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Paradiso

Written by Dante
Translated by Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander


Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3115-3 (1-4000-3115-X)

With his journeys through Hell and Purgatory complete, Dante is at last led by his beloved Beatrice to Paradise. Where his experiences in the Inferno and Purgatorio were arduous and harrowing, this is a journey of comfort, revelation, and, above all, love-both romantic and divine.

Robert Hollander is a Dante scholar... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Purgatorio

Written by Dante
Translated by Allen Mandelbaum


Format: Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1983
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21344-7 (0-553-21344-X)

This splendid verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum provides an entirely fresh experience of Dante's great poem of penance and hope. As Dante ascends the Mount of Purgatory toward the Earthly Paradise and his beloved Beatrice, through "that second kingdom in which the human soul is cleansed of sin," all the passion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Purgatorio

Written by Dante
Translated by Jean Hollander and Robert Hollander


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49700-8 (0-385-49700-8)

”The Hollanders have rendered both the supple lyricism and the rich imagery of the Purgatorio with an admirably informed expertise. . . . A model for all translators.” —The Literary Review

“The Hollanders’ translation . . . seems the most accessible and the closest to the Italian. . . . The provision... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Purgatory

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64268-8 (0-679-64268-4)

A brilliant new translation of the centerpiece of The Divine Comedy

Purgatory, the mountain that straightens souls made crooked by the world, is Dante’s single most conceptually brilliant creation. Anthony Esolen’s vivid and innovative new rendering unearths Dante’s own voice with unprecedented vigor, accuracy, and a masterly use of English meter. It... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Purgatory

Written by Dante
Illustrated by Gustave Dore
Translated by Anthony Esolen


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7125-5 (0-8129-7125-6)

"The enjoyment of The Divine Comedy is a continuous process," observed T.S. Eliot. "It is not necessary to understand the meaning first to enjoy the poetry...our enjoyment of the poetry makes us want to understand the meaning."

Arguably the greatest single poem ever written, The Divine Comedy presents Dante Alighieri's all-encompassing... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Day Before Happiness

Written by Erri De Luca
Translated by Michael Moore


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-481-8 (1-59051-481-5)

Just after World War II, a young orphan living in Naples comes under the protection of Don Gaetano, the superintendent of an apartment building. He is a generous man and is very attached to the boy, telling him about the war and the liberation of the city by the Neapolitans. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Me, You

Written by Erri De Luca
Translated by Beth Archer Brombert


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-479-5 (1-59051-479-3)

The unnamed narrator of this slim, alluring novel recalls a summer spent at age sixteen on an idyllic Italian island off the coast of Naples in the 1950s, where he spends his days with Nicola, a local fisherman. The narrator falls in love with Caia, who shares with him that she’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Leopard
A Novel
Written by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71479-5 (0-375-71479-0)

Set in the 1860s, The Leopard tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution. The dramatic sweep and richness of observation, the seamless intertwining of public and private worlds, and the grasp of human frailty imbue The Leopard with its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Birth of Venus
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 30, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6897-2 (0-8129-6897-2)

2005 BOOK SENSE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, ADULT NON-FICTION

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a... Read more >

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In the Company of the Courtesan
A Novel
Written by Sarah Dunant


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7404-1 (0-8129-7404-2)

My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company... Read more >

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The Name of the Rose

Written by Umberto Eco
Translated by William Weaver


Format: Hardcover, 600 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26489-3 (0-307-26489-0)

A spectacular best seller and now a classic, The Name of the Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history... Read more >

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On Ugliness

Written by Umberto Eco


Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3723-6 (0-8478-3723-8)

In the mold of his acclaimed History of Beauty, renowned cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible? Where does the magnetic appeal of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Enchantments
A Novel
Written by Linda Ferri


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3352-2 (1-4000-3352-7)

From one of Italy’s brightest young novelists and award-winning screenwriters, a charming, offbeat, and original story, told through the direct and unfiltered eyes of a young girl, as she comes of age and ultimately confronts and weathers a tragic loss.

