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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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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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The Simple Past

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by Chraibi, Driss
'The Simple Past' came out in 1954, and both in France and its author's native Morocco the book caused an explosion of fury. Translated by Hugh A. Harter The protagonist, also known as Driss, comes from a Moroccan family of means, his father a self-made tea merchant, the most devout of Muslims, quick to be provoked and ready to lash out verbally or physically, continually bent on subduing his timid w...
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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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My Friends

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by Bove, Emmanuel
Bove's tale of a World War I veteran living in postwar Paris, searching for friendship and warmth, is an ironic, entertaining masterpiece by one of France's favorite authors.
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Agathe, or the Forgotten Sister

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by Musil, Robert
From the author of 'A Man without Qualitie', a novel about spirituality in the modern world. Translated by Joel Agee. Agathe is the sister of Ulrich, the so-called "man without qualities" who is the major character in Robert Musil's great, unfinished novel of that name. Ulrich is intellectual and skeptical and rebellious and yet for all that rule-bound, held hostage by his attraction to the systematic...
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Once And Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa

by Miyazawa, Kenji
Translated by John Bester A collection of classic, fantastical tales from Northern Japan that are equal parts whimsical and sophisticated, perfect for readers of all ages. Kenji Miyazawa is one of modern Japan's most beloved writers, a great poet and a strange and marvelous spinner of tales, whose sly, humorous, enchanting, and enigmatic stories bear a certain resemblance to those of his contemporary ...
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The Skin

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by Malaparte, Curzio
Translated by Rachel Kushner "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 t...
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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...
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A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising

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by Miron Bialoszewski
Translated by Madeline Levine 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 ...
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The Doll

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by Prus, Bolesław
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.
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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 an...
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The Resurgence Of Central Asia

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by Rashid, Ahmed
A seminal introduction to the rise of Central Asia, covering Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan 'The Resurgence of Central Asia' is Ahmed Rashid's seminal study of the states that emerged in the aftermath of the breakup of the Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. All have Muslim majorities and ancient histories but are otherwise...
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The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick

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by Pinckney, Darryl
The first-ever collection of essays from across Elizabeth Hardwick's illustrious writing career, including works not seen in print for decades.
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Zama

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by Benedetto, Antonio Di
First published in 1956, 'Zama' is now universally recognized as one of the masterpieces of modern Argentine and Spanish-language literature.
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Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish

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by McCarthy, Tom
Fifteen brilliant essays written over as many years provide a map of the sensibility and critical intelligence of Tom McCarthy, one of the most original and challenging novelists at work today.
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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 ...
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