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book image The Unknown Masterpiece
Unknown Masterpiece
Honoré de Balzac
Balzac
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The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton's words, a "fable of modern art."
Contributors: Arthur C. Danto , Richard Howard

book image Tyrant Banderas
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

book image Tun-huang
Tun-huang
Yasushi Inoue
Inoue
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A magical and vivid adventure story set among the bandits, scholars, and monks of the fabled Silk Road. All seems lost when Chao Hsing-te sleeps through the exams that are to launch his career. But then a beautiful woman hands him a scrap of paper, written in a mysterious language, and he follows her into the desert...
Contributors: Damion Searls , Jean Oda Moy

book image The True Deceiver
True Deceiver
Tove Jansson
Jansson
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A story of manipulation and deceit set in the depths of the Swedish winter, The True Deceiver is unlike anything else Tove Jansson wrote. "I loved this book. It's cool in both senses of the word, understated yet exciting, and with a tension that keeps you reading." —Ruth Rendell
Contributors: Ali Smith , Thomas Teal

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 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

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 The Summer Book
Summer Book
Tove Jansson
Jansson
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A grandmother and her granddaughter live out a summer of play, talk, love, and exploration on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland (also the setting for some of the author's Moomintroll tales). "A marvelous, beautiful, wise novel, which is also very funny." —Philip Pullman
Contributors: Kathryn Davis , Thomas Teal

book image Skylark
Skylark
Dezso Kosztolányi
Kosztolanyi
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"This short, perfect novel seems to encapsulate all the world’s pain in a soap bubble. Its surface is as smooth as a fable, its setting and characters are unremarkable, its tone is blithe, and its effect is shattering." —Deborah Eisenberg, The New York Review of Books
Contributors: Péter Esterházy , Richard Aczel

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

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