Fiction from Around the World
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Distant Star
Chris Andrews, Roberto Bolaño
A chilling novel about the nightmare of a corrupt and brutal dictatorship. The star of Roberto Bolaño's hair-raising novel Distant Star is Alberto Ruiz-Tagle, an air force pilot who exploits the 1973 coup to launch his own version of the New Chilean...
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Dreams of Dreams and the Last Three Days of Fernando Pessoa
Antonio Tabucchi
A City Lights / Italian Voices Book"Elaborately imagined...mini-catalog of great artists' dreams and the author's interpretation of the last three days in the life of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Tabucchi's rich language and his magical-realist...
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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 Elementary Particles
A Novel
Michel Houellebecq
An international literary phenomenon, The Elementary Particles is a frighteningly original novel—part Marguerite Duras and part Bret Easton Ellis—that leaps headlong into the malaise of contemporary existence. Bruno and Michel are half-brothers...
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Extinction
A Novel
Thomas Bernhard
The last work of fiction by one of the twentieth century's greatest artists, Extinction is widely considered Thomas Bernhard’s magnum opus.  Franz-Josef Murau—the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family—lives in Rome in...
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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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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 English (the two others published by City Lights), Manchette delivers a terse, immediate tale where Aimée deals the...
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Foreign Legion
Stories and Chronicles
Clarice Lispector
Republication of the late Brazilian writer's 1964 collection of short stories and essays: the fiction is on the whole piercing and inquisitive. Like much of Lispector's work, the 13 stories collected here are autobiographical, with the author...
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Frigid Tales
Pedro de Jesus
This beautiful and original collection of stories plays opportunely with realism and fiction to create a world divided into six tales that form an interlocked unity-forming a passionate novel that gives us a tour de force of alienation and erotic...
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Frost
A Novel
Thomas Bernhard
Thomas Bernhard combined a searing wit and an unwavering gaze into the human condition. His debut novel, Frost, marked the beginning of one of the century’s most provocative literary careers. Visceral, raw, singular, and unforgettable, Frost is...
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Ghosts
César Aira
The most unsettling and stunning of Aira's short novels published so far by New Directions. Ghosts is about a construction worker's family squatting on a building site. They all see large and handsome ghosts around their quarters, but the...
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The God of Small Things
A Novel
Arundhati Roy
Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of...
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The Gunman
A Novel
Jean-Patrick Manchette
Forget whatever you've read about the film. This is the darkest of dark noirs, in the tradition of Jim Thompson, and the last novel Manchette would publish before his early death. Every word Manchette wrote is worth your time, much as those of one of his predecessors in French minimalism, Georges Bernanos, is. —Recommended by Jeff, City Lights
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The Hakawati
Rabih Alameddine
Undertake The Hawakati with no bookmark, or with many. Local artist Rabih Alameddine has given us a book that deploys a deep and rarified appreciation of the storyteller's art to create the illusion of containing the entire world. His gateway is the eponymous hakawati, grandfather of the narrator, a bard who travels from Urfa to Lebanon...

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