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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...


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...


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...


The Secret of Evil

by Roberto Bolano & Chris Andrews

A collection that gathers everything Bolano was working on before his untimely death.

A North American journalist in Paris is woken at 4 a.m. by a mysterious caller with urgent information. For V. S. Naipaul...


The Return

by Roberto Bolano & Chris Andrews

 A stunning collection of short stories - mostly dealing with the sex trade - by the late Chilean master and author of The Savage Detectives. The Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories that seem...


Monsieur Pain

by Roberto Bolano & Chris Andrews

Roberto Bolano takes us into an odd, dark, but comic underworld in this strangely tender noir novel. A Bolano classic. The Peruvian poet César Vallejo is in the hospital, afflicted with an undiagnosed illness...


Antwerp

by Roberto Bolano & Natasha Wimmer

Bolano’s radical first novel makes its paperback debut as a New Directions Pearl.

Written when he was only twenty-seven, Antwerp can be viewed as the Big Bang of Roberto Bolano’s fictional universe. This...


Amulet

by Roberto Bolano & Chris Andrews

A tour de force, Amulet is a highly charged first-person, semi-hallucinatory novel that embodies in one woman's voice the melancholy and violent recent history of Latin America. Amulet is a monologue, like Bolano's...


The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (New Directions Bibelot)

by Tennessee Williams

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is vintage Tennessee Williams. Published in 1950, his first novel was acclaimed by Gore Vidal as "Splendidly written, precise, short, complete and fine."

It is the story of a wealthy,...


Goodbye to Berlin

by Christopher Isherwood

Isherwood's classic story of Berlin in the 1930s - and the inspiration for Cabaret - now in a stand-alone edition.First published in 1934, Goodbye to Berlin has been popularized on stage and screen by Julie...


Dublinesque

by Enrique Vila-Matas, Rosalind Harvey & Anne McLean

In this novel, Enrique Vila-Matas traces a journey connecting the worlds of Joyce and Beckett, and all they symbolize.

One night, a renowned and now retired literary publisher has a vivid dream that takes place...


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories

by Delmore Schwartz, James Atlas & Irving Howe

A new edition of the definitive book on the depression-era immigrant experience in New York City.Now with an exciting new preface by rock musician Lou Reed (Delmore Schwartz's student at Syracuse), In Dreams...


Never Any End to Paris

by Enrique Vila-Matas & Anne McLean

A splendid ironic portrayal of literary Paris and of a young writer’s struggles by one of Spain’s most eminent authors. This brilliantly ironic novel about literature and writing, in Vila-Matas’s trademark...


The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira

by César Aira & Katherine Silver

Aira's latest concerns a reluctant but powerful doctor who finally decides to use his healing powers to help a hopeless patient. César Aira’s newest novel in English is not about a conventional doctor. Single,in...


The Cardboard House

by Martín|Silver, Katherine Adán

A sweeping, kaleidoscopic, and passionate novel that presents a stunning series of flashes — scenes, moods, dreams, and weather— as the narrator wanders through Lima.

Published in 1928 to great acclaim when...


The Conspiracy

by Paul Nizan, Jean-Paul Sartre & Walter Benjamin

The Conspiracy is the last and most acclaimed novel by French writer and activist Paul Nizan, who died two years after its publication fighting the Germans at the Battle of Dunkirk. Hailed by Jean-Paul Sartre...