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The Oresteia
Agamemnon, Choephoroe, Eumenides
Written by Aeschylus
Translated by George Thomson
Introduction by Richard Seaford


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 20, 2004
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4192-3 (1-4000-4192-9)

Translation by George Thomson

Introduction by Richard Seaford


Still powerful after 2,500 years, the three plays of The Oresteia portray the bloody chain of family murder and vengeance that follows the return of the victorious King Agamemnon from the Trojan War.

In Aeschylus’s hands, the killing of Agamemenon by his wife Clytemnestra for having... Read more >
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Against World Literature
On the Politics of Untranslatability
Written by Emily Apter


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-970-6 (1-84467-970-5)

Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature focusing on the problems that emerge when large-scale paradigms of literary studies ignore the politics of the “untranslatable”–the realm of those words that are continually retranslated, mistranslated, transferred from language to language, or especially resistant to... Read more >
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Unconfessed

Written by Yvette Christianse


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: September 17, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-281-4 (1-59051-281-2)

Pen/Hemingway Award Finalist

Slavery as it existed in Africa has seldom been portrayed–and never with such texture, detail, and authentic emotion. Inspired by actual 19th-century court records, Unconfessed is a breathtaking literary tour de force. They called her Sila van den Kaap, slave woman of Jacobus Stephanus Van der Wat of Plettenberg... Read more >

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Even Now
Poems by Hugo Claus
Written by Hugo Claus
Afterword by Cees Nooteboom
Translated by David Colmer


Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Archipelago
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-935744-88-7 (1-935744-88-7)

Beautifully translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, the IMPAC Award-winning translator of Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin, Hugo Claus’s poems are remarkable for their dexterity, intensity of feeling, and acute intelligence. From the richly associative and referential “Oostakker Poems” to the emotional and erotic outpouring of the “mad dog stanzas” in “Morning... Read more >
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Open City
A Novel
Written by Teju Cole


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8009-7 (0-8129-8009-3)

Winner, 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction)
A 2011 New York Times Notable Book

A haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss, dislocation, and surrender, Teju Cole’s Open City seethes with intelligence. It is a profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our... 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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The Power of One
A Novel
Written by Bryce Courtenay


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41005-4 (0-345-41005-X)

In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams–which are nothing compared to what life... Read more >
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Fifty Great Short Stories

Written by Milton Crane


Format: Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1983
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27745-6 (0-553-27745-6)

50 Great Short Stories is a comprehensive selection from the world's finest short fiction. The authors represented range from Hawthorne, Maupassant, Poe, through Henry James, Conrad, Aldous Huxley, James Joyce, to Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Faulkner, E.B. White, Saroyan and O'Connor. The variety in style and subject is enormous, but all... Read more >

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Paradiso

Written by Dante


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1986
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21204-4 (0-553-21204-4)

The Divine Comedy stands as one of the towering creations of world literature, and its climactic section, the Paradiso, is perhaps the most ambitious poetic attempt ever made to represent the merging of individual destiny with universal order. Having passed through Hell and Purgatory, Dante is led by his beloved Beatrice... Read more >
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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 >
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Niki
The Story of a Dog
Written by Tibor Dery
Translated by Edward Hyams
Introduction by George Szirtes


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 7, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-318-3 (1-59017-318-X)

“The Dog adopted the Ancsas in the spring of ‘48”: so the story begins. The Ancsas are a middle-aged couple living on the outskirts of Budapest in a ruinous Hungary that is just beginning to wake up from the nightmare of World War II. The new Communist government promises to set... Read more >

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Crime and Punishment
Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 1993
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73450-5 (0-679-73450-3)

Ever since it's publication in 1866, Crime and Punishment has intrigued readers and sorely tested translators, the best of whom seem to capture one fact of Dostoevsky's masterpiece while missing the rest. Now, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky render this elusive and wildly innovative novel with an energy, suppleness, and range... Read more >
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The Eternal Husband and Other Stories

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21444-4 (0-553-21444-6)

The centerpiece of this collection , "The Eternal Husband" (1890) is one of Dostoevsky's most perfect works. Classical in form, it presents his most profound exploration of mimetic rivalry and the duality of human consciousness. Told from the point of view of a rich and idle man who is confronted by... Read more >
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Notes from Underground

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 30, 1994
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73452-9 (0-679-73452-X)

Notes From Underground marks the frontier, not only between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, but between two centuries' visions of the self. For the unnamed narrator is a multiplicity of selves, each at war with the others--all at war with everything else. Now Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose translations of Crime... Read more >
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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21388-1 (0-553-21388-1)

Edited and with a Foreword by Robert D. Richardson, Jr. This edition contains “Nature” as well as excerpts from Essays, First Series; Essays, Second Series; and Representative Men. A wide selection of Emerson’s poems–and other essays spanning his entire career–is also included. 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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The Eagle's Throne
A Novel
Written by Carlos Fuentes
Translated by Kristina Cordero


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7255-9 (0-8129-7255-4)

Set in the near future, at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Mexico’s idealistic president has dared to vote against the U.S. occupation of Colombia and Washington’s refusal to pay OPEC prices for oil. Retaliation is swift. Concocting a “glitch” in a Florida satellite, America’s president cuts Mexico’s communications... Read more >
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This I Believe
An A to Z of a Life
Written by Carlos Fuentes


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7254-2 (0-8129-7254-6)

In this masterly, deeply personal, and provocative book, the internationally renowned Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, whose work has been called “a combination of Poe, Baudelaire, and Isak Dinesen” (Newsweek), steps back to survey the wellsprings of art and ideology, the events that have shaped our time, and his extraordinary life and... Read more >
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Love in the Time of Cholera

Written by Gabriel García Márquez


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38973-2 (0-307-38973-1)

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs--yet he reserves his heart for Fermina... Read more >
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Journey from the Land of No
A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
Written by Roya Hakakian


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81030-9 (0-609-81030-8)

"Journey From the Land of No is an immensely moving, extraordinarily eloquent, and passionate memoir. Its author begins what one may prophesy as a major literary career."
—Harold Bloom

This is an elegantly written memoir of a young Iranian-American poet and journalist about growing up in Iran during the revolution.

Roya Hakakian was raised... Read more >
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The Open Road
The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26760-3 (0-307-26760-1)

One of the most acclaimed and perceptive observers of globalism and Buddhism now gives us the first serious consideration—for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike—of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s work and ideas as a politician, scientist, and philosopher.

Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father’s)... Read more >
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Mister Pip

Written by Lloyd Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: May 20, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34107-3 (0-385-34107-5)

2008 ALEX Award Winner (Young Adult Library Services Association)
2008 Best Books for Young Adults (Young Adult Library Services Association)
Commonwealth Writer's Prize Winner
Booker Prize Finalist

Selected for Common Reading at Queens University of Charlotte

In a novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fablelike, Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the... Read more >
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The Metamorphosis

Written by Franz Kafka
Translated by Stanley Corngold


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8514-6 (0-8129-8514-1)

Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Stanley Corngold
Featuring essays by Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin

“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, Franz Kafka begins... Read more >
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