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book image A View of the Harbour
View of the Harbour
Elizabeth 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 Use of Man
Use of Man
Aleksandar Tišma
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A powerful work that tracks the intertwined lives of a group of high-school classmates in Yugoslavia during WWII: Jew, Nazi, resistance fighter, and cold-blooded killer. "Its power is on a scale normally associated with our favorite (dead) authors.... The world will not look quite the same after you’ve read this book.
Toronto Star
Contributors: Claire Messud , Bernard Johnson

book image The Unknown Masterpiece
Unknown Masterpiece
Honoré de Balzac
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The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton's words, a "fable of modern art."
Contributors: Arthur C. Danto , Richard Howard

book image Tyrant Banderas
Tyrant Banderas
Ramón del Valle-Inclán
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The first great twentieth-century novel of dictatorship, and an inspiration to García Márquez and Roa Bastos, Tyrant Banderas is a dark and dazzling portrayal of a mythical Latin American Republic at last revolting against the ruthless monster that has ruled it for so long.
Contributors: Alberto Manguel , Peter Bush

book image Turtle Diary
Turtle Diary
Russell Hoban
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A man and a woman, each isolated, desperate and despairing—and utter strangers to the other—are simultaneously seized with the desire to liberate turtles from the London Zoo. Hoban confronts the dangers of modern life, its disconnect from nature and solipsistic atomization, with a dark eye and a generous spirit.
Contributors: Ed Park

book image Tun-huang
Yasushi Inoue
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A magical and vivid adventure story set among the bandits, scholars, and monks of the fabled Silk Road. All seems lost when Chao Hsing-te sleeps through the exams that are to launch his career. But then a beautiful woman hands him a scrap of paper, written in a mysterious language, and he follows her into the desert...
Contributors: Damion Searls , Jean Oda Moy

book image The True Deceiver
True Deceiver
Tove 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

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Benito Pérez Galdós
Perez Galdos
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Until now Pérez Galdós's tale of a beautiful and brilliant young woman's attempt to free herself from an imprisoning relationship to a womanizing older man has been recognized more as the inspiration for a Buñuel film of the same name than as a masterpiece in its own right. Margaret Jull Costa's new and fluid translation brings the Spanish realist's story to glorious life.
Contributors: Jeremy Treglown , Margaret Jull Costa

book image The Traveller's Tree: A Journey Through the Caribbean Islands
Traveller's Tree
Patrick Leigh 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
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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