Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

A Companion


9780863565977 May 2005 Paperback 166pp

About the Book

This indispensable guide to modern Arabic literature in English translation features not only a comprehensive bibliography but also chapters on fiction, drama, poetry and autobiography.

Altoma assesses the progress made towards a wider reception of Arabic writing throughout the Anglophone world, with particular emphasis on Naguib Mahfouz, one of Arabic literature’s luminaries, and on poetry.

Modern Arabic Literature in Translation is an invaluable tool for research and teaching – in the West, certainly, but also in the Arab world, where the translation of Arabic literature into other languages has been of considerable concern for more than a century.

About the Author

Salih J. Altoma is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. He has served as director of Middle Eastern Studies and chair of the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department. His many publications include Modern Arabic Literature in Translation: A Companion, The Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature (ed.) and On Arabic-Western Literary Relations.


‘Truly an answer to the prayers of those who aspire to teach about, or simply follow, the Arabic-literature-in-translation scene as it has developed over the past century.’
Jordan Times

‘[A] guide for the student, the researcher, the reader, the librarian and the potential translator. Altoma’s book is valuable.'

‘A valuable reference work … an impressive testament to the vitality of a varied and creative literature that deserves to be better known in the West.’
Times Literary Supplement