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book image The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan
Wages of Guilt
Ian Buruma
Buruma
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“Mr. Buruma is a journalist who reports all sides: those of the survivors, the veterans, the politicians, the left-wing pacifists and right-wing nationalists, the judges and the judged. The Wages of Guilt is subtitled ‘Memories of War in Germany and Japan.’ But it is really far more, an exploration of the many and varied ways in which cataclysm has shaped national identity in our century.” —The New York Times

book image The House of Twenty Thousand Books
House of Twenty Thousand Books
Sasha Abramsky
Abramsky
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Journalist Sasha Abramsky chronicles the vanished intellectual world of his grandparents, Chimen and Miriam, and their vast library of socialist literature and works of Jewish history. Abramsky invites readers into his grandparents’ salon, frequented by some of the twentieth century’s greatest writers and thinkers, and tells the story of a fascinating family in an embattled era.

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Chocky
John Wyndham
Wyndham
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“What John Wyndham does so brilliantly is invest quiet suburban streets with menace. The idea of an alien intelligence inhabiting a child is always frightening. But here Wyndham turns a story of ‘possession’ into a touching fable about our profligate use of the planet.” —The Telegraph
Contributors: Margaret Atwood

book image Henri Duchemin and His Shadows
Henri Duchemin and His Shadows
Emmanuel Bove
Bove
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A perfect introduction to Emmanuel Bove, the twentieth-century French poet of the flophouse and the dive who, as Samuel Beckett remarked, possessed an unparalleled "instinct for the essential detail." Henri Duchemin and His Shadows brims with characters who call to mind Herman Melville’s Bartleby, Robert Walser’s “little men,” and Jean Rhys’s lost women.
Contributors: Donald Breckenridge , Alyson Waters

book image Dear Illusion: Collected Stories
Dear Illusion: Collected Stories
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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Science fiction, the spy story, the ghost story—all were grist for Amis’s mill, and this original collection shows him at his adventurous best. “[Amis’s stories] are, in the most positive sense, a mixed bag. They are written by a man with plenty of interests in life, a large capacity for changing his mind and containing contrasting, even conflicting opinions within himself. The reader genuinely never knows what is coming next.”—The Spectator
Contributors: Rachel Cusk

book image The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov
Prank
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov
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In 1880, the young Anton Chekhov set out to edit and publish what he considered his best work. The collection, which was to include illustrations by his brother Nikolay, was censored and never appeared as originally conceived—until now. The Prank is the first appearance of this collection in any language and includes two stories never before published in English as well as Nikolay’s drawings.
Contributors: Nikolay Chekhov , Maria Bloshteyn

book image The Peach Blossom Fan
Peach Blossom Fan
K’ung Shang-jen
Shang-jen
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A grand historical drama about the collapse of the Ming Dynasty, The Peach Blossom Fan, written in 1699, was massively popular in its time and remains one of the most pervasively adapted works in all of Chinese literature. ”Replete with romance, conflicts between loyalty and treachery, a healthy measure of bawdy humor, punning, elegant poetry, moral issues, and popular philosophical currents”—Howard Goldblatt
Contributors: Judith Zeitlin , Chen Shih-hsiang, Harold Acton , Cyril Birch

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Talk
Linda Rosenkrantz
Rosenkrantz
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Rosenkrantz's groundbreaking 1968 novel set over the course of the summer spent at the beach offers all the pleasure and startling insight of eavesdropping on the witty and raw conversation between the most intimate of friends. “The pattern of self-revelation is far from coarse: it is eloquent and convincing, with its insights suddenly stumbled upon, its slender bridges of nervous sympathy that join each private island to the threatening outside world.”—The Guardian
Contributors: Stephen Koch

book image The Little Town Where Time Stood Still
Little Town Where Time Stood Still
Bohumil Hrabal
Hrabal
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A tale at once moving and hilarious about a rural Czechoslovakia town on the brink of a new age. “Hrabal is a most sophisticated novelist, with a gusting humour and a hushed tenderness of detail.” —Julian Barnes
Contributors: Joshua Cohen , James Naughton

book image Naked Earth
Naked Earth
Eileen Chang
Chang
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Part love story, part political drama, Eileen Chang’s novel about war and its ravages in midcentury China is a stunning, tragic work. A young man and a young woman are sent to help peasants on a collective farm. Despite their troubled pasts, a romance blossoms. But spies abound, and their love is threatened—perhaps irrevocably. "Eileen Chang is the fallen angel of Chinese literature."—Ang Lee
Contributors: Perry Link

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