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An Armenian Sketchbook

Written by Vasily Grossman
Translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler
Introduction by Robert Chandler and Yury Bit-Yunan


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-618-4 (1-59017-618-9)

Few writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror Famine in the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, however, shows a very different Grossman, notable for his tenderness, warmth, and sense of fun.

After... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life and Fate

Written by Vasily Grossman
Introduction by Robert Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-201-8 (1-59017-201-9)

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth... Read more >
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The Good Soldier Svejk

Written by Jaroslav Hasek


Format: Hardcover, 864 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 25, 1993
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42036-1 (0-679-42036-3)

The eponymous hero of The Good Soldier Svejk the book for which the Czech writer Jaroslav Hasek will forever be remembered—has virtually come to define, since his creation in the aftermath of World War I, the spirit of comic endurance necessary to withstand the manglings of a modern-day bureaucratic war machine... Read more >

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Nowhere Man

Written by Aleksandar Hemon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72702-3 (0-375-72702-7)

“A charmingly discombobulated take on life and language. . . . Hemon makes ordinary occurrences read like psychic disturbances.” —The Village Voice

“A virtuoso linguist, stylist and social observer . . . Hemon delivers a searing, mordantly funny novel. . . . The angst-ridden, horny, adolescent Balkan he depicts is deeply human... Read more >
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The Question of Bruno
Stories
Written by Aleksandar Hemon


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72700-9 (0-375-72700-0)

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force-the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander's-Aleksander Hemon writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination that are breathtaking.

A love affair is experienced in the blink of an eye as the Archduke Ferdinand watches his wife succumb... Read more >
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The Graveyard

Written by Marek Hlasko
Translated by Norbert Guterman
Introduction by James Sallis


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-294-9 (1-61219-294-7)

In 1950s Communist Poland, Franciszek Kowalski–a factory worker in his mid-forties–is on his way home one evening after a Party meeting when he runs into an old friend. The two men drink all night until dawn, when Kowalski unthinkingly yells some insults at a policeman. His outburst is taken as criticism... Read more >
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Amerika: The Missing Person
A New Translation, Based on the Restored Text
Written by Franz Kafka


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4211-9 (0-8052-4211-2)

Franz Kafka's diaries and letters suggest that his fascination with America grew out of a desire to break away from his native Prague, even if only in his imagination. Kafka died before he could finish what he like to call his "American novel,: but he clearly entitled it Der Verschollene ("The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1972
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21369-0 (0-553-21369-5)

"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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They Burn the Thistles

Written by Yashar Kemal
Translated by Margaret E. Platon
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 21, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-185-1 (1-59017-185-3)

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Detective Story

Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27965-1 (0-307-27965-0)

From Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész comes this riveting novel about a torturer for the secret police of a Latin American regime who tells the haunting story of the father and son he ensnared and destroyed.

Now in prison, Antonio Martens is a torturer for a recently defunct dictatorship. He requests and... Read more >

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Dossier K
A Memoir
Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-202-4 (1-61219-202-5)

The first and only memoir from the Nobel Prize—winning author, in the form of an illuminating, often funny, and often combative interview–with himself

Dossier K. is Imre Kertész’s response to the hasty biographies and profiles that followed his 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature–an attempt to set the record straight.

The result is... Read more >
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Fatelessness

Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7863-9 (1-4000-7863-6)

At the age of 14 Georg Koves is plucked from his home in a Jewish section of Budapest and without any particular malice, placed on a train to Auschwitz. He does not understand the reason for his fate. He doesn’t particularly think of himself as Jewish. And his fellow prisoners, who... Read more >
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Kaddish for an Unborn Child

Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7862-2 (1-4000-7862-8)

The first word in this mesmerizing novel by the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is “No.” It is how the novel’s narrator, a middle-aged Hungarian-Jewish writer, answers an acquaintance who asks him if he has a child. It is the answer he gave his wife (now ex-wife) years earlier... Read more >
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Liquidation

Written by Imre Kertesz
Translated by Tim Wilkinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7505-8 (1-4000-7505-X)

Imre Kertész’s savagely lyrical and suspenseful new novel traces the continuing echoes the Holocaust and communism in the consciousness of contemporary Eastern Europe.

