What are the best Middle East related fiction books?

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    #1The Alchemist

    The Alchemist

    The Alchemist is an inspirational fable written by the famous Brazilian author Paolo Coelho. The book gave Coelho the Guinness World Record for the most translations of the same book in 2009. It was originally published in 1993.


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    Patrick Simpson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I recently read the book "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, and I loved how the author is able to almost physically bring you in the middle of the action, there, in the beautiful Middle Orient. This book is simply great, and I think it should be a mandatory reading in every school. Great one!"
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    #2The Map of Love

    The Map of Love

    Ahdahf Soueif's the Map of Love is notably read for its good mix of culture and politics. Delve into another intricate storytelling about two women who fell in love with men outside their comfort zones.


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    Alejandra Venegas
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The world needs more middle eastern fiction in it that's not just about the iraqi war, and this is a fantastic start. I love that it's mainly centered on woman, though don't prefer the romance itself."
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    #3The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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    Helen Gonzalez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite all-time books. It is also one of the few exceptions to the fact that I seldom enjoy movies based on a back if it is one I've already read. the story itself is wonderful and gives great insight into a world that I knew nothing about. With the middle-east a prominent focus in the news as it has been for so long, it reminds us that there are 'real people' living there, not just the monsters (terrorists) that seem to be the focus."
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    #4Arabian Nights

    Arabian Nights
    Arabian Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern stories and folktales compiled during the Islamic Golden Age. This includes stories such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin, and Sinbad the Sailor.

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    Elizabeth Delgado
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a great collection of stories you know, like Aladdin, and others that are less familiar, still well-told. It's a wonderful part of a children's story collection."
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    #5The Fig Orchard

    The Fig Orchard

    The Fig Orchard is a historical fiction novel written by Layla Fiske. This fictional book is first published in 2013 by Rancho Publishing, LLC. 


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    Cynthia Howell
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I really enjoyed The Fig Orchard, which was a fascinating and emotional tale of relationships against a backdrop of political turmoil. I knew very little about Palestine beforehand, so it was great to learn more about the country's history. The writing is tender and hypnotic; I found the novel as a whole truly transporting."
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    #6My Name Is Red

    My Name Is Red

    My Name Is Red is a turkish historical fiction novel written by Orhan Pamuk and translated by Erdağ M. Gökna. My Name is Red was published on August 27, 2002 by Vintage.


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    Marilyn Parker
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The old adage rings true with My Name Is Red. Never be fooled by the cover of a book. It you have some pre-determined idea from looking at the cover, with it being of the Middle East and it's culture and people. Once you begin reading you'll find how easily you can relate so easily, without your been of the same culture. It's a very entertaining and enjoyable read for all cultures."
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    #7The Black Book

    The Black Book
    The Black Book is a book by Orhan Pamuk that tells the story of the lawyer Galip. Her wife left without any words left for him. He did not know if she is lost or ran away. He will begin to find her with only clues from the day she left. 

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    Cheshta Tambe
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The location of this story is Istanbul, which is not quite Middle East, but close enough I suppose. Orhan Pamuk is a Nobel-prize winning author who has been banned from his homeland of Turkey for writing truthfully about that nation. It is obvious that Pamuk loves his country, but he sees things that its citizens don't wish to be reminded of. This book appears to be another high-quality novel by Pamuk. For Westerners, this could easily be considered as one of the "best Middle East related fiction books"."
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    #8A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    A Thousand Splendid Suns is a contemporary fiction book written by Khaled Hosseini which tells the story of a poor and uneducated woman who needs to endure hardships in her life. 


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    Mary Thompson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The answer should mention where in the Middle East the book takes place to tie it back better to the topic. It could also mention that Khaled Hosseini is the author of The Kite Runner, I feel that would be a huge selling point!"
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    #9The Complete Persepolis

    The Complete Persepolis
    The Complete Persepolis is a compilation of  Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, graphic memoir about her childhood and coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. The book was published by Pantheon Books on  October 30th, 2007.

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    Angela Martin
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is the raw, heart-wrenching coming of age story of a woman born and raised in Iran. I can't strongly enough recommend that everyone who wants to (or claims to) understand the Middle East read this book."
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    #10Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile is a 1978 film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel Death on the Nile, directed by John Guillermin. While Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board.


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    Arthur Baker
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I saw this at my parents house. They got the movie because of the stellar cast and my mom likes Agatha Christie. I was prepared to slog through it for my parent's sake, but it was actually really good. It's got a great Middle East theme as does the book. Very entertaining and well done."
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    #11The English Patient

    The English Patient

    The English Patient is a historical fiction novel written by Michael Ondaatje. This classic romance book won literary merits like the Man Booker Prize and Trillium Book award. It is first published in 1992. 


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    Doris Fisher
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, the thief, tries to reimagine who he is, now that his hands are hopelessly maimed. The Indian sapper Kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions—and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning."
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    Snow is a fiction novel by Orhan Pamuk translated by Maureen Freely which tells a tale of yearning for art, power, love, and God by different individuals in a remote Turkish town. It was published in 2005 by Vintage International.  


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    Christopher Lane
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Using its historical context, this book not only keeps you wanting more, but helps you appreciate the historical Turkish culture as art captivates the reader. "
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    #13The Sandcastle Girls

    The Sandcastle Girls

    The Sandcastle Girls is a historical fiction novel by Chirs Bohjalian. The Sandcastle Girls was published on July 17, 2012 by Doubleday. The Sandcastle Girls follows the life of Elizabeth Endicott.


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    Johnny Ward
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "So if you are into history, this one discuses a lot about the Armenian genocide. I went into this not knowing a lot about it and that is just the way i wanted it . I came out very knowledgeable and somewhat sad. A few surprises in that i do not want to discuss but i ultimately enjoyed every chapter of it. "


Best What are the best Middle East related fiction books
1The AlchemistBooks 35 Paid
2The Map of LoveBooks 35 Paid
3The Kite RunnerBooks 31 Paid
4Arabian NightsBooks 30 Paid
5The Fig OrchardBooks 28 Paid
6My Name Is RedBooks 27 Paid
7The Black BookBooks 26 Paid
8A Thousand Splendid SunsBooks 24 Paid
9The Complete PersepolisBooks 22 Paid
10Death on the NileMovies 15 Paid

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