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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 Box Man
A Novel
Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72651-4 (0-375-72651-9)


Kobo Abe, the internationally acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes, combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett.

In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the nameless protagonist gives up his identity and the trappings of a normal life to live in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Face of Another

Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72653-8 (0-375-72653-5)

Like an elegantly chilling postscript to The Metamorphosis, this classic of postwar Japanese literature describes a bizarre physical transformation that exposes the duplicities of an entire world. The narrator is a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident—a man who has lost his face and, with it, his connection to other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kangaroo Notebook
A Novel
Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74663-8 (0-679-74663-3)

In the last novel written before his death in 1993, one of Japan's most distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny. The narrator of Kangaroo Notebook wakes on morning to discover that his legs are growing radish sprouts, an ailment... Read more >

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The Ruined Map
A Novel
Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72652-1 (0-375-72652-7)

Of all the great Japanese novelists, Kobe Abe was indubitably the most versatile. With The Ruined Map, he crafted a mesmerizing literary crime novel that combines the narrative suspense of Chandler with the psychological depth of Dostoevsky.

Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Secret Rendezvous

Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72654-5 (0-375-72654-3)

From the acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes comes Secret Rendezvous, the bizarrely erotic and comic adventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a mysteriously vast underground hospital.
From the moment that an ambulance appears in the middle of the night to take his wife, who protests that... Read more >

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The Woman in the Dunes

Written by Kobo Abe


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 16, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73378-2 (0-679-73378-7)

One of the premier Japanese novels of the 20th century, The Woman in the Dunes combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and amateur entomologist, is held captive with a young woman at the bottom of a vast sand... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Last Man in Tower

Written by Aravind Adiga


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73983-4 (0-307-73983-X)

From the Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger, a stunning novel of greed and murder in contemporary Mumbai.

At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his... 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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Indian Love Poems

Edited by Meena Alexander


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4225-8 (1-4000-4225-9)

Beginning with the Kama Sutra, the erotic handbook written more than two thousand years ago, this gathering of poems ranges up to present-day India and the poets of the Indian diaspora: from the 12th-century female poet Mahadeviyakka to the early-20th-century Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore to such contemporary poets as... Read more >

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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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A Caring Man

Written by Akira Arai


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Vertical
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-935654-17-9 (1-935654-17-9)

Tokyo, 2011. An unknown terrorist group has destroyed an iconic landmark in the Japanese capital, signaling the start of a series of attacks that the group’s enigmatic leader promises will culminate in a “Final Event” -- a massacre of unprecedented proportions. With no leads to work with aside from the ingeniously... Read more >

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The Blind Man's Garden

Written by Nadeem Aslam


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80285-9 (0-345-80285-3)

A Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Best Book of the Year

Growing up as brothers in a small town in Pakistan, Jeo and Mikal were inseparable; however as adults their paths have diverged sharply. Jeo is newly married and a dedicated medical student, while Mikal, in love with a woman he can’t have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Five Star Billionaire
A Novel
Written by Tash Aw


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9434-6 (0-8129-9434-5)

An expansive, eye-opening novel that captures the vibrancy of China today

Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job—but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn’t exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Hero's Walk

Written by Anita Rau Badami


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45092-0 (0-345-45092-2)

The Hero’s Walk is a remarkably intimate novel that fills the senses with the unique textures of India. With humor and keen insight, Anita Rau Badami draws us into her story of the graceful heroism of the ordinary.

In a small, dusty town in India, Sripathi Rao struggles as a copywriter to... Read more >

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What the Body Remembers
A Novel
Written by Shauna Singh Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49605-6 (0-385-49605-2)

Out of the rich culture of India and the brutal drama of the 1947 Partition comes this lush and eloquent debut novel about two women married to the same man.

Roop is a young girl whose mother has died and whose father is deep in debt. So she is elated to learn... Read more >

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The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry
From Ancient to Contemporary, The Full 3000-Year Tradition
Edited by Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72198-1 (0-385-72198-6)

Unmatched in scope and literary quality, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry spans three thousand years, bringing together more than six hundred poems by more than one hundred thirty poets, in translations—many new and exclusive to the book—by an array of distinguished translators.

Here is the grand sweep of Chinese poetry, from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chinese Erotic Poems

Edited by Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26567-8 (0-307-26567-6)

The ancient Chinese tradition of erotic poetry has been largely ignored in the west. Now, a vast continent of sensual verse is opened to us with this glorious collection spanning nearly three thousand years and including many poems never before translated into English.

Tony Barnstone and Chou Ping have brought together... Read more >

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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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Mirabai
Ecstatic Poems
Translated by Robert Bly and Jane Hirshfield


Format: Trade Paperback, 120 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6387-3 (0-8070-6387-8)

Mirabai is a literary and spiritual figure of legendary proportions. Born a princess in the region of Rajasthan in 1498, Mira (as she is more commonly known) eschewed the marriage her royal family had arranged for her, celebrating instead her right to independence and intense devotion to Krishna in both her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons
A Journey Among the Women of India
Written by Elisabeth Bumiller


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 30, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90614-9 (0-449-90614-0)

In a chronicle rich in diversity, detail, and empathy, Elisabeth Bumiller illuminates the many women's lives she shared, and the contradictions she encountered during her three and a half years in India as a reporter for The Washington Post. In their fascinating, complex, and often tragic stories Bumiller found a strength... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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