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The Armies by Evelio Rosero
Evelio Rosero's The Armies begins almost idyllically, in a garden. To the bright laughter of macaws, old Ismael Pasos picks oranges. His wife, the slightly less-old Otilia, feeds the fish in the fountain as their cats peer down from an almond tree. In this Eden, it is desire, not satisfaction, that ...
The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe
Sometimes journalists can only describe, not explain. Certainly that was the case when the tattered freight ship the Golden Venture beached itself on New York's Rockaway peninsula in June 1993, disgorging from its fetid hold a cargo of 286 undocumented Chinese, ten of whom died while struggling to...
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D. G. Kelley
"You know people have tried to put me off as being crazy," said Thelonious Sphere Monk. "Sometimes it's to your advantage for people to think you're crazy." He ought to have known. Monk was one of only a few jazz musicians to appear on the cover of Time magazine (others include Louis Armstrong...
Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil by Peter Maass
The first thing Peter Maass encountered when he arrived at Oru Sangama was the stench of raw sewage. The trip from Port Harcourt had not been long, even in a leaky canoe, but the tiny slum seemed a world apart from the sprawling, oil-rich hub of the Niger Delta. Sangama's villagers, housed in a...
The Poetry of Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke and Edward Snow
It is said that the tradition of English poetry began with Caedmon -- an illiterate seventh-century lay brother who, ashamed of his inability to versify when the harp was passed around at a feast, fell asleep in his stable among the animals and dreamed of an angel. This angel, too, bade him sing...
There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
"Russian literature has been a kind of religion in this country -- a religion based on the moral position of writers, on their suffering," Ludmilla Petrushevskaya once told Sally Laird, her British translator. "All our greatest writers have been sufferers and saints." It was May 1987, and Immortal...
The She-Devil in the Mirror by Horacio Castellanos Moya
In 2004, in an essay in the Mexican magazine Letras Libres, Horacio Castellanos Moya recalled how, on a rainy August afternoon in San Salvador in 1978, he and two friends, all three of them poets in their early 20s, were interrupted by a knock on the door as they put together the ninth issue of...
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
In Washington, they read. Foreign policy decisions made by men and women in suits, understandably too busy to embark on a fact-finding mission to every war zone, disaster area or human rights debacle, often depend on the labor of reporters (who report) and experts (who filter raw eyewitness...
Memories of the Future (New York Review Books Classics) by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky is a writer even most Russians knew nothing about until his work was resurrected from Soviet archives and published -- most of it for the first time -- in the late 1980s. He was ethnically Polish and grew up near Kiev. He studied law without much enthusiasm, worked for an...
Terror and Joy: The Films of Dusan Makavejev by Lorraine Mortimer
It is one of the most perplexing mysteries of world cinema. In the early 1970s Dusan Makavejev was the brightest star in the avant-garde firmament. A breathless dispatch in the New York Times filed from a midnight screening of one of Makavejev's films at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival offers a...
Buying Into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World (Pitt Comp Literacy Culture) by Catherine Prendergast
The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard
Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics) by Don Carpenter
The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley
The Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov by Jack Tworkov
Death in Spring by Merce Rodoreda
The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business by Nelson Lichtenstein
Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector by Benjamin Moser
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life by Gerald Martin
Selected Poems by Wallace Stevens
Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen
War Is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War by James Neugass and Peter N. Carroll and Peter Glazer
Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de La Tour Du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era by Caroline Moorehead
Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 by Matthew J. Smith
C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems by C P Cavafy
Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America by Anne-Marie Cusac
Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image (Vintage Originals) by Michael Casey
Bonsai (08 Edition) by Alejandro Zambra
Rex by Jose Manuel Prieto
The Ax by Donald E. Westlake
News from the Empire by Fernando Del Paso
The Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson
Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Don't Cry: Stories by Mary Gaitskill
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
The Queue by Vladimir Sorokin
The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills by C. Wright Mills
The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation by Fanny Howe
The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell
The Road to Democracy in Iran (Boston Review Books) by Akbar Ganji
The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman
Patty's Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America by William Graebner
Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang by John Ayto
Yalo (Rainmaker Translations) by Elias Khoury
White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple
How Fiction Works by James Wood
Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and Times of an Urban Reformer by Wendell E. Pritchett
Passionate Uprisings: Iran's Sexual Revolution by Pardis Mahdavi
Sophocles' Ajax by John Tipton
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
Only Love Can Break Your Heart by David Samuels