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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 Silvina Ocampo
Silvina Ocampo
Silvina Ocampo
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 The Road: Stories, Journalism, and Essays
Road
Vasily Grossman
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

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.

book image Proud Beggars
Proud Beggars
Albert Cossery
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

book image The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov
Prank
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov
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In 1880, the young Anton Chekhov set out to edit and publish what he considered his best work. The collection, which was to include illustrations by his brother Nikolay, was censored and never appeared as originally conceived—until now. The Prank is the first appearance of this collection in any language and includes two stories never before published in English as well as Nikolay’s drawings.
Contributors: Nikolay Chekhov , Maria Bloshteyn

book image A Posthumous Confession
Posthumous Confession
Marcellus Emants
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