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By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Aaron Bady (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492013
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Published: Transit Books - May 16th, 2017

This magisterial novel traces the story of a curse passed down from a 18th century patriarch to disparate members of his family tree in the 21st century in Uganda. Skipping the entire colonial history of the country, quite purposefully, the author tells a captivating tale of life in Uganda, subversively questioning traditional gender roles and rejecting the notion of an un-modernized, stubborn Africa with her depiction of a vibrant, complex country that is able to maintain its own myths, beliefs, and sense of heritage within a constantly Westernizing world. And that it was written by a Ugandan, for a Ugandan audience--that is, not for the sake of being palatable to an outside reader--makes it all the more important a read for those of us living in former or current colonial powers like the US.

-Jacob R.


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780802133632
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Published: Grove Press - December 15th, 1993

A monied young man, well-versed in the art of palm-wine imbibing, sets out to find the spirit of his dearly departed palm-wine tapster—as no one else can tap palms at the breakneck pace he drinks that sweet nectar. A fantasy-adventure delivered as Nigerian folk-tale. An experience more akin to listening to a great yarn than reading a novel.

-Tilgham


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$12.95
ISBN: 9780807609576
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Published: George Braziller Inc. - March 17th, 1982

Janet Frame is one of the greatest women writers of the 20th century and that she isn't more well-known is probably down to the fact that she was from New Zealand. Frame was infamously institutionalized in her twenties and saved from undergoing a lobotomy when, just days before the procedure was scheduled, she was awarded a national literary prize. She was released and went on to write some of the most fantastically beautiful books I have ever read, and this one - Faces In The Water - is hands down one of the best depictions you will ever read about women at the end of their tether, and the best depiction of madness. If you liked The Bell Jar, if you've ever professed affection for Elena Ferrante or Doris Lessing, I beg you to please read this book.

-Madeleine


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062699749
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Published: Ecco - April 9th, 2019

This book — a satire of identity politics which takes place in a Sydney private girls school — is hands-down the funniest and smartest book I have read all year. Tied up with a critique of contemporary feminism, Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto, and the empathic aggression of the Discourse, Inappropriation feels necessary in a way few books do, and will make you feel brilliantly squirmy and uncomfortable in the way a novel absolutely should. Inappropriation is simply wonderful.

-Madeleine


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By Helen Garner, Charlotte Wood (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781925773156
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Published: Text Publishing Company - April 9th, 2019

Helen Garner is one of the greatest writers of the human heart, fierce and unsentimental, capable of stopping you short with the precision of her sentences. Monkey Grip was Garner's first novel, published in the 1970s and long out of print, but now it is back and I am delighted to be able to fling it into your arms. Monkey Grip has held a special place in my heart since I was eighteen, and this novel about a young single mother in thrall to a beautiful junkie, set in the heart of Melbourne's counter-cultural heyday, is one of the best love stories I've ever encountered.

-Madeleine


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By Helen Garner, Ben Lerner (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781925773040
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Published: Text Publishing Company - November 6th, 2018

Helen Garner is one of the best living Australian writers of both nonfiction and fiction — a kind of mix of Janet Malcolm, Joan Didion and Marilynne Robinson. You should read everything by her, but you should absolutely, without question, read this reissue of The Children's Bach, which is, without a hint of hyperbole, one of the best novellas of the 20th century.

-Madeleine


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780140107470
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1990

I first read Shirley Hazzard's novel when I was nineteen, mooning around my father's house with a head cold. I liked it fine, and retained fond memories of the two Australian sisters making their way in 1950s Europe. But it took me nearly a decade to come back to it. And my thoughts now are that maybe this is the only novel we ever needed? Like, maybe the rest of us should just give up the ghost, because Shirley Hazzard achieved perfection back in 1980. All we can do now is perform shapes and shadows of literature, genuflecting before her genius.

