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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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Invisible Cities
Invisible Cities
by Italo Calvino
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In Invisible Cities, Marco Polo and Kublai Khan tell stories of the cities they've seen, imagined, dreamt, and remembered. The result is a diaphanous fantasy alternating between mirage and memory, like bridges slipping through river fog, or minarets... (read more)

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The Stranger
The Stranger
by Albert Camus
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Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's extraordinary first novel, The Stranger (L'Etranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers. Through this story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a... (read more)

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Swann's Way (Classics Deluxe Edition): In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1
Swann's Way (Classics Deluxe Edition): In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1
by Marcel Proust and Lydia Davis
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Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time is one of the most entertaining reading experiences in any language and arguably the finest novel of the twentieth century. But since its original prewar translation there has been no completely new version in... (read more)

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The Emigrants
The Emigrants
by W. G. Sebald
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This unique book is a visionary rendering of documentary-quality clarity and fictional skill. The Emigrants is strangely haunting, and bewitchingly beautiful. As you turn the pages you'll find yourself losing any sense of what is real and what is... (read more)

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Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
by Michel Foucault
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The Rings of Saturn
The Rings of Saturn
by W. G. Sebald
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"Ostensibly a record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia," as Robert McCrum in the London Observer noted, The Rings of Saturn "is also a brilliantly allusive study of England's imperial past and the nature of decline and fall, of loss and... (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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No Exit and Three Other Plays
No Exit and Three Other Plays
by Jean Paul Sartre
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4 plays about an existential portrayal of Hell, the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict and an arresting attack on American racism.... (read more)

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The Collected Poems: Revised Bilingual Edition
The Collected Poems: Revised Bilingual Edition
by Federico García Lorca
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A revised edition of this major writer's complete poetical work "And I who was walking with the earth at my waist, saw two snowy eagles and a naked girl. The one was the other and the girl was neither." --from "Qasida of the Dark Doves" Federico Garc... (read more)

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Periodic Table (84 Edition)
Periodic Table (84 Edition)
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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Independent People
Independent People
by Halldor Laxness
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"Independent People is epic and thorough, covering the sweep of generations as well as detailed hours ticking by during sleepless nights, ambling walks around the plains. It is a novel of contrasts, especially in its nuanced exploration of character... (read more)

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Blindness
Blindness
by Jose Saramago
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In Blindness, a city is overcome by an epidemic of blindness that spares only one woman. She becomes a guide for a group of seven strangers and serves as the eyes and ears for the reader in this profound parable of loss and disorientation. We return to... (read more)

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Before the Frost: A Linda Wallander Mystery
Before the Frost: A Linda Wallander Mystery
by Henning Mankell
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Linda Wallander is bored. Just graduated from the police academy, she is waiting to start work at the Ystad police station and move into her own apartment. Meantime, she is living with her father and, like fathers and daughters everywhere, they are... (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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Hunger (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
Hunger (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
by Knut Hamsun
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First published in Norway in 1890, probes into the depths of consciousness with frightening and gripping power. Like the works of Dostoyevsky, it marks an extraordinary break with Western literary and humanistic traditions.... (read more)

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The Piano Teacher
The Piano Teacher
by Elfriede Jelinek
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Though long a respected (and controversial) figure on the international literary stage, it was not until she won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature that Elfriede Jelinek became well known on this side of the Atlantic. The Piano Teacher is her most famous... (read more)

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Don Quixote
Don Quixote
by Cervantes and Edith Grossman
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Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the... (read more)

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Crabwalk (02 Edition)
Crabwalk (02 Edition)
by Gunter Grass
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"Günter Grass once again dazzlingly analyzes Germany's past and present, while hinting soberly at its future."--The New York Times Book Review In January 1945, a Soviet submarine attacked the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise ship turned refugee... (read more)

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Platform
Platform
by Michel Houellebecq
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Lots of interesting, kinky sex brackets this novel's ideas of the good and bad of global tourism. Our hero's wanderings through far-flung locales allows the author to explore lust, love, travel, adventure, capitalism — and how they all intertwine. As... (read more)

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