Fiction from Around the World
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Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age
Bohumil Hrabal
Rake, drunkard, aesthete, gossip, raconteur extraordinaire: the narrator of Bohumil Hrabal's rambling, rambunctious masterpiece Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age is all these and more. Speaking to a group of sunbathing women who remind him of...
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The Perpetual Motion Machine
The Story of an Invention
Paul Scheerbart
In the last days of 1907, the German novelist and exponent of glass architecture Paul Scheerbart embarked upon an attempt to invent a perpetual motion machine. For the next two and a half years he would document his ongoing efforts (and failures) from...
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Fatale
Jean-Patrick Manchette
Aimée Joubert, the central character in Fatale, is a matter-of-fact businesswoman killer. In only his third novel translated into Englisg (the two others published by City Lights), Manchette delivers a terse, immediate tale where Aimée deals the...
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The Solitude of Prime Numbers
A Novel
Paolo Giordano
"Mesmerizing...an exquisite rendering of what one might call feels at the subatomic level." -The New York Times A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are...
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The Leg of Lamb
His Life and Works
Benjamin Péret
A foundational classic of Surrealist literature, The Leg of Lamb brings together the arch-Surrealist Benjamin Peret's short prose: a smorgasbord of automatic writing and fantastical narratives employing everything from the cinematic antics of Buster...
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Kornel Esti
Deszö Kosztolányi
A great masterpiece never before available in English, Kornél Esti is the wild final book by a Hungarian genius.Crazy, funny and gorgeously dark, Kornél Esti sets into rollicking action a series of adventures about a man and his wicked dopplegänger...
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The Scale of Maps
Belén Gopegui
A novel and its protagonist create one another, in a tale strung between the work of Cervantes and Nabokov.
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Journeys
Stefan Zweig
For the insatiably curious Zweig, travel was both a necessary cultural education and a personal balm for the depression he experienced when rooted in one place for too long. He spent much of his life weaving between the countries of Central Europe...
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The Museum of Innocence
Orhan Pamuk
It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal and Sibel, children of two prominent families, are about to become engaged. But when Kemal encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation, he becomes enthralled. And once they violate the...
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The Education of a British-Protected Child
Essays
Chinua Achebe
From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart comes a new collection of autobiographical essays—his first new book in more than twenty years. Chinua Achebe's characteristically eloquent and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen...
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An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris
Georges Perec
One overcast weekend in October 1974, Georges Perec set out in quest of the "infraordinary": the humdrum, the non-event, the everyday--"what happens," as he put it, "when nothing happens." His choice of locale was Place Saint-Sulpice, where, ensconced...
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Mirrors
Stories of Almost Everyone
Eduardo Galeano
With Mirrors, the fabulist-historian Eduardo Galeano has produced a people's mythology of humanity. Teeming with indictments, hagiographies and impassioned reminders, this chronicle in anecdotes reveals the myriad reflections cast by every human face...
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Skylark
Deszö Kosztolányi
A little miracle of a novel, so full of humor and charm, yet so unsolvably sad. It's hard to express the pleasure I got from this book's wondrous empathy, gentle eccentricity, and pungent evocation of provincial Hungary. —Recommended by Matt, City Lights
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Los detectives salvajes (Spanish Edition)
Roberto Bolaño
"Una obra maestra". —The New Yorker   Arturo Belano y Ulises Lima, dos quijotes modernos, salen tras las huellas de Cesárea Tinajero, la misteriosa escritora desaparecida en México en los años posteriores a la revolución. Esa búsqueda —el viaje y sus...

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