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Birthday

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by Aira, Cesar
`Suddenly it hits you: you're not twenty; you're not young any more . . . and in the meantime, while you were thinking about something else, the world has changed.'Birthday begins with a fiftieth birthday. It comes and goes without fanfare, but just a few months later, an apparently banal comment that reveals a gap in the author's knowledge of the world prompts him to sit down in a cafe and write. As he sif...
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Empty Words

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by Levrero, Mario
An eccentric novelist decides to go back to basics on his journey of self- improvement: he will strip out the literary aspect of his writing and simply improve his handwriting. The novelist begins to keep a notebook of handwriting exercises, hoping that if he is able to improve his penmanship, his personal character will also improve. What begins as a mere physical exercise becomes involuntarily coloured by...
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The Remainder

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by Trabucco Zeran, Alia
Shortlisted for the 2019 International Man Booker Prize Santiago, Chile. The city is covered in ash. Three children of ex-militants are facing a past they can neither remember nor forget. Felipe sees dead bodies on every corner of the city, counting them up in an obsessive quest to square these figures with the official death toll. He is searching for the perfect zero, a life with no rem...
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The Taiga Syndrome

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by Rivera Garza, Cristina
A fairy tale run amok, 'The Taiga Syndrome' follows an unnamed Ex-Detective as she searches for a couple that has fled to the far reaches of the Earth.
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Tentacle

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by Indiana, Rita
Plucked from her life on the streets of post-apocalyptic Santo Domingo, young maid Acilde Figueroa finds herself at the heart of a voodoo prophecy: only she can travel back in time and save the ocean - and humanity - from disaster. But first she must become the man she always was - with the help of a sacred anemone.Tentacle is an electric novel with a big appetite and a brave vision, plunging headfirst into...
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Slip of a Fish - Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2019

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by Arnold, Amy
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2019 Ash collects words, climbs trees and swims in a deserted lake with her beloved seven-year-old, Charlie. Bemused by everyday life, she has a rich and singular interior world. Over the course of a relentlessly hot summer, Charlie begins to pull away, and in a desperate attempt to reconnect with her daughter Ash does something unforgivable. As the g...
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Swimming Home

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by Levy, Deborah
Selected for the 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist. As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked out of the water and into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? What does she want from them all? And why does Joe's eni...
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The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments

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by Quin, Ann
The lost stories of a remarkable writer who distinctively embodies the radical spirit of the 1960s
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People in the Room

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by Lange, Norah
A young woman in Buenos Aires spies three women in the house opposite her family's home. Intrigued, she begins to watch them. She imagines them as accomplices to an unknown crime, as troubled spinsters contemplating suicide, or as players in an affair with dark and mysterious consequences. Lange's imaginative excesses and almost hallucinatory images make this uncanny exploration of desire, domestic space, v...
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Kingdom Cons

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by Herrera, Yuri
In the court of the King, everyone knows their place. But as the Artist wins hearts and egos with his ballads, uncomfortable truths emerge that shake the Kingdom to its core. Part surreal fable and part noir romance, this prize-winning novel from Yuri Herrera questions the price of keeping your integrity in a world ruled by patronage and power.
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Proleterka

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by Jaeggy, Fleur
A fifteen-year-old girl and her father, Johannes, take a cruise to Greece on the SS Proleterka. Jaeggy recounts the girl's youth in her distinctively strange, telescopic prose: the remarried mother, cold and unconcerned; the father who was allowed only rare visits with the child; the years spent stashed away with relatives or at boarding school. For the girl and her father, their time on the ship becomes th...
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Border Districts

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by Murnane, Gerald
A bittersweet farewell to the word and the world by the Australian master A man moves from a capital city to a remote town in the border country, where he intends to spend the last years of his life. It is time, he thinks, to review the spoils of a lifetime of seeing, a lifetime of reading. Which sights, people, books, fictional characters, turns of phrase and lines of verse will survive into the twiligh...
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The Transmigration of Bodies

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by Herrera, Yuri
A plague has brought death to the city. Two feuding crime families with blood on their hands need our hard-boiled hero, The Redeemer, to broker peace. Both his instincts and the vacant streets warn him to stay indoors, but The Redeemer ventures out into the city's underbelly to arrange for the exchange of the bodies they hold hostage.Yuri Herrera's novel is a response to the violence of contemporary Mexico....
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Petite Fleur

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by Havilio, Iosi
When his fireworks factory job ends explosively and his wife returns to work, Jose is surprised to realise he has a talent for keeping house: childcare, tidying, cleaning, cooking, gardening, he excels at it all. On Thursdays, he hangs out and drinks good wine with his jazz-loving neighbour. But when Jose's new talents take a sudden and gruesome turn, life, death, resurrection, and domesticity unexpectedly ...
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Tamarisk Row

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by Murnane, Gerald
A lonely child of unusual sensibility inherits his father's love of horse-racing and his mother's Catholicism in this evocative, semi-autobiographical novel.
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Dear Evelyn

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by Page, Kathy
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Southeaster

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by Conti, Haroldo
'Neither the old man nor Boga ever said more than was needed. And yet they understood each other perfectly.' For years, Boga and the old man have worked side by side on the banks of the Parana river, cutting reeds to sell to local basketweavers. But when the old man falls sick and dies, Boga abandons himself entirely to the river and the life of solitary drifting he has long yearned for. Echoes of John Ber...
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Now and at the Hour of Our Death

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by Moreira Marques, Susana
"This book is fearless and luminous and full of grace; it travels to the edge of death and finds life there. Its attention to the particulars of love - between the ones who will go and the ones they will leave - is something close to sublime."--Leslie Jamison, author of "The Empathy Exams"A nurse sleeps at the bedside of his dying patients; a wife deceives her husband by never telling him he has cancer; a b...
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By Night the Mountain Burns

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by Avila Laurel, Juan-Tomas
By Night The Mountain Burns recounts the narrator's childhood on a remote island off the West African coast, living with his mysterious grandfather, several mothers and no fathers. We learn of a dark chapter in the island's history: a bush fire destroys the crops, then hundreds perish in a cholera outbreak. Superstition dominates: now the islanders must sacrifice their possessions to the enraged ocean god. ...
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Zbinden's Progress

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by Simon Christoph
Lukas Zbinden leans on the arm of Kazim, as they walk slowly down the stairway towards the door of his old people's home. Step by step, the irrepressible Lukas recounts the life he shared with his wife Emilie and his son. She loved to walk in the countryside; he loved towns and meeting strangers. Different in so many ways, what was the secret of their life-long love? And why is it now so hard for him to ta...
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