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book image On the Edge
On the Edge
Markus Werner
Werner
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A gripping psychological thriller, the story of two men, one woman, and many questions: about truth, about reality, about identity.
Contributors: Robert E. Goodwin

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Basti
Intizar Husain
Husain
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Basti exlores the divided consciousness of Pakistan, a country born of division and suffering from it to this day. Set during the chaos of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, the novel centers on the meetings and partings and memories and desires of a group of young men who seek to comprehend their country's disastrous situation. A masterpiece of modern Urdu fiction, Basti fuses modernist montage with stories from Muslim, Hindu, Persian, and Buddhist traditions in a poignant lament for the fallen historical world.
Contributors: Asif Farrukhi , Frances W. Pritchett

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Ravan and Eddie
Kiran Nagarkar
Nagarkar
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A delightful comic romp through the misadventures of two boys, Ravan (Hindu) and Eddie (Catholic), whose lives are entwined by chance and circumstance in a sprawling and crowded Mumbai tenement building.

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1948
Yoram Kaniuk
Kaniuk
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A haunting, astute, utterly original novel about the Israeli War of Independence, drawn from Yoram Kaniuk’s experience as a 17-year-old solider and filtered through six decades of memory.
Contributors: Anthony Berris

book image Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist
Going to the Dogs
Erich Kästner
Kästner
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Berlin, 1929: There's little hope, but plenty of amusement to be had if you know where to look. Jakob Fabian, 32, “at present an advertising copywriter," isn't one to mope; he and his friends prowl the city's cabarets, exchanging barbs and looking for girls. "Graceful, vivid and distinguished … a little masterpiece of pathos and calamity.”—Michael Sadleir
Contributors: Rodney Livingstone , Cyrus Brooks

book image Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir
Beirut, I Love You
Zena el Khalil
Khalil
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The story of Zena, a young artist who has fallen under the spell of a city that both attracts and repels her and threatens to engulf her in war, grief, and love affairs.

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Tyrant Banderas
Ramón del Valle-Inclán
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The first great twentieth-century novel of dictatorship, and an inspiration to García Márquez and Roa Bastos, Tyrant Banderas is a dark and dazzling portrayal of a mythical Latin American Republic at last revolting against the ruthless monster that has ruled it for so long.
Contributors: Alberto Manguel , Peter Bush

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Dead Souls
Nikolai Gogol
Gogol
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This tale of an affably cunning con who establishes a thriving trade in “dead souls”—serfs who though no longer alive can still, he finds, be profitably bought and sold—is also a brilliant spoof of a corrupt society, full of the living dead. This new translation captures Gogol’s linguistic invention and the anarchic fun of his writing.
Contributors: Donald Rayfield

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Confusion
Stefan Zweig
Zweig
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Confusion is one of [Zweig’s] finest and most exemplary works…a perfect reminder of, or introduction to, Zweig’s economy and subtlety as a writer.” —Robert Macfarlane, The Times Literary Supplement
Contributors: George Prochnik , Anthea Bell

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Amsterdam Stories
Nescio
Nescio
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The first English-language translation of a writer whose growing reputation and cult readership have marked him as a figure in world literature. Nescio’s stories are inhabited by wastrels and charmers, the young and the no-longer-young, the bourgeois and the bohemian. He is a great stylist, capturing the mercantile city of Amsterdam and its bucolic surrounding countryside with equal vitality.
Contributors: Joseph O'Neill , Damion Searls