Fiction from Around the World
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The Elephant Vanishes
Stories
Haruki Murakami
With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined...
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The Emigrants
A Novel
W. G. Sebald
Published to enormous critical acclaim in the US and sold out immediately in its first hardcover edition, The Emigrants has been acclaimed as "one of the best novels to appear since World War II" (Review of Contemporary Fiction) and three times chosen...
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Every Man Dies Alone
Hans Fallada
This never-before-translated masterpiece—by a heroic best-selling writer who saw his life crumble when he wouldn’t join the Nazi Party—is based on a true story. It presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the...
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Exile and the Kingdom
Albert Camus
From a variety of masterfully rendered perspectives, these six stories depict people at painful odds with the world around them. A wife can only surrender to a desert night by betraying her husband. An artist struggles to honor his own aspirations as...
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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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Ficciones
Jorge Luis Borges
The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the gargantuan powers of imagination, intelligence, and style of one of the greatest writers of this or any other century. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant...
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The Fish Can Sing
Halldor Laxness
The Fish Can Sing is one of Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness's most beloved novels, a poignant coming-of-age tale marked with his peculiar blend of light irony and dark humor. The orphan Alfgrimur has spent an idyllic childhood sheltered in the...
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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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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 Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
A Novel
Peter Handke
If one were not to immerse oneself in the early films of Wim Wenders, this is possibly the best representation of 1970s German Existentialism in print. Michel Houellebecq may possibly not exist if it weren't for Handke. —Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books
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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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Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience...

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