Books by Roger Allen

THE LOCUST AND THE BIRD by Hanan al-Shaykh
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"An unflattering portrait, perhaps exacerbated by an infelicitous translation."
The memoir of Kamila, a Lebanese Muslim woman whose novelist daughter (Only in London, 2001, etc.) takes on the voice of her mother to tell her story. Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF WALID MASOUD by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

First published in 1978, this intricate Palestinian novel recounts in fragmentary form the complex legacy left behind (along with an enigmatic tape recording discovered after his unexplained disappearance) by the eponymous Walid: a financial expert, author, and political activist in Baghdad during the quarter-century following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The memories and speculations of those who presume they knew him, or believe they were loved by him, gradually cohere into a cryptic and fascinating portrayal of a conflicted intellectual idealist who had striven "to be a saint in a world of sin and corruption, an independent theorist in a world of political parties, and undogmatic dogmatist in a world of rigid primness." Beautifully fashioned, unusual, and richly satisfying. Read full book review >