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  • The Journals of John Cheever
    The Journals of John Cheever (English, Paperback) John Cheever

    An abridged edition of John Cheever's journals, which he began in the late 1940s and continued for more than three decades, provides a revealing study of the author, his personal life, his literary art, and his emotional life.

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  • Extinction
    Extinction (English, Paperback) Professor 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....

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  • The Myth of Sisyphus
    The Myth of Sisyphus (English, Paperback) Albert Camus

    Essays deal with nihilism and the problem of suicide

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  • Pale Fire
    Pale Fire (English, Paperback) Vladimir Nabokov

    In Pale Fire Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.

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  • Selected Poems
    Selected Poems (English, Paperback) W. H. Auden

    This significantly expanded edition of W. H. Auden's Selected Poems adds twenty poems to the hundred in the original edition, broadening its focus to better reflect the enormous wealth of form, rhetoric, tone, and content in Auden's work. Newly included are such favorites as ?Funeral Blues? and other works that represent Auden's lighter, comic side, giving a fuller picture of the range of his...

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  • Doctor Zhivago
    Doctor Zhivago (English, Paperback) Boris Pasternak

    First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and...

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  • In Cold Blood
    In Cold Blood (English, Paperback) Truman Capote

    National Bestseller ...

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  • Norwegian Wood
    Norwegian Wood (English, Paperback) Haruki Murakami

    First American Publication...

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  • The Cross of Redemption
    The Cross of Redemption (English, Paperback) James Baldwin

    A treasury of essays, articles and reviews by the late author of Giovanni's Room includes pieces that explore such topics as religious fundamentalism, Russian literature and the possibility of an African-American president.

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  • The Collected Poems
    The Collected Poems (English, Paperback) Wallace Stevens

    The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens is the definitive collection from the man Harold Bloom has called ?the best and most representative American poet.?...

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  • The Remains of the Day
    The Remains of the Day (English, Paperback) Kazuo Ishiguro

    An English butler reflects--sometimes bitterly, sometimes humorously--on his service to a lord between the two world wars and discovers doubts about his master's character and about the ultimate value of his own service to humanity

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  • Nocturnes
    Nocturnes (English, Paperback) Kazuo Ishiguro

    Five interconnected stories in which music is an intrinsic theme follow the struggles of a once-popular singer desperate for a comeback, a songwriter who is unwittingly involved in a failing marriage, and a jazz musician who wrongly believes that plastic surgery will secure his career.

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  • Never Let Me Go
    Never Let Me Go (English, Paperback) Kazuo Ishiguro

    A reunion with two childhood friends draws Kathy and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the English countryside, and a confrontation with the truth about their childhoods.

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  • Once Were Warriors
    Once Were Warriors (English, Paperback) Alan Duff

    This hard-hitting novel is frank and uncompromising in its portrayal of Maori urban New Zealand society, a world of frustration, resentment, and waste. Duff is fearless in his depiction of a part of his own society that he knows well. He tells a raw, powerful story in which everyone is a victim until the strength and vision of one woman transcends brutality and leads the way to a new alternative.

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  • The Ruined Map
    The Ruined Map (English, Paperback) Kobo Abe

    Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. WithThe Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky....

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  • Out of Africa ; and, Shadows on the Grass
    Out of Africa ; and, Shadows on the Grass (English, Paperback) Isak Dinesen

    In describing her experiences managing a coffee plantation in Kenya, the author provides insights into the nature of African life

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  • Giovanni's Room
    Giovanni's Room (English, Paperback) James Baldwin

    Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

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  • The Loser
    The Loser (English, Paperback) Professor Thomas Bernhard

    Thomas Bernhard was one of the most original writers of the twentieth century. His formal innovation ranks with Beckett and Kafka, his outrageously cantankerous voice recalls Dostoevsky, but his gift for lacerating, lyrical, provocative prose is incomparably his own.One of Bernhard's most acclaimed novels, The Loser centers on a fictional relationship between piano virtuoso Glenn Gould and two of...

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  • The Grass Harp
    The Grass Harp (English, Paperback) Truman Capote

    The protagonists of these nine short stories learn to accept the harsh loneliness of life

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  • Wittgenstein's Nephew
    Wittgenstein's Nephew (English, Paperback) Professor Thomas Bernhard

    It is 1967. In separate wings of a Viennese hospital, two men lie bedridden. The narrator, named Thomas Bernhard, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, nephew of the celebrated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, is suffering from one of his periodic bouts of madness. As their once-casual friendship quickens, these two eccentric men begin to discover in each other a possible antidote to...

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