The best novels of all times

in the Arabic and Hebrew/Yiddish languages

Selected by piero scaruffi
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  1. Isaac Bashevis Singer (Hebrew, 1904): "Die Familje Moshkat/ The Family Moskat" (1950) +
  2. Abdul Rahman Munif (Iraq, 1933): "Mudun al-Milh/ Cities of Salt" (1989) +
  3. Shmuel Agnon (Hebrew, 1888): "Temol Shilshom/ "The Day Before Yesterday/ Ieri e Avant'ieri" (1945) +
  4. Elias Khoury (Lebanon, 1948): "Abwab al-Madinah/ The Gates of the City" (1981) +
  5. Abraham Yehoshua (Hebrew, 1936): "Mar Manni/ Mr Mani" (1990) +
  6. Khaled Khalifa (Syria, 1964): "Madih al-Karahiya/ In Praise of Hatred" (2006) +
  7. Amos Oz (Hebrew, 1939): "Kufsah Shorah/ Black Box" (1988) +
  8. David Grossman (Hebrew, 1954): "Sus Echad Nichnas Lebar/ A Horse Walks into a Bar" (2014) +
  9. Israel Joshua Singer (Hebrew, 1893): "Di Bruder Ashkenazi/ The Brothers Ashkenazi" (1937) +
  10. Ibrahim Al-Koni (Libya, 1948): "Anubis" (2002) +
  11. Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt, 1911): "Bayn al-Qasrayn/ Palace Walk" (1956) +
  12. Aharon Appelfeld (Hebrew, 1932): "Badenhaim Ir Nofesh/ Badenheim 1939" (1978) +
    Sholem 'Mendele Seforim' Abramovich (1836): "Masoes Benyomin Hashlishi/ The Travels of Benjamin III" (1878) +
  13. Moshe de Leon (Hebrew, 124#): "Sefer ha-Zohar/ Book of Radiance" (12##) +
  14. David Grossman (Hebrew, 1954): "Ayen Erech Ahava/ See Under Love" (1986) +
  15. Abraham Mapu (Hebrew, 1808): "Ahavat Zion/ Love of Zion" (1853) +
  16. Al-Tayyib Salih (Sudan, 1929): "Season of Migration to the North" (1966) +
  17. Yoram Kaniuk (Hebrew, 1930): "Adam Ben Kelev/ Adam Resurrected" (1968) +
  18. Abu Bakr ibn Tofayl/ Tufail/ Tufayl (1105): "Hayy Ibn Yaqzan/ Alive son of Awake" (1182) +
  19. Chaim Grade (Hebrew, 1910): "Tsemakh Atlas/ The Yeshiva" (1968) +
  20. Mohamed Choukri (Morocco, 1935) "Al Khubz al-Hafi/ For Bread Alone" (1972) +
  21. Yoram Kaniuk (Hebrew, 1930): "Bito/ His Daughter" (1987) +
  22. Yaakov Shabtai (Hebrew, 1934): "Zikhron Devarim" (1977) +
  23. Jokha al-Harthi (Oman, 1978): "Sayyidat el-Qamar/ Celestial Bodies" (2011) +
  24. Abraham Yehoshua (Hebrew, 1936): "Ha-Meahev/ The Lover" (1977) +
  25. David Fogel/Vogel (Hebrew, 1891): "Hayey Nisu'im/ Married Life" (1929) +
  26. David Shahar (Hebrew, 1926): "Kayitz Be-Derech Ha-Nevi'im/ Summer in the Street of the Prophets" (1969) +
  27. David Shahar (Hebrew, 1926): "Yom Ha-Rozenet/ The Day of the Countess" (1976) +
  28. Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt, 1911): "Miramar" (1967) +
  29. Hoda Barakat (Lebanon, 1952): "The Tiller of Waters" (2000) +

Chronological

Arabic literature
Hebrew/Yiddish literature