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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis

Davis has been called an American virtuoso of the short story form (Salon). Now, for the first time, Davis's short stories are collected in one volume, from the groundbreaking Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National...

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 Read reviewNight Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport

Anna Krien

In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes another closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. At the centre of it is Anna Krien's account of the rape trial of a footballer. Both a...

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 Read reviewCollected Stories

Collected Stories

James Salter

Each indelible narrative in the Collected Stories is marked by Salter's great literary grace, his ability to show the subtleties of a character or situation with precision, and his equally assured ability to...

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner

The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to...

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The Infatuations

The Infatuations

Javier Marias, Margaret Jull Costa

Every day, Maria Dolz stops for breakfast at the same cafe. And every day she enjoys watching a handsome couple who follow the same routine. Then one day they aren't there, and she feels obscurely bereft. It is only later, when...

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My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Bunuel

My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Bunuel

Luis Bunuel, Abigail Israel

A provocative memoir from Luis Bunuel, the Academy Award winning creator of some of modern cinema's most important films, from Un Chien Andalou to The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Luis Bunuel's films have the power...

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No World Concerto

No World Concerto

A. Porta, Darren Koolman, Rhett McNeil

A prismatic and erotic novel of the intersection of multiple worlds, this is the first novel by Roberto Bola o's early writing partner A. G. Porta to be translated into English.

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Here and Now

Paul Auster, J. M. Coetzee

Offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page.

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I Was Behind You

I Was Behind You

Nicolas Fargues, Sue Rose, DK Images

Here is a story of self-discovery, of entering adulthood and of freeing oneself. The tone is sarcastic, lucid, cruel yet realistic. On a background of R&B and funky electronic music, Nicolas argues gives us an impressive and...

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Benediction

Benediction

Kent Haruf

Deals with the ordinary life of Dad Lewis, long-time resident of Holt, Colorado, who is now dying of cancer and has months to live and in those last few months the people who love him gather around him. This novel explores the...

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House of Earth

House of Earth

Woody Guthrie

Newly discovered, and with an introduction by Johnny Depp, this is legendary American folk singer Woody Guthrie's only finished novel: a compelling portrait of two hardscrabble farmers struggling during the Dust Bowl.

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 Read reviewGhost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance

Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and Defiance

Michelle Dicinoski

Michelle Dicinoski has found the love of her life -- and now she just wants to get married and live happily ever after. The only problem is, she's in love with an American woman, Heather, and neither Australia nor America...

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 Read reviewClay

Clay

Melissa Harrison

A boy creeps down from a high-rise block at dawn to see the prints left by a fox on the frosty grass. He is TC, eight years old and skipping school. At school and at home he is barely missed. Sophia, seventy-eight, is writing to...

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Mohsin Hamid

A tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on the most fluid and increasingly scarce of goods:...

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My First Wife

My First Wife

Jakob Wassermann

Tells the story of Alexander Herzog, a young writer, who goes to Vienna to escape his debts and a failed love affair. There he is pursued by book-loving Ganna: giddy, girlish, eccentric and wild. Dazzled and unnerved by her...

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The Sound of Things Falling

The Sound of Things Falling

Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Originally published in Spain 2011 by Alfaguara (Santillana Ediciones Generales) as El ruido de las cosas al caer.

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The Human Part

The Human Part

Kari Hotakainen, Owen F. Witesman

A true and witty satire on family, society and justice from one of Finland's most acclaimed and garlanded writers.

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Instant: A Cultural History of Polaroid

Instant: A Cultural History of Polaroid

Christopher Bonanos

Polaroid, in its time, was what Apple is to ours: the most interesting high tech company on earth. It filled a niche all its own, one that nobody else intruded upon until the very end, and nearly all its brilliance came from the...

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101 Essential Rock'n' Roll Albums

101 Essential Rock'n' Roll Albums

Kill Your Idols

This volume is a tribute to the vinyl album and celebrates 101 of rock's most influential records - from The Beatles' 1963 debut Please Please Me - through the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks (1977.) Alongside the big...

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The Polish Boxer

The Polish Boxer

Eduardo Halfon, Thomas Bunstead, Lisa Dillman (Emory University), Daniel Hahn, Anne McLean

The English-language debut of a major Latin American writer.

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Doing it Differently: Urban Trends

Doing it Differently: Urban Trends

Kylie Legge, Cheryl Collins Design

The Urban Trends books aim to share key ideas, movements and
influences on city making and urban living. Doing it Differently
looks at a range of creative and innovative solutions to the
challenges of urban living. Creativity...

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Beside The Sea

Beside The Sea

Veronique Olmi, Adriana Hunter

A single mother takes her two sons on a trip to the seaside. They stay in a hotel, drink hot chocolate and go to the funfair. She wants to protect them from a cold and uncomprehending world. She knows that it will be the last trip...

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Sea of Ink

Sea of Ink

Richard Weihe, Jamie Bulloch

In 1626, Bada Shanren is born into the Chinese royal family. When the old Ming Dynasty crumbles, he becomes an artist, committed to capturing the essence of nature with a single brushstroke. Then the rulers of the new Qing Dynasty...

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The Brothers

The Brothers

Asko Sahlberg, Emily Jeremiah, Fleur Jeremiah

Finland, 1809. Henrik and Erik are brothers who fought on opposite sides in the war between Sweden and Russia. With peace declared, they both return to their snowed-in farm. But who is the master? Sexual tensions, old grudges,...

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The Passion According to G. H.

The Passion According to G. H.

Clarice Lispector, Idra Norey

Lispector's most shocking novel.

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Agua Viva

Agua Viva

Clarice Lispector, Idra Novey, Stefan Tobler

Lispector at her most philosophically radical.

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 Read reviewNear to the Wild Heart

Near to the Wild Heart

Alison Entrekin, Benjamin Moser

This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence.

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The Train

The Train

Georges Simenon, Robert Baldick

Against all expectations, Marcel Fron has made a normal life in a bucolic French suburb in the Ardennes. But on May 10, 1940, as Nazi tanks approach, this timid, happy man must abandon his home and confront the 'Fate' that he has...

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The Rattler and Other Stories

The Rattler and Other Stories

A.S. Patric, Miles Allinson

This entertaining collection includes a romp of a novella called The Rattler, as well as short stories and micro fiction all set in and around contemporary Melbourne.

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