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The single Arab author I believe to be the most in need of translation is the Lebanese novelist Rabee Jaber, born in 1972. He has published a host of novels in Arabic, several of which have been translated into French, yet none of which have been translated into English. He captures the life and spirit of the city of Beirut in unforgettable ways.
Kareem James Abu-Zeid is the translator of numerous Arabic texts, most recently Cities Without Palms by Tarek Eltayeb.
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