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book image The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov
Prank
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov
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In 1880, the young Anton Chekhov set out to edit and publish what he considered his best work. The collection, which was to include illustrations by his brother Nikolay, was censored and never appeared as originally conceived—until now. The Prank is the first appearance of this collection in any language and includes two stories never before published in English as well as Nikolay’s drawings.
Contributors: Nikolay Chekhov , Maria Bloshteyn

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Talk
Linda Rosenkrantz
Rosenkrantz
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Rosenkrantz's groundbreaking 1968 novel set over the course of the summer spent at the beach offers all the pleasure and startling insight of eavesdropping on the witty and raw conversation between the most intimate of friends. “The pattern of self-revelation is far from coarse: it is eloquent and convincing, with its insights suddenly stumbled upon, its slender bridges of nervous sympathy that join each private island to the threatening outside world.”—The Guardian
Contributors: Stephen Koch

book image The Little Town Where Time Stood Still
Little Town Where Time Stood Still
Bohumil Hrabal
Hrabal
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A tale at once moving and hilarious about a rural Czechoslovakia town on the brink of a new age. “Hrabal is a most sophisticated novelist, with a gusting humour and a hushed tenderness of detail.” —Julian Barnes
Contributors: Joshua Cohen , James Naughton

book image Naked Earth
Naked Earth
Eileen Chang
Chang
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Part love story, part political drama, Eileen Chang’s novel about war and its ravages in midcentury China is a stunning, tragic work. A young man and a young woman are sent to help peasants on a collective farm. Despite their troubled pasts, a romance blossoms. But spies abound, and their love is threatened—perhaps irrevocably. "Eileen Chang is the fallen angel of Chinese literature."—Ang Lee
Contributors: Perry Link

book image A View of the Harbour
View of the Harbour
Elizabeth Taylor
Taylor
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An unsparing look at a seedy seaside town and the sexual and emotional tensions that preoccupy its inhabitants. Beautifully observed, Taylor’s novel examines the lies and truths around which we build our lives. “Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Bowen—soul sisters all.” —Anne Tyler
Contributors: Roxana Robinson

book image The Prince of Minor Writers: The Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm
Prince of Minor Writers: Selected Essays of Max Beerbohm
Max Beerbohm
Beerbohm
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In his day, Max Beerbohm was recognized as an incomparable observer of modern life and an essayist whose voice was always and only his own. Today, as the editor of this volume, Phillip Lopate has remarked, “it becomes all the more necessary to ponder how Beerbohm performed the delicate operation of displaying so much personality without lapsing into sticky confession.” Among the topics addressed are the vogue for Russian writers, laughter and philosophy, dandies, and George Bernard Shaw.
Contributors: Phillip Lopate

book image Mio, My Son
Mio, My Son
Astrid Lindgren
Lindgren
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The enchanted and enchanting tale of Karl Anders Nilsson, a young foster child who yearns for a loving home and for his real parents, until he finds a genie in a bottle who, once released, brings Karl to his father, the King of Farawayland.
Contributors: Ilon Wikland , Jill Morgan

book image Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World of Books
Where I'm Reading From
Tim Parks
Parks
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This collection of thirty-seven interlocking essays ranges across more than four decades of reading to re-examine fundamental assumptions about literature today, from the status of the writer to the ability of fiction to change the world

book image The Death of Napoleon
Death of Napoleon
Simon Leys
Leys
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What if it was not Napoleon who had died on St. Helena in 1821—but a cunningly disguised double? “I am so glad to report that Simon Leys’s The Death of Napoleon has one hell of an idea—the absurdity of trying to retrieve time or glory—and is written with the grace of a poem.” —Edna O’Brien, The Sunday Times
Contributors: Simon Leys, Patricia Clancy

book image Ending Up
Ending Up
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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“I finished Kingsley Amis’s Ending Up with…a conviction, confirmed in work after work, that he is one of the few living novelists totally incapable of boring me. Ending Up is a sardonic little masterpiece which, with incredible economy and stylistic restraint, shows what old age is really like, and also—far, far better than any other writer I know—what contemporary England is like.” —Anthony Burgess
Contributors: Craig Brown

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