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book image Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers
Moral Agents
Edward Mendelson
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One of contemporary America’s leading critics and scholars offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential twentieth-century American writers: Lionel Trilling, Dwight Macdonald, W.H. Auden, William Maxwell, Saul Bellow, Alfred Kazin, Norman Mailer, and Frank O’Hara.

book image The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars
Elephant Who Liked To Smash Small Cars
Jean Merrill
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What is your favorite thing to do in the whole world? Whatever it is, odds are that you don’t like doing it as much as the elephant who likes to smash small cars loves smashing cars. Jean Merrill’s story of gleeful destruction, revenge, and conciliation is accompanied by Ronni Solbert’s colorful crayon drawings. Rarely has property damage looked so adorable.
Contributors: Ronni Solbert

book image Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston
Go Figure! New Perspectives on Guston
Peter Benson Miller
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Go Figure!, a lavishly illustrated volume of essays about Philip Guston (1913-1980), considers the late work of Guston who was a friend and contemporary of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. This volume illustrates the enduring power of his work, particularly the fireworks generated by expressive contradictions embodied in his last paintings.
Contributors: Robert Storr

book image A Legacy
Sybille Bedford
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An unforgettable tale, set in Germany before the First World War, of two very different families—one Jewish, from Berlin's upper bourgeoisie, the other landed Catholic aristocracy—whose fortunes will be strangely, and sometimes fatally, entwined. “One of the very best novels I have ever read.” —Nancy Mitford
Contributors: Brenda Wineapple

book image Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories
Thus Were Their Faces
Silvina Ocampo
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Dark, gothic, fantastic, and grotesque, Ocampo’s stories stand alongside those of her collaborators and countrymen Borges, Cortázar, and Bioy Casares. “Few writers have an eye for the small horrors of everyday life; fewer still see the everyday marvelous. Other than Ocampo, I cannot think of a single writer who … has chronicled both with such wise and elegant humor.” —Alberto Manguel
Contributors: Helen Oyeyemi , Daniel Balderston , Jorge Luis Borges

book image The Door
Magda Szabó
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In a prizewinning translation by Len Rix, Magda Szabó’s unsettling and beautiful novel about friendship and tragedy marks Szabó as a major modern European author and formidable writer of female characters. “Clever, moving, frightening, [The Door] deserves to be a bestseller.” —The Telegraph
Contributors: Ali Smith , Len Rix

book image Silvina Ocampo
Silvina Ocampo
Silvina Ocampo
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Ocampo studied with de Chirico and collaborated with Borges and Bioy Casares. Her poems were celebrated in Argentina but, until now, have been nearly unavailable in English. This selection spans her full career—from early nature sonnets to a late metaphysical turn—and shows her to be adept at “captur[ing] the magic inside everyday rituals” (Italo Calvino).
Contributors: Jason Weiss

book image The Broken Road : From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos
The Broken Road
Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Now in paperback, 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.
Contributors: Colin Thubron, Artemis Cooper

book image Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Artemis Cooper
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Now in paperback, Artemis Cooper’s prize-winning biography draws from years of conversations with Patrick Leigh Fermor and his closest friends as well as Leigh Fermor’s own private papers, to which Cooper had unlimited access.

book image The Three Leaps of Wang Lun: A Chinese Novel
Three Leaps of Wang Lun
Alfred Döblin
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Alfred Döblin’s debut work of fiction, the first in western literature to depict Chinese history in great detail and considered by many the first modern German novel, is a dazzling expressionist epic about imperial court life, outcasts, martial arts, religion, and revolution. “I consider Döblin’s 1915 novel, The Three Leaps of Wang Lun, the best contemporary novel by far. It exhibits an entirely superior, most rare, talent. It is true art.” —Max Horkheimer
Contributors: C.D. Godwin