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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

10:04 by Ben Lerner

42 Years of Consistency: New Selected Poems by Mark Strand

70% Acrylic 30% Wool by Viola di Grado

2666 by Roberto Bolaño

“A” by Louis Zukofsky

Accepting the Disaster by Joshua Mehigan

The Accident by Mihail Sebastian

Advice from 1 Disciple of Marx to 1 Heidegger Fanatic by Mario Santiago Papasquiaro

The African Shore by Rodrigo Rey Rosa

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Alix’s Journal by Alix Cleo Roubaud

All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones

All in All It Is a Pleasant Experience: Ruby and the Stone-Age Diet by Martin Millar

All One Horse by Breyten Breytenbach

All That Is by James Salter

All the Garbage of the World, Unite! by Kim Hyesoon

Almost Never by Daniel Sada

The Alphabet by Ron Silliman

Amazing Adult Fantasy by A.D. Jameson

Amulet by Roberto Bolaño

Ananios of Kleitor by George Economou

Anatomy of a Moment by Javier Cercas

The Anatomy of Influence by Harold Bloom

Ancient History: A Paraphase by Joseph McElroy

And Let the Earth Tremble at Its Centers by Gonzalo Celorio

AnimalInside by László Krasznahorkai and Max Neumann

The Apartment by Greg Baxter

Apostoloff by Sibylle Lewitscharoff

Arc d’X by Steven Erickson

Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut

The Armies by Evelio Rosero

The Arrière-pays by Yves Bonnefoy

The Art of Losing by Rebecca Connell

The Ask by Sam Lipsyte

Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster

The Assignment by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The Assistant by Robert Walser

Assumption and Erasure By Percival Everett

At Large and At Small by Anne Fadiman

The Attic by Danilo Kiš

The Autobiography of Fidel Castro by Norberto Fuentes

Autonauts of the Cosmoroute by Julio Cortazar

Autoportrait by Edouard Levé

The Available World by Ander Monson

The Baboons of Hada: Selected Poems by Eric Ormsby

Bad Machine by George Szirtes

Basrayatha by Muhammad Khudayyir

The Beautiful and the Damned by Siddhartha Deb

Before I Wake by Robert Wiersema

Bento’s Sketchbook by John Berger

Berlin: City of Smoke by Jason Lutes

Berlin Now by Peter Schneider

Berlin Stories by Robert Walser

Best American Magazine Writing 2007

Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction

Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi

Bewilderment by David Ferry

The Big Dream Rebecca Rosenblum

Big Lonesome: Stories by Jim Ruland

Biography: A Game by Max Frisch

Birds of the Air by David Yezzi

Blinding Volume I: The Left Wing by Mircea Cărtărescu

Blind Speed by Josh Barkan

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

The Blue Guide to Indiana by Michael Martone

The Boat by Nam Le

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own by Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa

boring boring boring boring boring boring boring by Zach Plague

Bouvard and Pecuchet by Gustave Flaubert

Boxwood by Camilo José Cela

The Breaking Point by Stephen Koch

Brecht at Night by Mati Unt

The Bridge of the Golden Horn by Emine Sevgi Ozdamar

The Bridge Over the Neroch and Other Works by Leonid Tsypkin

The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders

A Brief History of Yes by Micheline Aharonian Marcom

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Brodeck by Philippe Claudel

Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky

Brothers by Yu Hua

Bullfight by Yasushi Inoue

The Bun Field by Amanda Vahamaki and Cecil and Jordan in New York: Stories by Gabrielle Bell

Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems by Charles Wright

C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems

A Cacophony of Stories: White Masks by Elias Khoury

The Calligrapher’s Secret by Rafik Schami

The Cambridge Companion to Allegory Edited by Rita Copeland and Peter T. Struck

Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes

The Canal by Lee Rourke

Cannonball by Joseph McElroy

Canti by Giacomo Leopardi

Case Closed by Patrik Ouředník

Castle by J. Robert Lennon

The Cave by Jose Saramago

The Cave Man by Xiaoda Xiao

The Childhood Storytelling Voice: Scary, No Scary by Zachary Schomburg

The Children’s Day by Michiel Heyns

The Children’s Hospital by Chris Adrian

Children in Reindeer Woods by Kristín Ómarsdóttir

China in Ten Words by Yu Hua

Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem

Cipango by Tomás Harris

The Clash of Images by Abdelfattah Kilito

Collected Poems of Eugenio Montale translated by Jonathan Galassi

Comedic Laments: The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage

Coming From an Off-Key Time by Bogdan Suceava

Comrades by Marco Antonio Flores

Correspondence Theory: The Abyss of Human Illusion by Gilbert Sorrentino

The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings by James Baldwin

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

Damnation by Janice Lee

Dancing in the Streets by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Dandelion Clock by Daniel Tiffany

