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book image The Use of Man
Use of Man
Aleksandar Tišma
Tisma
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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 Cat Town
Cat Town
Sakutarō Hagiwara
Hagiwara
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"Sakutarō Hagiwara is the ultimate modern Japanese poet. He first perfected the use of the colloquial language as a medium for modern poetic expression. Using that language, he reveals a sensibility that can be tough, neurotic, ironic, touching, and profound, sometimes all in the same poem. Always rhythmic and occasionally obscure, poem after poem can represent a scintillating verbal and spiritual adventure, particularly in the lucid and elegant translations created by Hiroaki Sato."—J. Thomas Rimer
Contributors: Hiroaki Sato

book image The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories
Woman Who Borrowed Memories
Tove Jansson
Jansson
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Tove Jansson's natural mode was the brief tale—whether in her comic strips or Moomin stories, or in her moving compilation of moments from family life on a remote island, The Summer Book. This first, career-spanning collection of her short stories returns to the settings of Jansson's familiar work and also delves deeper into themes of travel, artistic creation, and the conundrum of living among humans as flawed as oneself.
Contributors: Lauren Groff , Thomas Teal, Silvester Mazzarella

book image The Captain's Daughter
Captain's Daughter
Alexander Pushkin
Pushkin
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At once a fairy tale and a thrilling historical novel of rebellion and romance, this singularly Russian work of the imagination is also a timeless, universal, and very winning story of how love and duty can summon pluck and luck to confront calamity. “The Captain’s Daughter is one of the stories in which Pushkin created Russian prose.... It is true poet’s prose, absolutely clear, objective, unpretentious and penetrating.”—Robert Conquest, The Spectator
Contributors: Robert Chandler , Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler

book image Conversations with Beethoven
Conversations with Beethoven
Sanford Friedman
Friedman
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Deaf but still able to converse, Beethoven "heard" those around him by means of conversation books in which friends and family jotted down communications. This daring novel, featuring a Dickensian cast, is a fictional reconstruction of these books. In it we see the aging composer struggling with his art, fighting illness, and perpetually worried about the fate of his wayward ward and nephew, Karl.
Contributors: Richard Howard

book image Alfred Ollivant's Bob, Son of Battle: The Last Gray Dog of Kenmuir
Alfred Ollivant's Bob, Son of Battle
Alfred Ollivant
Ollivant
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International Booker-Prize winner Lydia Davis reinterprets this classic adventure of Scottish sheepdogs and sheep, fathers and sons, and good and evil for the 21st century. “Probably the greatest dog story ever written, and one you will love as long as you live.”—Life
Contributors: Marguerite Kirmse , Lydia Davis

book image The Mad and the Bad
Mad and the Bad
Jean-Patrick Manchette
Manchette
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The "French Raymond Chandler" is back with this story of an assassination gone wrong and a manic, murderous cross-country road trip. “For Manchette … the crime novel is no mere entertainment, but a means to strip bare the failures of society, ripping through veils of appearance, deceit, and manipulation to the greed and violence that are the society's true engines.”—James Sallis, The Boston Globe
Contributors: James Sallis , Donald Nicholson-Smith

book image Agostino
Agostino
Alberto Moravia
Moravia
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Alberto Moravia’s classic, startling portrait of innocence lost was written in 1942 but rejected by Fascist censors and not published until 1944, when it became a best seller and secured the author the first literary prize of his career.
Contributors: Michael F. Moore

book image The Professor and the Siren
Professor and the Siren
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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In the last two years of his life, the Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote not only the celebrated novel The Leopard, but also composed three shorter pieces of fiction that show him to be a late-blooming master of the written word. “Lampedusa has made me realize how many ways there are of being alive.”—E. M. Forster
Contributors: Marina Warner , Stephen Twilley

book image Fortunes of War: The Levant Trilogy
Fortunes of War: The Levant Trilogy
Olivia Manning
Manning
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This sequel to Manning's Balkan Trilogy follows British nationals Guy and Harriet Pringle as they flee east from the German army's advance and settle in Egypt. Once again Manning introduces the reader to an unforgettable cast of characters—swindlers, actors, soldiers, and diplomats—and brings to life WWII as it was lived in a grippingly specific place and time.
Contributors: Anthony Sattin

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