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Tales of Ordinary Madness
Tales of Ordinary Madness
by Charles Bukowski
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With Bukowski, the votes are still coming in. There seems to be no middle ground—people seem either to love him or hate him. Tales of his own life and doings are as wild and weird as the very stories he writes. In a sense, Bukowski was a legend in... (read more)

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Book of Dreams (01 Edition)
Book of Dreams (01 Edition)
by Jack Kerouac
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Cultural Writing. Memoir. Introduction by Robert Creeley. BOOK OF DREAMS is Jack Kerouac's record of his dream life, a parallel autobiography of the soul, the sleeper's On the Road: "I got my weary eyes out of bed and through eyes swollen with sleep... (read more)

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Essential Neruda : Selected Poems (04 Edition)
Essential Neruda : Selected Poems (04 Edition)
by Pablo Neruda
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This collection of Neruda’s most essential poems will prove indispensable. Selected by a team of poets and prominent Neruda scholars in both Chile and the U.S., this is a definitive selection that draws from the entire breadth and width of Neruda... (read more)

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Notes of a Dirty Old Man
Notes of a Dirty Old Man
by Charles Bukowski
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"Bukowski. You either love him or hate him. This is one of his best collections of short stories — raunchy, sodden, and bloated. Enjoy."... (read more)

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Story of the Eye
Story of the Eye
by Georges Bataille
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Novel, translated by Joachim Neugroschel. Bataille's scandalous Story of the Eye, written under the pseudonym Lord Auch, centers around the exploits of a young couple exploring the utmost boundaries of the sacred and profane. This hallucinatory melding... (read more)

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Oblivion Seekers (75 Edition)
Oblivion Seekers (75 Edition)
by Isabelle Eberhardt
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Stories and journal notes by an extraordinary young woman—adventurer and traveler, Arabic scholar, Sufi mystic and adept of the Djillala cult. Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904) was an explorer who lived and traveled extensively throughout North... (read more)

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town
The Most Beautiful Woman in Town
by Charles Bukowski
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Fiction. These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. In Europe, however (particularly in Germany, Italy, and... (read more)

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Memoirs of a Woman Doctor
Memoirs of a Woman Doctor
by Nawal Saadawi
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"Memoirs of a Woman Doctor is a feminist masterpiece. Set in Egypt, El Saadawi's slim novel is the story of a woman who rebels against all of the traditions of her culture. It's spare and elegant, and a marvelous read."... (read more)

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Pocket Poets #51: Scripture of the Golden Eternity
Pocket Poets #51: Scripture of the Golden Eternity
by Jack Kerouac
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These classic Kerouac meditations, zen koans, and prose poems express the poet’s beatific quest for peace and joy through oneness with the universe.... (read more)

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Shadows of Berlin (05 Edition)
Shadows of Berlin (05 Edition)
by Bergelson
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Shadows of Berlin is, in part, a bleak chronicle of life in Europe growing ever more hostile at the edge of World War II, part mythic parable. Bergelson’s stories—passionate, honest, dark and often hilarious—hint at the possibility of... (read more)

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The Back Room
The Back Room
by Carmen Martin Gaite
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Chapter One THE BAREFOOT MAN ... AND YET I'D swear that the position was the same-I think I've always slept this way, with my right arm underneath the pillow and my body turned slightly over onto that side, my feet searching for the place where the sheet... (read more)

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Stories of Mr. Keuner
Stories of Mr. Keuner
by Bertolt Brecht
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Fiction. Politics. Translated by Martin Chalmers. STORIES OF MR. KEUNER gathers Bertolt Brecht's fictionalized comments on politics, everyday life, and exile. Written from the late 1920s till the late 1950s, STORIES OF MR. KEUNER is the precipitate of... (read more)

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Erotism: Death and Sensuality
Erotism: Death and Sensuality
by Georges Bataille
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Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, death and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues these themes with an original, often startling perspective. He challenges any single discourse on the erotic. The scope of his inquiry ranges from Emily... (read more)

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The Marx Family Saga
The Marx Family Saga
by Juan Goytisolo
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Fiction. Latino/a Studies. The latest work from the most important living novelist from Spain (S.F. Guardian) is a surreal, witty, roller coaster of a novel. As you leave the room, from the top of the staris you look down on the perfectly freeze-framed... (read more)

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State of Siege
State of Siege
by Juan Goytisolo
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A traveler looks out his hotel window on a war-torn city. A mortar explodes in his room and, when the police arrive, the corpse has disappeared and only a notebook of apocryphal writings and poems is found. These enigmas lead into a labyrinth, where... (read more)

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The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary
The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary
by Rebecca Brown
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The nameless narrator of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary lives in her studio apartment with a pack of Doberman pinchers. The dogs, led by the cruel, charismatic bitch named Miss Dog, alternate between being brutal attack animals and loyal companions, being... (read more)

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The Impossible
The Impossible
by Georges Bataille
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In a philosophical erotic narrative, an essay on poetry, and in poems Georges Bataille pursues his guiding concept, the impossible. The narrator engages in a journey, one reminiscent of the Grail quest; failing, he experiences truth. He describes a... (read more)

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Sarajevo Blues (98 Edition)
Sarajevo Blues (98 Edition)
by Semezdin Mehmedinovic
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From one of Bosnia’s most prominent poets and writers: spare and haunting stories and poems that were written under the horrific circumstances of the recent war in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Semezdin Mehmedinovic remained a citizen of Sarajevo throughout... (read more)

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The Unknown Poe: An Anthology of Fugitive Writings by Edgar Allan Poe, with Appreciations
The Unknown Poe: An Anthology of Fugitive Writings by Edgar Allan Poe, with Appreciations
by Edgar Allan Poe
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An indispensable anthology of brilliant, hard-to-find writings by Poe on poetry, the imagination, humor, and the sublime, which adds a new dimension to his stature as a speculative thinker and philosopher. Essays (in translation) by Charles Baudelaire... (read more)

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Picnic Grounds : Novel in Fragments (03 Edition)
Picnic Grounds : Novel in Fragments (03 Edition)
by Oz Shelach
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Part reportage, part parable, part excavation of history, this jigsaw puzzle of compelling tales constitutes an exile’s nostalgic tour into Israel’s culture of denial. Captivating in its beguiling, seeming simplicity, Picnic Grounds is a... (read more)

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