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The Ark Sakura

Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38963-3 (0-307-38963-4)

A classic from the renowned Japanese novelist about isolation and the threat of a nuclear holocaust, The Ark Sakura is as timely today as it was at its original publication.

In this Kafkaesque allegorical fantasy, Mole has converted a huge underground quarry into an “ark” capable of surviving the coming nuclear holocaust... Read more >

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The Art of Haiku
Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters
Written by Stephen Addiss


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-886-8 (1-59030-886-7)

In the past hundred years, haiku has gone far beyond its Japanese origins to become a worldwide phenomenon—with the classic poetic form growing and evolving as it has adapted to the needs of the whole range of languages and cultures that have embraced it. This proliferation of the joy of haiku... Read more >

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Silver Stallion
A Novel of Korea
Written by Junghyo Ahn


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-003-9 (1-56947-003-0)

In a mountain village in Korea, 1950, the memory of the Japanese occupation has just begun to fade when the farmers hear that the World Army, led by the great American General “Megado” has landed at Inchon. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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White Badge

Written by Junghyo Ahn


Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: July 1, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-56947-004-6 (1-56947-004-9)

Han Kiju is an executive in modern Seoul, a Korean intellectual who has never adjusted to his postwar existence. When an old comrade-in-arms, a coward who crumpled in battle, begins to follow him, Han Kiju must finally deal with the ghosts of the past haunting his present. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Clothes Called Fat

Written by Moyoco Anno


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-939130-43-3 (1-939130-43-3)

From the pen of Moyoco Anno comes a stunning tale of self-image and self-loathing. In Clothes Called Fat details the lives of young women earnestly revealing the struggles women may have with their bodies and sexuality.    

Noko appears to be living a great life, she's got a good job and a... Read more >

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Sakuran
Blossoms Wild
Written by Moyoco Anno


Format: Trade Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: July 17, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-45-2 (1-935654-45-4)

Kiyoha may wear the similar fancy kimono-dresses but she is not your everyday geisha. The hairstyle may be the same and she may have some of the finest clientele comparable to those of the most refined women in all of Kyoto, but she is not in the home of geisha and... Read more >

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Maps for Lost Lovers

Written by Nadeem Aslam


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2006
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7697-0 (1-4000-7697-8)

Jugnu and his lover, Chanda, have disappeared. Though unmarried, they had been living together, embracing the contemporary mores of the English town where they lived but disgracing themselves in the eyes of their close-knit Pakistani community. Rumors about their disappearance abound, but five months go by before anything certain is known... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Wasted Vigil

Written by Nadeem Aslam


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38874-2 (0-307-38874-3)

In The Wasted Vigil, Nadeem Aslam, the award-winning author of Maps for Lost Lovers, brilliantly knits together five seemingly unconnected lives to create a luminous story set in contemporary Afghanistan.

There’s Marcus, an English expat who was married to an outspoken Afghani doctor; David, a former American spy; Lara, from St. Petersburg... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times
Selected Haiku of Basho
Written by Matsuo Basho
Translated by David Young


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-96200-3 (0-307-96200-8)

Vivid new translations of Basho's popular haiku, in a selected format ideal for newcomers as well as fans long familiar with the Japanese master.

Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural world as well as humble human doings; "Piles of quilts/ snow on distant... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bangkok 8
A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1)
Written by John Burdett


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3290-7 (1-4000-3290-3)

A thriller with attitude to spare, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, razor-edged, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities.

Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the... Read more >

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The Godfather of Kathmandu
A Royal Thai Detective Novel (4)
Written by John Burdett


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9707-4 (1-4000-9707-X)

John Burdett's famed Royal Thai detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep confronts the most shocking crime of his career and is put to the test both as a Buddhist and as a cop in this riveting tale.

