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No Country: A Novel

by Kalyan Ray

Spanning two centuries and three continents, from famine-stricken Ireland to colonial India to modern-day upstate New York, No Country is a riveting, enchanting melting pot of a story about history, family,...


I'll Be Right There

by Kyung-Sook Shin

How friendship, European literature, and a charismatic professor defy war, oppression, and the absurd

 

Set in 1980s South Korea amid the tremors of political revolution, I’ll Be Right There follows Jung...


The Man with the Compound Eyes

by Wu Ming-Yi

When a tsunami sends a massive island made entirely of trash crashing into the Taiwanese coast, two very different people—an outcast from a mythical island and a woman on the verge of suicide—are united...


The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver

by Chan Koonchung & Nicky Harman

SEX, LIES, AND ROCKY ROADS …

Life is simple for Champa. He has a good job as a chauffeur in his hometown of Lhasa, and if his Chinese boss Plum is a little domineering, well, he can understand that – she’s...


Call to Arms

by Lu Xun

Call to Arms is a collection of revolutionary Chinese writer Lu Xun’s most famous and most important short stories. Featuring “A Madman’s Diary,” a scathing attack of traditional Confucian civilization...


Family Life: A Novel

Folio Prize 2015

by Akhil Sharma

“Gorgeously tender at its core . . . beautiful, heartstopping. . . . Family Life really blazes.”—Sonali Deraniyagala, New York Times Book Review, front-page review Hailed as a "supreme storyteller" (Philadelphia...


Bombay Stories

by Saadat Hasan Manto

A collection of classic, yet shockingly contemporary, short stories set in the vibrant world of mid-century Bombay, from one of India’s greatest writers.

Arriving in 1930s Bombay, Saadat Hasan Manto discovered...


Decoded

by Mai Jia, Olivia Milburn & Christopher Payne

One of China's bestselling novels, an unusual literary thriller that takes us deep into the world of code breaking

In his gripping debut novel, Mai Jia reveals the mysterious world of Unit 701, a top-secret Chinese...


Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China

by Yu Hua & Allan H. Barr

From the acclaimed author of Brothers and To Live: thirteen audacious stories that resonate with the beauty, grittiness, and exquisite irony of everyday life in China.

 

Yu Hua’s narrative gifts, populist voice,...


The Guest Cat

by Takashi Hiraide & Eric Selland

A wonderful sui generis novel about a visiting cat who brings joy into a couple’s life in Tokyo

A bestseller in France and winner of Japan’s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed...


The Treasure of Kafur

by Aroon Raman

'The fate of an empire trembles in the balance ...'

Hindustan, 1580 AD. The Mughal Emperor Akbar is at the height of his power, seemingly invincible. But twenty years of war have earned him many enemies, and...


The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel

by Sun-mi Hwang, Nomoco & Chi-Young Kim

A Korean Charlotte's Web

More than 2 million copies sold

 

This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command, only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future...


Schoolgirl

by Osamu DAZAI

The novella that first propelled Dazai into the literary elite of post-war Japan. Essentially the start of Dazai's career, Schoolgirl gained notoriety for its ironic and inventive use of language. Now it illuminates...


A Calamitous Chinese Killing

Inspector Singh Investigates #6

by Shamini Flint

Inspector Singh is on a mission to China, against his better judgment. The son of a bigwig at the Singapore Embassy has been bludgeoned to death in a back alley in Beijing. The Chinese security insist that he...


My Days

by R. K. Narayan

"I am inclined to call this the last chapter, but how can an autobiography have a final chapter? At best, it can only be a penultimate one; nor can it be given a rounded-off conclusion, as is possible in a work...


Five Star Billionaire: A Novel

by Tash Aw

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND BOOKPAGE

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

An expansive,...


Enigma of China

Inspector Chen #8

by Qiu Xiaolong

Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is in an unusual situation-a poet by training and inclination, he was assigned by the party to the Police Department after he graduated college, where...


The Dark Road: A Novel

by Ma Jian & Flora Drew

From one of world literature’s most courageous voices, a novel about the human cost of China’s one-child policy through the lens of one rural family on the run from its reach

Far away from the Chinese economic...


Evil and the Mask

by Fuminori Nakamura

The second book by prize-winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation, a follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed The Thief─another fantastically creepy, electric literary...


The Accidental Apprentice

by Vikas Swarup

From the author of the book behind the blockbuster movie Slumdog Millionaire, a brilliant novel about life changing in an instant.

In life you never get what you deserve: you get what you negotiate…

What would...