-Madeleine


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ISBN: 9781936787579
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Published: Catapult - September 12th, 2017

A little while back a coworker came up to me, placed a collection of Josephine Rowe’s short stories in my hands, and said “Read this.” I did, and the moment I finished them I wanted more. So I went and read her novel, and it was just as great. Filled with sentences that never go how you expect and prose that nestle themselves in the brain, Rowe crafts a bleak but honest account of life in small town Australia. The way family shapes you, the scars it gives you, and the haunting effect trauma has on you. Equally more bewitching and brutal than it looks, A Loving, Faithful Animal lingers within long after you finish it.

-David


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By Joan Lindsay, Maile Meloy (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143132059
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 3rd, 2017

Popping by the store on my way to the train after a couple glasses of wine, I said to Madeleine, "I need something to keep me awake on the subway." She handed me Picnic at Hanging Rock. This tale of subtle psychological horror creeps and builds until the menace erupts into sudden and unexpected - but inevitable - violence. Reader, I have not slept since.

-Kate


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780316074292
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 7th, 2014


This book was written in the stars...or at least with the stars in mind. Each character in this New Zealand gold rush epic corresponds to an astrological sign, and the plot is directly informed by planetary movements on 12 days in 1865. While built on certain cliches - the Taurus is a banker and as a Taurus I say: *eye roll* - style and plot are not victims of the contrived structure. Expect seances, opium dens, murder, shipwrecks, star-crossed lovers, and plenty of secrets.

-Bekah


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ISBN: 9780811204811
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Published: New Directions - January 17th, 1973

One of the most bracing and clear-eyed mediations on alienation and depression ever written, No Longer Human, follows Ōba Yōzō (a loose stand in for Dazai himself) through his life, from young boy to adult, as he tries and fails repeatedly to in some way exist within a society he feels unable to connect to. Lacking the self-pity that would have marred lesser works, No Longer Human is an unflinching yet powerful look at the way desolation can twist someone to the point of feeling completely dejected from the world around them.

-David


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By Qiu Miaojin, Ari Larissa Heinrich (Translated by), Ari Larissa Heinrich (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590177259
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 3rd, 2014

A scalded, self-sacrificial account of heartbreak in a lonely city, and a haunting daybook of letting go. Published posthumously after the author's suicide at twenty-six, this auto-obituary is so vivid and full of life that it both typifies and inquisitively exceeds any literary cult of youthful morbidity. Rather, the author's letters read as an intensive inventory of artistic and erotic obsessions, so many vignettes of short-lived domestic bliss shot through with storm and stress. At turns one of the the saddest and the most ecstatic books I've read.

-Cam


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By Eileen Chang, Karen S. Kingsbury (Translated by), Eileen Chang (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590171783
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 10th, 2006

These six moody stories by Eileen Chang, who wrote during and about 1930s Shanghai and Hong Kong, are a revelation - startling and vivid tales of romance and cruelty and betrayal and longing, complicated by family, war,and class divisions, and the collision of ancestral traditions with modernity.

-Bonnie


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By J.G. Farrell, Pankaj Mishra (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590170922
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Published: NYRB Classics - July 31st, 2004

A comic novel about a group of British citizens in an outpost on the Gangetic plain of India in 1857, the year of the Great Mutiny. They are holed up in the local administrator's fortified residence, under siege by mutinous, British-trained Indian soldiers, quickly dying off from bullets, disease and starvation. Their philosophies, their justifications, their bigotries and their skewed colonist moralities are similarly under siege, and begin to fester as if in a warm, damp container, some disintegrating, others flaring up like eruptions of mold. Very funny, very engrossing, and very interesting.

-Sarah McNally


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ISBN: 9780156949606
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Published: Mariner Books -

It doesn't matter what The Waves is about, the characters or the plot, nothing else matters but what it does to you. Reading this, Virginia Woolf's most experimental novel, is a lot like letting yourself surrender to the ocean. The pull of the tide, the submersion and fear and weird comfort. It took me years to get around to reading this book, years I now view as wasted, half-lived. This is maybe the only book I ever needed to live.

-Madeleine


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$14.95
ISBN: 9780811223010
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Published: New Directions - May 27th, 2014

Short and riveting enough to read in a day, The Driver's Seat is steeped in the weirdness of summer in a 1970s Meditteranean town, complete with Manson-like hippie figures leaving trails of macrobioic rice, paranoid women lost in malls, the constant expectation that something terrible is about to happen.

