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book image The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories
Woman Who Borrowed Memories
Tove Jansson
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 Use of Man
Use of Man
Aleksandar Tišma
Tisma
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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 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

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