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book image The Use of Man
Use of Man
Aleksandar Tišma
Tisma
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A powerful work that tracks the intertwined lives of a group of high-school classmates in Yugoslavia during WWII: Jew, Nazi, resistance fighter, and cold-blooded killer. "Its power is on a scale normally associated with our favorite (dead) authors.... The world will not look quite the same after you’ve read this book.
Toronto Star
Contributors: Claire Messud , Bernard Johnson

book image In the Heart of the Heart of the Country: And Other Stories
Heart of the Heart of the Country
William H. Gass
Gass
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"This collection defines Gass not as a special but as a major voice … Gass engenders brand-new abrupt vulnerabilities. We read about the becalmed Midwest, about farmers mired in their dailiness, and realize too late that we’ve been exposed to a deadly poetry. It says that America is lost … No writer I’ve ever read, not even Joyce, can celebrate his world with a more piercing sadness."—Frederic Morton, The New York Times
Contributors: Joanna Scott

book image The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories
Woman Who Borrowed Memories
Tove Jansson
Jansson
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Tove Jansson's natural mode was the brief tale—whether in her comic strips or Moomin stories, or in her moving compilation of moments from family life on a remote island, The Summer Book. This first, career-spanning collection of her short stories returns to the settings of Jansson's familiar work and also delves deeper into themes of travel, artistic creation, and the conundrum of living among humans as flawed as oneself.
Contributors: Lauren Groff , Thomas Teal, Silvester Mazzarella

book image Journey by Moonlight
Journey by Moonlight
Antal Szerb
Szerb
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“A devastatingly intelligent novel of love, society and metaphysics in a mid-1930s Europe...As a study of erotic caprice, Journey by Moonlight is brilliant, but it is so much more than just a romp...This is a delightfully clever and enchanting novel, always entertaining and full of memorable aphorisms.”—Toby Lichtig, The Times Literary Supplement
Contributors: Julie Orringer , Len Rix

book image On the Abolition of All Political Parties
Abolition of All Political Parties
Simone Weil
Weil
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In this famous essay, now widely available for the first time in English translation, Weil challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order and proposes that politics can only begin where the party spirit comes to an end. The volume also includes a portrait of Weil by the Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and an essay about Weil’s friendship with Albert Camus by Simon Leys.
Contributors: Simon Leys , Czeslaw Milosz

book image You'll Enjoy It When You Get There: The Stories of Elizabeth Taylor
Stories
Elizabeth Taylor
Taylor
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An original selection of stories, many of which were first published in the New Yorker. “There is a deceptive smoothness in her tone … as in that of Evelyn Waugh … for in the work of both writers the funny and the appalling lie side by side in close amity.”—Kingsley Amis
Contributors: Margaret Drabble

book image The Captain's Daughter
Captain's Daughter
Alexander Pushkin
Pushkin
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At once a fairy tale and a thrilling historical novel of rebellion and romance, this singularly Russian work of the imagination is also a timeless, universal, and very winning story of how love and duty can summon pluck and luck to confront calamity. “The Captain’s Daughter is one of the stories in which Pushkin created Russian prose.... It is true poet’s prose, absolutely clear, objective, unpretentious and penetrating.”—Robert Conquest, The Spectator
Contributors: Robert Chandler , Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler

book image Conversations with Beethoven
Conversations with Beethoven
Sanford Friedman
Friedman
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Deaf but still able to converse, Beethoven "heard" those around him by means of conversation books in which friends and family jotted down communications. This daring novel, featuring a Dickensian cast, is a fictional reconstruction of these books. In it we see the aging composer struggling with his art, fighting illness, and perpetually worried about the fate of his wayward ward and nephew, Karl.
Contributors: Richard Howard

book image Totempole
Totempole
Sanford Friedman
Friedman
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Friedman's psychologically acute and empathetic masterpiece traces the coming-of-age—from two to twenty-four—of a boy growing up on the Lower East Side of New York. “Vivid and utterly convincing...The truth of Mr. Friedman’s book is not the truth of autobiography, but the truth-making that the best fiction is.”—James Dickey
Contributors: Peter Cameron

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

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