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13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear

by Walter Moers

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


The Sarabande of Sara's Band

by Larysa Denysenko

The novel presents a number of small slices of life and is filled with lively repartee. There are many comic moments, and the novel is saturated with a great amount of word play and humor. It gives the reader...


How the Two Ivans Quarrelled

by Nikolai Gogol & John Cournos

"How dared you, in disregard of all decency, call me a goose?"

This lesser-known work is perhaps the perfect distillation of Nikolai Gogol’s genius: a tale simultaneously animated by a joyful, nearly slapstick...


The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg

by Mark Twain

"Why, you simple creatures, the weakest of all weak things is a virtue which has not been tested in the fire."

Written on hotel stationary while in Europe on the run from American creditors, soon after the death...


The Coxon Fund

by Henry James

The greater the windbag the greater the calamity.

Henry James examines one of his favorite topics—the artist’s place in society—by profiling a “genius” who just can’t seem to support himself. A dazzling...


Youth Without God

by Odon Von Horvath, R. Wills Thomas & Liesl Schillinger

Written in exile while in flight from the Nazis, this dark, bizarre evocation of everyday life under fascism is available for the first time in thirty years.

 

This last book by Ödön von Horváth, one of...


Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist

by Erich Kastner, Cyrus Brooks & Rodney Livingstone

Going to the Dogs is set in Berlin after the crash of 1929 and before the Nazi takeover, years of rising unemployment and financial collapse. The moralist in question is Jakob Fabian, “aged thirty-two, profession...


The Stories of J.F. Powers

by J.F. Powers & Denis Donoghue

Hailed by Frank O’Connor as one of “the greatest living storytellers,” J. F. Powers, who died in 1999, stands with Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, and Raymond Carver among the authors who have given...


Dead Souls

by Nikolai Gogol & Donald Rayfield

An NYRB Classics Original

 The first of the great Russian novels and one of the indisputable masterpieces of world literature, Dead Souls is the tale of Chichikov, an affably cunning con man who causes consternation...


Ravan and Eddie

by Kiran Nagarkar

Ravan and Eddie are the unlikeliest of companions. For one thing, Ravan is Hindu, while Eddie is Catholic. For another, when Ravan was a baby and fell from a balcony, that fall had a dramatic, and very literal,...


Envy

by Yuri Olesha, Marian Schwartz & Ken Kafuls

A New York Review Books Original

One of the delights of Russian literature, a tour de force that has been compared to the best of Nabokov and Bulgakov, Yuri Olesha’s novella Envy brings together cutting social...


Mawrdew Czgowchwz

by James Mccourt & Wayne Koestenbaum

Diva Mawrdew Czgowchwz (pronounced “Mardu Gorgeous”) bursts like the most brilliant of comets onto the international opera scene, only to confront the deadly malice and black magic of her rivals. Outrageous...


Corrigan

by Caroline Blackwood & Andrew Solomon

Corrigan is at once a mordant comedy of manners and a very modern morality play. Since her husband’s death, the increasingly frail Mrs. Blunt has had only her trips to his grave to look forward to. Her raucous...


The Unpossessed

by Tess Slesinger & Elizabeth Hardwick

Tess Slesinger’s 1934 novel, The Unpossessed details the ins and outs and ups and downs of left-wing New York intellectual life and features a cast of litterateurs, layabouts, lotharios, academic activists,...


Great Granny Webster

by Caroline Blackwood & Honor Moore

Great Granny Webster is Caroline Blackwood’s masterpiece. Heiress to the Guinness fortune, Blackwood was celebrated as a great beauty and dazzling raconteur long before she made her name as a strikingly original...


Rosie

by Alan Titchmarsh

'The voice on the other end of the phone was severe. "It's your grandmother."

"Yes?"

"She's been arrested." '

Nick Robertson has become used to his grandmother Rosie's dotty behaviour. At 86, a widow now, she is...


Kin

by Lesley Crewe

Traditions, created and subverted. Love, nurtured and destroyed. Friendships, marriages, and the wild beauty of Cape Breton Island. And above all, kin, in all its convoluted forms. In Lesley Crewe's sixth novel,...


Death in Brunswick: Text Classics

by Boyd Oxlade & Shane Maloney

Down on his luck and hard up for cash, Carl works in the kitchen of a seedy rock 'n' roll joint in ethnically diverse Brunswick. The bouncers and bosses terrify him, he's desperately in love with a much younger...


Insane City

by Dave Barry

Seth Weinstein always knew Tina was way, way, way out of his league. Which is why he's still astonished that he's on a plane heading for their wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse has already pulled an airport...


The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of Wilde's most famous plays. A farcical comedy set in Victorian London, rich in satire and witty dialogue, the play marked the climax of Wilde's career but also heralded...