for the Readers of Arabic Literature Across the World
The collection aims to be free of tedium, oil and dictatorship.
Founded and edited by Rafik Schami in close cooperation with the best publishers and translators of literary fiction. The series editor appreciates and reads both new as well as classical Arabic poetry for his own personal pleasure, but his long professional experience qualifies him to judge and select works of prose rather than poetry and has therefore chosen fiction as the focus of his collection.
An editorial board made up by the most knowledgeable experts of Arabic as well as English literature assist the series editor in his selection. He is also advised and supported by a renowned board of trustees in his efforts to mentor the emerging writers and bring their work to publication. The editor, advisors and trustees volunteer their work so that the maximum reward goes to the authors and the translators.
This initiative wants to build a bridge to connect Arab writers with readers of other continents. The literary quality, the creative power of the texts and the ability of the authors to tell a great story are the determining factors in the selection of the works for publication. Neither the nationality, nor religion or the topic of the text plays any role or is a criterion.