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  • Pietr the Latvian
    Pietr the Latvian (English, Paperback) Georges Simenon

    Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel's atmosphere could not assimilate. Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn't have a moustache and he didn't wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted.

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  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear?
    Is That a Fish in Your Ear? (English, Paperback) David Bellos

    How do we really make ourselves understood to other people? This book shows how, from puns to poetry, news bulletins to the Bible, Asterix to Swedish films, translation is at the heart of everything we do - and makes us who we are.

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  • Hope and Memory
    Hope and Memory (English, Paperback) Tzvetan Todorov

    Both a political history and a moral critique of the twentieth century, this is a personal and impassioned book from one of Europe's most outstanding intellectuals. Identifying totalitarianism as the major innovation of the twentieth century, Tzvetan Todorov examines the struggle between this system and democracy and its effects on human life and consciousness....

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  • Dear Reader
    Dear Reader (English, Paperback) Paul Fournel

    Old-school publisher meets e-reader: chaos ensues

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  • Chronicle in Stone
    Chronicle in Stone (Paperback) Ismail Kadare

    An early masterpiece from the inaugural winner of the International Man Booker Prize with an introduction by James Wood.

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  • The Pyramid
    The Pyramid (Paperback) Ismail Kadare

    When the new Egyptian Pharaoh decrees that he does not want a pyramid built in his honour his advisers are aghast. So the Pharaoh agrees to the construction of a pyramid colossal beyond imagining, an edifice that crushes dozens of people as each block is added and which inexorably drains the lifeblood from the country.

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  • The Novel of the Century
    The Novel of the Century (English, Hardback) Professor of French Studies David Bellos

    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice ...

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  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear?
    Is That a Fish in Your Ear? (English, Paperback) Professor of French Studies David Bellos

    An NBCC Award and Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist...

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  • Thoughts of Sorts
    Thoughts of Sorts (Hardback) Georges Perec

    Perec was a leading exponent of French literary surrealism who found humour - and pathos - in the human need for classification. Thoughts of Sorts is itself unclassifiable, a unique collection of philosophical riffs on his obsession with lists, puzzles, catalogues, and taxonomies. Introduced by Margaret Drabble.

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  • Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere
    Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere (English, Hardback) Georges Perec

    Puckish and playful, Georges Perec infused avant-garde and experimental fiction with a wit and wonder that belied the serious concerns and concepts that underpinned it. A prominent member of the OuLiPo, and an abiding influence on fiction writers today, Perec used formal constraints to dazzling effect in such works as A Void?a murder mystery that contains nary an ?e??andLife A User's Manual, in...

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  • The Novel of the Century
    The Novel of the Century (English, Paperback) Professor of French Studies David Bellos

    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice ...

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  • The Novel of the Century
    The Novel of the Century (English, CD-Audio) David Bellos

    The definitive biography of the world's most popular novel.

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  • The Novel of the Century
    The Novel of the Century (English, CD-Audio) David Bellos

    The definitive biography of the world's most popular novel.

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  • Pietr the Latvian
    Pietr the Latvian (English, CD-Audio) Georges Simenon

    The first audiobook which appeared in Georges Simenon's famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel's atmosphere could not assimilate. Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn't have a moustache and he didn't wear heavy boots. His clothes were well...

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  • The Flemish House
    The Flemish House (English, CD-Audio) Georges Simenon

    A new translation, by David Bellos, of this chilling novel, set on the Belgian border."She wasn't an ordinary supplicant. She didn't lower her eyes. There was nothing humble about her bearing. She spoke frankly, looking straight ahead, as if to claim what was rightfully hers. If you don't agree to look at our case, my parents and I will be lost, and it will be the most hateful legal...

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  • Cecile Is Dead
    Cecile Is Dead (English, CD-Audio) Georges Simenon

    A new translation of this moving novel about the destructive power of greed. Poor Cécile! And yet she was still young. Maigret had seen her papers: barely 28 years old. But it would be difficult to look more like an old maid, to move less gracefully, in spite of the care she took to be friendly and pleasant. Those black dresses that she must make for herself from bad paper patterns, that...

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  • Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere
    Portrait of a Man Known as Il Condottiere (English, Paperback) Georges Perec

    Portrait of a Man [Il Condottiere] dates from 1957-1960 and is the first novel Perec ever completed: it was rejected by Gallimard and Seuil back when Perec was ?nobody,? so it is ironic that Seuil has brought it out now. Back in 1960, Perec put it away, as he wrote to a friend: ?Will leave it where it is, for the moment at least. Will take it up again in ten years, and it will either become a masterwork or [I] will wait in my grave for a faithful exégète to find it in an old trunk.? The novel was subsequently found by David Bellos, and it is a thriller, combining art forgery and murder. The protagonist (Winkler) devotes months on end to making a fake for a client of the famous painting Il Condottiere by Renaissance artist Antonella da Messina, which is in the Louvre. As classic mysteries begin, this one starts with a murder on the first page: but it is Winkler who murders his client. The novel investigates the motive for the crime: one of its reasons will center on the forger's frustration over his inability to produce a work rivaling the original. The theme of forgery in painting crosses much of Perec's work. And the character Winckler also appears in Life: A User's Manual and in W, or the Remembrance of Childhood. Our version also includes a brief introduction by Bellos.

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  • Twilight of the Eastern Gods
    Twilight of the Eastern Gods (English, Hardback) Ismail Kadare

    1958. In a dorm room in Moscow, a young writer is woken by the sound of angry voices on the radio. Through the fog of a hangover he hears the news that a novel called Doctor Zhivago has earned its author the Nobel Prize. There is uproar. The author, Boris Pasternak, faces exile, the press hound him and demand that he refuse the award.

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  • The Journal of Helene Berr
    The Journal of Helene Berr (English, CD-Audio) Helene Berr

    Not since The Diary of Anne Frank has there been such a work as this: The joyful but ultimately heartbreaking journal of a young Jewish woman in occupied Paris, now being published for the first time, 63 years after her death in a Nazi concentration camp.On April 7, 1942, Hélène Berr, a 21-year-old Jewish student of English literature, started to keep a journal about her life in Paris—about her...

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  • The Journal of Helene Berr
    The Journal of Helene Berr (English, CD-Audio) Helene Berr

    Not since The Diary of Anne Frank has there been such a work as this: The joyful but ultimately heartbreaking journal of a young Jewish woman in occupied Paris, now being published for the first time, 63 years after her death in a Nazi concentration camp.On April 7, 1942, Hélène Berr, a 21-year-old Jewish student of English literature, started to keep a journal about her life in Paris—about her...

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