-Madeleine


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By Elizabeth von Arnim, Cathleen Schine (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590172254
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 3rd, 2007

You're reading it, aren't you? Why, the ad in the paper for the Italian villa! Just think, all that wisteria and sunshine...I could kiss your cheek for the joy of it all! No, dear, it's not impossible: I can positively see us there.

-Bekah


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129437
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Published: Grove Press - April 9th, 2019

I'll admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for sprawling historical novels (although this only spans about twenty years), but I'm not exaggerating in saying that it's one of the best I've ever read. Whether you're a sucker for historical fiction like me, or are a lover of decadent, thoughtful prose and characters, whatever the topic may be. But the topic is yet another point in favor of this wonderful book: it's about Palestine and its people during the British mandate era, and this Palestinian perspective on history is sorely underrepresented in English. Hammad is a ridiculously talented writer, and this is definitely a debut not to be missed.

-Jacob R.


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By Sylvia Townsend Warner, Alison Lurie (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780940322165
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 30th, 1999

Lolly Willowes is a middle-aged spinster of the old-school variety, who all of a sudden in the mid-1920s decides to abandon her relations in London, and up and move to a forest in the Chilterns. There, she becomes a witch. This is one of the best books I have read about women in nature, and women and their aloneness - there's not a love story to speak of. Women, says Lolly to Satan one evening, "know they are dynamite" and simply long for "the concussion that may justify them." Is that not still a universal truth?

-Madeleine


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

A brilliant book, and unputdownable. Milkman, which won the 2018 Booker Prize, is a novel about a young girl in a nonspecific war-torn place, although the non-specificity of proper nouns is part of the menacing ambiguity of what is obviously 1970's Belfast, peak-Troubles. The girl, who crosses paths with a member of the IRA, is a case study in the formlessness and fury of young girlhood, but it is also a novel that delivers you a world fully formed, lyrically dense, and funnier than anyone would lead you to believe. Rarely do I think books that win big awards are deserving of them. Milkman is.

-Madeleine


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ISBN: 9780399575907
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 11th, 2017

Like an anti-Thoreau, the narrator of Pond, a novel-in-stories lives alone in the Irish countryside, quietly and cheerfully coming a little undone. Sensitive and deeply attuned to the world around her, Bennett's book reads a little like Lydia Davis, a little like Beckett. A one point, the narrator says that English is not her first language, that she has not yet discovered her mother tongue, and by the time I finished Pond I felt exactly the same way - tongueless, disquieted, all anew.

-Madeleine


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By Jean Rhys, Miranda Seymour (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393357813
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 17th, 2020

Our narrator is infuriatingly passive, adrift and poor in grubby Paris hotel rooms after the failure of her latest affair (a man based on Rhys’ real-life affair with Ford Madox Ford). So she decides to return to her family in London. It goes very badly. A perfect London novel, one that presents you with a tremendously real and frustrating portrait of a woman’s life, a testament to genius written by my favorite lady recluse with a drinking problem.

-Madeleine


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101903506
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Published: Hogarth - August 15th, 2017

The sexiest book I have ever read, while simultaneously being one of the most precise, emotional and razor-sharp. Be prepared to cry in public, God knows I did.

-Madeleine


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780061582486
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 14th, 2008

If, like me, you finished Ferrante then flung yourself at every next book in desperation, disappointed when each failed to match that Italian's intellectual splendor then lo, here is your salve. It's a fiction as rich and tangled as real life. Were I mad I might literally consume this book one perfect page at a time in hope of gaining a mite of its wisdom and verve. Until then, a portion of my person is set aside for The Golden Notebook: for its main character, Anna Wulf, the writer who cannot write; for its ambitious, relevant structure (novels within novels within notebooks within notebooks); for the words it gave to feelings I've never dared give words. Save this for when nothing less than magnificence will do.

