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The House of the Spirits
The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende
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Here, in an astonishing debut by a gifted storyteller, is the magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph. They are the Truebas. And theirs is a world you will not want to leave... (read more)

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My Name is Red
My Name is Red
by Orhan Pamuk
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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent... (read more)

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Palace Walk (Cairo Trilogy #1)
Palace Walk (Cairo Trilogy #1)
by Naguib Mahfouz
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The master work by the 1988 Nobel Prize winner in literature, this stunning book, which introduces the engrossing saga of a Muslim family in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1990s, is "a majestic and capacious accomplishment"... (read more)

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All the Names
All the Names
by Jose Saramago
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"You know the name you were given, you do not know the name that you have," reads the epigraph of All the Names, a captivating and gorgeously written allegorical tale of identity penned by the illustrious José Saramago, which concerns... (read more)

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The Periodic Table
The Periodic Table
by Primo Levi
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One of Levi's more mystifying, yet fascinating works. Interworking elements of memoir and his skills as a master storyteller, Levi uses each chapter to tug at a different thread of the intricately woven history of the Holocaust. You may occasionally wish... (read more)

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Snow Country
Snow Country
by Yasunari Kawabata
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The Death of Artemio Cruz
The Death of Artemio Cruz
by Carlos Fuentes
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As the novel opens, Artemio Cruz, the all-powerful newspaper magnate and land baron, lies confined to his bed and, in dreamlike flashes, recalls the pivotal episodes of his life. Carlos Fuentes manipulates the ensuing kaleidoscope of images with dazzling... (read more)

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The Captive Mind
The Captive Mind
by Czeslaw Milosz
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The best known prose work by the winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature examines the moral and intellectual conflicts faced by men and women living under totalitarianism of the left or right.... (read more)

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
by Italo Calvino
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One of the most inventive books in recent decades, Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler has a nearly animate quality (or barely inanimate quality); its succession of unwinding mysteries suggests what it might be like to find oneself in a... (read more)

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Collected Early Fiction, 1949-1964 / Arno Schmidt #3: The Collected Stories of Arno Schmidt
Collected Early Fiction, 1949-1964 / Arno Schmidt #3: The Collected Stories of Arno Schmidt
by Arno Schmidt
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They are grouped under three headings: the first two, Tales from Island Street and Sturenburg Stories, are a perfect spot to test Schmidtian waters, to hear the voice of a master storyteller. Twenty-five short tales written for a wide audience, they all... (read more)

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He Who Searches
He Who Searches
by Luisa Valenzuela
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A professor of semiotics who doubles as a psychologist in Barcelona visits (always in disguise) a prostitute in the early morning hours on Mondays and Thursdays in order to analyze her without her knowing it. The story moves from Barcelona to Mexico to... (read more)

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View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems
View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems
by Wislawa Szymborska
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From one of Europes most prominent and celebrated poets, a collection remarkable for its graceful lyricism. With acute irony tempered by a generous curiosity, Szymborska documents lifes improbability as well as its transient beauty to capture the wonder... (read more)

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Silence
Silence
by Shusaku Endo
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A novel of faith and doubt set in medieval Japan. Endo relates the history of the Japanese Christians who were persecuted after the rise to power of the samurai in the 17th century, and in particular the plight of Japanese priests who were forced to... (read more)

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Duino Elegies: A Bilingual Edition
Duino Elegies: A Bilingual Edition
by Rainer Maria Rilke
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Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic orders? and even if one of them pressed me suddenly to his heart: I'd be consumed in that overwhelming existence. For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we can just barely endure, and... (read more)

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Soul Mountain
Soul Mountain
by Xingjian Gao
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In 1983 Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death. But six weeks later, a second examination revealed the cancer was gone, and he was thrown back into the world of the... (read more)

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Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics)
Crime and Punishment (Penguin Classics)
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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One of the great classics of world literature, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the story of Raskolnikov, a young man who — unable to complete his studies — commits what he calls "justifiable murder." What ensues is as demanding and illuminating... (read more)

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The Sound of Waves
The Sound of Waves
by Yukio Mishima
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Set in a remote fishing village in Japan, The Sound of Waves is a timeless story of first love. A young fisherman is entranced at the sight of the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. They fall in love, but must then endure the... (read more)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan... (read more)

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So Long a Letter (African Writers Series #248)
So Long a Letter (African Writers Series #248)
by Mariama Ba
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It is not only the fact that this is the most deeply felt presentation of the female condition in African fiction that gives distinction to this novel, but also its undoubted literary qualities, which seem to place it among the best novels that have come... (read more)

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The Vagabond
The Vagabond
by Colette
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Thirty-three years-old and recently divorced, Renée Néré has begun a new life on her own, supporting herself as a music-hall artist. Maxime, a rich and idle bachelor, intrudes on her independent existence and offers his love and the... (read more)

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