Dante’s Inferno translated by Mary Jo Bang

David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview

Dear Sandy, Hello: Letters from Ted to Sandy Berrigan

Death with Interruptions by José Saramago

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

December by Alexander Kluge and Gerhard Richter

DeLillo’s 24-Hour Psycho: Point Omega by Don DeLillo

The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker

Devil Talk by Daniel Olivas

Devotion to the Book: Rex by Jose Manuel Prieto

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries by Helen Vendler

Dick of the Dead by Rachel Loden

The Din in the Head by Cynthia Ozick

Dirt for Art’s Sake by Elisabeth Ladenson

Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

Dogma by Lars Iyer

A Dream in Polar Fog by Yuri Rytkheu

Driven to Abstraction by Rosmarie Waldrop

Drugs, Alcohol, and Poetry: Prose. Poems. a novel. by Jamie Iredell

The Easy Chain by Evan Dara

The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

The Eleven by Pierre Michon

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories by Nikolai Leskov

English by Wang Gang

Enough About Love by Hervé Le Tellier

An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor von Rezzori

Erotomania: A Romance by Francis Levy

Ether by Ben Ehrenreich

Even Now: Poems by Hugo Claus

Everything and More by David Foster Wallace

Everything Bad Is Good for You by Steven Johnson

Everything Is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.

Existential Mysteries: Fugue State by Brain Evenson

Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew Ervin

Falling Man by Don DeLillo

Fascism, Art, and Mediocrity: Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño

The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am by Kjersti Skomsvold and Glass by Sam Savage

The Fata Morgana Books by Jonathan Littell

The Father and the Foreigner by Giancarlo De Cataldo

The Fat Man and Infinity & Other Writings by Antonio Lobo Antunes

Fear and Servant by Mirjana Novaković

February Forever: Light Boxes by Shane Jones

The Feline Plague by Maja Novak

The Fiddler of Driskill Hill by David Middleton

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

The Field Is Lethal by Suzanne Doppelt

Figures in a Landscape by Gail Mazur

First Person Sorrowful by Ko Un

Fists by Pietro Grossi

Five Spice Street by Can Xue

The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

Forest of a Thousand Daemons by D.O. Fagunwa

Forest of Eyes: Selected Poems of Tada Chimako

For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut by Takashi Hiraide

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody

Four for a Quarter by Michael Martone

Fra Keeler by Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

Freedom and the Arts: Essays on Music and Literature by Charles Rosen

From A to X by John Berger

From Beyond the Grave: Speak, Nabokov by Michael Maar

From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón

From the Observatory by Julio Cortázar

The FSG Book of Twentieth Century Latin-American Poetry, edited by Ilan Stavans

Funeral for a Dog by Thomas Pletzinger

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

The Fun Parts by Sam Lipsyte

Futility by William Gerhardie

The Future Is Not Ours: New Latin American Fiction edited by Diego Trelles Paz

Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn

Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds

German Autumn by Stig Dagerman

Ghost Lights by Keith Montesano

Ghosts by Cesar Aira

Girl Factory by Jim Krusoe

Girly Man by Charles Bernstein

God Is Dead by Ron Currie, Jr.

