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Read the World


Every country has writers — talented writers whose evocative storytelling can harness their country's customs, capture its flavors, and give flesh to its inhabitants. Authors as talented as García Márquez, Tolstoy, Allende, and Mahfouz plunge us into worlds that were once only recognizable to us by their differences, and create a universal humanity we can all relate to. Join us at Powell's Books as we celebrate the literature of great writers from around the globe.

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Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
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Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwos fall from... (read more)

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
by Haruki Murakami
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Haruki Murakami is generally considered the greatest Japanese writer of his generation, but at times he seems more in tune with the culture of the West than of his native country. Throughout his work, the food, music, movies, and literature... (read more)

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Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this... (read more)

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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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The Bone People
The Bone People
by Keri Hulme
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In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes, part Maori, part European, an artist estranged from her art, a woman in exile from her family. One night her solitude is disrupted by a visitor—a speechless, mercurial boy named Simon, who... (read more)

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One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women... (read more)

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Journey to the End of the Night
Journey to the End of the Night
by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
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Upon publication in 1932, Journey to the End of the Night at once scandalized and invigorated French Literature, and has continued to influence authors of many nationalities to this day. It's the story of Bardamu, a man who continually finds himself at... (read more)

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Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie
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In the moments of upheaval that surround the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the day India proclaimed its independence from Great Britain, one thousand and one children are born — each of whom, though forced to struggle through hardships... (read more)

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The Black Book (Vintage International)
The Black Book (Vintage International)
by Orhan Pamuk
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A New Translation and Afterword by Maureen Freely Galip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective novel-loving Ruya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband or Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist? But Cel&... (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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I Served the King of England
I Served the King of England
by Bohumil Hrabal
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In a comic masterpiece following the misadventures of a simple but hugely ambitious waiter in pre-World War II Prague, who rises to wealth only to lose everything with the onset of Communism, Bohumil Hrabal takes us on a tremendously funny and satirical... (read more)

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Street of Crocodiles (77 Edition)
Street of Crocodiles (77 Edition)
by Bruno Schulz
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"Schulz is a master of metaphor, and his lush, poetic sentences burst with sensory detail. He transforms the pedestrian — salesgirls, brooms, bolts of cloth — into fantastic apparitions, lit with significance and color....Schulz's stories...are... (read more)

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Dirt Music
Dirt Music
by Tim Winton
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Undoubtedly one of the best novels published over the last several years, Dirt Music takes place in the wilds of Australia's West Coast. It follows the adventures (and misadventures) of a young poacher as he runs afoul of his village's headman, and is... (read more)

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