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book image Jakob von Gunten
Jakob von Gunten
Robert Walser
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Largely self-taught and altogether indifferent to worldly success, the Swiss writer Robert Walser wrote a range of short stories and essays, as well as four novels, of which Jakob von Gunten is widely recognized as the finest.
Contributors: Christopher Middleton

book image Kaputt
Curzio Malaparte
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Reveals the horrors of war from within the heart of corruption.
Contributors: Dan Hofstadter , Cesare Foligno

book image The Late Mattia Pascal
Late Mattia Pascal
Luigi Pirandello
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Nobel Prize—winner Luigi Pirandello is at once the most teasing and profound of modern masters, a connoisseur of ironies and impossibilities, and The Late Mattia Pascal is undoubtedly his most polished performance as a writer of fiction.
Contributors: Charles Simic , William Weaver

book image Letters from Russia
Letters from Russia
Astolphe de Custine
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The Marquis de Custine's record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world's most fascinating and troubled countries.
Contributors: Anka Muhlstein

book image Letters: Summer 1926
Letters: Summer 1926
Boris Pasternak, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marina Tsvetayeva
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Letters: Summer 1926 takes the reader into the hearts and minds of three of the twentieth-century's greatest poets at a moment of maximum emotional and creative pressure.
Contributors: Jamey Gambrell , Margaret Wettlin, Walter Arndt, Jamey Gambrell

book image Life and Fate
Life and Fate
Vasily Grossman
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An epic tale of World War II that interweaves a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia.
Contributors: Robert Chandler

book image The Life of Henry Brulard
Life of Henry Brulard
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The Life of Henry Brulard is a vivid memoir that is also an extraordinary work of the imagination.
Contributors: Lydia Davis , John Sturrock

book image The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
Life of Lazarillo de Tormes
Juan Goytisolo
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The world's first picaresque novel and an inspiration for many writers, including Cervantes.
Contributors: W.S. Merwin

book image The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard
Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard
W.H. Auden
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Auden's inspired and incisive response to a thinker who had done much to shape his own beliefs is a fundamental reading of an author whose spirit remains as radical as ever more than 150 years after he wrote.

book image The Lord Chandos Letter and Other Writings
Lord Chandos Letter
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
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In Hugo von Hofmannsthal's celebrated autobiographical novella a young nobleman reveals to his patron Sir Francis Bacon his particularly modern crisis of spirit.
Contributors: John Banville