Gods and Soldiers by Rob Spillman (editor)

Goldberg: Variations by Gabriel Josipovici

Golden Country by Jennifer Gilmore

The Good-bye Angel by Ignacio de Loyola Brandao

The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson, edited by Marta Werner and Jen Bervin

The Great Weaver from Kashmir by Halldor Laxness

Guatanamo by Dorothea Dieckmann

The Guy Davenport Reader

The H.D. Book by Robert Duncan

Hagar Before The Occupation/Hagar After The Occupation, by Amal Al-Jubouri

The Hall of Uselessness by Simon Leys

Happy Families by Carlos Fuentes

Happy Moscow by Andrey Platonov

Hardboiled & Hard Luck by Banana Yoshimoto

Hard Earth by Joseph Powell

Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway

Heavenly Questions by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme by Tracy Daugherty

Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar

Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa

How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell

How to Read a Novel by John Sutherland

Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker

Humor in the Face of the Tragical: The Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov

Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio

Hurry Home, Honey; Take Your Time, Love: The Poetry of Sawako Nakayasu

I’d Like by Amanda Michalopoulou

I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett

Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North

The Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin

If I Could Write This in Fire by Michelle Cliff

If Not Metamorphic by Brenda Iijima

I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita

The Iliad translated by Stephen Mitchell

Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud

Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things by Gilbert Sorrentino

An Immaculate Sense of Rhythm and Timing: The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker

The Immoralist by Andre Gide

Imperial by William T. Vollmann

The Implacable Order of Things by José Luis Peixoto

The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

The Ingenious Gentleman and Poet Federico García Lorca Ascends to Hell by Carlos Rojas

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

In Homer’s Head: Ransom by David Malouf

Inland by Gerald Murnane

In Night’s City by Dorothy Nelson

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

In Red by Magdalena Tulli

Insect Dreams by Marc Estrin

In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster

Into The Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

Invite by Glen Pourciau

The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim

Isle of Dreams by Keizo Hino and The Paradise Bird Tattoo (or, attempted double-suicide) by Choukitsu Kurumatani

Is That a Fish In Your Ear? by David Bellos

It’s go in horizontal by Leslie Scalapino

It Is All Golgotha: Three Novels by Jacques Chessex

It Was Like My Trying to Have a Tender-Hearted Nature by Diane Williams

J. M. Coetzee, A Life in Writing by J. C. Kannemeyer

J.M. Coetzee and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives on Literature

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Job by Joseph Roth

John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1956-1987

John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead

Joseph Brodsky: A Literary Life by Lev Loseff

The Journal of Henry David Thoreau edited by Damion Searls

The Journal of Jules Renard

A Jury of Her Peers by Elaine Showalter

Juvenilia by Ken Chen

Kamby Bolongo Mean River by Robert Lopez

The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George by Denise Gigante

Kin by Dror Burstein

Kind One by Laird Hunt

King Cophetua by Julien Gracq

The King of Complacency: Under the Dome by Stephen King

The King of Trees by Ah Cheng

Kissed By by Alexandra Chasin

Kjell Askildsen, Selected Stories

Knowledge of Hell by Antonio Lobo Antunes

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

The Kraus Project by Jonathan Franzen

Landscape With Dog And Other Stories by Ersi Sotiropoulos

Language Death Night Outside: Poem.Novel by Peter Waterhouse

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hugh Selby, Jr.

The Last Novel by David Markson

The Last of the Angels by Fadhil al-Azzawi

The Last Supper by Pawel Huelle

The Late Age of Print by Ted Striphas

La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri

Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique by Gonçalo M. Tavares

Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner

Lectures from the Argentine Master: Seven Nights by Jorge Luis Borges

The Letter Killers Club by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

Let the Dark Flower Blossom by Norah Labiner

Life and Times of Mr. S by Vivek Narayanan

A Life on Paper by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud

Lines of Flight by Catherine Chandler

Little Fingers by Filip Florian

Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón

The Lost Men by Kelly Tyler-Lewis

Love, Anger, and Madness: A Haitian Trilogy by Marie Vieux-Chauvet

Love and Obstacles by Aleksandar Hemon

Love Poems, Letters, and Remedies by Ovid

Magical Realist Africa: A River Called Time by Mia Couto

The Maias by Jose Maria Eça de Queirós

Maidenhair by Mikhail Shishkin

Make These Machines Mean: Overqualified by Joey Comeau

Malarky by Anakana Schofield

Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami

A Map of Tulsa by Benjamin Lytal

The Master of the Not Quite: The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by James Wood

Matrimony by Joshua Henkin

Me and Kaminski by Daniel Kehlmann

The Meat and Spirit Plan by Selah Saterstrom

The Mehlis Report by Rabee Jaber

The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand

Micrograms by Jorge Carrera Andrade

Micrographia by Emily Wilson

Middle C by William H. Gass

The Mighty Angel by Jerzy Pilch

Miguel Hernández: Selected and Translated by Don Share

A Mind at Peace by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar

Monsieur by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Moral Victories: The Curiously Relevant Prose of Heinrich von Kleist

More Notes Towards an Ideal Reader: A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel

The Morning News Is Exciting by Don Mee Choi

Mortarville by Grant Bailie

Mouroir by Breyten Breytenbach

Music from Big Pink by John Niven

My Father’s Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa

My Little War by Louis Paul Boon

My Poems Won’t Change the World: Selected Poems by Patrizia Cavalli

My Prizes by Thomas Bernhard

The Mystery of the Sardine by Stefan Themerson

My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard

my vocabulary did this to me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer

A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava

Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño

Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo

“neither wit nor gold” (from then), by Ammiel Alcalay

new poems by Tadeusz Rozewicz

News from the Empire by Fernando Del Paso

Nice Weather by Frederick Seidel

The Ninth by Ferenc Barnás

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

Nog by Rudolph Wurlitzer

Notes on Sontag by Phillip Lopate

Notes on the Mosquito by Xi Chuan

The Novel: an alternative history: Beginnings to 1600 by Steven Moore

Novelty: A History of the New by Michael North

The No World Concerto by A.G. Porta

NowTrends by Karl Taro Greenfeld

The Obituary by Gail Scott

Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov

The Obstacles by Eloy Urroz

The Odicy by Cyrus Console

O Fallen Angel by Kate Zambreno

Of Song and Water by Joseph Coulson

Oh Pure and Radiant Heart by Lydia Millet

Olives by A.E. Stallings

One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui

One Writer’s Beginnings: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

On the Natural History of Destruction by W.G. Sebald

Ordinary Sun by Matthew Henriksen

The Other Walk by Sven Birkerts

The Pages by Murray Bail

Paris by Marcos Giralt Torrente

Partial List of People to Bleach by Gary Lutz

Passage of Tears by Abdourahman Waberi

The Path of Minor Planets by Andrew Sean Greer

Pedigree by Georges Simenon

Percussion Grenade by Joyelle McSweeney

The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness by Stephen Levy

Philippe Jaccottet. And Nonetheless: Selected Prose and Poetry 1990-2009 and Pierre-Albert Jourdan The Straw Sandals: Selected Prose and Poetry

Photographic Poems: Catch Light by Sarah O’Brien

Pierrot Mon Ami by Raymond Queneau

PILE OF SHIT REVIEWS PROFOUND PHILOSOPHICAL RHAPSODY: a review of Lars Iyer’s Spurious

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days (Artifacts and Bone Fragments) by Al Columbia

The Planets by Sergio Chejfec

Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, Edited by Marc Falkoff

Poems of the Night by Jorge Luis Borges

Poems Retrieved by Frank O’Hara

Poetry’s Ulysses: All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems by Charles Bernstein

The Poetry Lesson by Andrei Codrescu

Poetry Written Out of Outrage: The Rising of the Ashes by Tahar Ben Jelloun

Poor People by William T. Vollmann

The Post-Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

Pow! by Mo Yan

The Power of Flies by Lydie Salvayre

Praises & Offenses: Three Women Poets from the Dominican Republic

Prehistoric Times by Eric Chevillard

The Princess, the King and the Anarchist by Robert Pagani

Promising Young Women by Suzanne Scalon

Prosperous Friends by Christine Schutt

Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan

The Rainbow Stories by William T. Vollmann

Ray of the Star by Laird Hunt

Reach Out and Touch Someone: Translation Is a Love Affair by Jacques Poulin

Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose

Reading Novalis in Montana by Melissa Kwasny

Realm of the Dead by Uchida Hyakken

Recreational Vehicles on Fire by Jane Ormerod

Red the Fiend by Gilbert Sorrentino

Reimagining Greek History: The Lost Books of The Odyssey by Zachary Mason

Remainder by Tom McCarthy

Remember Me by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

The Rest is Jungle by Mario Benedetti

The Restless “I”: The Book Made of Forest by Jared Stanley

Riding Toward Everywhere by William T. Vollmann

Right Livelihoods by Rick Moody

Rimbaud the Son by Pierre Michon

Rising by Farrah Field

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Robert Pinsky: Selected Poems

The Romantic Dogs by Roberto Bolaño

Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books by Claudia Roth Pierpont

