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  1. A Legacy of Spies

    By John le Carré

    Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinised by a generation with no memory of the Cold War. Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good.

  2. Palestine

    By Joe Sacco

    A landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, this is a major work of political and historical nonfiction.

  3. And Then God Created the Middle East and Said 'Let There Be Breaking News'

    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.

  4. A Woman in Arabia The Writings of the Queen of the Desert

    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.

  5. The Prince

    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.

  6. I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    By Christina Lamb, Malala Yousafzai

    I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

  7. The Communist Manifesto

    By Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx

    One of the most important and influential political theories ever formulated, The Communist Manifesto is a revolutionary summons to the working class-an incisive account of a new theory of communism that would be brought about by a proletarian revolution. Arguing that increasing exploitation of industrial workers will eventually lead to a rebellion in which capitalism will be overthrown, Marx and Engels propose a vision of a society without classes, private property, or a state.

  8. The Suffragettes

    By Various

    ‘Once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.’ A potted history of the women who pioneered feminism and changed the world.

  9. The Fire Next Time

    By James Baldwin

    At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism.

  10. العدامة أطياف الأزقة المهجورة ١

    لـ تركي الحمد

    قصة شاب سعودي ينفتح على العالم في مرحلة اساسية من حياة السعودية ١٩٦٧-١٩٧٥ وتجربة شاب محلي تعكس المكان الذي صدرت عنه و تنقل تناقضاته لكنها في الوقت نفسه تجربة كونية تخاطب هموما انسانية عامة. فكيف لطالب صغير ان يكتشف القومية العربية القريبة و البعيدة في آن الواعدة و ذات الشعارات الصارخة معا؟

  11. Dubliners

    By James Joyce

    Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.

  12. To Kill a Mockingbird

    By Harper Lee

    A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father ― a crusading local lawyer ― risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

  13. Les Misérables

    By Victor Hugo

    Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s death, but Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.

  14. عائد إلى حيفا

    لـ غسان كنفاني

    يرسم غسان كنفاني الوعي الجديد الذي بدأ يتبلور بعد هزيمة ١٩٦٧. إنها محاكمة للذات من خلال إعادة النظر في مفهوم العودة ومفهوم الوطن. فسعيد س. العائد إلى مدينته التي ترك فيها طفله يكتشف أن (الإنسان في نهاية المطاف قضية)، وأن فلسطين ليست استعادة ذكريات، بل هي صناعة للمستقبل.

  15. خان الخليلي

    لـ نجيب محفوظ

    هذه الرواية حدثت أحداثها في حي اسمه خان الخليلي حيث أخذت الرواية اسمها منه.. تنتقل العائلة الصغيرة من أم وأب وأخوين إلى هذا الحي يطلبون الأمان.. فترى في هذه الرواية الشباب وهو يافعا يانعا في “رشدي” الأخ الأصغر ونراه مستأنسا حين يقع في شباك الحب ونراه يذوى مما قدر له حتى يختفي ويوارى بين الذكريات

  16. أسماء مستعارة

    لـ عبد الرحمن منيف

    كتبت هذه القصص بين عامي 1969-1970 والتي كانت مرحلة تجريبية في حياة الكاتب عبد الرحمن منيف وامتحان أولي لممارسة الكتابة. حتى أن معظمها كتب قبل أي عمل روائي، في وقت كان مغرماً بقراءة القصة القصيرة. كانت هذه القصص تعيش في عقله ووجدانه، وقد تعود بذورها، لحوادث رآها بنفسه ولأشخاص عرفهم وعايشهم وتركت لديه ذلك الخدش الموجع.

  17. عمارة يعقوبيان

    لـ علاء الأسواني

    في روايته “عمارة يعقوبيان” قدم علاء الدين الأسواني عملاً محكماً ودقيقاً، وجميلاً إلى حد كبير. وبداية فإن الروائي يكشف عن حس شعبي ينقه من روايات المثقفين التي تتخذ بطلها الرئيس من مثقفي شرائح الطبقة الوسطى وتجعل من عذابه وتردده موضوعها الأول، فالبطل الأول هو اللوحة العامة للظروف الاجتماعية والسياسية والثقافية التي مرت بها مصر في العقد الأخير من القرن العشرين، وتحديداً عشية وخلال حرب الخليج الثانية. وتصبح عمارة يعقوبيان التي بنيت عام 1934، مرآة، تتداخل وتتشابك على سطحها، إنسانياً وفكرياً، صور وبشر وعلاقات تسطع بالصلة الوثيقة بين قاع المجتمع وقمته.

  18. Persepolis The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return

    By Marjane Satrapi

    The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran’s last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humour – raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.

  19. شرق المتوسط

    لـ عبد الرحمن منيف

    رواية تنتمي إلى أدب السجون عبر فيها عبد الرحمن منيف عن وضع سياسي محتقن تعيشه شعوب العالم العربي ويقع ضحيته شباب الوطن المتحمسين للحرية. وهي تواصل رحلة عبد الرحمن منيف في سجون العالم العربي بعد رواية شرق المتوسط التي نشرها من قبل 15 سنة وكأنه يقول أن مرور الزمن في هذا المكان من العالم ليس له تأثير على العلاقة بين السلطة والمواطنين. وكما في شرق المتوسط فالمكان والزمان غير محددين بل انهما مموهان حيث يخترع منيف دولتين (عمورية وموران) هما صورتان لواقع تعيشه شعوب الوطن العالم العربي عامة.

  20. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

    The Art of War

    By Sun Tzu

    For more than two thousand years, Sun-Tzu’s The Art of War has provided leaders with profound insights into the use of skill, tactics, psychology and discipline to outwit opponents. Said to have inspired Napoleon, and used by Mao Zedong and General Douglas MacArthur, as well as many famous business gurus, politicians and sports stars, its ancient words of wisdom provide a touchstone for today’s managers and executives fighting their boardroom battles. This best-selling book offers ancient wisdom on how to use skill, cunning, tactics and discipline to outwit your opponent.