-Landon


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780140020038
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Published: Penguin Books - November 18th, 1976

Take a happily adulterous couple and their lovers, swap the sub-personal compulsion of 'elective affinities' for the horrific fatedness of Greek tragedy, and cast these poor attracted saps into the drawing rooms of mid-century Anglo-Saxondom to archly parodic results. A caustic, comic (dare I say) romp through the contradictions of bourgeois sexual morality.

-Cam


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$15.95
ISBN: 9780679729570
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

When Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature I asked my abuela (who has read every single one of her books) where I should start with her, and this is the one she lent to me. Now, six years later, I have finally read it, and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. Here are 10 stories on women’s relationships with men (how they change and how they corrode) where Munro compacts novels into 30 pages, emotional climaxes into single sentences, each time making it seem effortless, weaving stories of not-quite-heartbreak that always leave a small pang in the chest regardless.

-David


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Flights Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525534204
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Believing, at first, that all you need from Olga Tokarczuk are the stunning images and sensations of motion; of movement from one pinprick of space to another; of discrete moments in endless flights; you'll soon find yourself reveling in the vertiginous interiority and flashing absence of narrative ailerons as the stories in Flights repeatedly lead to the unexpected, subterranean, and extraordinary. Brace yourself for longterm impact.

-Yvonne


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By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

Wanting to focus on her writing career, a young woman hires a new maid: an innocuous premise for a story whose intensity will make you gasp for air. This is because what Szabò writes about, with soul-wrenching power, is the unforgiving destructiveness of true love; the intimate, inescapable connection between ecstasy and torment. Unsettling and necessary, this book will stay with you.

-Edoardo


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By Hervé Guibert, Bruce Hainley (Introduction by), Christine Pichini (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781584351993
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Published: Semiotext(e) - March 24th, 2017

One of the most important voices of the AIDS crisis, Hervé Guibert tends to be remembered for his outspoken position on the disease in France before it killed him, as well as for being a close friend of Foucault. While most of his work is out of print in English, Guibert is well due for a renaissance. His smart, confessional writing worms its way into your heart. Crazy for Vincent is a perfect introduction. A sometimes too-real depiction of sexual obsession, this book has the kind of finely-wrought episodic prose that makes people fall in love with Maggie Nelson's Bluets, with the same ability to move you and make you weep if you're so inclined. I am, and did.

-Madeleine


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$12.95
ISBN: 9780375700521
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Published: Pantheon - September 8th, 1998

Simply one of the greatest books ever written about young women, sex and going-nowhere love. Just heart-rendingly beautiful. Smart. Precise. Full of deltas and rivers and French colonial heat. The Lover moves me beyond words. I can't even form real sentences about how much I love this book.

-Madeleine


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Animalia Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802147578
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Published: Grove Press - September 10th, 2019

The absolute best book I have read all year. A rural, French saga full of sex and violence, blood and muck and despair. It's about a pig farm. It's incredible. The closest proxies that came to mind as I was reading were John Williams and Patrick White, but like Stoner was written by the Marquis de Sade. Read it slowly, read it out loud, read it with the reverence and awe that this book deserves.

-Madeleine


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By Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374283247
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Published: FSG Originals - November 5th, 2019

Virginie Despentes is absolutely brilliant, and this book is probably one of the best things I've read in a long time (luckily there are two more coming out in the next two years). Using the story of a record store owner turned homeless, she paints a vast portrait of society today, with a hilarious, infuriating, multi-generational cast of characters, and Frank Wynne's translation is absolutely stunning. It's no surprise this was also on the list for the International Man Booker Prize in 2018 - it's definitely not one to miss.

-Jacob R.


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By Anne Garréta, Emma Ramadan (Translator), Daniel Levin Becker (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920091
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 21st, 2015

A story of dance, DJ sets, sex work, Paris, and New York. It's a philosophical and emotional striptease, a mystery, a madness made more powerful by its major conceit: this love story is told without identifying the gender(s) of its lovers.

-Landon


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The Woman Destroyed Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780394711034
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Published: Pantheon - August 12th, 1987

It helped me better understand how it feels to be an old woman, and a young woman, and a couple, and a person.

