By L. Frank Baum
Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion whom she meets on the way, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.
By Arthur Conan Doyle
A man like Sherlock Holmes has many enemies. Violent murderers, deviant villains, ghosts of old loves, blackmailers and poisonous scribes, to to name but a few. But none are so deadly, so powerful, as Professor Moriarty. Moriarty – the only man who can compete with Holmes’ genius. The only man who can, perhaps, ultimately defeat the great detective…
By Karl reMarks
Online sensation Karl reMarks disagreed with the idea that reality had become too strange to satirise. Then he read that bin Laden was radicalised by Shakespeare. Since then, Karl has been bringing the best of the Middle East news and views to his followers around the world.
By Gertrude Bell
In the last century, few people lived more astounding – or influential – lives than Gertrude Bell. During World War I, she worked her way up from spy to army major to become one of the most powerful woman in the British Empire. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, she was instrumental in drawing the borders that define the region today, including creating an independent Iraq. This is the epic story of Bell’s life, told through her letters, military dispatches, diary entries, and other writings. It offers a unique and intimate look behind the public mask of a woman who shaped nations.
By Franz Kafka
“I have only one request,” Kafka wrote to his publisher Kurt Wolff in 1913. “‘The Stoker,’ ‘The Metamorphosis,’ and ‘The Judgment’ belong together, both inwardly and outwardly. There is an obvious connection among the three, and, even more important, a secret one, for which reason I would be reluctant to forego the chance of having them published together in a book, which might be called The Sons.”
لـ نجيب محفوظ
يعنى بتصوير البيئة الاجتماعية في إطارها التاريخي في رواية واقعية تصور حياة الطبقة المتوسطة والشعبية، ويجعل بعض أحياء القاهرة وشوارعها القديمة مجال العمل القصصي ويرسم لهذه الأحياء صوراً مفصلة ويجعلها الإطار المكيف والمؤثر في حياة الأبطال الرافضين الاحتلال والمطالبين بالاستقلال. وهذا الرواية تحمل في ثناياها قصص عن أسرة لكل فرد فيها قصة تجعل منه رواية في حد ذاتهفي بين القصرين يقع منزل السيد أحمد عبد الجواد المكون من حرمه أمينة وابنه الأكبر ياسين وخديجة وفهمى وعائشة وآخر العنقود كمال. يمثل السيد أحمد عبد الجواد السلطة المطلقة في البيت فلا رأى فوق رأيه ولا قول يضاهي قوله، يطيعه أولاده طاعه عمياء حتى أنهم يفضلون الموت ألف مرة عند مواجهة أبيهم.
By Alan Moore
In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes.
By George R.R. Martin
‘When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground’. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. From the fertile south, where heat breeds conspiracy, to the vast and savage eastern lands, all the way to the frozen north, kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men… all will play the Game of Thrones.
By William Shakespeare
Set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.
By Frances Hodgson Burnett
After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. One day she learns of a secret garden in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed – and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key…
By Alexandre Dumas
In 1815 Edmond Dantès, a young and successful merchant sailor who has just recently been granted the succession of his erstwhile captain Leclère, returns to Marseille to marry his Catalan fiancée Mercédès. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.
By James Baldwin
Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope.
By William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.
By Albert Camus
Jean-Baptiste Clamence, a successful Parisian barrister, has come to recognize the deep-seated hypocrisy of his existence. His epigrammatic and, above all, discomforting monologue gradually saps, then undermines, the reader’s own complacency.
لـ أحمد سلامة
عندما يسيطر الحزن العميق على الجميع، فيسعى كل طرف للبحث عن لحظة للوصول تهدأ فيها روحه ولو قليلاً. إلا أن نور تتضاعف أزمته رغماً عنه كلما سعى إلى السكينة، ويتعرض منير لاتهام خطير يهرب بسببه فترة طويلة حتى يصل به الشك والترقب حد الجنون فيعود إلى سابق عهده القديم أو أشد سوءاً، وتبقى زُهرة تعاني مرارة الوحدة والخيانة وأمنيات الثأر والانتظار. لكن الخيوط كلها ترفض ان تتضح، فتبقى الجريمة غير كاملة والقتل لم يحدث. تظل الحقيقة مستترة حتى اليوم المرتقب، يوم سفر حبيبة، ذلك اليوم الذي تنكشف معه أغلب الحقائق، ليسيطر الحزن من جديد.
By Riad Sattouf
The Arab of the Future, the #1 French best-seller, tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf’s childhood, spent in the shadows of 3 dictators—Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his father.
By Niccolò Machiavelli
The original blueprint for realpolitik, The Prince shocked sixteenth-century Europe with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. For this treatise on statecraft, Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, this seminal work of modern political thought retains its power to alarm and to instruct.
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They’re completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating.
لـ عبده خال
هذه القصص لا تدعي البحث عن إجابات جاهرة سلفا بل تكتفي بطرح الاسئلة لكنها أسئلة تضرب بجذورها في أعماق النفس الإنسانية بحثا عن الجوهر النفيس المختبئ فى القاع ، والمطمور بفعل واقع يومي شرس. أنها كتابة تبحث عن هويتنا الضائعة وسط واقع مكرس للرداءة.
By Manal Al-Sharif
A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive.