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Abigail

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By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681374031
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 21st, 2020

 

Headstrong, spoiled Gina is suddenly sent from Budapest to a strict boarding school by her doting father, a high-ranking general. Boarding school antics abound, but soon Gina must learn true strength and courage in this coming of age story. 

Katie


The Dreamed Part

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ISBN: 9781948830058
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Published: Open Letter - November 12th, 2019

 

At times baffling, at times exuberant, at times your curmudgeonly profession uncle who doesn’t like smart phones, at times breathtaking, The Dreamed Part is less a book and more a mind-altering substance. Fresan writes about and towards that pliable mental state between waking & dreaming. A tremendous literary accomplishment with some of the most amazing prose about books & reading I’ve ever seen in a novel. 

Josh


The Emissary

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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811227629
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Published: New Directions - April 24th, 2018

 

The Emissary, one of the strangest and most inventive stories that I’ve read, follows a day in the lives of a Japanese grandfather and grandson after an unnamed environmental catastrophe. In this dystopian world, children are born frail and sickly while the elderly remain healthy and strong. Due to the pollution, most animals and plants have gone extinct, everyone changes sex at least once in their lives, and old holidays have been replaced with new ones like “Being Alive is Enough Day”. Translated from its original Japanese, this short novel pushes the boundary of both language and visions of the future.

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

 

What is the best way to live in a cruel and barbaric world? How should we value the lives of animals compared to those of humans? Who is worthy of a voice? These are the questions confronting Janina—an elderly astrologist living in a rural Polish village. Translated from its original Polish in 2018, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a dark fable with a complicated morality and eccentric humor fit for our contemporary predicaments. 

 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults 


Parade

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ISBN: 9781593765804
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Published: Soft Skull - November 5th, 2019

 

A slim, surprising story, Kawakami weaves folklore with a classic school story, bringing back the unsettling feeling of pre-pubescent reality, in which the surreal mix of the imaginary and the tortures of other children are normal. Spooky and strange, this book will leave you wanting more. 

Marika


I Will Never See the World Again

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By Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590519929
Published: Other Press - October 1st, 2019

 

Altan, one of contemporary Turkey’s most important writers, currently serving a life sentence on trumped up charges by Erdogan’s  brutish authoritarian regime, has written this profoundly moving prison memoir that ultimately is an expression of the triumph of the human spirit and imagination.

Dale


Strange Weather in Tokyo

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ISBN: 9781640090163
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Published: Counterpoint - November 14th, 2017

 

This book is seriously entertaining without anything ever happening. The story moves forward but you’re unsure of how or why. Tsukiko shuffles through life awkwardly, whilst Sensei lives with intention. Their paths cross in a bar one night and somehow they end up picking mushrooms in a mountain later. 

Sinny


The Incompletes

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By Sergio Chejfec, Heather Cleary (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781948830034
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Published: Open Letter - September 24th, 2019

 

A beautifully baffling book about the peripatetic wanderings of your own mind through the hotels, hallways, & postcards of the protagonists, or about the instability hiding in every apparently solid building, or maybe even how you don’t know an event is significant until some disconnected and celestial phenomenon illuminates it.

Josh


Fever Dream

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By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

 

Samanta Schweblin's FEVER DREAM is exactly what the title suggests: an atmospheric drift through a nightmare world of sideways logic and slow-building horror. You'll find yourself consuming it in one sitting, double-checking the locks and turning on all the lights in the house as you go.

Kate


An Untouched House

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By Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer (Translated by), Cees Nooteboom (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781939810069
Published: Archipelago - October 23rd, 2018

 

A war story unlike any you’ve read before. We follow the protagonist discover & try to preserve a personal identity away from the war. But the forces that create war in the first place aren’t bound by walls and doors and the story ends with something that is shocking in large part because of how banal and obvious it is.

Josh


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