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Written by HOWARD JACOBSON

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Hogarth

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-14132-1

Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable characters: Shylock
 
Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of “The Merchant of Venice,” Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of art dealer and conflicted father Simon Strulovitch.  With characteristic irony, Jacobson presents Shylock as a man of incisive wit and passion,...

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Written by FRANZ KAFKA
Foreword by DANIEL FRANK

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 11/17/2015

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-805-21265-5

The aphorism eludes definition: it can appear to be a random jotting or a more polished observation. Whether arbitrary fragment or crystalline shard, an aphorism captures the inception of a thought. Franz Kafka composed aphorisms during two periods in his life. A series of 109 was written between September 1917 and April 1918, in Zürau, West Bohemia, while Kafka was on a visit to his sister Ottla, hoping for a brief respite following the diagnosis of the tuberculosis virus that would...

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Written by FRANZ KAFKA
Translator ERNST KAISER, EITHNE WILKINS

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21266-2

Franz Kafka wrote this letter to his father, Hermann Kafka, in November 1919. Max Brod, Kafka’s literary executor, relates that Kafka actually gave the letter to his mother to hand to his father, hoping it might renew a relationship that had lost itself in tension and frustration on both sides. But Kafka’s probing of the deep flaw in their relationship spared neither his father nor himself. He could not help seeing the failure of communication between father and son as another moment in the...

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Written by FRANZ KAFKA
Translator PHILIP BOEHM

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21267-9

In no other work does Franz Kafka reveal himself as in Letters to Milena, which begins as a business correspondence but soon develops into a passionate but doomed epistolary love affair. Kafka's Czech translator, Milena Jesenská, was a gifter and charismatic twenty-three-year-old who was uniquely able to recognize Kafka's complex genius and his even more complex character. For thirty-six-year-old Kafka, she was "a living fire, such as I have never seen." It was to Milena that he revealed his...

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Written by LEV GOLINKIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80633-8

A compelling story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an American adult, sets out to retrace his family's long trek, locate the strangers who fought for his freedom, and in the process,...

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Written by ELIE WIESEL
Translator MARION WIESEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 09/29/2015

Price: $12.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21258-7

A profoundly and unexpectedly intimate, deeply affecting summing up of life so far, from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time.
 
Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces, and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage, children, and grandchildren that followed. In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he...

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A NOVEL
Written by H. G. ADLER
Translator PETER FILKINS

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98315-9

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Compared by critics to Kafka, Joyce, and Musil, H. G. Adler is becoming recognized as one of the towering figures of twentieth-century fiction. Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti wrote that “Adler has restored hope to modern literature,” and the first two novels rediscovered after his death, Panorama and The Journey, were acclaimed as “modernist masterpieces” by The New Yorker. Now his magnum opus, The Wall, the final installment of...

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TO FAME AND FORTUNE, 1915-1964
Written by ZACHARY LEADER

Format: Hardcover, 832 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/05/2015

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-26883-9

Saul Bellow was the most decorated writer in American history, the winner, among other awards, of the Nobel Prize for Literature, three National Book Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. The Life of Saul Bellow by the acclaimed scholar and literary historian Zachary Leader will mark the centenary of Bellow's birth as well as the tenth anniversary of his death. Leader has been granted unprecedented access to Bellow's papers, including much previously restricted material. He has conducted...

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Written by IRENE NEMIROVSKY
Translator SANDRA SMITH

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/17/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87227-7

A panoramic exploration of French life between the wars, here is Irène Némirovsky’s spiritual prequel to her international bestseller Suite Française.
 
At the end of the First World War, Bernard Jacquelain returns from the trenches a changed man. Broken by the unspeakable horrors he has witnessed, he becomes addicted to the lure of wealth and success. Cynical, disillusioned and selfish, he wallows in the corruption and excess of post-war Paris, but when his lover abandons him, Bernard turns...

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Written by DAVID GROSSMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80585-0

Longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award

In this compassionate and genre-defying drama the internationally acclaimed author of To the End of the Land weaves an incandescent tale of parental grief. A powerful distillation of the experience of understanding and acceptance, and of art’s triumph over death, Falling Out of Time is part play, part prose, and pure poetry. As Grossman’s characters ultimately find solace and hope through their communal acts of mourning, readers will find...

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FOUR STORIES FOR FRANZ KAFKA
Written by JAY CANTOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/18/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80604-8

A thought-provoking, sometimes heartbreaking sequence of stories based on a group of real people held together by their love of Franz Kafka. Here friends, fans, and lovers find themselves haunted by the death of the great author. Imbued with a gravitas and dark irony that recall Kafka’s own work, these stories nonetheless also bear the singular imaginary stamp and the keen psychological and emotional insight that have marked all of Jay Cantor’s writing.

"Ingeniously unified and admirably...

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A NOVEL
Written by AHARON APPELFELD

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-24295-9

A poignant, heartbreaking new work by “one of the best novelists alive” (Irving Howe)—the story of a lonely older man and his devoted young caretaker who transform each other’s lives in ways they could never have imagined.
 
Ernst is a gruff seventy-year-old Red Army veteran from Ukraine who landed, almost by accident, in Israel after World War II. A retired investment adviser, he lives alone (his first wife and baby daughter were killed by the Nazis; he divorced his shrewish second wife) and...

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