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A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND LIFE IN CHINA
Written by RAO PINGRU
Translator NICKY HARMAN

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 05/08/2018

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87149-2

Begun by the author when he was eighty-seven years old and mourning the loss of his wife, Our Story is a graphic memoir like no other: a celebration of a marriage that spanned the twentieth century in China, told in vibrant, original paintings and prose.
 
Rao Pingru was twenty-four-year-old soldier when he was reintroduced to Mao Meitang, a girl he’d known in childhood and now the woman his father had arranged for him to marry. One glimpse of her through a window as she put on lipstick was...

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Written by YASUNARI KAWABATA

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/12/2017

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-525-43413-9

Three surreal, erotically charged stories from Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata.
 
In the three long tales in this collection, Yasunari Kawabata examines the boundaries between fantasy and reality in the minds of three lonely men. Piercing examinations of sexuality and human psychology—and works of remarkable subtlety and beauty—these stories showcase one of the twentieth century’s great writers—in any language—at his very best.

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A NOVEL
Written by HA JIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/17/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17037-6

New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency whose website is read by Chinese all over the world. Danlin’s explosive exposés have made him legendary among readers—and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom. 
 
Haili’s scheme...

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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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HEAR THE WIND SING AND PINBALL, 1973 (TWO NOVELS)
Written by HARUKI MURAKAMI
Translator TED GOOSSEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/03/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17014-7

Wind/Pinball, a unique two-in-one volume, includes, on one side, Murakami’s first novel Hear the Wind Sing. When you flip the book over, you can read his second novel, Pinball, 1973. Each book has its own stunning cover

In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels—Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973—that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.

These powerful, at times...

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Written by EILEEN CHANG
Translator KAREN S. KINGSBURY

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-38754-7

Shanghai, 1930s. Shen Shijun, a young engineer, has fallen in love with his colleague, the beautiful Gu Manzhen. He is determined to resist his family’s efforts to match him with his wealthy cousin so that he can marry her. But dark circumstances—a lustful brother-in-law, a treacherous sister, a family secret—force the two young lovers apart. 

As Manzhen and Shijun go on their separate paths, they lose track of one another, and their lives become filled with feints and schemes, missed...

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STORIES
Written by MIA ALVAR

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/02/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17149-6

Winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
A Best Book of 2015: Publishers Weekly; Kirkus Reviews; Huffington Post


These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere—and, sometimes, turning back again. 

A...

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Written by QUAN BARRY

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/23/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17130-4

Vietnam, 1972: under a full moon, on the banks of the Song Ma River, a baby girl is pulled out of her dead mother’s grave. This is Rabbit, who is born with the ability to speak with the dead. She will flee from her destroyed village with a makeshift family thrown together by war. As Rabbit channels the voices of the dead, their chorus reconstructs the turbulent history of a nation, from the days of French Indochina and the World War II rubber plantations to the chaos of postwar...

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Written by TANIA JAMES

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17343-8

Shortlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize

The Tusk That Did the Damage is an utterly contemporary story about an ancient and majestic elephant, and his dangerous connection to the land and the people around him. Orphaned by poachers as a calf and sold into a life of labor, Gravedigger has broken free of his chains and is terrorizing the South Indian countryside. Caught up in the violence are the studious younger son of a rice farmer drawn into the sordid world of poaching; and...

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A NOVEL
Written by AMIT CHAUDHURI

Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97145-1

In Odysseus Abroad, Amit Chaudhuri charts a day in the life of two Indian men—a twenty-two-year-old student trying (and failing) at being a poet and his bachelor uncle, who has been living in genteel poverty for nearly three decades—as they explore London, the city they now call home. 

A wistful and beguiling work of fiction, the novel follows nephew and uncle on one of their weekly forays about town, as they ruminate on their situations, the art of living, and each other. Marked by the same...

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A NOVEL
Written by YU HUA
Translator ALLAN H. BARR

Format: Trade Paperback, 228 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17205-9

Yang Fei was born on a train as it raced across the Chinese countryside. Lost by his mother, adopted by a young switchman, raised with simplicity and love, he is utterly unprepared for the changes that await him and his country. As a young man, he searches for a place to belong in a nation ceaselessly reinventing itself, but he remains on the edges of society. 

At forty-one, he meets an unceremonious death, and lacking the money for a burial plot, must roam the afterworld aimlessly. There,...

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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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