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book image The Black Spider
The Black Spider
Jeremias 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

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Summer Book
Tove 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
Dezso Kosztolányi
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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 Silvina Ocampo
Silvina Ocampo
Silvina Ocampo
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Ocampo studied with de Chirico and collaborated with Borges and Bioy Casares. Her poems were celebrated in Argentina but, until now, have been nearly unavailable in English. This selection spans her full career—from early nature sonnets to a late metaphysical turn—and shows her to be adept at “captur[ing] the magic inside everyday rituals” (Italo Calvino).
Contributors: Jason Weiss

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

book image A School for Fools
School for Fools
Sasha Sokolov
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Once praised by Vladimir Nabokov as “an enchanting, tragic, and touching work,” Sasha Sokolov’s A School for Fools is a dreamlike novel of art, memory, and madness, now available in a new translation from Alexander Boguslawski.
Contributors: Alexander Boguslawski

book image The Road: Stories, Journalism, and Essays
Vasily Grossman
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Grossman’s Life and Fate has been called the War and Peace of WWII, and his war reporting considered among the most important from the field. The Road brings together Grossman’s best untranslated fiction and nonfiction, including “The Hell of Treblinka,” one of the very first journalistic dispatches from inside a concentration camp.
Contributors: Robert Chandler , Elizabeth Chandler, Robert Chandler, Olga Mukovnikova

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Ravan and Eddie
Kiran 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.

book image Proud Beggars
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 Professor and the Siren
Professor and the Siren
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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In the last two years of his life, the Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote not only the celebrated novel The Leopard, but also composed three shorter pieces of fiction that show him to be a late-blooming master of the written word. “Lampedusa has made me realize how many ways there are of being alive.”—E. M. Forster
Contributors: Marina Warner , Stephen Twilley