Written as a memoir and told in twenty-five short chapters, Enchantments reveals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana

Written by Carlo Emilio Gadda
Translated by William Weaver
Introduction by Italo Calvino


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: February 27, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-222-3 (1-59017-222-1)

In a large apartment house in central Rome, two crimes are committed within a matter of days: a burglary, in which a good deal of money and precious jewels are taken, and a murder, as a young woman whose husband is out of town is found with her throat cut. Called... Read more >

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In the Sea There Are Crocodiles

Written by Fabio Geda


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74382-4 (0-307-74382-9)

What would you do if, when you were ten, you were left to fend for yourself, and, in order to survive, you had to undertake a harrowing journey all the way from Afghanistan to Italy?

In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life... Read more >

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A Place to Live
and other selected essays of
Written by Natalia Ginzburg
Translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-570-7 (1-58322-570-6)

Arguably one of Italy’s greatest contemporary writers, Natalia Ginzburg has been best known in America as a writer’s writer, quiet beloved of her fellow wordsmiths. This collection of personal essays chosen by the eminent American writer Lynne Sharon Schwartz from four of Ginzburg’s books written over the course of Ginzburg’s lifetime... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Solitude of Compassion

Written by Jean Giono
Translated by Edward Ford
Foreword by Henry Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 174 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 5, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-524-0 (1-58322-524-2)

The Solitude of Compassion, a collection of short stories never before available in English, won popular acclaim when it was originally published in France in 1932. It tells of small-town life in Provence, drawing on a whole village of fictional characters, often warm and decent, at times immoral and coarse. Giono... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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La Bella Lingua
My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language
Written by Dianne Hales


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2770-3 (0-7679-2770-2)

“Italians say that someone who acquires a new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses…”

A celebration of the language and culture... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Professor and the Siren

Written by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa
Translated by Stephen Twilley
Introduction by Marina Warner


Format: Trade Paperback, 104 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-719-8 (1-59017-719-3)

In the last two years of his life, the Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote not only the internationally celebrated novel The Leopard but also three shorter pieces of fiction, brought together here in a new translation.

The Professor and the Siren, like The Leopard, meditates on the past and the... Read more >
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The Lost Girl
A Novel
Written by D.H. Lawrence
Introduction by Lee Siegel


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6997-9 (0-8129-6997-9)

The Lost Girl, D. H. Lawrence’s forgotten novel, is a passionate tale of longing and sexual defiance, of devastation and destitution.

Alvina Houghton, the daughter of a widowed Midlands draper, comes of age just as her father’s business is failing. In a desperate attempt to regain his fortune and secure his daughter’s... Read more >
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The Drowned and the Saved

Written by Primo Levi


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72186-4 (0-679-72186-X)

Translated by Raymond Rosenthal. Levi writes of the moral collapse that occurred in Auschwitz and the fallibility of human memory that allows such atrocities to recur.

"By the end of his life, Levi had become increasingly convinced that the lessons of the Holocaust were destined to be lost as it took a... Read more >

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A Soldier on the Southern Front
The Classic Italian Memoir of World War 1
Written by Emilio Lussu
Afterword by Mark Thompson
Translated by Gregory Conti


Format: Hardcover, 278 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4278-0 (0-8478-4278-9)

A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author’s experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Taking its place alongside works by Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu’s memoir is one of the most affecting accounts to come out of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Essential Writings of Machiavelli

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Albert Russell Ascoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 3, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7423-2 (0-8129-7423-9)

Finalist for the 2008 Pen Translation Award

“Essential is right. This compact and brilliantly edited volume enfolds not just The Prince, but also a splendidly translated assortment of political works, essays, and treatises, as well as a fine selection of literary gems and letters. Of particular value is the careful footnoting and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prince

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1984
Price: $4.50
ISBN: 978-0-553-21278-5 (0-553-21278-8)

Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Prince

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Albert Russell Ascoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7805-6 (0-8129-7805-6)

The first modern treatise of political philosophy, The Prince remains one of the world’s most influential and widely read books. Machiavelli, whose name has become synonymous with expedient exercises of will, reveals nothing less than the secrets of power: how to gain it, how to wield it, and how to keep... Read more >
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