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book image Chinese Rhyme-Prose
Chinese Rhyme-Prose
Lucas Klein
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Burton Watson’s monumental compilation of fu—or, rhyme-prose poetry—is considered one of the most important anthologies of Chinese literature available in English and, until now, has been out of print for decades. The poems, full of abandoned cities, mountainscapes, owls and goddesses, are rendered here in Watson’s masterful English translation for a new generation of readers to enjoy.
Contributors: Burton Watson

book image The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons
Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons
Liu Hsieh
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The first comprehensive work of literary criticism in Chinese, The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons was written some 1,500 years ago by critic Liu Hsieh whose encyclopedic knowledge of Chinese literature is organized here according to the I Ching. A dazzling, elegant compendium of literary concepts both alien and familiar, Hsieh’s book is indispensable for anyone interested in Chinese literature or in the art of writing itself.
Contributors: Vincent Yu-chung Shih

book image Midnight in the Century
Midnight in the Century
Victor Serge
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A searching novel about a group of revolutionaries—true believers in a cause that no longer exists—living in unlikely exile among Russian Orthodox Old Believers, also suffering for their faith. "Like Koestler in ‘Darkness at Noon,’ Serge seems to be saying that man, the particular, is more important than mankind, the abstraction."—John Leonard, The New York Times
Contributors: Richard Greeman

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 Cat Town
Cat Town
Sakutarō 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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