Fiction from Around the World
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Hebdomeros
With Monsieur Dudron's Adventure and Other Metaphysical Writings
Giorgio De Chirico
The artist Giorgio de Chirico’s novel Hebdomeros is astonishing dream-like book of situations and landscapes reminiscent of his paintings. In his introduction John Ashbery calls the book "the finest work of Surrealist fiction," noting that de Chirico...
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Dust on Her Tongue
Rodrigo Rey Rosa
Set in Guatemala, these spare and beautiful tales are linked by themes of magic, violence, and the fragility of existence. Paul Bowle's translation perfectly captures Rey Rosa's stories of the haunted lives of ordinary people in present-day Central...
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The Age of Reason
A Novel
Jean-Paul Sartre
The first novel of Sartre's monumental Roads to Freedom series, The Age of Reason is set in 1938 and tells of Mathieu, a French professor of philosophy who is obsessed with the idea of freedom. As the shadows of the Second World War draw closer --...
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Veils
Short Stories
Nahid Rachlin
The ten stories in Veils take place in present-day Iran or in the United States where Iranian immigrants face alien ways. Teheran's ancient Ghanat Abad Avenue, with its labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys, loosely links the stories into a single...
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The Street of Crocodiles
Bruno Schulz
Darkly comic vignettes of prewar Poland as seen through the prism of Schulz's imagination and beautiful lyricism. Schulz, who wouldn't survive the second World War, was deeply influenced by Kafka and all things fantastic, recreating the mundane...
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The Rebel
An Essay on Man in Revolt
Albert Camus
By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution. For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the "essential dimensions" of human nature, manifested in man's timeless Promethean struggle...
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The Plague
Albert Camus
The Nobel prize-winning Albert Camus, who died in 1960, could not have known how grimly current his existentialist novel of epidemic and death would remain. Set in Algeria, in northern Africa, The Plague is a powerful study of human life and its...
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The Myth of Sisyphus
And Other Essays
Albert Camus
"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest– whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether..
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Memoirs of a Woman Doctor
Nawal El Saadawi
Rebelling against the contraints of family and society, a young Egyptian woman decides to study medicine, becoming the only woman in a class of men. Her encounters with the other students- as well as the male and female corpses in the autopsy room...
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Clamor of Innocence
Stories from Central America
Barbara Paschke
These stories taken together are an eye on Central America, focusing on the real lives and enduring passions of today's men and women. Here are tales from the quiet villages, from the urban vortex, from the field of battle...
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Always Astonished
Selected Prose
Fernando Pessoa
"After looking for him in the poems, we search for him in the prose. The pursuit of the Other in Pessoa's work is never-ending," writes Edwin Honig. Essential to understanding the great Portuguese poet are the essays written about (and by) his...
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The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg
Suppressed in the Soviet Union for twenty-six years, Mikhail Bulgakov's masterpiece is an ironic parable of power and its corruption, good and evil, and human frailty and the strength of love.
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Heart of a Dog
Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov
This early novella from Mikhail Bulgakov, published in 1925, already shows the surreal comic genius that later produced The Master and Margarita, the writer's masterpiece. A kind of Frankenstein parable, Heart of a Dog is the story of a stray dog that...
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The House of the Dead
Fyodor Dostoevsky
In January, 1850, Dostoyevsky was sent to a remote Siberian prison camp for his part in a political conspiracy. The four years he spent there, startlingly re-created in The House of the Dead, were the most agonizing of his life. In this...

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