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Chaos Theory

by Anuvab Pal

Sunita and Mukesh are friends. He's cynical, from Calcutta, cocky and well-read. She's clever, curious and amused by him. It's the 1960s, Delhi University. Fashionable movies play at the art deco cinemas, Nehruvian...


In Times of Siege: A Novel

by Githa Hariharan

At 52, Shiv Murthy is a New Delhi professor of history. He leads a mild, unremarkable life until, while his wife is away, things spin out of control. First, the young and passionate daughter of an old friend...


Em and the Big Hoom: A Novel

by Jerry Pinto

"Profoundly moving . . . I cannot remember when I last read something as touching as this." -Amitav Ghosh, author of The Glass Palace

First published by a small press in India, Jerry Pinto's devastatingly original...


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...


The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly: A Novel

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

The 2-million-copy bestselling modern fable from Korea that is winning hearts around the world

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


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....


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....


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...


A Thousand Cranes

by Yasunari Kawabata

With a restraint that barely conceals the ferocity of his characters' passions, one of Japan's great postwar novelists tells the luminous story of Kikuji and the tea party he attends with Mrs. Ota, the rival...


The Rainbow Troops

by Andrea Hirata & Angie Kilbane

Published in Indonesia in 2005, The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata’s closely autobiographical debut novel, sold more than five million copies, shattering records. Now it promises to captivate audiences around...


Snakes and Ladders

by Gita Mehta

India is a land of contrasts. It is the world's most populous democracy, but it still upholds the caste system. It is a burgeoning economic superpower, but one of the poorest nations on earth. It is the home...


Chinese Whiskers

by Pallavi Aiyar

Chinese Whiskers by Pallavi Aiyar is a charming fable set against the landscape of contemporary Beijing, seen through the eyes of two cats. Soyabean is a middle class cat looked after by a grandmother...


After the Quake: Stories

by Haruki Murakami

The six stories in Haruki Murakami’s mesmerizing collection are set at the time of the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake, when Japan became brutally aware of the fragility of its daily existence. But the upheavals...


The Legend of Pradeep Mathew

by Shehan Karunatilaka

Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize * Winner of the $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature ** A Publishers Weekly "First Fiction" Pick for Spring 2012 * “A crazy ambidextrous delight. A drunk...


The Noodle Maker

by Ma Jian & Flora Drew

From Ma Jian, the highly acclaimed Chinese dissident, comes a satirical novel about the absurdities of life in a post-Tiananmen China.

Two men meet for dinner each week. Over the course of one of these drunken...


Madras on Rainy Days

by Samina Ali

Layla is torn among clashing identities--dutiful Muslim daughter and free, independent American woman. When she is nineteen, her parents inform Layla that a marriage has been arranged for her to an Indian man...


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...


The Sly Company of People Who Care

Ondaatje Prize 2012

by Rahul Bhattacharya

In flight from the tame familiarity of home in Bombay, a twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. Amid beautiful,...


The Diving Pool

by Yoko Ogawa & Stephen Snyder

The first major English translation of one of contemporary Japan's bestselling and most celebrated authors

 

From Akutagawa Award-winning author Yoko Ogawa comes a haunting trio of novellas about love, fertility,...


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...