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Talismano (Tunisian Literature Series)

by Abdelwahab Meddeb & Jane Kuntz

A lush journey into a Tunisia of memory and imagination.Talismano is a novelistic exploration of writing seen as a hallucinatory journey through half-remembered, half-imagined cities-in particular, the city...


Exiled from Almost Everywhere (Spanish Literature Series)

by Juan Goytisolo & Peter Bush

Spain's "greatest living novelist" takes on the Cyber Age.In Exiled from Almost Everywhere, Juan Goytisolo's perverse mutant protagonist- the Parisian "Monster of Le Sentier"-is blown up by an extremist bomber...


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.The nineteenth-century founding of "free settlements" in the Americas serves as a starting point for the new novel by popular...


Suicide (French Literature Series)

by Edouard Levé & Jan Steyn

Edouard Levé delivered the manuscript for his final book, Suicide, just a few days before he took his own life.Suicide cannot be read as simply another novel-it is, in a sense, the author's own oblique, public...


The Explosion of the Radiator Hose (French Literature Series)

by Jean Rolin & Louise Rogers Lalaurie

Fiction, autobiography, travel narrative, "gonzo" journalism, and historiography are all parts of Rolin's rollicking narrative.In this nominally true story of an epic, transcontinental road trip, Jean Rolin...


Juice! (American Literature Series)

by Ishmael Reed

A new novel from the most outspoken African-American writer of our time. In 2010, the Newseum in Washington D.C. finally obtained the suit O. J. Simpson wore in court the day he was acquitted, and it now stands...


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.This collection of sharp, spare, occasionally absurd, cruel, touching, and...


Self-Portrait Abroad

by Jean-Philippe Toussaint & John Lambert

Even on holiday, sex and death are Jean-Philippe Toussaint's constant companions...In Self-Portrait Abroad, our narrator-a Belgian author much like Toussaint himself-travels the globe, finding the mundane blended...


Witz (American Literature Series)

by Joshua Cohen

One of the great comic epics of our time: the Last Jewish Novel about the Last Jew in the World.On Christmas Eve 1999, all the Jews in the world die in a strange, millennial plague, with the exception of the...


The Vera Wright Trilogy: My Father's Moon / Cabin Fever / The Georges' Wife

by Elizabeth Jolley

This moving masterpiece by one of Australia’s leading novelists—now in its entirety—inaugurates Persea’s series of Elizabeth Jolley revivals. Set in 1940s wartime England, the trilogy follows young Vera,...


Streets of Gold: A Novel

by Marie Raphael

A Polish girl comes to America at the turn of the century in this fast-paced historical novel about the immigrant experience.It's 1901. Marisia and her family flee Poland ahead of the czar's soldiers. But when...


The Sugar Mother

by Elizabeth Jolley

Rediscovered: a witty and sophisticated classic by one of Australia's most daring and entertaining novelists.Edwin Page, a fussy middle-aged professor, no sooner bids farewell to his obstetrician wife, Cecilia,...


Normal People Don't Live Like This

by Dylan Landis

"Wonderful! Leah and Helen are authentic, vulnerable characters, whose intimate truths are exposed at perfect, unexpected moments."-Elizabeth StroutAt the center of this startling fiction debut is Leah Levinson,...


Bread Givers: A Novel

by Anzia Yezierska & Alice Kessler-Harris

The classic novel of Jewish immigrants, with period photographs. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky,...


The Girls of Slender Means (New Directions Classic)

by Muriel Spark

"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just...


Água Viva

by Clarice Lispector, Stefan Tobler & Benjamin Moser

Lispector at her most philosophically radical.A meditation on the nature of life and time, Água Viva (1973) shows Lispector discovering a new means of writing about herself, more deeply transforming her individual...


Near to the Wild Heart

by Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin & Benjamin Moser

This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence.

Near to the Wild...


A Breath of Life

by Clarice Lispector, Johnny Lorenz & Benjamin Moser

A mystical dialogue between a male author and his creation, this posthumous work has never before been translated, and is a book of particular beauty and strangeness.

A mystical dialogue between a male author...


The Passion According to G.H.

by Clarice Lispector, Idra Novey & Benjamin Moser

Lispector's most shocking novel.

The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector's mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid's room, sees a cockroach crawling out...


The Skating Rink

by Roberto Bolano & Chris Andrews

A phenomenally unusual three-way murder mystery. With a murder at its heart, Roberto Bolano’s The Skating Rink is, among other things, a crime novel. Murder seems to have exerted a fascination for the endlessly...