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book image Nothing More to Lose
Najwan Darwish
Najwan Darwish
Darwish
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Hailed across the Arab world and beyond as a singular expression of the Palestinian struggle, Darwish’s poetry walks the razor’s edge between despair and resistance, between dark humor and harsh reality. "While his poetry is at times political, it embodies a universal message, reminiscent of the great mystical poets like Rumi."—Poetry International
Contributors: Kareem James Abu-Zeid

book image The Gray Notebook
Gray Notebook
Josep Pla
Pla
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“Josep Pla was a great noticer of things and places; his gaze was alert and dry; he wrote in a style which registered both the smallest detail and the large picture. His relationship to Catalan identity and Spanish history was complex, often ambiguous. His relationship, however, to the scene in front of him, or the days in which he lived, remains fascinating for its clarity, its sharpness, its originality and its wit. On display in his work is a glittering and sparkling sensibility.”—Colm Tóibín
Contributors: Valenti Puig , Peter Bush

book image Love Sonnets and Elegies
Love Sonnets and Elegies
Louise Labé
Labe
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Now hailed as the French Renaissance's answer to Sappho, Labé was little known until Rilke's celebrated translations of her poems appeared in 1918. "Light-years ahead of her time, Louise Labé jumped the gender divide, charted her own amorous destiny, wrote dazzling poetry, and became ‘one of the most celebrated women of her time.’”—Betsy Proileau
Contributors: Richard Sieburth , Karin Lessing

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