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Written by ALEXIS LANDAU

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17346-9

Finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award (Debut Fiction) 

The Empire of the Senses is an enthralling tale of love and war, duty and self-discovery. It begins in 1914 when Lev Perlmutter, an assimilated German Jew fighting in World War I, finds unexpected companionship on the Eastern Front; back at home, his wife Josephine embarks on a clandestine affair of her own. A decade later, during the heady, politically charged interwar years in Berlin, their children—one, a nascent Fascist...

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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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J

A NOVEL
Written by HOWARD JACOBSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Hogarth

On Sale: 09/01/2015

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41956-6

Finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize

J is a snarling, effervescent, and ambitious philosophical work of fiction that poses unsettling questions about our sense of history, and our self-satisfied orthodoxies. Jacobson’s triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling from the debris.” —Independent (UK)

 
Man Booker Prize–winner Howard Jacobson’s brilliant and profound new novel, J, “invites comparison with George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World” (Sunday...

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Written by AHARON APPELFELD

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Schocken

On Sale: 03/10/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-805-21125-2

Now in paperback, the haunting story of a Jewish family in Eastern Europe in the 1930s that prefigures the fate of the Jews during World War II.

The fates that Paul's parents will meet with Paul as terrified witness—his mother, deserted by her new husband and dying of typhus; his father, gunned down while trying to stop the robbery of a Jewish-owned shop—and his own fate as an orphaned Jewish child alone in Europe in 1938 are rendered with extraordinary subtlety and power, as they foreshadow,...

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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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A MEMOIR
Written by FELIX WEINBERG

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68300-2

In 1939 twelve-year-old Felix Weinberg fell into the hands of the Nazis. Imprisoned for most of his teenage life, Felix survived five concentration camps, including Terezin, Auschwitz, and Birkenau, barely surviving the Death March from Blechhammer in 1945. After losing his mother and brother in the camps, he was liberated at Buchenwald and eventually reunited at seventeen with his father in Britain, where they built a new life together. Boy 30529 is an extraordinary memoir of the Holocaust,...

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Written by SHANI BOIANJIU

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Hogarth

On Sale: 06/25/2013

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95597-5

A 2013 Sami Rohr Prize Finalist

Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw...

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Written by ANNA SEGHERS
Introduction by PETER CONRAD
Translator MARGOT BETTAUER DEMBO

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 05/07/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17625-2

Anna Seghers’s Transit is an existential, political, literary thriller that explores the agonies of boredom, the vitality of storytelling, and the plight of the exile with extraordinary compassion and insight.

Having escaped from a Nazi concentration camp in Germany in 1937, and later a camp in Rouen, the nameless twenty-seven-year-old German narrator of Seghers’s multilayered masterpiece ends up in the dusty seaport of Marseille. Along the way he is asked to deliver a letter to a man...

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A TRUE STORY OF WAR, EXILE, AND LOVE RECLAIMED
Written by LESLIE MAITLAND

Format: Trade Paperback, 510 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 01/08/2013

Price: $21.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51570-9

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees, the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed its harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before emigrating to New York. This sweeping account of one family’s...

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