Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Paperback Words Without Borders

Edited by Reza Aslan

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 657 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 20 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393340775
  • ISBN 13: 9780393340778
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 127,679

Product description

A landmark literary event, this groundbreaking work spans a century of literature by the region's best writers - from the famed Arab poet Khalil Gibran to the Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk - all of them bound together, not by borders and nationalities, but by a common experience of colonial domination and western imperialism. As best-selling author Reza Aslan writes, the mesmerising prose of the Middle East - Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu - has been virtually excluded from the canon available to English readers. Under the umbrella of Words Without Borders, Aslan has assembled this extraordinary collection of short stories, memoirs, essays and poems, featuring both contemporary and historical works, with many of the selections newly appearing in English.

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Reza Aslan teaches creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Words Without Borders opens doors to international exchange through translation, publication and promotion of the world's best writing. Author website: A Words Without Borders book (

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"It's a physically beautiful book which is also compulsively readable...a treasure house; a worthwhile attempt at canonising 20th-century central-Islamicate writing." Robin Rassin-Kassab, Financial Times "...remarkable anthology...There is a wealth of wonders the pages of this rich and beautiful book." Erica Wagner, The Times "Poets can bring down governments, claimes Reza Aslan." The Daily Telegraph "This is an important book for an urgent time...Tablet and Pen is a rare anthology, for it is as acutely edited as it is well-timed." The Prague Post "These writings are an eye-opening read offering a mosaic of insights into a rich and dynamic culture..." Cerise Press