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book image Shakespeare's Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, A Selection
Shakespeare's Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne
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There is no better to way to encounter Montaigne's searching, eloquent essays than as William Shakespeare did, in lyrical translation by his contemporary John Florio. Here noted Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt accompanies the texts with a learned and engaging essay, tracking Montaignian themes in such works as King Lear and The Tempest and setting his work in elegant context.
Contributors: Stephen Greenblatt , Peter Platt , John Florio

book image The Human Comedy: Selected Stories
Human Comedy
Honoré de Balzac
Balzac
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These vivid stories—of crime, sexuality, and artistic creation—demolish the idea that Balzac's best work is to be found in his long, elaborate novels. In these new translations we see Balzac drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling, and the results are fresh, startling and delightful.
Contributors: Peter Brooks , Linda Asher, Carol Cosman and Jordan Stump

book image Autobiography of a Corpse
Autobiography of a Corpse
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Krzhizhanovsky
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These eleven newly translated tales from a playful Soviet master of the unlikely and the uncanny ask you to take a second look at the cracks in everyday reality. “Krzhizhanovsky wanted to perform imaginary experiments with the nature of time and space.... It is a method for investigating how much unreality reality can bear.”—Adam Thirlwell
Contributors: Adam Thirlwell , Joanne Turnbull

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

book image One Fat Englishman
One Fat Englishman
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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Amis sent Roger Micheldene, the titular hero of One Fat Englishman to America (he is a visiting professor at Budweiser College) as a fictional emissary, avenging the wrongs done to the Old World by the vulgar, consumerist New. But the joke is on Roger, obese, bumbling, and outsmarted at every turn by unobliging housewives, clever novelists, and even neighborhood deer. “Very funny…splendidly slapstick…and serious too.”—TLS
Contributors: David Lodge

book image Girl, 20
Girl 20
Kingsley Amis
Amis
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Sir Roy Vandervane (a Leonard Bernstein-esque, but very British, conductor) has been known to indulge in dalliances with younger women, but in the highborn hippie Sylvia, he might have met his match. In Girl, 20, famous curmudgeon and wit Kingsley Amis deals a double-punch to radical chic and Flower Power. “Sir Roy is a first-class character, possibly Amis’s best.”—Anatole Broyard
Contributors: Howard Jacobson

book image The Bridge of Beyond
Bridge of Beyond
Simone Schwarz-Bart
Schwarz-Bart
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A multi-generational tale of love and madness, mothers and daughters, folkloric wisdom and the grim legacy of slavery, set on the French Antillean island of Guadeloupe. “There’s magic, madness, glory, tenderness, above all abundant hope.”—Financial Times
Contributors: Jamaica Kincaid , Barbara 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 Alexander Vvedensky: An Invitation for Me to Think
An Invitation for Me to Think: Selected Poems of Vvedensky
Alexander Vvedensky
Vvedensky
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Vvedensky was co-founder with Daniil Kharms of one of the most obscure, yet fascinating, playful, and revolutionary Russian avant-garde literary movements, dubbed OBERIU. His avowed task was "the poetic critique of reason" and he claimed "time, death, and God" as the themes of his freewheeling poems.
Contributors: Eugene Ostashevsky , Matvei Yankelevich

book image An Armenian Sketchbook
Armenian Sketchbook
Vasily Grossman
Grossman
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Vasily Grossman wrote not only one of the great Russian novels of the 20th-century (Life and Fate), but also vivid reportage, moving essays, and brilliant travel journals. This account of two months he spent in Armenia in the mid-60s is the most intimate of his works. Suppressed during his life, it is here available in English for the first time.
Contributors: Robert Chandler , Yury Bit-Yunan , Elizabeth Chandler