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Brodeck

Written by Philippe Claudel
Translated by John Cullen


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39075-2 (0-307-39075-6)

A powerful and moving novel about the ravages war and the need to tell the truth, even in the face of adversity.

After the close of a great war, a mysterious stranger arrives in a small European village. He is an artist and he begins sketching the villagers, showing the painful reality... Read more >
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By a Slow River
A Novel
Written by Philippe Claudel


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7801-1 (1-4000-7801-6)

A bestseller in France and winner of the Prix Renaudot, By a Slow River is a mesmerizing and atmospheric tale of three mysterious deaths in an oddly isolated French village during World War I.

The placid daily life of a small town near the front seems impervious to the nearby pounding of... Read more >
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The Investigation

Written by Philippe Claudel


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94670-6 (0-307-94670-3)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

The Investigator, a humble and ordinary man, has been ordered to conduct an Investigation into a series of suicides that have taken place at the Enterprise—a huge, sprawling complex in an unnamed Town. But the Investigator’s train is delayed. When he finally arrives, no... Read more >
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The Difficulty of Being

Written by Jean Cocteau
Translated by Elizabeth Sprigge
Introduction by Geoffrey O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-290-1 (1-61219-290-4)

By the time he published The Difficulty of Being in 1947, Jean Cocteau had produced some of the most respected films and literature of the twentieth century, and had worked with the foremost artists of his time, including Proust, Gide, Picasso and Stravinsky.

This memoir tells the inside account of those... Read more >
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Crossing the Mangrove

Written by Maryse Conde


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 1, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47633-1 (0-385-47633-7)

In this beautifully crafted, Rashomon-like novel, Maryse Conde has written a gripping story imbued with all the nuances and traditions of Caribbean culture. None of the villagers are particularly surprised when Francis Sancher, a secretive amd melancholy man who predicted an unnatural death for himself, is found dead, face down in... Read more >
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Adolphe

Written by Benjamin Constant
Translated by Carl Wildman


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-09-7 (1-935554-09-3)

Adolphe is a privileged and refined young man, bored by the stupidity he perceives in the world around him. After a number of meaningless conquests, he at last encounters Ellenore, a beautiful and passionate older woman. Adolphe is enraptured and gradually wears down her resistance to his declarations of love. But... Read more >
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The Jokers

Written by Albert Cossery
Translated by Anna Moschovakis
Introduction by James Buchan


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-325-1 (1-59017-325-2)

Who are the jokers?
The jokers are the government, and the biggest joker of all is the governor, a bug-eyed, strutting, rapacious character of unequaled incompetence who presides over the nameless Middle Eastern city where this effervescent comedy by Albert Cossery is set.
The jokers are also the revolutionaries, no less bumbling and... Read more >
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Proud Beggars

Written by Albert Cossery
Translated by Thomas W. Cushing
Introduction by Alyson Waters


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-442-5 (1-59017-442-9)

Early in Proud Beggars, a brutal and motiveless murder is committed in a Cairo brothel. But the real mystery at the heart of Albert Cossery’s wry black comedy is not the cause of this death, but the paradoxical richness to be found in even the most materially impoverished life. Chief among... Read more >
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Voice Over
A Novel
Written by Celine Curiol
Translated by Sam Richard
Foreword by Paul Auster


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-848-7 (1-58322-848-9)

A lonely young woman works as an announcer in Paris’s gare du Nord train station. Obsessed with a man attached to another woman, she wanders through the world of dinner parties, shopping excursions, and chance sexual encounters with a sense of haunting expectation. As something begins to happen between her and... Read more >
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Murder In Memoriam

Written by Didier Daeninckx
Translated by Liz Heron


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Melville International Crime
On Sale: October 16, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-146-1 (1-61219-146-0)

On the evening of October 17, 1961 twenty-thousand Algerians marched in Paris in defiance of and in protest against a curfew imposed by Maurice Papon, chief of the Paris Metropolitan Police. The protesters were met with ferocious and uninhibited violence. Eleven-thousand were arrested; more than one thousand injured; as many as... Read more >
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Cousin Bette

Written by Honore De Balzac
Translated by Kathleen Raine
Introduction by Francine Prose


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75907-9 (0-375-75907-7)

“Bette is a wronged soul; and when her passion does break, it is, as Balzac says, sublime and terrifying,” wrote V. S. Pritchett. A late masterpiece in Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine, Cousin Bette is the story of a Vosges peasant who rebels against her scornful upper-class relatives, skillfully turning their selfish... Read more >

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Lost Illusions

Written by Honore De Balzac
Translated by Kathleen Raine
Introduction by Richard Howard


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75790-7 (0-375-75790-2)

"Balzac [was] the master unequalled in the art of painting humanity as it exists in modern society," wrote George Sand. "He searched and dared everything."

