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During the Reign of the Queen of Persia

Joan Chase, introduction by Meghan O’Rourke

Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Prize for First Fiction by an American author

Joan Chase’s subtle story of three generations of women negotiating lifetimes of “joy and ruin” deserves its place alongside such achievements as Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women.

The Queen of Persia is not an exotic figure but a fierce Ohio farmwife who presides over a household of daughters and granddaughters. The novel tells their stories through the eyes of the youngest members of the family, four cousins who spend summers on the farm, for them both a life-giving Eden and the source of terrible discoveries about desire and loss. The girls bicker and scrap, they whisper secrets at bedtime, and above all, they ...

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Shakespeare's Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, A Selection

Michel de Montaigne, edited and with an introduction by Stephen Greenblatt, edited, modernized, and annotated by Peter Platt, translated from the French by John Florio
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.

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The Gray Notebook

Josep Pla, introduction by Valenti Puig, new translation from the Catalan by Peter Bush
This great work of 20th-century personal exploration and revelation was suppressed—as was all work written in the author’s native Catalan—during the Franco regime. When it was finally published, its delightful depiction of youth culture and family life at the turn of the century, set in a just-flowering Barcelona and the unspoilt beach and countryside, was recognized as an instant classic. It is now available in English for the first time.

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The Black Spider

Jeremias Gotthelf, a new translation from the German by Susan Bernofsky
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.

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Autobiography of a Corpse

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, introduction by Adam Thirlwell, a new translation from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull
These eleven newly translated tales from a playful Soviet master of the unlikely and the uncanny ask you to take a second look at the cracks in everyday reality. “Krzhizhanovsky wanted to perform imaginary experiments with the nature of time and space…. It is a method for investigating how much unreality reality can bear.”—Adam Thirlwell

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