Ten years after the fall of communism, a writer named B. commits suicide, devastating his circle and deeply puzzling his friend Kingsbitter. For among B.’s effects, Kingsbitter finds... Read more >

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Judge On Trial

Written by Ivan Klima


Format: Trade Paperback, 556 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 26, 1994
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73756-8 (0-679-73756-1)

An epic novel about those who stayed in Prague after 1968. When middle-aged judge Adam Kindl is asked not only to try a double murder case but is also expected to find the accused guilty, it is his own shattered faith in the political system that is put on trial.

“A great... Read more >

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Love and Garbage

Written by Ivan Klima


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1993
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73755-1 (0-679-73755-3)

Love and Garbage is set in Prague years before the Velvet Revolution and explores themes of conscience and betrayal that cut to the bone of life in both totalitarian and democratic societies. The writer-hero of this shrewd and poignant novel has responded to state suppression by becoming a street-sweeper. From his... Read more >

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Skylark

Written by Dezso Kosztolanyi
Translated by Richard Aczel
Introduction by Peter Esterhazy


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-339-8 (1-59017-339-2)

Do not order before March 2010.
It is 1900, give or take a few years. The Vajkays—call them Mother and Father—live in Sárszeg, a dead-end burg in the provincial heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Father retired some years ago to devote his days to genealogical research and quaint questions of heraldry. Mother... Read more >
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The Adventures of Sindbad

Written by Gyula Krudy
Translated by George Szirtes
Introduction by George Szirtes


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-445-6 (1-59017-445-3)

“What you have loved remains yours.” Thus speaks the irresistible rogue Sindbad, ironic hero of these fantastic tales, who has seduced and abandoned countless women over the course of centuries but never lost one, for he returns to visit them all–ladies, actresses, housemaids–in his memories and dreams. From the bustling streets... Read more >
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Sunflower

Written by Gyula Krudy
Translated by John Batki
Introduction by John Lukacs


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-186-8 (1-59017-186-1)

In Sunflower, young Eveline leaves the city and returns to her country estate to escape the memory of her desperate love for the unscrupulous charmer Kálmán. There she encounters the melancholy Álmos-Dreamer, who is languishing for love of her, and is visited by the bizarre and beautiful Miss Maszkerádi, a woman... Read more >
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Autobiography of a Corpse

Written by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Translated by Joanne Turnbull
Introduction by Adam Thirlwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-670-2 (1-59017-670-7)

The stakes are wildly high in Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s fantastic and blackly comic philosophical fables, which abound in nested narratives and wild paradoxes. This new collection of eleven mind-bending tales includes some of Krzhizhanovsky’s most dazzling conceits: a provincial journalist who moves to Moscow finds his existence consumed by the autobiography of... Read more >
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The Letter Killers Club

Written by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Translated by Joanne Turnbull
Introduction by Caryl Emerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-450-0 (1-59017-450-X)

Writers are professional killers of conceptions. The logic of the Letter Killers Club, a secret society of “conceivers” who commit nothing to paper on principle, is strict and uncompromising. Every Saturday they meet in a fire-lit room hung with blank black bookshelves to present their “pure and unsubstantiated” conceptions: a rehearsal... Read more >
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The Duel

Written by Alexander Kuprin
Translated by Josh Billings


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-52-3 (1-935554-52-2)

This rediscovered gem by a major, yet neglected, writer– here presented in a dazzling new translation– is an absorbing account of the final days of Czarist Russia.

An absorbing saga about the brutalities of military life upon its own soldiers. Stranded at a distant outpost, young Romashov finds himself obliged to fight... Read more >
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Death and the Penguin

Written by Andrey Kurkov
Translated by George Bird


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-55-4 (1-935554-55-7)

A masterful tale set in post-Soviet Kiev that’s both darkly-funny and ominous...

In the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost, aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev–he’s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid... Read more >
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Penguin Lost

Written by Andrey Kurkov
Translated by George Bird


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-56-1 (1-935554-56-5)

Andrey Kurkov’s first book to be published in English, Death and the Penguin, was hailed by leading critics in the US and the UK as “a tragicomic masterpiece” (The Daily Telegraph) of suspense about life on the crime-riddled streets of an impoverished, post-Soviet Kiev. But until now, fans haven’t been able... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Hero of Our Time

Written by Mikhail Lermontov
Translated by Marian Schwartz
Introduction by Gary Shteyngart


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7076-0 (0-8129-7076-4)

A Hero of Our Time, the first major prose novel in Russian literature, is a mosaic of narrators and tales featuring the Byronic young officer Pechorin. Set in the rugged Caucasus, Lermontov's dazzling psychological novel follows the wealthy and cynical Pechorin as he gallops from one adventure to the next--through an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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