ISBN 978-0-393-06585-5

Reza Aslan (Editor)

Tablet & Pen

Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East



    PART ONE: 1910–1950

    I. The Language of Invention: The Renaissance of Arabic Literature, 1910–1920

    Khalil Gibran
    The Future of the Arabic Language
    Yahya Haqqi
    The First Lesson  

    Tawfiq al-Hakim
    Diary of a Country Prosecutor  

    Are You Intoxicated?  
    The Sheikh Says . . .  
    My Kinsmen Say “Leave her!”  

    ‘Abd al-Rahim Mahmud
    The Aqsa Mosque  

    II. My Country: The Nationalization of Turkish Literature (1920-1930)

    Aziz Nesin
    Istanbul Boy  

    Ahmet Muhip Dıranas
    The Gallows  

    Nazim Hikmet
    I Love My Country  
    The Epic of Sheikh Bedreddin  
    Refik Halit Karay   
    The Gray Donkey  

    III. Once Upon a Time: Politics and Piety in Persian Literature (1930-1940)  

    Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh
    Persian Is Sugar  

    Sadegh Hedayat
    The Blind Owl   

    Nima Yushij
    Cold Ashes  
    O People!  

    Parvin E’tesami
    Iranian Women  
    A Woman’s Place  

    IV. Rise Up! Pakistan and the Independence of Urdu Literature (1940-1950)  

    Sa‘adat Hasan Manto
    For Freedom’s Sake  

    Ismat Chughtai
    The Quilt  

    Muhammad Iqbal
    The Houri and the Poet  
    Heaven and the Priest  
    God’s Command to the Angels  

    Far and Near  
    Devadasi and Pujari  
    I Forgot  

    N. M. Rashed
    Near the Window  
    Deserted Sheba  
    Oil Merchants  

    PART TWO: 1950-1980

    V. I Am Arab: Arabic Literature at Midcentury  

    Ghassan Kanafani
    Letter from Gaza  

    Abu Salma
    My Country on Partition Day  
    We Shall Return  
    I Love You More  

    Mahmoud Darwish
    To the Reader  
    Identity Card  
    Athens Airport  
    They’d Love to See Me Dead  

    The Pages of Day and Night  
    The Wound  
    Grave for New York  

    Mozaffar al-Nawwab
    Bridge of Old Wonders  

    Zakariyya Tamir
    The Enemies  

    Yusif Idris
    The Aorta  

    Haydar Haydar
    The Dance of the Savage Prairies  

    Naguib Mahfouz
    The Seventh Heaven  

    VI. Strangers in a Strange Land: Turkish Literature after Atatürk>

    Yas¸ar Kemal
    Memed, My Hawk  

    Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar
    A Mind at Peace  

    Sait Faik Abasıyanık
    Such a Story  

    Melih Cevdet Anday
    The Battle of Kadesh  
    I Became a Tree  
    Are We Going to Live Without Aging?  

    Orhan Veli Kanik
    Exodus I  
    I Am Listening to Istanbul  

    Oktay Rifat
    Agamemnon I  
    Agamemnon II  
    Agamemnon III  

    VII. Those Days: Persian Literature Between Two Revolutions  

    Forugh Farrokhzad
    Wind-Up Doll  
    Those Days  

    Nader Naderpour
    False Dawn  

    Faraway Star  

    Sadeq Chubak
    The Baboon Whose Buffoon Was Dead  

    Houshang Golshiri
    My China Doll  

    Jalal Al-e Ahmad

    Simin Daneshvar
    The Playhouse  

    Ahmad Shamloo
    I’m Still Thinking of That Crow  
    The Song of Abraham in Fire  

    Simin Behbahani
    Don’t Read  
    My Country, I Will Build You Again  
    You Leave, I’ll Stay  

    Reza Baraheni
    I Am an Underground Man  
    Doctor Azudi, the Professional  
    Zadan! Nazadan!  
    Hosseinzadeh, the Head Executioner  
    The Shah and Hosseinzadeh  

    VIII. Between the Dusk and Dawn of History: Urdu Literature after Partition

    Intizaar Hussein
    The First Morning  

    Faiz Ahmed Faiz
    Freedom’s Dawn (August 1947)  
    August 1952  
    Bury Me Under Your Pavements  

    Akhtar ul-Iman
    The Last Stop Before the Destination  
    The Boy  

    Ali Sardar Jafri
    Robe of Flame  
    My Journey  

    Abdullah Hussein
    The Refugees  

    Ghulam Abbas
    The Room with the Blue Light  

    PART THREE 1980-2010  

    IX. Ask Me About the Future: The Globalization of Middle East Literature, 1980–2010

    Zakaria Mohammad
    Is This Home?  

    Haifa Zangana
    Dreaming of Baghdad  

    Orhan Pamuk
    The Black Book  

    Melisa Gürpinar
    The Bank Teller Tecelli Bey  

    Fahmida Riaz
    In the City Court  
    She Is a Woman Impure  

    Azra Abbas
    Today Was a Holiday  
    A Dot Might Appear  

    Kishwar Naheed
    We Sinful Women  
    To the Masters of Countries with a Cold Climate  

    Zeeshan Sahil

    Altaf Fatima
    Do You Suppose It’s the East Wind

    Goli Taraghi
    The Grand Lady of My Soul  

    Zoya Pirzad
    Mrs. F Is a Fortunate Woman  
    The Desirable Life of Mr. F  

    Manouchehr Atashi
    Mountain Song  

    Pegah Ahmadi
    The Dark Room  
    The Girl Sleeping On Top of Oil  
    Four Views of a Private Orange  

    Cemal Süreya
    This Government  
    I’m Dying, God  
    After Twelve PM  

    Can Yücel
    Poem X  
    The Wall of Love  

    Cemil Kavukçu
    The Route of the Crows  

    Zayd Mutee’ Dammaj
    A Woman  

    Nazik al-Mala’ika
    Jamilah and Us  
    The Lover River  

    Saadi Youssef
    The Bird’s Last Flight  

    Faraj Bayraqdar
    An Alphabetical Formation  

    Hamid Reza Rahimi
    A Quarter to Destruction  

    Alireza Behnam
    Hanging from the Trees of Babylon  

    Author Biographies  
    Index of Works, Authors, and Translators