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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...


The Bridegroom Was a Dog

by Yoko Tawada & Margaret Mitsutani

Internationally acclaimed author Yoko Tawada's most famous — and bizarre — tale in a stand-alone, New Directions Pearl edition.

The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada’s...


The Garden of Evening Mists

Walter Scott Prize 2013, Man Asian Literary Prize 2012

by Tan Twan Twan Eng

Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese...


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...


Anatomy of Life

by Devdan Chaudhuri

A narrative that's shaped like a fable, but in which we recognize the various features of life in India today' - Amit Chaudhuri

'An unusual and readable chronicle of an abstract Poet's journey, veering from the...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


Motherland

by Vineeta Vijayaraghavan

In this quiet but engaging debut novel, an American teenager spends the summer with her relatives in southern India and gains new insight into her past, her family and her heritage. Born in Kerala, Maya spent...


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 who embodies...


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.


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 and totally...


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...