-Landon


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By Mathias Énard, Charlotte Mandell (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811227049
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Published: New Directions - November 27th, 2018

A perfectly constructed work of counterfactual history; a strikingly human, radiant portrait of a great artist and a great city set alongside a well-executed mystery and a moving love story. In an era of seemingly perennial conflict between East and West, Michelangelo’s bewitching story shows that very often what appears as irremediably “other” is just a different bank of the same river: all you have to do is build a bridge.

-Edoardo


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My Heart Hemmed in Cover Image
By Marie Ndiaye, Jordan Stump (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781931883627
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Published: Two Lines Press - July 11th, 2017

If you're looking for a book where things make sense, and everything wraps up neatly and nicely, this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for something disturbing, murky, uncertain, and cerebral, then Marie NDiaye is the writer for you. Her language (in Jordan Stump's excellent translation) is grotesque, looming, and decadent, seeping into every page and oozing out of every word. Once you've sunken yourself into this world of paranoia, you won't be able to stop turning the pages as you watch the madness and cruelty unfold in this small French town.

-Jacob R.


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Eve Escapes Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780745650975
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Published: Polity Press - September 17th, 2012

In this exquisite tribute to her near-centenarian mother, Cixous ascends the tower of Montaigne to read its paintings, channels the dying Freud with a hallucinatory verve worthy of Broch, and weaves life and theory into a text both prayerful and replete. This is no heady existential 'dark night of the soul' trip, however, but a jour de souffrance, a distressingly intimate window into the embodied beyond that is the suffering of a loved one, and it kinda wrecked me. Fair warning.

-Cam


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By Violette Leduc, Michael Lucey (Afterword by), Sophie Lewis (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781558618893
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Published: Feminist Press - June 30th, 2015

The tragic French lesbian boarding school melodrama of your dreams.

-Bekah


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The Tanners Cover Image
By Robert Walser, Susan Bernofsky (Translated by), W. G. Sebald (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811215893
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Published: New Directions - August 31st, 2009

Nobody - fictional or otherwise - has ever argued more compellingly than Simon Tanner that, within the interstice between youth and adulthood, one should seek not stability but bliss.

-Will


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By Christa Wolf, Christopher Middleton (Translated by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780374515348
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 1st, 1979

Bowie liked it. I can see why. It's about a woman living in communist East Berlin attempting to reconstruct the life of her dead friend via the notebooks and jottings she left behind. There is so much unsaid, so much neither the reader nor the narrator can know about this person who has passed. The descriptions of East Berlin rhyme with Trump's America, a time when we're unable to recognize our country, our friends and neighbors, our own lives. For fans of Lispector, Chris Kraus, Ferrante, and Walser.

-Landon


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The Loser: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400077540
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Published: Vintage - October 17th, 2006

A bitter and hilarious rant on the nature of mediocrity and talent. At the funeral of his friend, the narrator reflects on the time they spent studying piano with Glenn Gould, and how his out sized brilliance left them ruined and in awe.

-Jacob S.


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Fever Dream: A Novel Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

Masterfully crafted and downright spooky, this supernatural page-turner bores deep into two primal human fears: that man and nature are alienated from each other and it will cost us dearly, and that the children know more than us and we can't protect them, or ourselves. Try to remember what’s important.

-Tom


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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276728
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Published: And Other Stories - July 7th, 2016

Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye-meets-Romeo and Juliet-meets-CSI. In a plague-ridden Mexican city, a fixer for the Mob known as The Redeemer is tasked with preventing urban warfare when two rival narco families end up with the dead bodies of each other's dearest child. Yuri Herrera works magic in a mere 100 pages, transporting you to a breathtakingly realized world, where, hiding under the neo-noir surface, the real stakes are no less than the mediating limits of language itself. Herrera, himself, exceeds.

-Tom


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Sudden Death: A Novel Cover Image
By Álvaro Enrigue, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213449
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

Fresh, funny, soulful, raunchy, interesting, smart.

