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 mesmerizing 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. Featuring literature from countries as diverse as Morocco and Iran, Turkey and Pakistan, Tablet & Pen is a long-awaited work that is to be devoured as a single sustained narrative from the first page to the last.
About the Author
REZA ASLAN has studied religions at Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he was also visiting assistant professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. His work has appeared in USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as a number of academic journals. Born in Iran, he lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans.
"This is a treasure house; a worthwhile attempt at canonizing 20th-century central-Islamicate writing.... It's a physically beautiful book which is also compulsively readable." -- Financial Times "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 - The Jewish Journal "An entire course could easily be built around this one book-yet highly recommended for general readers as well." -- Library Journal "Starred Review. An impressive success that spans vast regions of time and territory, this is that rare anthology: cohesive, affecting and informing." -- Publishers Weekly
Series: Words Without Borders Anthology
Number Of Pages: 736
Published: 8th November 2010
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.6 x 4.4
Edition Number: 1