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Short Letter, Long Farewell

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by Handke, Peter
By Nobel Prize Winner Peter Handke 'Short Letter, Long Farewell' is one the most inventive and exhilarating of the great Peter Handke's novels. Full of seedy noir atmospherics and boasting an air of generalized delirium, the book starts by introducing us to a nameless young German who has just arrived in America, where he hopes to get over the collapse of his marriage. No sooner has ...
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Slow Homecoming

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by Handke, Peter
By Nobel Prize Winner Peter Handke Provocative, romantic, and restlessly exploratory, Peter Handke is one of the great writers of our time. 'Slow Homecoming', originally published in the late 1970s, is central to his achievement and to the powerful influence he has exercised on other writers, chief among them W.G. Sebald. A novel of self-questioning and self-discovery, 'Slow Homecomi...
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Once And Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa

by Bester, John
A collection of classic, fantastical tales from Northern Japan that are equal parts whimsical and sophisticated, perfect for readers of all ages.
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Naked Earth

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by Chang, Eileen
Set in the early years of Mao's China, 'Naked Earth' is the story of two earnest young people confronting the grim realities of revolutionary change. Liu Ch'üan and Su Nan meet in the countryside after volunteering to assist in the new land reform program. Eager to build a more just society, they are puzzled and shocked by the brutality, barely disguised corruption, and ruthless careerism they discover, but...
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Free Day

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by Cagnati, Ines
A haunting and powerful portrait of a young French girl, and her desire to escape the world in which she is born, without losing her identity
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Three Summers

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by Liberaki, Margarita
A tender story about three sisters coming of age in Greece over the course of three summers, now available after being out of print for over twenty years.
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Heaven's Breath: A Natural History of the Wind

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by Watson, Lyall
'Heaven’s Breath', the first history of the wind, looks at this ubiquitous and invisible entity from the point of view of geography, biology, physics, sociology, physiology, psychology, history, and philosophy. Lyall Watson shows how wind shapes the world and maintains its life, functioning as the circulatory and nervous systems of the planet, sharing our energy and information, distributing warmth, bringin...
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Orphic Paris

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by Cole, Henri
A poetic portrait of Paris that combines prose poetry, diary, and memoir by award-winning writer and poet Henri Cole. Henri Cole’s Orphic Paris combines autobiography, diary, essay, and poetry with photographs to create a new form of elegiac memoir. With Paris as a backdrop, Cole, an award-winning American poet, explores with fresh and penetrating insight the nature of friendship and family, poetry and s...
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Kolyma Stories

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by Rayfield, Donald
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Taka-Chan and I: A Dog's Journey to Japan

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by Lifton Betty Jean, Hosoe Eikhoe
A tale of adventure, loyalty, daring escapes, friendship, and honor, Taka-chan and I has it all. One day, Runcible, a Weimeraner, digs a hole from his home on Cape Cod all the way to Japan. There he meets Taka-chan, a little girl imprisoned by a seadragon who is angry that fishermen like Taka-chan's father no longer make offerings to him. Runcible is determined to free Taka-chan and gladly takes up the drag...
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The Skin

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by Malaparte, Curzio
"It is a shameful thing to win a war." The reliably unorthodox Curzio Malaparte's own service as an Italian liaison officer with the Allies during the invasion of Italy was the basis for this searing and surreal novel, in which the contradictions inherent in any attempt to simultaneously conquer and liberate a people beset the triumphant but ingenuous American forces as they make their way up the peninsula....
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Agostino

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by Moravia, Alberto
Thirteen-year-old Agostino is spending the summer at a Tuscan seaside resort with his beautiful widowed mother. When she takes up with a cocksure new companion, Agostino, feeling ignored and unloved, begins hanging around with a group of local young toughs. Though repelled by their squalor and brutality, and repeatedly humiliated for his weakness and ignorance when it comes to women and sex, the boy is incr...
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A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising

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by Miron Bialoszewski
On August 1, 1944, Miron Bialoszewski, later to gain renown as one of Poland’s most innovative poets, went out to run an errand for his mother and ran into history. With Soviet forces on the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted against five years of Nazi occupation, an uprising that began in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it came to a tragic end. The Nazis suppressed the ins...
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Zama

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by Benedetto, Antonio Di
An NYRB Classics Original First published in 1956, Zama is now universally recognized as one of the masterpieces of modern Argentine and Spanish-language literature. Written in a style that is both precise and sumptuous, weirdly archaic and powerfully novel, Zama takes place in the last decade of the eighteenth century and describes the solitary, suspended existence of Don Diego de Zama, a highly placed...
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Notes of a Crocodile

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by Huie, Bonnie
WINNER OF THE 2018 LUCIEN STRYK ASIAN TRANSLATION PRIZE The English-language premiere of Qiu Miaojin's coming-of-age novel about queer teenagers in Taiwan, a cult classic in China and winner of the 1995 China Times Literature Award. An NYRB Classics Original Set in the post-martial-law era of late-1980s Taipei, Notes of a Crocodile is a coming-of-age story of queer misfits discovering love, friendship,...
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Arabia Felix

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by Hansen, Thorkild
A riveting account of a landmark expedition that left only one survivor, now back in print for the first time in decades. Arabia Felix is the spellbinding true story of a scientific expedition gone disastrously awry. On a winter morning in 1761 six men leave Copenhagen by sea--a botanist, a philologist, an astronomer, a doctor, an artist, and their manservant--an ill-assorted band of men who dislike and ...
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The Doll

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by Prus, Boleslaw
Boleslaw Prus is often compared to Chekhov, and Prus’s masterpiece might be described as an intimate epic, a beautifully detailed, utterly absorbing exploration of life in late-nineteenth-century Warsaw, which is also a prophetic reckoning with some of the social forces—imperialism, nationalism, anti-Semitism among them—that would soon convulse Europe as never before. But The Doll is above all a brilliant n...
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Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish

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by McCarthy, Tom
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The Farm in the Green Mountains

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by Alice Herdan-Zuckmeyer
The Farm in the Green Mountains is a story of a refugee family finding its true home—thousands of miles from its homeland. Alice and Carl Zuckmayer lived at the center of Weimar era Berlin. She was a former actor turned medical student, he was a playwright, and their circle of friends included Stefan Zweig, Alma Mahler, and Bertolt Brecht. But then the Nazis took over and Carl’s most recent success, a pl...
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More Was Lost: A Memoir

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by Perenyi, Eleanor
Best known for her classic book Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden, Eleanor Perényi led a worldly life before settling down in Connecticut. More Was Lost is a memoir of her youth abroad, written in the early days of World War II, after her return to the United States. In 1937, at the age of nineteen, Perényi falls in love with a poor Hungarian baron and in short order acquires both a title and a struggl...
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