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The Arab Writers Union’s ‘Top 105′ of the 20th Century

Regular readers have seen this list before. However, as new books have appeared in translation, it’s time for an update.

Below, you’ll find the best hundred (well, really 105) Arabic novels as selected by the Arab Writers Union. The rankings are sometimes puzzling, and one imagines there was a good deal of horse-trading involved, but lists are nevertheless fun.


I will be traveling a bit over the next few days, although not as much as Ibn Battouta (green line) or even so much as Marco Polo (red line).


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