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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 Alfred Ollivant's Bob, Son of Battle: The Last Gray Dog of Kenmuir
Alfred Ollivant's Bob, Son of Battle
Alfred Ollivant
Ollivant
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International Booker-Prize winner Lydia Davis reinterprets this classic adventure of Scottish sheepdogs and sheep, fathers and sons, and good and evil for the 21st century. “Probably the greatest dog story ever written, and one you will love as long as you live.”—Life
Contributors: Marguerite Kirmse , Lydia Davis

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 Loretta Mason Potts
Loretta Mason Potts
Mary Chase
Chase
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Imagine how shocked you would be, if like ten-year-old Colin Mason, you were the oldest (smartest, best) kid in a family of four, and then you found out that all the time you had a secret older sister. But this is only the first of many surprises that lie in store for Colin, as things get curiouser and curiouser very fast.
Contributors: Harold Berson

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