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.
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.
By William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a history play and tragedy written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history. Although the play is named Julius Caesar, Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines as the title character; and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus’ struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism, and friendship.
By Charles Dickens
With A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens created a modern fairy tale and shaped our ideas of Christmas. The tale of the solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of the season by a series of ghostly visitors and given a second chance, was conjured up by Dickens during one of his London night walks, who “wept and laughed” as he composed it.
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.
لـ توفيق الحكيم
الرواية ألفها توفيق الحكيم يسرد فيها مشاهدات من الحوادث والقصص التي عرضت عليه أثناء عمله في القضاء في أحد مناطق الريف المصري. وتدور أحداث الرواية حول معاناة هذا النائب القادم من القاهرة إلى الأرياف، وكيف يمضي وقته في محاربة البعوض والذباب والاصطدام مع المأمور وكاتب النيابة.
By Stephen Collins
On the island of Here, livin’s easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven — and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended… by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard.
‘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.
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.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise recounts the education of young Amory Blaine—egoistic, versatile, callow, imaginative. As Amory makes his way among debutantes and Princeton undergraduates, we enter an environment heady with the promise of everything that was new in the vigorous, restless America after World War I. We experience Amory’s sailing hopes, crushing defeats, deep loves and stubborn losses.
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, is determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will. When he commits an act of murder and theft, he sets into motion a story that, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its depth of characterization and vision is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world.
By Agatha Christie
First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
لـ بدرية البشر
مريم تقصد جنيف بحثاً عن زوجها الذي تركها في الرياض مع ولدين. سلوى تلحق بزوجها السابق بعد أن أجبرها أهلها على الطلاق منه. عناب تقرر أن تعيش لذاتها في جنيف بعد أن تم العتداء عليها ومن ثم تزويجها إلى سائق يمني لم يلبث أن يهجرها. يلتقين في جنيف ثلاث صديقات، لكل منهن قصتها. لكن تجمهن المعاناة من بؤس زوجي والبحث عن سعادة محتملة.
By A.A. Milne
‘One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet’s house to see what Piglet was doing.’ This is the second classic children’s story by A.A. Milne about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. In this volume Pooh meets the irrepressible Tigger for the first time, learns to play Poohsticks and sets a trap for a Heffalump.