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book image Monsieur Proust
Monsieur Proust
Céleste Albaret
Albaret
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This lovely book is as close as we can come to meeting Proust in person.
Contributors: André Aciman , Barbara Bray

book image Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby
Black Sun
Geoffrey Wolff
Wolff
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Black Sun is master biographer Geoffrey Wolff's picture of a brilliant and self-destructive man who sought to make his life into a work of art.

book image Peking Story: The Last Days of Old China
Peking Story
David Kidd
Kidd
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"Kidd's pieces are simple, graceful, comic, mournful miniatures of an ominous catastrophe, the unprecedently swift death of a uniquely ancient civilization." —John Updike

book image Twenty Days with Julian & Little Bunny by Papa
Twenty Days
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthrone
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This true-life story by a great American writer emerges from obscurity to shine a delightful light upon family life—then and now.
Contributors: Paul Auster

book image Shelley: The Pursuit
Shelley
Richard Holmes
Holmes
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Here we have the real Shelley at last—radical agitator, atheist, and apostle of free love, as well as a brilliant and uncompromising poetic innovator.

book image Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship
Walter Benjamin
Gershom Scholem
Scholem
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Gershom Scholem was a precocious teenager when he became Walter Benjamin's close friend. His account of that relationship is at once a tribute to his friend's genius and a lament for his personal and, as Scholem sees it, intellectual self-destructiveness.
Contributors: Lee Siegel , Harry Zohn

book image Prisoner of Love
Prisoner of Love
Jean Genet
Genet
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Genet's final masterpiece, written and rewritten on his deathbed, is a lyrical and philosophical voyage to the bloody intersection of oppression, terror, and desire at the heart of the contemporary world.
Contributors: Ahdaf Soueif , Barbara Bray

book image Letters from Russia
Letters from Russia
Astolphe de Custine
Custine
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The Marquis de Custine's record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world's most fascinating and troubled countries.
Contributors: Anka Muhlstein

book image Miserable Miracle
Miserable Miracle
Henri Michaux
Michaux
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In Miserable Miracle, the great French poet and artist Henri Michaux, a confirmed teetotaler, tells of his life-transforming first encounters with a powerful hallucinogenic drug.
Contributors: Octavio Paz , Louise Varèse

book image An African in Greenland
African in Greenland
Tete-Michel Kpomassie
Kpomassie
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"Kpomassie is indisputably a man of extraordinary charm; he is also sharp and perceptive and honest?unencumbered by a sense of obligation to his hosts that might have prevented him from telling us what they are really like."— Katherine Bouton, The Nation
Contributors: Al Alvarez , James Kirkup