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Written by MARQUIS DE SADE
Translator WILL MCMORRAN, THOMAS WYNN
Introduction by WILL MCMORRAN, THOMAS WYNN

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 12/27/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-141-39434-3

A new translation of Sade’s most notorious, shocking, and influential novel
 
This distressing but hugely important text has influenced countless individuals throughout history: Flaubert and Baudelaire both read Sade; the surrealists were obsessed with him; film-makers like Pasolini saw parallels with twentieth-century history in his writings; and feminists such as Andrea Dworkin and Angela Carter clashed over him. This new translation brings Sade's provocative novel into Penguin Classics for...

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A NOVEL
Written by MARIE NDIAYE

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/26/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35188-1

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

From the hugely acclaimed author of Three Strong Women—“a masterpiece of narrative ingenuity and emotional extremes” (The New York Times)—here is a harrowing and subtly crafted novel of a woman captive to a secret shame.

On the first Tuesday of every month, Clarisse Rivière leaves her husband and young daughter and secretly takes the train to Bordeaux to visit her mother, Ladivine. Just as Clarisse’s husband and daughter know nothing of...

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Written by ROMAIN PUERTOLAS

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17208-0

Winner of the Grand Prix Jules Verne
Finalist for the Prix Renaudot

In this wildly comedic romp around Europe, a fakir—and professional con artist—from rural India arrives in Paris with one goal: to visit IKEA. But his plan goes horribly awry when he climbs inside a wardrobe at the iconic Swedish retailer—the first in a series of missteps that will send him on a whirlwind tour across the continent. As his journey progresses, the fakir finds unlikely friends in even unlikelier places. To his...

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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 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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A NOVEL OF WORLD WAR I
Written by GABRIEL CHEVALLIER
Introduction by JOHN BERGER
Translator MALCOLM IMRIE

Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 05/20/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17716-7

Winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation

1915: Jean Dartemont heads off to the Great War, an eager conscript. The only thing he fears is missing the action. Soon, however, the vaunted “war to end all wars” seems like a war that will never end: whether mired in the trenches or going over the top, Jean finds himself caught in the midst of an unimaginable, unceasing slaughter. After he is wounded, he returns from the front to discover a world where no one knows or wants to know any of...

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Written by STéPHANE MICHAKA
Translator JOHN CULLEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 222 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80558-4

Based on the life of the great short-story writer Raymond Carver, Scissors is a compassionate and convincing portrayal of the creative life. An alcoholic with no money, Raymond’s writing career is going nowhere. When the charismatic editor Douglas, known ominously as “Scissors” among his peers, takes an interest in his stories, Raymond finally has a chance to make his mark—but he must decide between fame and artistic integrity. As Raymond wrestles with the dramatic changes Douglas insists he...

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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, ROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
Written by JULES VERNE
Introduction by TIM FARRANT
Translator HENRY FRITH

Format: Hardcover, 744 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96148-8

Jules Verne’s most beloved novels are gathered here in one hardcover volume: three thrilling tales of fabulous journeys under, through, and around the earth.

Verne was one of the great pioneers of science fiction. Born in France in 1828, he wrote brilliantly about space, air, and underwater travel long before airplanes and space ships had been invented, and he is still one of the most widely read internationally of all science-fiction writers.

But beyond charting new territory for adventurous...

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PARIS, AUTUMN 1963
Written by ANDRE KERTESZ
Introduction by MATTHIEU RIVALLIN

Format: Hardcover, 80 pages

Publisher: Flammarion

On Sale: 10/01/2013

Price: $39.95

ISBN: 978-2-080-20155-3

A previously unpublished body of work from the late, great photographer André Kertész, featuring a collection of photographs that capture the ephemeral beauty of Paris in 1963. André Kertész, a master photographer of the twentieth century, was a pioneer in photographic composition and photojournalism who gained critical acclaim for his image distortions. Born in Hungary, he moved from Paris to New York during World War II. In 1963, he returned to Paris and took more than 2,000...

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Written by GRAZYNA PLEBANEK
Translator DANUSIA STOK

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: New Europe Books

On Sale: 08/13/2013

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-985-06236-1

A passionate novel of unstoppable physical obsession amongst a group of Brussels eurocrats, Illegal Liaisons offers a fascinating insight into the first Polish generation that is truly ‘free’, but struggle to know where the boundaries of that freedom lie. Plebanek’s characters have to negotiate between the old-fashioned devout Catholicism they grew up with, and the modern way of living they are desperate to embrace. They try to claim their rightful place within the international crowd in the...

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Written by PROSPER MERIMEE
Translator GEEORGE BURNHAM IVES

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/13/2013

Price: $10.00

ISBN: 978-1-612-19226-0

The novella that was the basis for one of the most popular operas of all time, Prosper Merimee’s Carmen is a swashbuckling story of a nineteenth-century Spanish soldier who deserts his post to pursue the fiery gypsy beauty, Carmen -- who seems to love him yet nonetheless seems to do everything in her power to escape him.

But the opera, it turns out, is only based on a part of the larger adventure that is Carmen. The story opens, for example, with Prosper Merimee himself meeting an famous (and...

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Written by PETER MAYLE

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/02/2013

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74095-3

When lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt’s last adventure in France ended, he thought it’d be a while before he was back, especially with the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles. But a job offer from the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul soon has Sam and Elena in sunny Marseille, on a quest for further excitement . . . and delectable dining. Yet as competition over the valuable local waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in...

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