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Death and the Penguin

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by Andrey Kurkov
In today's Ukraine, all that stands between one man and murder by the mafia is a penguin. Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. He longs to see his work published, yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to life. But when he opens the newspaper to see...
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Stalingrad

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by Grossman, Vasily
Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate, one of the twentieth century's greatest novels. This is its first publication in English. In April 1942, Hitler and Mussolini plan the huge offensive on the Eastern Front that will culminate in the greatest battle in human history. Hundreds of miles away, Pyotr Vavilov receives his call-up papers and spends a final night with his wife and children in the hut...
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Bridge Over the Drina

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by IVO ANDRIC
In the small Bosnian town of Visegrad the stone bridge of the novel's title, built in the sixteenth century on the instruction of a grand vezir, bears witness to three centuries of conflict. Visegrad has long been a bone of contention between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, but the bridge survives unscathed until 1914, when the collision of forces in the Balkans triggers the outbreak of World War ...
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Roads to Santiago

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by Cees Nooteboom
Roads to Santiago by Cees Nooteboom is a multi-faceted pilgrimage through ten centuries of Spanish history, politics, art, literature, architecture, climate and people. Nooteboom unlocks doors to a hidden Spain, embarking on detours and encountering riddles, presenting the lands and history of the country with all the weight of a passion accumulated over forty years of intimate acquaintance.
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The Man Who Planted Trees

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by Jean Giono
Jean Giono's beautiful allegorical tale is legendary. Written in the 1950s, its message was ahead of its time, inspiring readers to rediscover the harmonies of the countryside and prevent its wilful destruction. The narrator, journeying by foot across the barren plains of the lower Alps, has his thirst assuaged by the well water drawn by the shepherd Elzeard Bouffier. Here begins the subtle parable which Gi...
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How to Catch a Mole: And Find Yourself in Nature

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by Hamer, Marc
Longlisted for the Wainwright Book Prize 2019 "It is rare to encounter such respect and understanding of nature for herself." Rosamund Young, author of 'The Secret Life of Cows' A life-affirming book about the British countryside, the cycle of nature, solitude and contentment, through the prism of a brilliant new nature writer’s experience working as a traditional mole-catcher, and why he gave it up. ...
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

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by Gowar, Imogen Hermes
This voyage is special. It will change everything… One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out...
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The End: My Struggle Book 6

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by Knausgaard, Karl Ove
The extraordinary final volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's monumental 'My Struggle' series, "perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times"
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Barcelona

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by Robert Hughes
"Barcelona is an attempt at total history: Social, political , cultural, economic ¿ Hughes includes descriptions of buildings - and he is as good on the bony grandeur of Catalan gothic as he is on the bulbous undulations of Gaudi - analyses of poems, precise evocations of social conditions ¿ and accounts of extraordinary people ¿ His book abounds in virtuoso stylistic displays, impassioned, eloquent, deligh...
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Three Elegies for Kosovo

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by Ismail Kadare
It's 28 June 1389, the Field of the Blackbirds. A Christian army made up of Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians and Romanians confront an Ottoman army. In ten hours the battle is over, and the Muslims possess the field; an outcome that has haunted the vanquished ever since. 28 June 1989, the Serb Leader Slobodan Milosevic launches his campaign for a fresh massacre of the Albanians, the majority population of Kosovo....
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The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis

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by Saramago, Jose
The world's threats are universal like the sun but Ricardo Reis takes shelter under his own shadow. Back in Lisbon after sixteen years practicing medicine in Brazil, Ricardo Reis wanders the rain-sodden streets. He longs for the unattainably aristocratic Marcenda, but it is Lydia, the hotel chamber maid who makes and shares his bed. His old friend, the poet Fernando Pessoa, returns to see him, still wearing...
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Auto Da Fe

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by ELIAS CANETTI
Auto Da Fe is the story of Peter Kien, a distinguished, reclusive sinologist living in Germany between the wars. With masterly precision, Canetti reveals Kien's character, displaying the flawed personal relationships which ultimately lead to his destruction. Manipulated by his illiterate and grasping housekeeper, Therese, who has tricked him into marriage, and Benedikt Pfaff, a brutish concierge, Kien is fo...
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African Trilogy

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by Peter Matthiessen
During the 1970s and 1980s, Peter Matthiessen took part in a number of expeditions to Africa, witnessing first-hand the continent's many and diverse peoples and wildlife. The fruits of these journeys are three of the most impressive essays on the natural world of the late twentieth century. The Tree where Man Was Born documents wild landscapes, peoples and animals, observed in a series of journeys in East A...
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Vertigo

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by W.G. Sebald
Part fiction, part travelogue, the narrator of this compelling masterpiece pursues his solitary, eccentric course from England to Italy and beyond, succumbing to the vertiginous unreliability of memory itself. What could possibly connect Stendhal's unrequited love, the artistry of Pisanello, a series of murders by a clandestine organisation, a missing passport, Casanova, the suicide of a dinner companion, s...
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The Railway

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by Hamid Ismailov
Set mainly in Uzbekistan between 1900 and 1980, The Railway introduces to us the inhabitants of the small town of Gilas on the ancient Silk Route. Among those whose stories we hear are Mefody-Jurisprudence, the town's alcoholic intellectual; Father Ioann, a Russian priest; Kara-Musayev the Younger, the chief of police; and Umarali-Moneybags, the old moneylender. Their colourful lives offer a unique and comi...
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Dreams In A Time of War

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by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born the fifth child of his father's third wife, in a family that included twenty-four children born to four different mothers. He spent his 1930s childhood as the apple of his mother's eye, before attending school to slake what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning. As he grows up, the wider political and social changes occurring in Kenya at this time begin to impinge on t...
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Fire Under the Snow

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by Palden Gyatso
In 1992 the Venerable Palden Gyatso was released after thirty-three years of imprisonment by Chinese forces in Tibet. He fled across the Himalayas to India, smuggling with him the instruments of his torture. This powerful text is the story of his life and irrefutable testimony to the appalling suffering of the Tibetan nation at the hands of the Chinese.
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A Guide to Berlin

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by Jones, Gail
We travel to find ourselves; to run away from ourselves. 'A Guide to Berlin' is the name of a short story written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1925, when he was a young man of 26, living in Berlin. A group of six international travellers, two Italians, two Japanese, an American and an Australian, meet in empty apartments in Berlin to share stories and memories. Each is enthralled in some way by the work of Vladim...
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Imagining Alexandria: Poems in Memory of C.P. Cavafy

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by Louis de Bernieres
Poetry was Louis de Bernieres' first literary love and Imagining Alexandria is his debut poetry collection. Here the author of the much-loved Captain Corelli's Mandolin returns us to the vivid Mediterranean landscape of his fiction. De Bernieres was introduced to Greek poetry while in Corfu in 1983, and since then he has always travelled with a book of Cavafy's poetry in his pocket. Not surprisingly, hi...
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The Chronicler of the Winds

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by Henning Mankell
One night Jose hears gunfire from the deserted theatre next door to his bakery. He races to the theatre's uppermost gallery, and there beneath him on a spotlit stage lies the wounded body of Nelio, a street urchin renowned for living on his wits. Gasping, the wounded boy asks to be taken to the roof to breathe the beautiful air fresh off the Indian Ocean. On that theatre roof, his life ebbing away, Nelio be...
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