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  • Gaps by Bohumil Hrabal
    Gaps (English, Paperback) Bohumil Hrabal

    Gaps begins with Hrabal receiving the long anticipated advance copy of his first short story collection, Perlicka na dne (Pearl of the Deep). Hrabal's career as a successful writer starts here, and the novel details his rise on the domestic front, his relationship with influential Czech artists and writers, as well as the international recognition he gains from novels such as Closely Watched Trains.

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  • House of Day, House of Night by Olga Tokarczuk
    House of Day, House of Night (English, Paperback) Olga Tokarczuk

    Nowa Ruda is a small town in Silesia, an area that has been a part of Poland, Germany and the former Czechoslovakia in the past. When the narrator of this novel moves into the area, she discovers everyone - and everything - has its own story.

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  • Death and the Dervish (Writings from an Unbound Europe) by Mesa Selimovic
    Death and the Dervish (Writings from an Unbound Europe) (English, Paperback) Mesa Selimovic

    An acclaimed novel by Bosnian writer Mesa Selimovic. It recounts the story of Sheikh Nuruddin, a dervish residing in an Islamic monastery in Sarajevo in the eighteenth century during the Ottoman Turk hegemony over the Balkans. Hugely successful when published in the 1960s, Death and the Dervish is an enduring classic.

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  • Border State by Tonu Onnepalu
    Border State (English, Paperback) Tonu Onnepalu

    A novel of a life lived on the margins of Europe where East and West uneasily meet. At home in neither his native land nor his adopted country, the narrator writes from a fictional border state that transcends national boundaries.

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  • Fortress by Mesa Selimovic
    Fortress (English, Paperback) Mesa Selimovic

    The Fortress is one of the most significant and fascinating novels to come out of the former Yugoslavia. Ahmet Shabo returns home to eighteenth-century Sarajevo from the war in Russia, numbed by the death in battle or suicide of nearly his entire military unit. In time he overcomes the anguish of war, only to find that he has emerged a reflective and contemplative man in a society that does not value, and will not tolerate, the subversive implications of these qualities.

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  • Vita Nuova by Bohumil Hrabal
    Vita Nuova (English, Paperback) Bohumil Hrabal

    Showcases the author's bohemian intellectual life, and his relationship with Vladimir Boudnik.

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  • Sailing Against the Wind by Jaan Kross
    Sailing Against the Wind (English, Paperback) Jaan Kross

    Jaan Kross's historical novel Sailing Against the Wind fictionalizes the life of Bernhard Schmidt (1879-1935), an Estonian-born inventor. It is a meditation on national identity, the relationship between history and the individual life, and the mechanisms of the historical novel as a genre.

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  • All This Belongs to Me by Petra Hulova
    All This Belongs to Me (English, Paperback) Petra Hulova

    Chronicles the lives of three generations of women in a Mongolian family. Told from the point of view of a mother, three sisters, and the daughter of one of the sisters, this story of secrets and betrayals takes us from the daily rhythms of nomadic life on the steppe to the harsh realities of urban alcoholism and prostitution in the capital.

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  • Coming from an Off-Key Time by Bogdan Suceava
    Coming from an Off-Key Time (English, Paperback) Bogdan Suceava

    In his apocalyptic novel Coming from an Off-Key Time, Bogdan Suceava satirises events in his native Romania since the violent end of the Ceaucescu regime. Suceava uses three interrelated narratives to illustrate the destructive power of Romanian society's most powerful mythologies.

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  • And Other Stories by Georgi Gospodinov
    And Other Stories (English, Paperback) Georgi Gospodinov

    A collection of short stories, which includes a tongue-in-cheek crime/horror story or the Christmas story of a pig, a language game leading to an unexpected epiphany or an inward-looking tale built on the complexity of a puzzle box, and more.

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  • Tworki by Marek Bienczyk
    Tworki (English, Paperback) Marek Bienczyk

    In Tworki, a village just southwest of Warsaw, there is a psychiatric hospital and in that hospital, the patients and their caretakers are hidden from the war just outside their iron gates. Our hero, Jurek, answers an ad in the paper for a job there and finds himself keeping the books alongside a knock-out strawberry blonde named Sonia.

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  • A Land the Size of Binoculars by Slava I. Yastremski
    A Land the Size of Binoculars (English, Paperback) Igor Klekh

    This volume contains the five short pieces and novella that comprise Klekh's ""Galician Motifs"", plus two more recent novellas. Throughout, Klekh passes over landscapes as intimate as the terrain between fathers and sons and as broad as the wild and mysterious Carpathian Mountains.

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  • Ruta Tannenbaum by Miljenko Jergovic
    Ruta Tannenbaum (English, Paperback) Miljenko Jergovic

    "First published in Croatian in 2007. Copyright (c) by Miljenko Jergovic/Actes Sud"--T.p. verso.

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  • How to Quiet a Vampire by Bogdan Rakic
    How to Quiet a Vampire (English, Paperback) Borislav Pekic

    First published in 1977, this novel of ideas follows Konrad Rutkowski - professor of medieval history and former Gestapo officer - as he returns to the scene of his war crimes determined to renounce, or perhaps justify, his Nazi past.

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