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The Guest Cat

by Takashi Hiraide & Eric Selland

A wonderful sui generis novel about a visiting cat who brings joy into a couple’s life in Tokyo

A bestseller in France and winner of Japan’s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed...


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 Smile at the Foot of the Ladder

by Henry Miller

Henry Miller called The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder his “most singular story.”  First published in 1959, this touching fable tells of Auguste, a famous clown who could make people laugh but who...


The Setting Sun

by Osamu DAZAI

This powerful novel of a nation in social and moral crisis was first published by New Directions in 1956. Set in the early postwar years, it probes the destructive effects of war and the transition from a feudal...


Sunday After the War

by Henry Miller

"I always carry over 40,000 gold francs about with me in my belt. They weight about 40 pounds, and I am beginning to get dysentery from the load." A collection of stories and excerpts from longer works.


Stand Still Like the Hummingbird

by Henry Miller

One of Henry Miller's most luminous statements of his personal philosophy of life, Stand Still Like the Hummingbird, provides a symbolic title for this collection of stories and essays. Many of them have appeared...


The Conversations

by César Aira & Katherine Silver

A cerebral and wildly funny story revolving around the incongruity of a gold Rolex watch spotted on a lowly goatherd’s wrist Daily conversations in outdoor cafés with cultured friends can help make reality...


Stealth

by Sonallah Ibrahim & Hosam Aboul-Ela

A young son wanders Cairo trying to comprehend why his mother has disappeared Set in the turbulent years before the 1952 revolution that would overthrow King Farouk and bring Gamal Abdel Nasser to power, Stealth...


Never Love a Gambler (New Directions Pearls)

by Keith Ridgway

Marvelous stories by the Irish writer acclaimed by Zadie Smith as “idiosyncratic and fascinating” Never Love a Gambler is a showcase for the exceptional talents of Keith Ridgway. The Times (London) praised...


Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow, and Farewell (Vol. 3)

by Javier Marias & Margaret Jull Costa

Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marías’s daring novel in three parts culminates triumphantly in this much-anticipated final volume. Poison, Shadow, and Farewell, with its heightened tensions between meditations...


Your Face Tomorrow: Dance and Dream (Vol. 2)

by Javier Marias & Margaret Jull Costa

A book unlike any other, a daring experiential unfolding Spanish masterpiece, Your Face Tomorrow now leaps into uncharted new territory in Volume Two: Dance and Dream. Your Face Tomorrow, Javier Marias's dazzling...


Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear (Vol. 1)

by Javier Marias & Margaret Jull Costa

A daring masterwork by Javier Marias: "Spain's most subtle and gifted writer." (The Boston Globe) Part spy novel, part romance, part Henry James, Your Face Tomorrow is a wholly remarkable display of the immense...


Death on the Installment Plan

by Louis-Ferdinand Céline & Ralph Manheim

Death on the Installment Plan is a companion volume to Louis-Ferinand Céline's earlier novel Journey to the End of Night. Published in rapid succession in the middle 1930s, these two books shocked European...


Journey to the End of the Night

by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Ralph Manheim & William T. Vollmann

The dark side of On the Road: instead of seeking kicks, the French narrator travels the globe to find an ever deeper disgust for life. Louis-Ferdinand Celine's revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy...


Letter from Casablanca

by Antonio Tabucchi

The eight stories contained in Antonio Tabucchi's Letters from Casablanca introduce to an American audience a rising Italian writer (born 1943) whose intriguing narrative strategies make the reader an active...


Piano Stories

by Felisberto Hernandez, Luis Harss & Italo Calvino

From the writer adored by the likes of García Marquez, Calvino, and Francine Prose comes a collection of Hernández's classic tales Piano Stories presents fifteen wonderful works by the great Uruguayan author...


Shantytown

by César Aira & Chris Andrews

At last, a noir novel from the Argentine master of suspense and surprises Maxi, a middle-class, directionless ox of a young man who helps the trash pickers of Buenos Aires’s shantytown, attracts the attention...


Laziness in the Fertile Valley

by Albert Cossery, William Goyen & Henry Miller

A portrait of a family of proud layabouts who avoid work and sleep all day by the Egyptian writer often referred to as "the Voltaire of the Nile" Laziness in the Fertile Valley is Albert Cossery’s biting social...


Leapfrog

by Guillermo Rosales & Anna Kushner

The “prequel” to Rosales’s “tragically beautiful and unforgettable” (Los Angeles Times) Cuban-American novel The Halfway House

Leapfrog depicts one summer in the life of a very poor young boy in post-revolutionary...


The Halfway House

by Guillermo Rosales, Anna Kushner & Jose Manuel Prieto

“This posthumous translation of Rosales, a Cuban-American writer who committed suicide in 1993, delivers a raw, powerful story set in a Miami home for the mentally ill… It’s a frightening, nihilistic cousin...