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  • The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf
    The Twelve Chairs (English, Paperback) Ilya Ilf, Evgeny Petrov

    Long recognised as a timeless comic masterpiece-it inspired a Mel Brooks film a half century after its publication-The Twelve Chairs appears now in a lively new translation by Anne O. Fisher. Fisher, the most gifted interpreter of Ilf and Petrov in the English language, balances fidelity to the text and the authors' characteristic, deeply resonant humour.

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  • Judgment by David Bergelson
    Judgment (English, Paperback) David Bergelson

    Never before available in English, Judgment is a work of startling power by David Bergelson, the most celebrated Yiddish prose writer of his era. Set in 1920 during the Russian Civil War, Judgment traces the death of the shtetl and the birth of the ""new, harsher world"" created by the 1917 Russian Revolution.

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  • The Tragedy of King Christophe by Aime Cesaire
    The Tragedy of King Christophe (English, Paperback) Aime Cesaire

    The Tragedy of King Christophe (1963, revised 1970) is recognized as the Martiniquan writer and activist Aime Cesaire's greatest play. Set in the period of upheaval in Haiti after the assassination of Jean-Jacques Dessalines in 1806, it follows the historical figure of Henri Christophe, a slave who rose to become a general in Toussaint Louverture's army. Christophe declared himself king in 1811 and ruled the northern part of Haiti until 1820.

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  • The Iphigenia Plays by Euripides
    The Iphigenia Plays (English, Paperback) Euripides

    At the heart of Iphigenia's enduring story are an ambitious, opportunistic, and indecisive leader and the daughter whose life he is willing to sacrifice. Poet Rachel Hadas offers a new generation of readers a graceful, clear, and powerful translation of Euripides's two spellbinding plays drawn from this legend: Iphigenia in Aulis and Iphigenia among the Taurians.

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  • Two Plays of Weimar Germany by Ferdinand Bruckner
    Two Plays of Weimar Germany (English, Paperback) Ferdinand Bruckner

    In the late 1920s, the first two plays attributed to Ferdinand Bruckner, Youth Is a Sickness and Criminals, were ""hot tickets"", but only gradually was the pseudonymous author identified. Bruckner continues to be an understudied figure, and this updated translation of two of his most well-known plays will be the definitive version for those interested in better understanding his legacy.

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  • My Sister Life and The Zhivago Poems by Boris Pasternak
    My Sister Life and The Zhivago Poems (English, Paperback) Boris Pasternak

    Boris Pasternak is best known in the West for his epic novel Doctor Zhivago, whereas in Russia he is most celebrated as a poet. The two poetry collections offered here in translation are chronological and thematic bookends, and they capture Pasternak's abiding and powerful vision of life: his sense of its beauty and terror, its precariousness for the individual, and its persistence in time?that vitality of being with which he is on familiar and familial terms.

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  • Regrowth by Der Nister
    Regrowth (English, Paperback) Der Nister

    "Yiddish edition originally published as Vidervuks in 1969."

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  • Russian Absurd by Daniil Kharms
    Russian Absurd (English, Paperback) Daniil Kharms

    A writer who defies categorization, Daniil Kharms has come to be regarded as an essential artist of the modernist avant-garde. This selection of prose and poetry provides the most comprehensive portrait of the writer in English translation to date, revealing the arc of his career and including a particularly generous selection of his later work.

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  • After Tomorrow the Days Disappear by Hasan Sijzi
    After Tomorrow the Days Disappear (English, Paperback) Hasan Sijzi

    Hasan Sijzi is considered the originator of the Indo-Persian ghazal, a poetic form that endures to this day. This collection reveals the geographical range of the literature while introducing an Indian voice that will find a place on readers' bookshelves alongside well-known Iranian names.

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  • Deliver Us by Luigi Meneghello
    Deliver Us (English, Paperback) Luigi Meneghello

    Originally published in 1963, and today considered a landmark in twentieth century Italian literature, Luigi Meneghello's Deliver Us is the memoir, not of an extraordinary childhood, but of the very ordinary one the author shared with most of his generation, when Italy was a rural country under the twin authorities of Church and Fascism.

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  • Letters on God and Letters to a Young Woman by Rainer Rilke
    Letters on God and Letters to a Young Woman (English, Paperback) Rainer Rilke

    "Letters on God originally published in German by Insel-Verlag under the title eUber Gott, (c)1933 by Insel-Verlag, Leipzig. Letters to a Young Woman originally published in German by Insel-Verlag under the title Briefe an eine junge Frau, (c)1930 by Insel-Verlag, Leipzig."--T.p. verso.

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  • Selected Poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky
    Selected Poems (English, Paperback) Vladimir Mayakovsky

    James McGavran's new translation of Vladimir Mayakovsky's poetry is the first to fully capture the Futurist and Soviet agitprop artist's voice. McGavran's translations reveal a nuanced poet who possessed a passion for word creation and linguistic manipulation.

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  • Mahabharata by David R. Slavitt
    Mahabharata (English, Paperback) David R. Slavitt

    Within its 200,000 verse lines in Sanskrit the Mahabharata takes on many roles: epic poem, foundational text of Hinduism, and, more broadly, the engaging story of a dynastic struggle and the passing of an age when man and gods intermingled. David R. Slavitt's sparkling new edition condenses the epic for the general reader.

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