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Written by IRVINE WELSH

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-97084-3

‘Juice’ Terry Lawson is a man who contains multitudes: he's a top shagger, a drug dealer, a gonzo pornstar, and a taxi driver. As we ride along in Juice's cab through the depraved streets of Edinburgh, we encounter a series of charmingly filthy characters, each of whom present their own unique challenges. Has he finally met his match in Hurricane ‘Bawbag’? Can he discover the fate of the beautiful Jinty Magdalen and keep her idiot-savant lover, Wee Jonty, out of prison? Will he find out the...

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Written by HENRIK IBSEN
Edited by TORE REM
Introduction by TORE REM
Translator DEBORAH DAWKIN, ERIK SKUGGEVIK

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 09/13/2016

Price: $12.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-19456-1

Four of Ibsen’s most important plays in superb modern translations, part of the new Penguin Ibsen series.
     With her assertion that she is “first and foremost a human being,” rather than a wife, mother or fragile doll, Nora Helmer sent shockwaves throughout Europe when she appeared in Henrik Ibsen’s greatest and most famous play, A Doll’s House. Ibsen’s follow-up, Ghosts, was no less radical, with its unrelenting investigation into religious hypocrisy, family secrets, and sexual...

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Written by ABIGAIL ULMAN

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 05/31/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98917-5

For fans of HBO’s Girls, Abigail Ulman’s heartbreakingly tender and often darkly funny fiction is a fresh take on the experiences of contemporary young women.
 
Claire is magnetic. On the cusp of adulthood and letting go of her adolescence one miserable responsibility at a time, she’s moved from London to San Francisco to work toward her PhD and minor in cheap whiskey, pour-over coffee, and guys who can’t be bothered to shower. When she finds out she’s pregnant by a heartsick ex-boyfriend, the...

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Written by SALEEM HADDAD

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51769-7

A debut novel that tells the story of Rasa, a young gay man coming of age in the Middle East
 
Set over the course of twenty-four hours, Guapa follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country, as he tries to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval. Rasa spends his days translating for Western journalists and pining for the nights when he can sneak his lover, Taymour, into his room. One night Rasa's grandmother — the woman who raised him — catches...

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A MEMOIR OF EAST AFRICA
Written by M.G. VASSANJI

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Anchor Canada

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-67145-3

From M.G. Vassanji, two-time Giller Prize winner and a GG winner for Non-fiction, comes a poignant love letter to his birthplace and homeland, East Africa--a powerful and surprising portrait that only an insider could write.

     Part travelogue, part memoir, and part history-rarely-told, here is a powerful and timely portrait of a constantly evolving land. From a description of Zanzibar and its evolution to a visit to a slave-market town at Lake Tanganyika; from an encounter with a...

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Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51707-9

Who is the real author of The Black Insignia? Is it H. R. Sanders, whose name is printed on the cover of every installment of the wildly successful young adult adventure series? Or is it Daniel Roche, the enigmatic world traveler who disappears for months at a time? When Daniel’s great-niece, Hélène, moves to Paris to study archeology, she does not expect to be searching for answers to these questions. As rumors circulate, however, that the twenty-fourth volume of The Black Insignia series...

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Written by SUSAN FROETSCHEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 271 pages

Publisher: Seventh Street Books

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14017-5

A young inventor and his wife are killed in a terrorist attack—leaving behind a will that surprises friends and parents by directing a vast fortune toward charities in the developing world. On the ground in Afghanistan, international charities rapidly search for Afghan partners to compete for the attention of the new foundation, focusing their efforts on two particular women in the village of Laashekoh: a young mother who might have been wrongly imprisoned for her role in helping to run a...

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Written by MAGDA SZABO
Introduction by ALI SMITH
Translator LEN RIX

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 01/27/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17771-6

One of The New York Times Book Review's "10 Best Books of 2015"

An NYRB Classics Original

The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women. Magda is a writer, educated, married to an academic, public-spirited, with an on-again-off-again relationship to Hungary’s Communist authorities. Emerence is a peasant, illiterate, impassive, abrupt, seemingly ageless. She lives alone in a house that no one else may enter, not even her closest relatives. She is...

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Written by SASKIA GOLDSCHMIDT
Translator HESTER VELMANS

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 11/11/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51649-2

Mordechai de Paauw was the Dutch cofounder and CEO of the first pharmaceutical company to invent the contraceptive pill and hormonal treatments. Hitler’s invasion of Holland and the threat he poses to the survival of De Paauw’s family and the Jewish scientists working for him doesn’t affect De Paauw’s urge to test his treatments on his female workers and exploit them sexually. Even after the war, which he survives unscathed, De Paauw will continue his mischief until a catastrophe that he...

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Written by FRANZ KAFKA
Translator STANLEY CORNGOLD

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Modern Library

On Sale: 11/26/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98514-6

Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by Stanley Corngold
Featuring essays by Philip Roth, W. H Auden, and Walter Benjamin

“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Franz Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis. It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace...

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POEMS BY HUGO CLAUS
Written by HUGO CLAUS
Translator DAVID COLMER

Format: Trade Paperback, 220 pages

Publisher: Archipelago

On Sale: 11/12/2013

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-1-935-74488-7

Beautifully translated from the Dutch by David Colmer, the IMPAC Award-winning translator of Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin, Hugo Claus’s poems are remarkable for their dexterity, intensity of feeling, and acute intelligence. From the richly associative and referential “Oostakker Poems” to the emotional and erotic outpouring of the “mad dog stanzas” in “Morning, You,” from his interpretations of Shakespeare’s sonnets to a modern adaptation of a Sanskrit masterpiece, this volume reveals the...

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NARRATIVES IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART
Edited by SELENA WENDT

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages

Publisher: Skira

On Sale: 05/14/2013

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-8-857-21480-1

A catalogue inspired by the tradition of Latin American literature and authors such as Jorge Amado, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, and Gabriel García Márquez. This book explores the unique storytelling tradition that characterizes Latin American literature and has influenced many contemporary artists around the world.

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