Fiction from Around the World
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The Joke
Milan Kundera
All too often, this brilliant novel of thwarted love and revenge miscarried has been read for its political implications. Now, a quarter century after The Joke was first published and several years after the collapse of the Soviet-imposed Czechoslovak...
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Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
A Novel
Haruki Murakami
In a virtuoso performance, Murakami negotiates parallel narratives: one about a split-brain data processor who's caught in the middle of an information war and must avoid both Semiotecs and subterranean monsters; and the other about a dream...
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The Stranger
Albert Camus
Introduction by Peter Dunwoody; Translation by Matthew...
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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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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 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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The Fall
Albert Camus
Elegantly styled, Camus' profoundly disturbing novel of a Parisian lawyer's confessions is a searing study of modern...
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The Woman in the Dunes
Kobo Abe
If you've seen the 1964 Teshigahara film you've already experienced Abe's brilliance (he wrote the screenplay as well). If you haven't, read this first. The haunting story of a vacationing entomologist trapped in a sand-pit with an enigmatic woman...
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Dictionary of the Khazars
Milorad Pavic
A national bestseller, Dictionary of the Khazars was cited by The New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of the year. Written in two versions, male and female (both available in Vintage International), which are identical save for...
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The Stranger
Albert Camus
Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.
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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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