Sonchai’s Jitpleecheep’s boss, Colonel Vikorn, has decided to make Sonchai his consigliere in a heroin smuggling operation. Vikorn’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Love in a Fallen City

Written by Eileen Chang
Translated by Karen S. Kingsbury and Eileen Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-178-3 (1-59017-178-0)

A New York Review Books Original

“[A] giant of modern Chinese literature” –The New York Times

"With language as sharp as a knife edge, Eileen Chang cut open a huge divide in Chinese culture, between the classical patriarchy and our troubled modernity. She was one of the very few able truly to connect... Read more >

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The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature

Edited by Amit Chaudhuri


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71300-2 (0-375-71300-X)

In recent years American readers have been thrilling to the work of such Indian writers as Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth. Now this extravagant and wonderfully discerning anthology unfurls the full diversity of Indian literature from the 1850s to the present, presenting today’s brightest talents in the company of their distinguished... Read more >

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Brothers
A Novel
Written by Da Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9729-6 (1-4000-9729-0)

At the height of China’s Cultural Revolution a powerful general fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general’s wife and into a life of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the general’s mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of Balan only moments... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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China's Son
Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution
Written by Da Chen


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $6.50
ISBN: 978-0-440-22926-1 (0-440-22926-X)

A candid memoir about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, adapted by the author from his Colors of the Mountain, published by Random House.

Da Chen was born in China in 1962. The grandson of a landlord, he and his family were treated as outcasts in Communist China. In school, Da... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Coroner's Lunch

Written by Colin Cotterill


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56947-418-1 (1-56947-418-4)

Laos, 1975. The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else; the rest of the educated class has fled.

He is expected to come up... Read more >

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Love Like Hate
A Novel
Written by Linh Dinh


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-909-5 (1-58322-909-4)

In Love Like Hate, Linh Dinh weaves a dysfunctional family saga that doubles as a portrait of Vietnam in the last half century. Protagonists Kim Lan and Hoang Long marry in Saigon during the Vietnam War, uniting in a setting that allows Dinh’s dark, deadpan humor to flourish. Describing his mushrooming... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Homesick

Written by Roshi Fernando


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94806-9 (0-307-94806-4)

A stunning work of fiction about contemporary immigrant life from a dazzling new writer.

It's New Year's Eve 1982. At Victor and Nandini's home, family and friends gather to celebrate. Whiskey and arrack have been poured, poppadoms are freshly fried, and baila music is on the stereo. In the middle of it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The World Is What It Is
The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
Written by Patrick French


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7980-3 (1-4000-7980-2)

The first major biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial and enigmatic Nobel laureate: a stunning writer whose only stated ambition was greatness, in pursuit of which goal nothing else was sacred.

Beginning in rich detail in Trinidad, where Naipaul was born into an Indian family, Patrick French skillfully examines Naipaul’ s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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No Longer Human, part 3

Written by Osamu Dazai
Adapted by Usamaru Furuya


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-37-7 (1-935654-37-3)

Comic artist Usamaru Furuya’s adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai’s original novel. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai’s tale details the life of a young man originally from a well-off family from Japan’s far north. Yozo Oba is a troubled soul incapable of revealing his... Read more >

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An Autobiography
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Written by Mohandas K. Gandhi


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5909-8 (0-8070-5909-9)

Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century.

In a... Read more >

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Cat Town

Written by Sakutaro Hagiwara
Edited by Hiroaki Sato
Translated by Hiroaki Sato


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: NYRB Poets
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-775-4 (1-59017-775-4)

Modernist poet Sakutarō Hagiwara’s first published book, Howling at the Moon, shattered conventional verse forms and transformed the poetic landscape of Japan. Two of its poems were removed on order of the Ministry of the Interior for “disturbing social customs.” Along with the entirety of Howling, this volume includes all of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Color of the Sea

Written by John Hamamura


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38607-6 (0-307-38607-4)

Raised in Japan and Hawaii, Sam Hamada has been trained in the ways of the samurai. After graduation Sam strikes out for California and falls in love for the first time, with a beautiful young woman named Keiko. But then the Japanese attack Peal Harbor, igniting the war and making Sam... Read more >

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The Pocket Haiku

Written by Basho, Buson and Issa
Translated by Sam Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-153-8 (1-61180-153-2)

In this collection of haiku, translator Sam Hamill has compiled the best from the tradition, spanning the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with particular focus on the three great masters: Bashō, Buson, and Issa. Based on images from nature, the poems address the themes of joy, temporality, beauty, wonder, loneliness, and loss... Read more >

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The Poetry of Zen

Translated by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-425-9 (1-59030-425-X)

A Zen poem is nothing other than an expression of the enlightened mind, a handful of simple words that disappear beneath the moment of insight to which it bears witness. Poetry has been an essential aid to Zen Buddhist practice from the dawn of Zen—and Zen has also had a profound... Read more >
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