-Sarah McNally


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Fish Soup Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781999859305
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Published: Charco Press - December 3rd, 2019

Hands-down one of the best collections I've read this year! It's made up of two novellas and seven stories, though Sexual Education (the second novella) alone is well worth the jacket price. And that has everything to do with Charlotte Coombe's translation, which so brilliantly captures the visceral, frequently unglamorous language around sex, the body, teenagerdom and the drudge of lower middle-class life - it's the kind of dazzling translation you can immediately tell the translator has found an English voice that truly works for their author. Darkly funny, feminist, and with a touch of the weird, and whether translated literature is new for you, or it's your main "genre," you can't go wrong with this delightful book

-Jacob R.


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Varamo Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811217415
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Published: New Directions - February 22nd, 2012

If you need a surreal little book about the writing process in which absolutely no writing occurs, read this one. A night of strange coincidences and long asides, told through the observations of a man with an ambitious taxidermy project, a needy mother, a pantry full of expired emergency rations, and no money except a counterfeit bill. In the end, his run-in with a pair of conniving publishers leads him to write what will later be hailed as the greatest work of Central American literature ever written. The narrative melts like hard candy in the sun, but César Aira's commentary on life, accidents, and literature is brilliant and unforgettable.

-Nora


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By Clarice Lispector, Stefan Tobler (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219907
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Published: New Directions - June 13th, 2012

This book is so sharp and thin it's more knife than novel. It's poetry. It's philosophy. It's an existential roller coaster. It's like getting struck by lightning. Be careful. You may never be the same.

-Landon


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The Savage Detectives: A Novel Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780312427481
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Published: Picador - March 4th, 2008

Like On the Road if it extended into the characters adulthood and was also brilliant. Endless, discursive, beautiful, overwhelming, a complete triumph of the imagination.

-Jacob S.


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Kingdom Cons Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276926
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Published: And Other Stories - June 8th, 2017

As if Faulkner wrote murky, introspective fairy tales about the Mexican drug cartels―dark, fatalist―with buckets of post-capitalist cynicism.

-Doug


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$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894098
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

What a bizarre work: a post-meta "novel" of suggestive narratives in collaboration with workers at a factory. It questions the genesis of art and the validity of narrative. Both maddeningly abstruse and revelatory, I was baffled and angry with it, though at times in deep, layered love.

-Doug


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Arturo's Island: A Novel Cover Image
By Elsa Morante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631493294
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Published: Liveright - February 19th, 2019

Often overshadowed in her lifetime by her husband Alberto Moravia, I am here to tell you Elsa Morante is a much better writer than her husband ever was, and like Lucia Berlin and Clarice Lispector her work is now being republished, and rightfully reclaimed by history. Arturo's Island is Morante's second published novel - and my most loved of her books. It is translated into English for the first time by Ferrante's translator Ann Goldstein (the very name Elena Ferrante is infamously an homage to Morante, her idol), and the connections are clear - Morante's prose has all the intensity and solemn melodrama of Ferrante, but the world of Arturo's Island is more dreamlike, savage, an absolute pleasure to live inside for as long as the pages last.

-Madeleine


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The Dry Heart Cover Image
By Natalia Ginzburg, Frances Frenaye (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811228787
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Published: New Directions - June 25th, 2019

Our narrator has shot her husband between the eyes. Now she is wandering around town, piecing together what led her here. A tale of cruelty and lust and repulsion and bad marriages, this tiny gem of a novella, recently reissued by New Directions, is one of the best Natalia Ginzburg ever wrote - she is one of the best 20th century Italian writers, read everything - and this book will sate your Ferrante fever if you're still feeling its absence.

-Madeleine


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A Girl Returned Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609455286
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Published: Europa Editions - July 2nd, 2019

At a certain time of year, when the weather cools, I begin to crave a certain kind of book that I've come to describe as children's books for adults: a little dark, a little magical, but ultimately comforting. A Girl Returned is something like a fairytale in reverse: a thirteen year-old girl is taken from the seaside home of her elegant and wealthy adopted parents and returned to the chaotic household of her original birth family in a small Italian village. A cross between Jane Eyre and Elena Ferrante, this is a coming-of-age story to anyone who has felt like a stranger where they ought to belong.

-Madelaine L.


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$15.00
ISBN: 9781566567718
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Published: Clockroot Books - November 23rd, 2009

A story told by the scariest 6-year old you know about how she got that way. Horrifying, hilarious, and essential. It'll make you feel like a kid again; I can think of nothing more terrifying.

