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book image On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry
On Being Blue
William H. Gass
Gass
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On Being Blue is a book about everything blue—sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things. It brings us the world in a word as only William H. Gass, among contemporary American writers, can do.
Contributors: Michael Gorra

book image The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
The Broken Road
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Fermor
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The long-awaited conclusion to Leigh Fermor's account of his youthful walk through pre-war Europe follows him through Bulgaria and Romania, ending in Greece. In it we can still hear the ringing voice of an irrepressible young man embarking on a life of adventure.

book image Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Waiting for
Daniel Mendelsohn
Mendelsohn
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Daniel Mendelsohn—hailed by The Economist as one of the finest critics writing in the English language today—brings together a selection of his recent critical essays.

book image The Dove Flyer
Dove Flyer
Eli Amir
Amir
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The Dove Flyer tells the story of the Jewish community in Baghdad and its last years before expulsion and resettlement in Israel in 1950. Amir’s novel beautifully portrays the birth and death of dreams in tumultuous times as Jews through Baghdad face the complete decimation of their storied legacy in Iraq.
Contributors: Hillel Halkin

book image The Interior Landscape: Classical Tamil Love Poems
Interior Landscape
A. K. Ramanujan
Ramanujan
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A classic collection of love poems from the Tamil selected and translated by the legendary poet and scholar, A.K. Ramanujan. The perfect gift for a lover or a loved one.

book image The Human Comedy: Selected Stories
Human Comedy
Honoré de Balzac
Balzac
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These vivid stories—of crime, sexuality, and artistic creation—demolish the idea that Balzac's best work is to be found in his long, elaborate novels. In these new translations we see Balzac drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling, and the results are fresh, startling and delightful.
Contributors: Peter Brooks , Linda Asher, Carol Cosman and Jordan Stump

book image Autobiography of a Corpse
Autobiography of a Corpse
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Krzhizhanovsky
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These eleven newly translated tales from a playful Soviet master of the unlikely and the uncanny ask you to take a second look at the cracks in everyday reality. “Krzhizhanovsky wanted to perform imaginary experiments with the nature of time and space.... It is a method for investigating how much unreality reality can bear.”—Adam Thirlwell
Contributors: Adam Thirlwell , Joanne Turnbull

book image The Skin
Skin
Curzio Malaparte
Malaparte
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This sequel of sorts to Malaparte’s disconcerting and beguiling Kaputt shares its predecessor’s uncanny vision of a world at war. Here Malaparte accompanies the American forces as they liberate Naples, Rome, Florence, and Milan. But as Malaparte shows, liberation brings with it its own set of horrors. “A skilled guide to the lowest depths of Europe’s inferno.”—TLS
Contributors: Rachel Kushner , David Moore

book image 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning
1941
Slavko Goldstein
Goldstein
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“This perfectly successful combination of childhood memoir and historical analysis has few peers in European writing about the Second World War. All who read it will find their knowledge of the continent extended by Goldsteins’s erudite depiction of Yugoslavia, and their consciences nourished by his humane understanding of the experience of atrocity.”—Timothy Snyder
Contributors: Charles Simic , Michael Gable

book image Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Artemis Cooper
Cooper
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Leigh Fermor was not only one of the masters of travel writing in English—his multi-volume memoir of his teen-aged trek across Europe is a classic of the genre—but his WWII exploits marked him as a genuine hero. In preparing this prize-winning biography, Artemis Cooper spent years in conversation with Leigh Fermor and his closest friends and enjoyed unlimited access to his papers.