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The Hunger Angel

by Herta Müller & Philip Boehm

A masterful new novel from the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize, hailed for depicting the "landscape of the dispossessed" with "the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose" (Nobel Prize Committee)

It...


Absence

by Peter Handke & Ralph Manheim

The time is an unspecified modernity, the place possibly Europe. Absence follows four nameless people -- the old man, the woman, the soldier, and the gambler -- as they journey to a desolate wasteland beyond...


Crossing the Sierra de Gredos

by Peter Handke & Krishna Winston

On the outskirts of a northwestern European riverport city lives a powerful woman banker, a public figure admired and hated in equal measure, who has decided to turn from the worlds of high finance and modern...


The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

by Peter Handke & Michael Roloff

The first of Peter Handke’s novels to be published in English, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick is a true modern classic that "portrays the…breakdown of a murderer in ways that recall Camus’s...


Rebellion

by Joseph Roth & Michael Hofmann

From Joseph Roth, an allegorical yet decidedly modern novelist, comes this story of postwar disillusion, the limits of faith, and "personal fate as governed by the blind, casual workings of a machine controlled...


The Appointment

by Herta Müller, Michael Hulse & Philip Boehm

From the winner of the IMPAC Award and the Nobel Prize, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in the most intimate reaches of her life

"I've been summoned. Thursday, ten sharp."...


The Death of the Adversary

by Hans Keilson & Ivo Jarosy

Written while Hans Keilson was in hiding during World War II, The Death of the Adversary is the self-portrait of a young man helplessly fascinated by an unnamed “adversary” whom he watches rise to power...


Don Juan

by Peter Handke & Krishna Winston

A MODERN MASTER’S WRY AND ENTERTAINING TAKE ON HISTORY’S BEST-KNOWN LOVER

In Don Juan, Peter Handke offers his take on the famous seducer. Don Juan’s story—“his own version”—is filtered through...


Moment of True Feeling

by Peter Handke

At the beginning of Peter Handke's novel, Gregor Keuschnig awakens from a nightmare in which he has committed murder, and announces, "From today on, I shall be leading a double life."  The duplicity, however,...


Left Handed Women

by Peter Handke

One evening, when Marianne and her husband, Bruno, are dining out together to celebrate his return from a business trip, Marianne listens to him speak and realizes suddenly yet finally that Bruno will leave...


Repetition

by Peter Handke & Ralph Manheim

Set in 1960, this novel tells of Filib Kobal's journey from his home in Carinthia to Slovenia on the trail of his missing brother, Gregor. He is armed only with two of Gregor's books: a copy book from agricultural...


My Year In No Man's Bay

by Peter Handke

In his most substaintial novel to date, Handke tells the story of an Austrian writer--a man much like Handke himself--who undergoes a "metamorphosis" from self-assured artist into passive "observer and chronicler." ...


The Arbogast Case

by Thomas Hettche & Elizabeth Gaffney

A compelling international thriller that explores the terrain between erotic love and death

On a warm September evening in 1953 Hans Arbogast, a young travelling salesman, picks up a hitchhiker, a refugee from...


The Tanners

by Robert Walser, Susan Bernofsky & W. G. Sebald

"The Tanners is a contender for Funniest Book of the Year."—The Village Voice The Tanners, Robert Walser’s amazing 1907 novel of twenty chapters, is now presented in English for the very first time, by the...


The Leviathan (New Directions Pearls)

by Joseph Roth & Michael Hofmann

Joseph Roth’s final novella, The Leviathan, concerns a shtetl’s finest coral merchant and how his dream of seeing the sea for the first time materializes at a terrible cost. In the small town of Progrody,...


The Inheritance

by Peter Stephan Jungk & Michael Hofmann

Daniel Loew, a poet based in London, has been told since childhood that one day he would become his wealthy uncle’s only heir. When he learns of his uncle’s death, in Caracas, a few weeks have passed. A...


Amerika

by Franz Kafka

Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir

Foreword by E. L. Doctorow

Afterword by Max Brod

 

Kafka’s first and funniest novel, Amerika tells the story of the young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing...


Intrusions

by Ursula Hegi

Brilliantly stretching literary conventions, Ursula Hegi, author of the best-selling Stones from the River, creates a funny and original novel within a novel to explore the doubts, decisions, and "might-have-beens"...


The Russian Passenger

by Gunter Ohnemus & John Brownjohn

A Russian mafia thriller, a road-movie adventure and an elegantly written love story.


Visitation

by Jenny Erpenbeck & Susan Bernofsky

A bestseller in Germany, Visitation has established Jenny Erpenbeck as one of Europe’s most significant contemporary authors. A house on the forested bank of a Brandenburg lake outside Berlin (once belonging...