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Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator PHILIP GABRIEL, TED GOOSSEN

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/09/2017

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-451-49462-7

A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. 

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell...

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Foreword by DONALD KEENE
Commentaries by PETER MACMILLAN
Translator PETER MACMILLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/06/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39257-8

One of the three seminal works of Japanese literature—a beautiful collection of poems and tales that offers an unparalleled insight into ancient Japan

Along with the Tale of Genji and One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, the Tales of Ise is considered one of the three most important works of Japanese literature. A poem-tale collection from the early Heian period, it contains many stories of amorous adventures, faithful friendship, and travels in exile, framing the exquisite poems at the work's...

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Written by DEEPTI KAPOOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/24/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17133-5

Our narrator is “twenty and untouched” when her mother dies. Sent by her absentee father to live with a relative in a modest New Delhi apartment, she is ill-equipped to resist the allure of the rich and rebellious young man who approaches her one day at a cafe. He is a few years older, and from a different social class, but they both yearn to break free of tradition. As they drive around Delhi—eating, making love, falling apart—he introduces her to an India that she never knew existed, and...

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Written by VIOLET KUPERSMITH

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 02/17/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98347-0

An extraordinarily compelling debut—ghost stories that grapple with the legacy of the Vietnam War
 
A beautiful young woman appears fully dressed in an overflowing bathtub at the Frangipani Hotel in Hanoi. A jaded teenage girl in Houston befriends an older Vietnamese gentleman she discovers naked behind a dumpster. A trucker in Saigon is asked to drive a dying young man home to his village. A plump Vietnamese-American teenager is sent to her elderly grandmother in Ho Chi Minh City to lose...

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Translator BURTON WATSON
Preface by LUCAS KLEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 172 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 01/13/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-9-629-96563-1

The fu, or rhyme-prose, is a major poetic form in Chinese literature, most popular between the 2nd century b.c. and 6th century a.d. Unlike what is usually considered Chinese poetry, it is a hybrid of prose and rhymed verse, more expansive than the condensed lyrics, verging on what might be called Whitmanesque. The thirteen long poems included here are descriptions of and meditations on such subjects as mountains and abandoned cities, the sea and the wind, owls and goddesses, partings and...

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A CHINESE NOVEL
Written by ALFRED DOBLIN
Translator C. D. GODWIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 01/13/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-9-629-96564-8

In 1915, fourteen years before Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Döblin published his first novel, an extensively researched Chinese historical extravaganza: The Three Leaps of Wang Lun. Even more remarkably, given its subject matter, the book was written in Expressionist style and is now considered the first modern German novel, as well as the first Western novel to depict a China untouched by the West. It is virtually unknown in English. Based on actual accounts of a doomed rebellion during...

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Written by LIU HSIEH
Translator VINCENT YU-CHUNG SHIH

Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 01/13/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-9-629-96585-3

The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons is the first comprehensive work of literary criticism in Chinese, and one that has been considered essential reading for writers and scholars since it was written some 1,500 years ago. A vast compendium of all that was known about Chinese literature at the time, it is simultaneously a taxonomy and history of genres and styles and a manual for good writing. Its chapters, organized according to the I Ching, cover such topics as “Choice of Style,”...

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Written by SAKUTARO HAGIWARA
Edited by HIROAKI SATO
Translator HIROAKI SATO

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: NYRB Poets

On Sale: 11/11/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17775-4

Modernist poet Sakutarō Hagiwara’s first published book, Howling at the Moon, shattered conventional verse forms and transformed the poetic landscape of Japan. Two of its poems were removed on order of the Ministry of the Interior for “disturbing social customs.” Along with the entirety of Howling, this volume includes all of Blue Cat, Hagiwara's second major collection, together with Cat Town, a prose-poem novella, and a substantial selection of verse from the rest of his books, giving...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51706-2

 A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life: an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success—despite racial and class prejudice—and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life. A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle...

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STORIES OF THE HIDDEN CHINA
Written by YU HUA
Translator ALLAN H. BARR

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/07/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17102-1

Yu Hua’s populist voice and exquisite wit have made him one of the most celebrated and bestselling writers in China. These visceral, flawlessly crafted stories explore the line between cruelty and warmth on which his country is precariously balanced. 

In the title story, a shopkeeper confronts a child thief and punishes him without mercy. “Victory” shows a young couple shaken by the husband’s infidelity, each scrambling to stake claims to the components of their shared life. Other tales show,...

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Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator PHILIP GABRIEL

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/12/2014

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35210-9

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel—a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan—from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami.

Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is...

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Written by MOYOCO ANNO

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages

Publisher: Vertical

On Sale: 07/22/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-939-13043-3

From the pen of Moyoco Anno comes a stunning tale of self-image and self-loathing. In Clothes Called Fat details the lives of young women earnestly revealing the struggles women may have with their bodies and sexuality.    

Noko appears to be living a great life, she's got a good job and a loving boyfriend, but beneath a thin veneer is a young woman who is struggling with her self-image and self-confidence as she fights to keep her weight down. To Noko, being five pounds overweight means...

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