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book image The True Deceiver
True Deceiver
Tove Jansson
Jansson
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A story of manipulation and deceit set in the depths of the Swedish winter, The True Deceiver is unlike anything else Tove Jansson wrote. "I loved this book. It's cool in both senses of the word, understated yet exciting, and with a tension that keeps you reading." —Ruth Rendell
Contributors: Ali Smith , Thomas Teal

book image The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands
Traveller's Tree
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Fermor
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Patrick Leigh Fermor's first book, “still the best piece of travel writing on the Caribbean,” (The Guardian) takes him to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, and Haiti, among other islands. There he breaks bread with people rich and poor, befriends artists, listens to steel-drum bands, and comes across the then little-known religion: Rastafarianism.
Contributors: Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

book image A Traveller in Time
Traveller in Time
Alison Uttley
Uttley
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Unbeknownst to her, Emily’s ancient ancestral home is a portal to the past. Transported to Elizabethan times, she is swept up in attempts to free the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots. Uttley is one of England’s most beloved storytellers for children. Here she mixes enchantment and intrigue with stunning descriptions of rural life.
Contributors: Phyllis Bray

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Transit
Anna Seghers
Seghers
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A young German concentration-camp escapee finds himself in Marseille with a cache of papers and travel documents belonging to another man—who just happens to be dead. “Anna Seghers in Transit has painted a grim and crowded picture of Marseille when it was still a port of possible escape for the fugitives of all Europe…[Transit’s] very air of confusion and blind groping is consonant with its theme.”—Christian Science Monitor
Contributors: Peter Conrad , Heinrich Böll , Margot Dembo

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Traitor
Stephen Daisley
Daisley
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In this singular portrayal of World War I, Stephen Daisley depicts one young New Zealander’s transformative path to betrayal and self-discovery when he befriends a Turkish doctor in an army hospital. Focusing on the infamous Battle of Gallipoli, Traitor presents a stark yet lovely portrait of how war changes and challenges men to the most savage extremes.

book image A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople:From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube
Time of Gifts
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Fermor
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At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come.
Contributors: Jan Morris

book image The Three Christs of Ypsilanti
Three Christs of Ypsilanti
Milton Rokeach
Rokeach
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In 1959 Milton Rokeach had a radical notion of how to treat three patients in his care—each of whom believed without a doubt that he was Jesus Christ—he would make them live together. In this novelistic case study, we see the three Christs argue, proclaim, and soliloquize about the nature of their divinity. “It represents, in an unpretentious but remarkably vivid way, what institutionalized madness is like.” —Steven Marcus, The New York Review of Books
Contributors: Rick Moody

book image The Wedding of Zein
The Wedding of Zein
Tayeb Salih
Salih
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Salih returns to the Sudanese village that was the setting of Season of Migration to the North to tell a variety of tales—including the title story, in which the miraculous betrothal of the town fool unites its residents in unforeseen ways. "A long ululation for life, a hymn of love." —Ali al-Rai
Contributors: Hisham Matar , Denys Johnson-Davies

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 The Black Spider
The Black Spider
Jeremias Gotthelf
Gotthelf
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In this unforgettably creepy story admired by the likes of Robert Walser and Thomas Mann, a bold peasant woman believes she has outwitted the devil until a horrible spider's egg develops on the site of the kiss he gives her to seal the deal. The Black Spider can be seen as a parable of evil in the heart or at large in society, or as a Lovecraftian vision of the cosmic horror that underpins all life on Earth.
Contributors: Susan Bernofsky