naguib mahfouz, mahmoud saeed, ghassan kanafani, sahar khalifeh and others are discussed in the article and podcast january 2010 new yorker. most books seem worth seeking and kanafani, elias khory and saeed especially sound great.
a self-confessed secular democrat, khoury is one of the few arab writers to recognize the holocaust as part of the moral equation in the middle east.
he [kanafani] also portrays israeli settlers sympathetically—perhaps for the first time in modern arabic literature
remember though that ‘that stories are not to be trusted‘.