for the most part anyway) located in Africa, which is not the Middle East.


message 30: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 27, 2019 01:41PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Should Season of Migration to the North (#16) be on this list? And Remembering Babylon (#111)?


message 31: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 27, 2019 01:49PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (#15) is non-fiction, as far as I know (and the description says 'Any fiction by Middle Eastern authors or about the Middle East').


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