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A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder

Inspector Singh Investigates #1

by Shamini Flint

Meet Inspector Singh: a fat, slightly bumbling, but truly lovable detective sure to charm readers of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Inspector Singh is in a bad mood. He’s been sent from his home in Singapore...


Rart Eikkatheit's three worlds

by Win Lyovarin

Soldier, pimp or artist? 

What is Rart’s real nature? 

Is history repeating itself?

By the most inventive and versatile of Thai short story writers, 

a tale of social upheavals and human ambiguities 

that...


Ilustrado

Man Asian Literary Prize 2008

by Miguel Syjuco

Garnering international prizes and acclaim before its publication, Ilustrado has been called “brilliantly conceived and stylishly executed . . .It is also ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and...


The Mao Case

Inspector Chen #6

by Qiu Xiaolong

Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is the head of the Special Case group and is often put in charge of those cases that are considered politically "sensitive" since, as a rising party...


Six Suspects

by Vikas Swarup

There’s a caste system--even in murder

 

From the author of the international bestseller Slumdog Millionaire comes a richly-textured tale of murder, corruption, and opportunity.

 

Seven years ago, Vivek “Vicky”...


Beijing Coma

by Ma Jian & Flora Drew

Dai Wei has been unconscious for almost a decade. A medical student and a pro-democracy protestor in Tiananmen Square in June 1989, he was struck by a soldier’s bullet and fell into a deep coma. As soon as...


Hotel Iris

by Yoko Ogawa

A tale of twisted love from Yoko Ogawa—author of The Diving Pool and The Housekeeper and the Professor. In a crumbling seaside hotel on the coast of Japan, quiet seventeen-year-old Mari works the front desk...


Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

by Yasutaka Tsutsui

An irresistible mix of imagination, satire, and humor, these stories by acclaimed Japanese author Yasutaka Tsutsui imagine the consequences of a world where the fantastic and the mundane collide.

 

The opening...


Red Earth and Pouring Rain: A Novel

Commonwealth Best First Book Prize 1996

by Vikram Chandra

Combining Indian myths, epic history, and the story of three college kids in search of America, a narrative includes the monkey's story of an Indian poet and warrior and an American road novel of college students...


Cobra

by WANIT JARUNKIT-ANAN

 A man, a woman (or two) and ... a snake.

The national bestseller of 1987.


Fireproof

by Raj Kamal Jha

Fireproof ventures where reportage cannot go, granting even those who have perished a voice’ Observer

February 2002. A helpless nation watches as the city of Ahmedabad in India is rocked by religious violence....


Sea of Poppies

by Amitav Ghosh

At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean; its purpose, to fight China’s vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the crew,...


One Hundred and One Ways

by Mako Yoshikawa

"I have spent most of my life in New Jersey, but the blood of a geisha courses through me yet."

If Kiki Takehashi's life is dramatically different from that of her reserved Japanese-American mother, it is light-years...


The Mistress of Spices: A Novel

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress...


Arranged Marriage: Stories

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Although Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that is quickly making her one of the brightest rising stars in the changing...


Sister of My Heart: A Novel

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

From the award-winning author of Mistress of Spices, the bestselling novel about the extraordinary bond between two women, and the family secrets and romantic jealousies that threaten to tear them apart.

Anju...


Behind the picture

by Seeboorapha

A 1930s Thai romance with a Japanese setting

and a political message

by one of the best stylists of Siam


Between the Assassinations

by Aravind Adiga

Welcome to Kittur, India. It's on India's southwestern coast, bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Kaliamma River to the south and east. It's blessed with rich soil and scenic beauty, and it's been...


One Man's Bible

by Gao Xingjian

One Man's Bible is a fictionalized account of Gao Xingjian's life under the Chinese Communist regime. Daily life is riddled with paranoia and fear, and government propaganda turns citizens against one another....


Soul Mountain

by Gao Xingjian

In 1983, Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death.But six weeks later, a second examination revealed there was no cancer—he...