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book image Transit
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 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

book image The Wedding of Zein
The Wedding of Zein
Tayeb Salih
Salih
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Salih returns to the Sudanese village that was the setting of Season of Migration to the North to tell a variety of tales—including the title story, in which the miraculous betrothal of the town fool unites its residents in unforeseen ways. "A long ululation for life, a hymn of love." —Ali al-Rai
Contributors: Hisham Matar , Denys Johnson-Davies

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Nature Stories
Jules Renard
Renard
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Whimsical and charming miniature portraits of subjects drawn from the natural world: dogs, cats, pigs, roses, snails, trees, birds, and others. Renard’s sketches are masterpieces of compression and description, capturing both appearance and behavior through details that make the familiar unfamiliar, yet surprisingly true to life.
Contributors: Pierre Bonnard , Douglas Parmée

book image The Doll
Doll
Bolesław Prus
Prus
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A 19th-century novel that takes in the sweep of three generations caught up in dreams of Polish revolution as well as the hopes, agonies, and yearnings of a panorama of characters. Prus's book shows the influence of his literary idols, Dickens and Twain. "Rich in episodic figures and observations of daily life in Warsaw, the novel demonstrates 19th-century realism at its best." —Czesław Miłosz
Contributors: Stanisław Barańczak , David Welsh

book image The Gray Notebook
Gray Notebook
Josep Pla
Pla
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This great work of 20th-century personal exploration and revelation was suppressed—as was all work written in the author's native Catalan—during the Franco regime. When it was finally published, its delightful depiction of youth culture and family life at the turn of the century, set in a just-flowering Barcelona and the unspoilt beach and countryside, was recognized as an instant classic. It is now available in English for the first time.
Contributors: Valenti Puig , Peter Bush

book image The Murderess
Murderess
Alexandros Papadiamantis
Papadiamantis
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To be born poor and female on the wretched Aegean island of Skiathos is a fate worse than death, or so old Hadoula has come to believe. In this beautiful and astonishing novella, the father of modern Greek fiction shows what happens when she takes matters—literally—into her own hands.
Contributors: Peter Levi

book image The Family Mashber
Family Mashber
Der Nister
Nister
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The story of three brothers—a businessman, a mystic, and a savant—that is a brilliantly innovative fusion of modernist art and traditional storytelling. "The restitution of this Yiddish masterwork—as life-saturated as the other great Russian novels—is an augmentation of world literature." —Cynthia Ozick
Contributors: David Malouf , Leonard Wolf

book image Amsterdam Stories
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

book image Ravan and Eddie
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.