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book image Augustus
Augustus
John Williams
Williams
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Williams's biographical treatment of the founder of the Roman Empire won him the National Book Award and reveals him to be as transformative a writer of historical novels as he is of westerns (in Butcher's Crossing) and the campus drama (in Stoner).
Contributors: Daniel Mendelsohn

book image The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914
Burning of the World
Béla Zombory-Moldován
Zombory-Moldován
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Recently discovered among private papers and published here for the first time in any language, this extraordinary reminiscence by a young artist, drafted into the bloody combat of the First World War, is a deeply moving addition to the literature of the terrible conflict that defined the shape of the twentieth century.
Contributors: Peter Zombory-Moldovan

book image The Mad and the Bad
Mad and the Bad
Jean-Patrick Manchette
Manchette
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The "French Raymond Chandler" is back with this story of an assassination gone wrong and a manic, murderous cross-country road trip. “For Manchette … the crime novel is no mere entertainment, but a means to strip bare the failures of society, ripping through veils of appearance, deceit, and manipulation to the greed and violence that are the society's true engines.”—James Sallis, The Boston Globe
Contributors: James Sallis , Donald Nicholson-Smith

book image Agostino
Agostino
Alberto Moravia
Moravia
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Alberto Moravia’s classic, startling portrait of innocence lost was written in 1942 but rejected by Fascist censors and not published until 1944, when it became a best seller and secured the author the first literary prize of his career.
Contributors: Michael F. Moore

book image The Professor and the Siren
Professor and the Siren
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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In the last two years of his life, the Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote not only the celebrated novel The Leopard, but also composed three shorter pieces of fiction that show him to be a late-blooming master of the written word. “Lampedusa has made me realize how many ways there are of being alive.”—E. M. Forster
Contributors: Marina Warner , Stephen Twilley

book image Fortunes of War: The Levant Trilogy
Fortunes of War: The Levant Trilogy
Olivia Manning
Manning
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This sequel to Manning's Balkan Trilogy follows British nationals Guy and Harriet Pringle as they flee east from the German army's advance and settle in Egypt. Once again Manning introduces the reader to an unforgettable cast of characters—swindlers, actors, soldiers, and diplomats—and brings to life WWII as it was lived in a grippingly specific place and time.
Contributors: Anthony Sattin

book image Last Words from Montmartre
Last Words from Montmartre
Qiu Miaojin
Miaojin
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The publication of this harrowing and astonishing novel marks the first full-length English translation of a young Taiwanese writer whose life was cut short in the 90s. "Last Words from Montmartre is urgent, ecstatic, unbridled, and breathtakingly intimate. Qiu Miaojin is a writer who truly defies categorization, and this book, her last—part confession, part love letter, part fiction, part memoir, part suicide notes—is a thrilling testament to her original mind and impassioned heart."—Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
Contributors: Ari Larissa Heinrich

book image Fear: A Novel of World War I
Fear
Gabriel Chevallier
Chevallier
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Winner of the 2013 Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation from the French. “Eighty years after it was first published … Gabriel Chevallier’s autobiographical novel about serving in the bombed-out trenches of World War I still chills the blood....Fear is a novel whose most indelible passages describe the sensory degradation of war on the human body.... One of the most effective indictments of war ever written.”—Tobias Grey, The Wall Street Journal
Contributors: John Berger , Malcolm Imrie

book image During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
Joan Chase
Chase
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Joan Chase’s subtle story of three generations of women in the American Midwest in the 1950s negotiating lifetimes of “joy and ruin” deserves its place alongside such achievements as Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine. "Moving, unusual and accomplished."—Margaret Atwood
Contributors: Meghan O'Rourke

book image The Gray Notebook
Gray Notebook
Josep Pla
Pla
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“Josep Pla was a great noticer of things and places; his gaze was alert and dry; he wrote in a style which registered both the smallest detail and the large picture. His relationship to Catalan identity and Spanish history was complex, often ambiguous. His relationship, however, to the scene in front of him, or the days in which he lived, remains fascinating for its clarity, its sharpness, its originality and its wit. On display in his work is a glittering and sparkling sensibility.”—Colm Tóibín
Contributors: Valenti Puig , Peter Bush

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