Written between 1837 and 1843, Lost Illusions reveals, perhaps better than any other of Balzac's ninety-two novels, the nature and scope of his genius. The story of... Read more >

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The Wrong Side of Paris

Written by Honore De Balzac
Translated by Jordan Stump
Introduction by Adam Gopnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6675-6 (0-8129-6675-9)

The Wrong Side of Paris, the final novel in Balzac’s The Human Comedy, is the compelling story of Godefroid, an abject failure at thirty, who seeks refuge from materialism by moving into a monastery-like lodging house in the shadows of Notre-Dame. Presided over by Madame de La Chanterie, a noblewoman with... Read more >
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Adieux
A Farewell to Sartre
Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72898-8 (0-394-72898-X)

“An intimate, personal, and honest portrait of a relationship unlike any other in literary history.” —Deirdre Bair, The Philadelphia Inquirer Read more >
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A Very Easy Death

Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72899-5 (0-394-72899-8)

A poignant account of her mother's death from cancer. Read more >
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The Woman Destroyed

Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 12, 1987
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71103-4 (0-394-71103-3)

These three long stories draw us into the lives of three women, all past their first youth, all facing unexpected crises. In the title story, the heroine's serenity is shattered when she learns that her husband is having an affair. In "The Age of Discretion," a successful, happily married professor finds... Read more >
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How Proust Can Change Your Life

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77915-5 (0-679-77915-9)

Alain de Botton combines two unlikely genres—literary biography and self-help manual—in the hilarious and unexpectedly practical How Proust Can Change Your Life.

Who would have thought that Marcel Proust, one of the most important writers of our century, could provide us with such a rich source of insight into how best to... Read more >
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Bel Ami

Written by Guy De Maupassant


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74088-5 (0-307-74088-9)

Bel Ami, written at the height of Guy de Maupassant's powers, is a clasic novel of seduction, intrigue, and ruthless social climbing in belle époque Paris.

Georges Duroy is a down-and-out journalist from a humble background who engineers a stunning rise to the top of Parisian society through his relationships with influential... Read more >
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The Necklace and Other Tales

Written by Guy De Maupassant
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel
Introduction by Adam Gopnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75717-4 (0-375-75717-1)

These stories—poignant scrutinies of social pretension, wicked tales of lust and love, and harrowing examinations of terror and madness—display the full genius of Guy de Maupassant in an enthralling new translation by Joachim Neugroschel. They reveal Maupassant’s remarkable range, his technical perfection, his sexual realism, and his ability to create whole... Read more >
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The Tale of the Rose
The Love Story Behind The Little Prince
Written by Consuelo de Saint-Exupery


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6717-3 (0-8129-6717-8)

Consuelo and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry met in Buenos Aires in 1930—she a seductive young widow, he a brave pioneer of early aviation, decorated for his acts of heroism in the deserts of North Africa. He was large in his passions, a fierce loner with a childlike appetite for danger. She was... Read more >
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Memoirs of a Breton Peasant

Written by Jean-Marie Deguignet
Translated by Linda Asher


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-346-9 (1-60980-346-9)

A fascinating document of an extraordinary life, Memoirs of A Breton Peasant reads with the liveliness of a novel and bristles with the vigor of an opinionated autodidact from the very lowest level of peasant society. Brittany during the nineteenth century was a place seemingly frozen in the Middle Ages, backwards... Read more >
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Vie Francaise

Written by Jean-Paul Dubois


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9678-7 (1-4000-9678-2)

Meet Paul Blick: born in France (but not Paris); son of a car dealer; provincial sociology student-cum-theoretical revolutionary; briefly employed (by his father-in-law); married and soon to discover adultery and other satisfactions of a desperate househusband as consort of a high-flying wife who conquers the world as CEO of a Jacuzzi-manufacturing... Read more >
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The Count of Monte Cristo

Written by Alexandre Dumas
Introduction by Lorenzo Carcaterra


Format: Trade Paperback, 1488 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76030-3 (0-375-76030-X)

Introduction by Lorenzo Carcaterra

A popular bestseller since its publication in 1844, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the great page-turning thrillers of all time. Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, Dumas’s grand historical romance recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantès, a dashing young sailor falsely... Read more >

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The Count of Monte Cristo

Written by Alexandre Dumas
Introduction by Umberto Eco


Format: Hardcover, 1240 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-27112-9 (0-307-27112-9)

Alexandre Dumas’s epic novel of justice, retribution, and self-discovery—one of the most enduringly popular adventure tales ever written—in a newly revised translation.

This beloved novel tells the story of Edmond Dantès, wrongfully imprisoned for life in the supposedly impregnable sea fortress, the Château d’If. After a daring escape, and after unearthing a... Read more >

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The Count of Monte Cristo

Written by Alexandre Dumas


Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1984
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21350-8 (0-553-21350-4)

Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmund Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d'If. After staging a dramatic escape, he sets out to discover the fabulous
treasure of Monte Cristo and catch up with his enemies. A novel of enormous... Read more >
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