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The Engagement

Written by Georges Simenon
Afterword by John Gray
Translated by Anna Moschovakis


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: March 6, 2007
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-228-5 (1-59017-228-0)

On the outskirts of Paris, a prostitute is found murdered in a vacant lot. In a seedy apartment house nearby lives pasty, fat Mr. Hire. Mr. Hire, who earns his living through a petty postal scam, is a convicted pornographer, a peeping Tom, and, once a week, the unlikely star of... Read more >

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Written by Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: July 1, 1984
Price: $5.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-24777-0 (0-553-24777-8)

From the icy blast of reveille through the sweet release of sleep, Ivan Denisovich endures. A common carpenter, he is one of millions viciously imprisoned for countless years on baseless charges, sentenced to the waking nightmares of the Soviet work camps in Siberia. Even in the face of degrading hatred, where... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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You Must Set Forth at Dawn
A Memoir
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75514-9 (0-375-75514-4)

The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl

Written by Italo Svevo


Format: Trade Paperback, 92 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 31, 2010
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-1-933633-89-3 (1-933633-89-1)

This rare addition to Italo Svevo’s small canon about the battle between the sexes (and between youth and age) in wartime Trieste, will be sought out by reader’s of the author's classic, Confessions of Zeno. This edition brings the book back into print for the first time since 1967 and only... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Imagining Argentina

Written by Lawrence Thornton


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 1, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34579-7 (0-553-34579-6)

A 1997 New York Times Notable Book, and winner of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, and the PEN American Center West Award for Best Novel of 1987. Imagining Argentina is set in the dark days of the late 1970's, when thousands of Argentineans disappeared without a trace into the general's prison... Read more >

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The Slynx

Written by Tatyana Tolstaya
Translated by Jamey Gambrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 17, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-196-7 (1-59017-196-9)

“A postmodern literary masterpiece.” –The Times Literary Supplement

Ten years in the writing, Tatyana Tolstaya’s only novel, The Slynx, takes place some two hundred years after “the Blast” put an end to civilization. People in this post-apocalyptic world eat mice and worms and have forgotten how to make a fire. In the... Read more >

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Rain of Gold

Written by Victor Villasenor


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31177-9 (0-385-31177-X)

Available both in English and Spanish, this is the true saga of Villase-or's own heritage-a heart-rending story of poverty, immigration, struggle and success. Focused on three generations of the maternal side of his family, it explores their spiritual and cultural roots in Mexico and the trials and triumphs in emigrating and... Read more >

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Walking Stars
Stories of Magic and Power
Written by Victor Villasenor


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 11, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31654-5 (0-385-31654-2)

Consistently hailed as one of today's most important Latin writers, Victor Villase-or presents a collection of stories full of the rich imagination, spirituality, and true life experiences of the Villase-or family in southern California and Mexico. Set against the turmoil of the Mexican revolution and amid the upheaval of his family's... Read more >

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Wild Steps of Heaven

Written by Victor Villasenor


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: February 10, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31569-2 (0-385-31569-4)

In Rain of Gold, Villase-or brings the history of his Mexican-American ancestry to life with the story of his mother's side of the family. In Wild Steps of Heaven he turns to his father's family, the Villase-ors. Against a backdrop of love and war, magic and heroism, the author creates a... Read more >

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One Hundred and One Ways

Written by Mako Yoshikawa


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 2, 2000
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37969-3 (0-553-37969-0)

Lyrical, haunting, and evocative, One Hundred and One Ways is the tale of a young Japanese-American woman whose past and future are colliding. Taskehashi is a woman torn between two men and two cultures, who turns for answers to her Japanese grandmother, Yukiko, once a famous geisha. Read more >
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