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Panorama
A Novel
Written by H. G. Adler
Afterword by Peter Demetz
Translated by Peter Filkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8060-8 (0-8129-8060-3)

Only recently available for the first time in English, Panorama is the newly rediscovered first novel of H. G. Adler, a modernist master whose work has been compared to that of Kafka, Joyce, and Solzhenitsyn. A brilliant epic told in ten distinct vignettes, Panorama is a portrait of a place and... Read more >
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The Madonna on the Moon

Written by Rolf Bauerdick
Translated by David Dollenmayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73975-9 (0-307-73975-9)

Winner of the European Book Award

November, 1957. The Soviets have just launched the Sputnik, and communism rules in Eastern Europe, but the village of Baia Luna, nestled in the Carpathian mountains, is a world unto itself, populated with gypsy-philosophers and mysterious priests. But for fifteen-year-old Pavel Botev, this world begins to... Read more >
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Illuminations
Essays and Reflections
Written by Walter Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 1969
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0241-0 (0-8052-0241-2)

Illuminations includes Benjamin's views on Kafka, with whom he felt the closest personal affinity, his studies on Baudelaire and Proust (both of whom he translated), his essays on Leskov and on Brecht's Epic Theater. Also included are his penetrating study on "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,"... Read more >

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Reflections
Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings
Written by Walter Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 12, 1986
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0802-3 (0-8052-0802-X)

Walter Benjamin is recognized as one of the most acute analysts of literary and sociological phenomenon of the 19th and 20th centuries. A companion volume to Illuminations (also available in Schocken paperback), Reflections presents a new sampling of his wide-ranging work. In addition to literary criticism, it contains autobiographical narration and... Read more >

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Concrete

Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7757-1 (1-4000-7757-5)

Instead of the book he’s meant to write, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this dark and grotesquely funny account of small woes writ large, of profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction. We learn of Rudolph’s sister, whose help he invites, then reviles as malevolent meddling; his ‘really... Read more >
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Correction
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7760-1 (1-4000-7760-5)

The scientist Roithamer has dedicated the last six years of his life to “the Cone,” an edifice of mathematically exact construction that he has erected in the center of his family’s estate in honor of his beloved sister. Not long after its completion, he takes his own life. As an unnamed... Read more >
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Extinction
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7761-8 (1-4000-7761-3)

The last work of fiction by one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Extinction is widely considered Thomas Bernhard’s magnum opus.

Franz-Josef Murau—the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family—lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends. On returning from his sister’s wedding... Read more >
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Frost
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3351-5 (1-4000-3351-9)

Thomas Bernhard combined a searing wit and an unwavering gaze into the human condition. His debut novel, Frost, marked the beginning of one of the century’s most provocative literary careers.

Visceral, raw, singular, and unforgettable, Frost is the story of a friendship between a young man beginning his medical career and a... Read more >
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Gargoyles
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7755-7 (1-4000-7755-9)

The playwright and novelist Thomas Bernhard was one of the most widely translated and admired writers of his generation, winner of the three most coveted literary prizes in Germany. Gargoyles, one of his earliest novels, is a singular, surreal study of the nature of humanity.

One morning a doctor and his son... Read more >
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Gathering Evidence & My Prizes
A Memoir
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7762-5 (1-4000-7762-1)

Written with a dark pain and drama that recalls the novels of Dickens, Gathering Evidence is a powerful and compelling memoir of youth by one of the twentieth century’s most gifted writers.

Born in 1931, the illegitimate child of an abandoned mother, Thomas Bernhard was brought up by an eccentric grandmother... Read more >

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The Lime Works
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7758-8 (1-4000-7758-3)

For five years, Konrad has imprisoned himself and his crippled wife in an abandoned lime works where he’s conducted odd auditory experiments and prepared to write his masterwork, The Sense of Hearing. As the story begins, he’s just blown the head off his wife with the Mannlicher carbine she kept strapped... Read more >
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The Loser
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 17, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7754-0 (1-4000-7754-0)

Thomas Bernhard was one of the most original writers of the twentieth century. His formal innovation ranks with Beckett and Kafka, his outrageously cantankerous voice recalls Dostoevsky, but his gift for lacerating, lyrical, provocative prose is incomparably his own.

