Fiction from Around the World
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Kolyma Stories
Translated by Don Rayfield
Varlam Shalamov
Daunting in size, yes, but these stories are short, and read like brutal Russian parables. But they aren't. They're based on his 17 years of suffering under the abysmal conditions of the gulag—THIS BOOK IS ICE COLD! -- Recommended by Jared
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The Story of the Lost Child
The Fourth and Final Neapolitan Novel
Elena Ferrante
"Nothing quite like this has ever been published before," proclaimed The Guardian newspaper about the Neapolitan Novels in 2014. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, the third book in the series, was an international best seller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
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All That Is Evident Is Suspect
Readings from the Oulipo, 1963 - 2018
Daniel Levin Becker, Ian Monk
The first collection in English to offer a life-size picture of the famous Oulipo in its historical and contemporary incarnations, and the first in any language to represent all of its members (numbering 41 as of April 2018 ).
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The Hole
José Revueltas
The Hole tells in visceral and terrifying detail the frantic moments leading up to a desperate scheme by 3 inmates to smuggle drugs into Mexico's infamous Lecumberre Prison. An ominous parable about post-revolutionary Mexico’s institutions and their intent on the individual, and a classic of modern Mexican literature. - Recommended by Josiah
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Killing Commendatore
Haruki Murakami
The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84, a tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art, as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby. Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.
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Poso Wells
Gabriela Alemán
Celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's first work to appear in English: a noir, feminist eco-thriller in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance!
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The Book of Disquiet
The Complete Edition
Fernando Pessoa
In the late hours of night, for days on end, I wasted myself reading this book—I too had grown tired of the tedium in my daily routine, and for a while, this peculiar book was enough. The complete edition is the one to have! —Recommended by Jared
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I Am The Brother of XX
Stories
Fleur Jaeggy
Prose so sharp it slices molecules; observe the intricate geometry inside.—Recommended by Cassie, Ivy & Vanessa
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The End
Fernanda Torres
Bitter and bracing as a shot of Fernet.—Recommended by Vanessa
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The Nakano Thrift Shop
Hiromi Kawakami
This Japanese novel features three of my favorite things: loveable eccentrics, thrift shopping, and copious descriptions of food. Full of wry humor and unexpected details. —Recommended by Erin
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The King in the Golden Mask
Marcel Schwob
First published in French in 1892 and never before translated fully into English, The King in the Golden Mask gathers 21 of Marcel Schwob's cruelest and most erudite tales. Melding the fantastic with historical fiction, these stories describe moments of unexplained violence both historical and imaginary, often blending the two through Schwob’s...
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Kintu
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
First published in Kenya in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, Kintu is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. Divided into six sections, the novel begins in 1750, when Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance...—Recommended by Paul
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Such Small Hands
Andrés Barba
A brilliant little fright!—Recommended by Cassie & Paul
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Motherland Hotel
Yusuf Atılgan
Camus meets Orhan Pamuk, via Freud, in this existentialist novel by the father of Turkish modernism.

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