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  • A Useless Man
    A Useless Man (English, Paperback) Sait Faik Abasiyanik

    Sait Faik Abasiyanik wrote 12 books of short stories, two novels and a book of poetry. Many stories are loosely autobiographical and deal with his frustration with social convention, the relentless pace of westernisation, and the slow but steady ethnic cleansing of his city. His fluid surfaces might seem to be in keeping with restrictions that the architects of the new Republic placed on language...

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  • Something Will Happen, You'll See
    Something Will Happen, You'll See (English, Paperback) Christos Ikonomou

    In the urban sprawl between Athens and Piraeus, the narratives of these stories roam restlessly through the impoverished working-class quarters located off the tourist routes. It's 2011 and the now well-documented Greek economic crisis of 2014 is well underway. Everyone is dreaming of escape: to the mountains, to an island or a palatial estate, into a Hans Christian Andersen story world. What are...

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  • The First Wife
    The First Wife (English, Paperback) Paulina Chiziane

    In this, a ground-breaking publication in the canon of non-Western women's literary history, Paulina Chiziani - the first woman from Mozambique ever to publish a novel - lifts the lid on her country's values and its hypocracies. After 20 years of marriage, Rami discovers that her husband has been living a double - or rather, a quintuple - life. After Tony is forced to marry the four other women -...

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  • Wolf Hunt
    Wolf Hunt (English, Paperback) Ivailo Pretov

    Published in 1986, three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wolf Hunt was the first novel to portray the human cost of Communist policies on Bulgarian villagers, forced by the government to abandon their land and traditional way of life. Darkly comic and tragic, the novel centers on an ill-fated winter hunting expedition of six neighbors whose history together is long and interwoven. The...

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  • Moving Parts
    Moving Parts (English, Paperback) Magdalena Tulli

    A feckless, comical narrator struggles against all odds to tell a story for which he is responsible, but which he neither controls nor understands. His characters multiply, repeat, and go astray; his employer pays no attention, asleep in a drunken stupor. The increasingly desperate narrator clambers over rooftops and through underground passages, watching helplessly as his characters reappear in...

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  • You Can't Be Too Careful!
    You Can't Be Too Careful! (English, Hardback) Roger Mello

    The White Rose is guarded closely by the gardener, who once caught a cold walking barefoot trying to find his shoes, which had been hidden by a cat, which was a gift from his younger brother, who was married to Dalva, who had inherited the cat from her uncle, who died of a broken heart awaiting a love letter that never arrived... Eventually, we see how one tiny action can have marvelous...

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  • Nest In The Bones
    Nest In The Bones (English, Paperback) Antonio Di Benedetto

    Philosophically engaged and darkly moving, the twenty stories in Nest in the Bones span three decades from Antonio di Benedetto's wildly various career. From his youth in Argentina to his exile in Spain after enduring imprisonment and torture under the military dictatorship during the so-called "dirty war" to his return in the 1980s, Benedetto's kinetic stories move effortlessly between genres,...

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  • Incest
    Incest (English, Paperback) Christine Angot

    A daring novel that made Christine Angot one of the most controversial figures in contemporary France recounts the narrator's incestuous relationship with her father. Tess Lewis's forceful translation brings into English this audacious novel of taboo....

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  • Questions Asked
    Questions Asked (English, Hardback) Jostein Gaarder, Akin Duezakin

    A picture book with fundamental philosophical questions, posed in a way only Jostein Gaarder is capable of. The illustrator has made an independent visual narrative that underscores the existential aspect of Jostein Gaarder's philosophical questions. Questions Asked shows confidence in a child's capacity to think deeply and read between the lines. The book follows a little boy traveling alone in...

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  • Job
    Job (English, Paperback) Joseph Roth

    A beautiful re-imagining of the Book of Job. One man's faith is tested, lost, and restored. A gem.

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  • Sarajevo Marlboro
    Sarajevo Marlboro (English, Paperback) Miljenko Jergovic

    These slices of life of war-ridden Sarajevo are full of humanity--they stretch the spirit.

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  • My Struggle, Book One
    My Struggle, Book One (English, Hardback) Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Almost ten years have passed since Karl Ove Knausgaard's father drank himself to death. Vulnerable and assailed by doubts, he is now embarking on a new novel. With an uncanny eye for detail, Knausgaard breaks down his own life story to its elementary particles, reliving memories, reopening wounds, and examining with candor the turbulence and the epiphanies that emerge from his own experience of...

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  • Mafeking Road
    Mafeking Road (English, Paperback) Herman Charles Bosman

    The Faulkner of South Africa: Transcendent glimpses into the human condition, of dreams and heartbreak, told with homespun wisdom.

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  • Wheel With A Single Spoke
    Wheel With A Single Spoke (English, Paperback) Nichita Stanescu

    A selection of the best known poems by the Nobel nominated, Herder Prize-winning poet.

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  • My Struggle: Book Two
    My Struggle: Book Two (English, Hardback) Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Book Two of the celebrated My Struggle series: the story of the author falling in love with his wife.

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  • Wayward Heroes
    Wayward Heroes (English, Paperback) Halldor Laxness

    Published in 1952, Wayward Heroes is part of the body of works for which Laxness was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1955. It is a masterfully written tragicomedy about the oath-brothers Thorgeir and Thormod, inspired by the old Icelandic sagas Saga of the Sworn Brothers and Saga of Saint Olaf. The brothers fight for glory, raid for treasure, and seduce women against the backdrop of a new cult of...

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  • The Exploded View
    The Exploded View (English, Paperback) Ivan Vladislavic

    The Exploded View, from the masterful South African novelist Ivan Vladislavic, tells the story of four lives intertwined through the sprawling infrastructure on the margins of Johhanesburg: a stastician taking the national census, an engineer out on the town with city officials, an artist interested in genocide, and a contractor who puts up billboards on construction sites. Arcing across distance...

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  • Harlequin's Millions
    Harlequin's Millions (English, Paperback) Bohumil Hrabal

    A poignant, very funny novel full of unforgettable characters who reminisce about their changing country.

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  • The Birds (English, Paperback) Tarjei Vesaas

    Set in the Norwegian countryside over the course of one summer, The Birds tells the story of forty-year-old Mattis, who has mental disabilities and lives in a small house near a lake with his sister Hege, who ekes out a modest living knitting sweaters. From time to time Hege encourages her brother to find work to ease their financial burdens, but Mattis's attempts to work at the surrounding farms...

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  • My Struggle, Book Three
    My Struggle, Book Three (English, Hardback) Karl Ove Knausgaard

    A family of four--mother, father and two boys--move to the South Coast of Norway to a new house on a newly developed site. It is the early 1970s and the family's trajectory, upwardly mobile: the future seems limitless. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which...

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