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Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Hardback Words Without Borders Anthologies

Edited by Reza Aslan

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 658 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 236mm x 48mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393065855
  • ISBN 13: 9780393065855
  • Sales rank: 263,408

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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Author information

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:

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Provocative and illuminating . . . a literary banquet with so many astonishing dishes that we can hardly complain there are not yet more on the table. --Jonathan Kirsch"

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Featuring marvelous translations of works from countries as diverse as Morocco and Iran, Turkey and Pakistan, Tablet and Pen finally endows twentieth-century Middle Eastern literature with a primacy in the English language that it much deserves. Edited by Reza Aslan, this groundbreaking volume features new translations of stories and poems, essays and memoirs from Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu. This landmark collection of writings from the modern Middle East reminds us of the region s magnificent and proud literary tradition. That would be gift enough. But the powerful voices within these pages also guide us past cliched perceptions of the region as a hotbed for militants and extremists and bring to life the hopes, aspirations, and struggles indeed the common humanity of one of the world s most diverse and fascinating regions. Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner INCLUDES THE WRITINGS OF: Kahlil Gibran, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Nazim Hikmet, Ismat Chughtai, Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Forugh Farrokhzad, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Ya ar Kemal, Ghassan Kanafani, Mahmoud Darwish, Adonis, Ahmad Shamloo, Naguib Mahfouz, Orhan Pamuk"