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A Bad Character: A novel

by Deepti Kapoor

A highly charged fiction debut about a young woman in India, and the love that both shatters and transforms her

 

She is twenty, restless in New Delhi. Her mother has died; her father has left for Singapore....


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel

by Haruki Murakami & Philip Gabriel

New York Times #1 Bestseller

A New York Times and Washington Post notable book, and one of the Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Slate, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, and BookPage's best books...


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...


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,...


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...


Paprika: A Novel

by Yasutaka Tsutsui

Widely acknowledged as Yasutaka Tsutsui's masterpiece, Paprika unites his surreal, quirky imagination with a mind-bending narrative about a psychiatric institute that has developed the technology to invade people's...


Ru: A Novel

by Kim Thuy

Winner of Canada's Governor General's Award and an international success, an exquisite autobiographical novel of a Vietnamese refugee finding her way-and finding her voice-on new shores.


The Story of My Assassins: A Novel

by Tarun J. Tejpal

“Spine chilling … written with flair and clear-eyed acidity.”

— The New Yorker

Based on actual events, The Story of My Assassins tells the story of a journalist who learns that the police have captured...


Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

by Mohammed Hanif

From the author of the acclaimed A Case of Exploding Mangoes (“An insanely brilliant, satirical first novel . . . Belongs in a tradition that includes Catch-22—The Washington Post), a subversively, often...


Narcopolis: A Novel

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013

by Jeet Thayil

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

 

Written in poetic and affecting prose, Jeet Thayil's luminous debut novel charts the evolution of a great and broken metropolis across three decades. A rich, hallucinatory...


1Q84

by Haruki Murakami

“Murakami is like a magician who explains what he’s doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's...


The Wandering Falcon

by Jamil Ahmad

A haunting literary debut set in the forbidding remote tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Traditions that have lasted for centuries, both brutal and beautiful, create a rigid structure for life in the...


River of Smoke

by Amitav Ghosh

A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011

The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are...


Please Look After Mom

Man Asian Literary Prize 2011

by Kyung-Sook Shin

A million-plus-copy best seller in Korea—a magnificent English-language debut poised to become an international sensation—this is the stunning, deeply moving story of a family’s search for their mother,...


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel

by Haruki Murakami

Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating...


The God of Small Things: A Novel

Man Booker Prize 1997

by Arundhati Roy

Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and...


The White Tiger: A Novel

Man Booker Prize 2008

by Aravind Adiga

A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society....


Kafka on the Shore

World Fantasy Award for Best Novel 2006

by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister;...