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Western Europe


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The Name of the Rose (Harvest in Translation Series)
The Name of the Rose (Harvest in Translation Series)
by Umberto Eco
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It is the year 1327. Franciscans in an Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, but Brother William of Baskerville’s investigation is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book... (read more)

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The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
by Alina Bronsky
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Rosa Achmetowna is the outrageously nasty and wily narrator of this rollicking family saga from the author of Broken Glass Park. When she discovers that her seventeen-year-old daughter, "stupid Sulfia" is pregnant by an unknown man she does everything to... (read more)

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Diary of an Innocent (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents)
Diary of an Innocent (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents)
by Tony Duvert
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I'd find it amusing if, in a few centuries, the only thing that our descendents condescend to retain of our artistic production, the only thing in which they'll see worlds to admire, to penetrate, the only thing that they'll show off as precious in... (read more)

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The White Castle
The White Castle
by Orhan Pamuk
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Orhan Pamuk proffers a dazzling work of historical and philosophical fiction, set amid the scholarship and savagery of 17th-century Constantinople. When a young Italian scholar is taken prisoner, he becomes the slave and tutor of a Turkish scholar who is... (read more)

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Artists' Wives
Artists' Wives
by Alphonse Daudet
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Fiction. Translated from the French. Introduction by Olivier Bernier. Notoriety, faithfulness, gossip, love and style are Alphonse Daudet's subjects in these little-known stories about the strained relations between artists and their spouses. Daudet... (read more)

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Poem Strip (New York Review Books Classics)
Poem Strip (New York Review Books Classics)
by Dino Buzzati
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A New York Review Books Original Dino Buzzati is a luminary of the mid-twentieth-century Italian literary avant-garde and the author of The Tartar Steppe, a modern classic. He was also an accomplished visual artist. Poem Strip, from 1968, unites his... (read more)

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Lionheart
Lionheart
by Thorvald Steen
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Richard I (1157–99) was king of England from 1189 until his death, but he is best known as a soldier, not a monarch. He earned his moniker Richard the Lionheart as a knight and military leader, and his revolt against his father Henry II and his... (read more)

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Unformed Landscape
Unformed Landscape
by Peter Stamm
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Unformed Landscape begins in a small village on a fjord in the Finnmark, on the northeastern coast of Norway, where the borders between Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia lie covered in snow and darkness, where the real borders are between day and night,... (read more)

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New Directions Paperbook #907: Conversations in Sicily
New Directions Paperbook #907: Conversations in Sicily
by Elio Vittorini
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It stands as a modern classic not only for its powerful thematic resonance as one of the great novels of Italian anti-fascism but also as a trailblazer for its style, which blends literary modernism with the pre-modern fable in a prose of lyric beauty... (read more)

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The Natural Order of Things
The Natural Order of Things
by Antonio Lobo Antunes
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Born in Lisbon in 1942, António Lobo Antunes is widely considered to be a strong contender for the Nobel Prize. A psychiatrist by trade, Antunes partly gave up his practice in the early 1980's to focus on writing, following the success... (read more)

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Private Property (European Women Writers)
Private Property (European Women Writers)
by Paule Constant
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When Tiffany Muranos parents, French expatriates in Africa, send her to a Catholic boarding school in France, her homeland feels nothing like home. In leaving colonial Africa, she loses the natural world, the people, and the animals she knows and loves... (read more)

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Landscape with Dog: And Other Stories
Landscape with Dog: And Other Stories
by Ersi Sotiropoulos
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"Greek author Sotiropoulos (Zigzag Through the Bitter-Orange Trees) depicts the hollow, deceptive civility hidden within intimate relationships in this capably translated story collection featuring lovers, married couples, brothers and parents. In 'An... (read more)

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In Our Strange Gardens
In Our Strange Gardens
by Michel Quint
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In Our Strange Gardens was named a BookSense 76 Recommended Pick for January 2002! Michel has a story to tell. It's about his father, an exquisitely common man whose very ordinariness is a source of grave embarrassment for the boy. It's also the story... (read more)

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Winter's child
Winter's child
by Dea Trier Morch
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Dea Trier Morch depicts with uncommon skill an experienec that pays no attention to language differences or national boundaries: childbirth. Set in a maternity ward for difficult cases, her novel is unique in focusing on the weeks immediately before and... (read more)

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The panther woman :five tales from the cassette recorder
The panther woman :five tales from the cassette recorder
by Sarah Kirsch
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The result of their collaboration is seen in "The Panther Woman," a performer's view of her exciting and exhausting life on the road; "Turbulent Years," the recollections of a political activity, imprisoned during World War II, who went on to become a... (read more)

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Stockholm Stories
Stockholm Stories
by Elin Wagner
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Poland under Black Light
Poland under Black Light
by Janusz Anderman
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Lost Pibroch & Other Sheiling Stories
Lost Pibroch & Other Sheiling Stories
by Neil Munro
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Tale of Poor Lovers
Tale of Poor Lovers
by Vasio Pratolini
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The Origins of Desire: Modern Spanish Short Stories
The Origins of Desire: Modern Spanish Short Stories
by Juan Anto Masoliver
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