A couple of year ago many of us were quite to see the emergence in English of Leg over Leg by Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a book that kind of is a Tristram Shandy of Arabic literature. You can read the enthusiastic assessment at The Complete Review, and here’s some of what the TLS had to say:
Whatever its general maiden reception, the first publication in English from the Arabic of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s four-volume nineteenth-century comic masterpiece, Leg over Leg, will eventually be acknowledged as one of the most important translations of the twenty-first century . . .
The only problem was that this gorgeous, hardcover, bilingual edition came out in four volumes that, collectively would set you back $125.00.
Happily, now the publisher has seen fit to release the entire book in a handy two volumes that will only cost you $17.00 each. They’re no longer bilingual (which you probably didn’t want anyway), but they do retain about 150 pages of helpful endnotes and an index. So now you have no reason not to read this amazing book.