From Arabic Literature – Iraqi Literature in Translation: A Brief Introduction

Arabic Literature in English has compiled another one of her excellent lists on books in translation, this time Iraqi Literature in Translation.

My list is anything but comprehensive. (For instance, several authors who made the Arab Writers Union’s “Top 105″ list are not here because they haven’t been translated.) If you’re looking for more seasoned authors, check the list. If you’re looking for more young authors, visit Blasim’s “Iraq Story” website. I also recommend the anthology Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology (edited by Shakir Mustafa) and Banipal 37: Iraqi Authors, for writers who are sometimes a bit off the beaten path.

I’m still working my way through Banipal 37, but I have already come across some interesting writing. There is definitely some interesting work coming from Iraq.