-Landon


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Family Lexicon Cover Image
By Natalia Ginzburg, Jenny McPhee (Translated by), Peg Boyers (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590178386
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 25th, 2017

What is the essence of family unity? For Natalia Ginzburg, it's first and foremost words, a common vocabulary, the shared life and habits they evoke. With luminous prose and extraordinary emotional sincerity, the author tells the story of her antifascist Jewish family during the dark years of Mussolini's regime. Part fiction, part memoir, Family Lexicon is funny yet deeply moving; a celebration of the time-transcending connections we make in early life - forever holding the memory of who we were, as well as the promise of who we can become.

-Edoardo


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Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran Cover Image
By Shahrnush Parsipur, Shirin Neshat (Preface by), Faridoun Farrokh (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781558617537
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Published: Feminist Press - January 10th, 2012

Five women living very different lives in late 20th century Iran escape men to find strength and sensitivity in themselves and each other. My favorite character is also a tree. My next favorite can read minds. There is tragedy, yes, but there is far more magic, mindfulness, and courage.

-Landon


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Unquiet: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393357653
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 14th, 2020

Linn Ullmann's parents were Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann. It is necessary that you should know this from the very start. Unquiet, by turn, is an astonishingly good piece of autofiction about having grown up the daughter of one of the world's most famous filmmakers, and the daughter of his discarded muse. It is a book about grief and loss and memory, told with the precision and insight of Lydia Davis or Siri Hustvedt. A novel for anybody with complicated parental relationships - this book might help alleviate the burden.

-Madeleine


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Will and Testament: A Novel (Verso Fiction) Cover Image
By Vigdis Hjorth, Charlotte Barslund (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788733106
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Published: Verso Fiction - September 10th, 2019

This book is a sensation of the Norwegian trend "reality literature," which sees thinly veiled real life expanded into fiction. So thinly veiled is the story that Testament has inspired a rebuttal novel from Hjorth's sister (yet to be translated into English but similarly a hit in Scandinavia). It's thus an appropriate form for narrator Bergljot, whose family inheritance dispute drags up a dark secret that has long splintered the family. Bergjot navigates the haze of repressive fictions within and around herself. A ferociously compassionate and compulsively readable account of the aftermaths of abuse, as well as an interrogation of civility & the family as apparatus of repression, Will & Testament is fluid in every way, indicting the unjust and impossible cruelty of not choosing a side, without ever abandoning the humanity of its characters.

-Gleb


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By Tove Jansson, Ali Smith (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590173299
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 8th, 2009

What a cunning little novel about the slippery concept of 'being honest.' The portrait of small town Scandinavian winter that Jansson paints is deep, delicious, and shrouded in mystery.

-Maddie


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We: New Edition Cover Image
By Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown (Translated by), Clarence Brown (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140185850
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 1st, 1993

Often cited as the primary influence on George Orwell's 1984 (with famed occult writer Colin Wilson going so far as to say that he doubted Orwell's volume would have found publication in the United Kingdom had there been a decent English translation of this book available at the time), We is an innovative, passionately pro-democratic novel on its own terms. Both an imaginative exploration of human consciousness and a vehement argument against totalitarianism - the creeping of which was well underway at the time and place of its writing in the Soviet Union of the 1920's - We was almost impossibly ahead of its time, and - sadly - is all too timely, present day. Read and remember: there can be no final revolution!

-Jasper


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By Tatyana Tolstaya, Jamey Gambrell (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171967
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 17th, 2007

This weird Russian novel imagines humanity some 200 years after the cataclysmic Blast. Slapstick but cynical, Tolstaya writes like Bolaño, but a Bolaño tripping balls on LSD instead of heroin - they share a sentimental nihilism, or a precise tossed-offedness. In other words, instead of lists of dead girls, we get straight-faced descriptions of people's post-nuclear Consequences, like nostrils sprouted on knees and extra legs. This book is hilarious and tragic, bizarre and bizarrely moving. (There is, I think, a little Benedikt in all of us.)

-Sam