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I Served the King of England (New Directions Classic)

by Bohumil Hrabal & Paul Wilson

In a comic masterpiece following the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism, Bohumil Hrabal...


The Hall of the Singing Caryatids (New Directions Pearls)

by Victor Pelevin & Andrew Bromfield

A far-out, far-fetched, and fiendishly funny story about a strange nightclub and its outrageous entertainment. After auditioning for the part as a singing geisha at a dubious bar, Lena and eleven other “lucky”...


The Lute and the Scars

by Danilo Kis & John K. Cox

Against a background of oppression and exile, the debate between death and writing continues unabated in The Lute and the Scars: death as allegory or symbolic act, and writing as the one impregnable defense,...


The Attic

by Danilo Kis & John K. Cox

The Attic explores the relationship of a young man, known only as Orpheus, to the art of writing; it also tracks his relationship with a colorful cast of characters.


Psalm 44

by Danilo Kis & John K. Cox

Psalm 44 is the last major work of fiction by Danilo Kiš to be translated into English, and his only novel dealing explicitly with Auschwitz (where his own father died).


Dukla (Polish Literature Series)

by Andrzej Stasiuk & Bill Johnston

Stasiuk's masterpiece-in line with the work of Danilo Kis and countryman Bruno Schulz-is finally made available in English in a stunning translation by Bill Johnston.At several points in the haunting Dukla,...


The Opportune Moment, 1855 (Czech Literature Series)

by Patrik Ou?edník & Alex Zucker

A Voltairean attack on the political idealism that gave birth to the modern world.


You Do Understand (Slovenian Literature Series)

by Andrej Blatnik & Tamara M. Soban

Partly parables, partly fairy tales, You Do Understand is a comedy of errors for a species of talkers who’ve never learned to listen.


The Night Before Christmas (New Directions Pearls)

by Nikolai Gogol & Constance Garnett

Nikolai Gogol's hilarious and macabre tale of a Christmas Eve with a devil and a romantic twist. It is the night before Christmas and devilry is afoot. The devil steals the moon and hides it in his pocket. He...


Peace on Earth

by Stanislaw Lem

Ijon Tichy is the only human who knows for sure whether the self-programming robots on the moon are plotting a terrestrial invasion. But a highly focused ray severs his corpus collosum. Now his left brain can’t...


Eden

by Stanislaw Lem

A six-man crew crash-lands on Eden, fourth planet from another sun. The men find a strange world that grows ever stranger, and everywhere there are images of death. The crew's attempt to communicate with this...


The Chain of Chance

by Stanislaw Lem & Louis Iribarne

A former astronaut turned private detective is dispatched to Naples to discover the pattern in a mysterious series of deaths and disappearances occurring at a seaside spa. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book


Apocryphal Tales

by Karel Capek & Norma Comrada

The stories in this collection tackle great events and figures of history, myth, and literature in unexpected ways, questioning views on such basic concepts as justice, progress, wisdom, belief, and patriotism....


Snow White and Russian Red

by Dorota Maslowska & Benjamin Paloff

Dorota Maslowska's audacious debut novel establishes her as a new young literary voice of international importance. When Snow White and Russian Red was first published, it became a controversial, acclaimed best...


Hospital Of The Transfiguration

by Stanislaw Lem

It is 1939; the Nazis have occupied Poland. A young doctor disturbed by the fate of Poland joins the staff of an insane asylum only to find a world of pain and absurdity to match that outside. Translated by...


Memoirs of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy

by Stanislaw Lem

In this sequel to The Star Diaries, Ijon Tichy, space traveler of future centuries, discovers that "out there" isn't very different from "down here." Throughout these nine wild adventures, surprise follows witty...


Tales of Pirx the Pilot

by Stanislaw Lem

In Pilot Pirx, Lem has created an irresistibly likable character: an astronaut who gives the impression of still navigating by the seat of his pants-a bumbler but an inspired one. By investing Pirx with a range...


The Futurological Congress: From the Memoirs of Ijon Tichy

by Stanislaw Lem

Bringing his twin gifts of scientific speculation and scathing satire to bear on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unlucky cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the Eighth Futurological Congress. Caught up in local...


Fiasco

by Stanislaw Lem

The planet Quinta is pocked by ugly mounds and covered by a spiderweb-like network. It is a kingdom of phantoms and of a beauty afflicted by madness. In stark contrast, the crew of the spaceship Hermes represents...


The Investigation

by Stanislaw Lem & Adele Milch

A young officer at Scotland Yard is assigned to investigate a puzzling and eerie case of missing-and apparently resurrected-bodies. To unravel the mystery, Lt. Gregory consults scientific, philosophical, and...