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This Could Have Become Ramayan Chamar's Tale

by Subimal Misra & Venkateswar Ramaswamy

Subimal Misra—anarchist, activist, anti-establishment, experimental anti-writer—is one of India's greatest living writers. This collection of two "anti-novels" is the first of his works to appear in the...


Echo on the Bay

by Masatsugu Ono & Angus Turvill

"Cross García Márquez and Simenon and set the piece on the Sea of Japan, and you?ll have a feel for Ono?s latest? Fans of Kenzaburo Oe?s Death by Water and Haruki Murakami?s 1Q84 will enjoy Ono?s enigmatic...


Untold Night and Day

by Bae Suah

A seductive, disorienting novel that manipulates the fragile line between dreams and reality, unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul’s summer, by South Korea's leading contemporary...


Blood Sisters

by Kim Yideum & Ji yoon Lee

Blood Sisters tells the story of Jeong Yeoul, a young Korean college student in the 1980's, when the memory of President Chun Doohwan's violent suppression of student demonstrations against martial law was still...


The Day the Sun Died

by Yan Lianke & Carlos Rojas

Yan Lianke has secured his place as contemporary China?s most essential and daring novelist, ?with his superlative gifts for storytelling and penetrating eye for truth? (New York Times Book Review). His newest...


Lion Cross Point

by Masatsugu Ono & Angus Turvill

A "Book You Should Read This April" at Literary Hub

"Masatsugu Ono?s Lion Cross Point pulls off a number of narrative elements that I admire in fiction. . . . A moving and (literally) haunting novel." ? Tobias...


Mulberry and Peach: Two Women of China

by Hualing Nieh & Sau-ling Wong

This extraordinary novel, winner of a 1990 American Book Award, recounts the story of two women—Mulberry and Peach—who are really one. Mulberry is a young woman who has fled the turmoil of postwar China to...


Convenience Store Woman

by Sayaka Murata & Ginny Tapley Takemori

The English-language debut of one of Japan?s most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo...


A Greater Music

by Suah Bae & Deborah Smith

From the author nominated for the Best Translated Book Award and the PEN Translation Prize

"Bae Suah offers the chance to unknow?to see the everyday afresh and be defamiliarized with what we believe we know?which...


Frontier

by Can Xue, Chen Zeping, Karen Gernant & Porochista Khakpour

New Novel from the Winner of the 2015 Best Translated Book Award

Introduction by Porochista Khakpour.

"One of the most raved-about works of translated fiction this year"?Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire

Frontier opens...


Recitation

by Suah Bae & Deborah Smith

The meeting between a group of emigrants and a mysterious, wandering actress in an empty train station sets the stage for Bae Suah's fragmentary yet lyrical meditation on language, travel, and memory. As the...


Vaseline Buddha

by Jung Young Moon & Jung Yewon

"If someone in the future asks in frustration, 'What has Korean literature been up to?' we can quietly hand them Vaseline Buddha."—Pak Mingyu

"One enters into a kind of serenity when we delve into this book....


Lord of the land

by Wimon Sainimnuan

Against a background of frenzied land speculation

where all sorts of dirty tricks are par for the course,

who of Abbot Nian and Kharm the Medium

will emerge as the Lord of the Land?

The increasingly

heated competition...


Khoak Phranang

by Wimon Sainimnuan

What happens to common country folk

when they are caught in the jaws

of wayward religion and superstition?

This is what happens, at Khoak Phranang,

the epicentre of rural Thailand in the 1990s.

A short, droll...


The Medium

by Wimon Sainimnuan

One way out of crippling poverty

is by putting yourself at the service

of the spirits of the land

– folk credulity will do the rest.

Thus is born the Medium,

pitting himself against unethical Buddhist monks

who...


Wanlaya's love

by SEINEE SAOWAPHONG

Paris after the Second World War:

the Left Bank, Montmartre and Picasso's dove.

Wanlaya is a Thai music student

with challenging ideas and challenged friends,

all engaged in their own ways

in a search for the...


The field of the great

by MALAI CHOOPHINIT

This vivid chronicle of an upcountry district in the heart of Siam

is told through the rise of Ruen, an aspiring timber trader

who leads a small community of farmers in its fight against nature

and against...


Snakes

by Wimon Sainimnuan

Monks, murder, money, miracles and mystifications.

Snakes galore and sleazy slitherings

intertwined with scandal, suicide and rape

in the central Thai village of Khoak Phranang

– the first of a celebrated...


Of time and tide

by ATSIRI THAMMACHOAT

Little people, simple lives, modest dreams,

traditional beliefs, petty fights, tragic accidents,

and the dictates of the authorities:

how fishermen alienate themselves from nature

and lose their moorings is...


Cobra

by WANIT JARUNKIT-ANAN

A man, a woman (or two) and ... a snake.

The national bestseller of 1987.