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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

book image Traitor
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 Totempole
Totempole
Sanford Friedman
Friedman
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Friedman's psychologically acute and empathetic masterpiece traces the coming-of-age—from two to twenty-four—of a boy growing up on the Lower East Side of New York. “Vivid and utterly convincing...The truth of Mr. Friedman’s book is not the truth of autobiography, but the truth-making that the best fiction is.”—James Dickey
Contributors: Peter Cameron

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 Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War
Theater of Cruelty
Ian Buruma
Buruma
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Many of the filmmakers and artists Ian Buruma covers in his new collection, which focuses on the themes of war, film, and the visual arts, come from Germany and Japan and deal with World War II. What unifies the book is less the question of war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in life.

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