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book image Berlin Stories
Berlin Stories
Robert Walser
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Robert Walser lived in Berlin from 1905 to 1913. This newly translated collection brings together his alternately celebratory, droll, and satirical sketches of the bustling German capital, from its theaters, cabarets, painters’ galleries, and literary salons, to the metropolitan street, markets, the Tiergarten, rapid-service restaurants, and the electric tram.
Contributors: Jochen Greven , Susan Bernofsky

book image An Ermine In Czernopol
Ermine in Czernopol
Gregor von Rezzori
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The first of Rezzori’s three books based on memories of his Austro-Hungarian hometown, a “melting pot for dozens of ethnic groups, languages, creeds, temperaments, and customs.” While the story centers on the downfall of a once glamorous Hussar, it is really about childhood enchantment and the richness of a vanished world. “A flashing novel of ideas.” —Time
Contributors: Daniel Kehlmann , Philip Boehm

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Proud Beggars
Albert Cossery
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Cossery’s proud beggars—a former university professor, a hashish-dealing poet, and a would-be revolutionary office-clerk—live on the fringes of Cairo society, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Each is suspected in the death of a young prostitute, but the detective charged with getting to the truth of the crime finds that he is no match for this band of outsiders.
Contributors: Alyson Waters , Thomas W. Cushing

book image The Letter Killers Club
Letter Killers Club
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
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Set in Moscow in the 1920s, this strange tale centers on the doings of a secret society of "Letter Killers"—who meet in a room of empty shelves to enact stories, committing nothing to paper. Krzhizhanovsky is at his philosophical and fantastical best in this extended meditation on madness and silence, the word and the soul unbound.
Contributors: Caryl Emerson , Joanne Turnbull

book image The Adventures of Sindbad
Adventures of Sindbad
Gyula Krúdy
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Rogue, romantic, and seducer, Sindbad, Krúdy's most famous creation, returns in dreams to lovers he has left, lovers who have died. The women in turn tell their stories, creating a beautifully melancholy vision of the twilight of the Habsburg Empire. “[Krúdy’s] literary power and greatness are almost past comprehension...” —Sándor Márai
Contributors: George Szirtes

book image The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irène Némirovsky by Her Daughter
Élisabeth Gille
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Élisabeth Gille was five years old when her mother, Irène Némirovsky, (whose Suite Française would be a surprise best-seller six decades later) died in Auschwitz. The Mirador is a lookout from which Gille reconstructs the story of her mother’s life, from child of privilege in Kiev, to renowned novelist, to fugitive in rural France. “[Gille] sets out to live in her mother’s head.” —The Nation
Contributors: Marina Harss

book image Fatale
Jean-Patrick Manchette
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J.P. Manchette transformed the modern detective novel into a weapon of gleeful satire and anarchic fun. In Fatale, we watch with alternating horror and fascination as the deadly Aimée drifts into a sleepy provincial town, poised to make a killing.
Contributors: Jean Echenoz , Donald Nicholson-Smith

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Ice Trilogy
Vladimir Sorokin
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"Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?" Sorokin's Ice Trilogy, never before translated into English in its entirety, attempts to answer this biblical question, giving us an alternate history of the 20th century, in which a 1908 meteor passing by the Tunguska River in Siberia in fact gave rise to a race of superbeings, who will use any means necessary to reunite its 23,000 members.
Contributors: Jamey Gambrell

book image Fair Play
Fair Play
Tove Jansson
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The art of loving, creating, and living is examined in this group of quietly moving, "discreetly radical" episodes from the lives of two artists. This is the first US publication of Thomas Teal's prize-winning translation. "A book about love—tender, eccentric and fiercely independent. It feels a privilege to read it."—Esther Freud
Contributors: Ali Smith , Thomas Teal

book image A Posthumous Confession
Posthumous Confession
Marcellus Emants
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This story of the debilitating and ultimately murderous ramifications of self-disgust and self-despair looks backward to Dostoyevsky and forward to Simenon. “[The narrator], claiming to be unable to keep his dreadful secret, records his confession and leaves it behind as a monument to himself, thereby turning a worthless life into art.” —J.M. Coetzee, from the introduction
Contributors: J.M. Coetzee