One of Bernhard's most acclaimed novels, The Loser centers on a fictional relationship... Read more >
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Wittgenstein's Nephew
A Novel
Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 13, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7756-4 (1-4000-7756-7)

It is 1967. In separate wings of a Viennese hospital, two men lie bedridden. The narrator, named Thomas Bernhard, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, nephew of the celebrated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, is suffering from one of his periodic bouts of madness. As their once-casual friendship quickens, these... Read more >
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Woodcutters

Written by Thomas Bernhard


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7759-5 (1-4000-7759-1)

Fiercely observed, often hilarious, and “reminiscent of Ibsen and Strindberg” (The New York Times Book Review), this exquisitely controversial novel was initially banned in its author’s homeland.

A searing portrayal of Vienna’s bourgeoisie, it begins with the arrival of an unnamed writer at an ‘artistic dinner’ hosted by a composer and his... Read more >
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The Collected Stories of Heinrich Boll

Written by Heinrich Boll
Translated by Leila Vennewitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-002-0 (1-61219-002-2)

The definitive short story collection by the Nobel Laureate and master of the form

These diverse, psychologically rich, and morally profound stories explore the consequences of war on individuals and on an entire culture. The Collected Stories of Heinrich Böll provides readers with the only comprehensive collection by this master of the... Read more >
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What's to Become of the Boy?
Or, Something to Do with Books
Written by Heinrich Boll
Translated by Leila Vennewitz
Introduction by Anne Applebaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-001-3 (1-61219-001-4)

A vivid account of growing up poor, rebellious, and anti-Fascist in Nazi Germany

What’s to Become of the Boy? is a spirited, insightful, and wonderfully sympathetic memoir about life during wartime written with the characteristic brilliance by one of the 20th-century’s most celebrated authors. It is both an essential autobiography of the... Read more >
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Death of Virgil

Written by Hermann Broch


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75548-7 (0-679-75548-9)

Out of the last hours of Virgil's life and the final stirrings of his consciousness, Broch fashioned one of the great works of 20th century modernism, a book that embraces an entire world and renders it with an immediacy that is at once sensual and profound. The Death of Virgil is... Read more >
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The Sleepwalkers

Written by Hermann Broch


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $15.16
ISBN: 978-0-679-76406-9 (0-679-76406-2)

With his epic trilogy, The Sleepwalkers, Hermann Broch established himself as one of the great innovators of modern literature. Even as he grounded his narratives in the intimate daily life of Germany, Broch was identifying the oceanic changes that would shortly sweep that life into the abyss.

"The Sleepwalkers bear[s] witness... Read more >
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K.

Written by Roberto Calasso
Translated by Geoffrey Brock


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7612-3 (1-4000-7612-9)

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and Ka: an utterly original, fascinating interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka that is simultaneously an unprecedented exploration into the mystery of Kafka himself.

What are Kafka’s stories about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Things that happen every day?... Read more >
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Kafka's Other Trial
The Letters to Felice
Written by Elias Canetti


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0705-7 (0-8052-0705-8)

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Sorry

Written by Zoran Drvenkar
Translated by Shaun Whiteside


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47516-9 (0-307-47516-6)

Imagine a man who does the most unspeakable things.
Imagine the forgiveness he needs.
Imgine the pain he gives.
Imagine forgiving him.
You will.

Kris, Tamara, Frauke, and Wolf are four friends who are drifting through their twenties, underemployed and unfulfilled. Sick of being treated badly at work, they decide to start a business of... Read more >
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Wolf Among Wolves

Written by Hans Fallada
Translated by Philip Owens


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 25, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-933633-92-3 (1-933633-92-1)

This sweeping saga of love in dangerous times — the 1923 collapse of the German economy, when food and money shortages led to rioting in the streets and unemployed soldiers marauding through the countryside — is deemed by many to be Hans Fallada’s greatest work. Yet its 1938 publication made his... Read more >
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Not I
Memoirs of a German Childhood
Written by Joachim C. Fest


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-610-2 (1-59051-610-9)

Few writers have deepened our understanding of the Third Reich as much as German historian, biographer, journalist, and critic Joachim Fest. His biography of Adolf Hitler has reached millions of readers around the world. Born in 1926, Fest experienced firsthand the rise of the Nazis, the Second World War, and a... Read more >
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Faust

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: July 1, 1988
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21348-5 (0-553-21348-2)

In this translation, in rhymed verse, Goethe's Faust is a profoundly moving masterpiece. Goethe dramatizes the ceaseless striving of modern man to solve the mysteries of energy, pleasure and the creation of life. Translated with an introduction and notes by Peter Salm. With German text on facing pages. Read more >
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Goethe's Faust

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Translated by Walter Kaufmann
Introduction by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 4, 1962
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-03114-1 (0-385-03114-9)

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two. Read more >
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