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Traitor

David Monroe is a young New Zealander who, during World War I, finds himself in the heat of battle in Gallipoli, standing beside a Turkish doctor named Mahmoud who directs David to save a wounded soldier. The next instant, a shell bursts over them and David and Mahmoud are both sent to an army hospital on Lemnos. As their wounds heal, a deep and enduring bond grows between them and Mahmoud begins to teach David some of the truths of Sufi mysticism. Their bond is strong enough for David to want to betray his country for his friend, which nearly gets him executed. The savage punishment that follows will break and then remake him and ultimately allow David to find deep compassion within himself.

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The Dove Flyer

Eli Amir, translated from the Hebrew by Hillel Halkin
The Dove Flyer tells the story of the Jewish community in Baghdad and its last years before expulsion and resettlement in Israel in 1950. Amir’s novel beautifully portrays the birth and death of dreams in tumultuous times as Jews through Baghdad face the complete decimation of their storied legacy in Iraq.

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Arzee the Dwarf

In this delightful debut novel, Arzee, a cinema projectionist with ‘a small frame but a big imagination,’ guides readers through the diverse and chaotic streets of Bombay, a terrain Choudhury depicts with a freshness, energy, and humor that vividly brings his hero’s inner and outer worlds to life.

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1948

Yoram Kaniuk, translated from the Hebrew by Anthony Berris
A haunting, astute, utterly original novel about the Israeli War of Independence, drawn from Yoram Kaniuk’s experience as a 17-year-old solider and filtered through six decades of memory.

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Ravan and Eddie

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.

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