Running Away by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Running for the Communists: Running by Jean Echenoz

Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

Saga/Circus by Lyn Hejinian

Said and Done by James Morrison

The Salt Smugglers by Gerard de Nerval

Sarah—Of Fragments and Lines by Julie Carr

Satantango by László Krasznahorkai

Scape by Joshua Harmon

The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch

The Seamstress and the Wind by César Aira

Season of Ash by Jorge Volpi

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo by Peter Orner

Second Simplicity: New Poetry and Prose, 1991-2011 by Yves Bonnefoy

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Secret Son by Laila Lalami

The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht

Selected Poems by Geoffrey Hill

Selected Poems by Jaan Kaplinski

Self-Portrait Abroad by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Self-Portrait of an Other by Cees Nooteboom and Max Neumann

The Semantics of Murder by Aifric Campbell

Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya

A Sensual Anti-Novel: Juan the Landless by Juan Goytisolo

Shadowplay by Norman Lock

The Shape of Things to Come by Greil Marcus

Show Up, Look Good by Mark Wisniewski

Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

The Silence Room by Sean O’Brien

Silent House by Orhan Pamuk

Six Novels in Woodcuts by Lynd Ward

The Sixty-Five Years of Washington by Juan Jose Saer

The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolaño

Slut Lullabies by Gina Frangello

The So-Called Other Europe: Best European Fiction 2010 edited by Aleksandar Hemon

Sobbing Superpower: Selected Poems of Tadeusz Różewicz

So Many Ways to Begin by Jon McGregor

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow by Wang Anyi

Sons and Other Flammable Objects by Porochista Khakpour

Souls of the Labadie Tract by Susan Howe

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Spanish Noir: Tattoo: A Pepe Carvalho Mystery by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

The Spare Room by Helen Garner

The Sri Lankan Loxodrome by Will Alexander

The State of Gaddis: William Gaddis, “The Last of Something”: Critical Essays eds. Crystal Alberts, Christopher Leise, and Birger Vanwesenbeeck

Stella by Siegfried Lenz

Stone Upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski

Stories about Stories from Iraq: The Madman of Freedom Square by Hassan Blasim

Storm Still by Peter Handke

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Summer in Baden-Baden by Leonid Tsypkin

The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy

Sunset Oasis by Bahaa Taher

Suspension by Robert Westfield

Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones

Systems of Survival: The Great Wave by Ron Slate

A Talent Ended Too Soon: Look Back, Look Ahead by Srečko Kosovel

The Tanners by Robert Walser

Ten Sentences From Speedboat by Renata Adler

Theories of Forgetting by Lance Olsen

There’s Nothing I Can Do When I Think of You Late at Night by Cao Naiqian

They Carry a Promise by Janusz Szuber

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Thing of Beauty by Jackson Mac Low

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Those Whom I Would Like to Meet Again by Giedra Radvilaviciute

The Three Fates by Linda Lê

The Three Paradoxes by Paul Hornschemeier

Throw Like a Girl by Jean Thompson

Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer

Tinkers by Paul Harding

Tintin and the Secret of Literature by Tom McCarthy

Tokyo Fiancée by Amélie Nothomb

Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek

Tomorrow They Will Kiss by Eduardo Santiago

The Top Top Ten by J. Peder Zane

Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo

Touch by Adania Shibli

Touch Wood by Albert Mobilio

To Write About Real Englishness: The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam

Tracer by Richard Greenfield

Tranquility by Attila Bartis

Trans-Atlantyk by Witold Gombrowicz

Transparency by Marek Bieńczyk

A Treatise on Shelling Beans by Wiesław Myśliwski

Trees of the Twentieth Century by Stephen Sturgeon

The Tree With No Name by Drago Jančar

Triangle by Katharine Weber

Trieste by Daša Drndić

True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound by Christopher Ricks

The Truth About Marie by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Tun-huang by Yasushi Inoue

Twighlight of the Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg

t zero by Italo Calvino

Uncollected Poems by R.S. Thomas

Under the Volcano by Malcom Lowry

Unseen Hand by Adam Zagajewski

Us by Michael Kimball

The Use of Speech by Nathalie Sarraute

The Vagrants by Yiyun Li

Vain Art of the Fugue by Dumitru Tsepeneag

Varamo by César Aira

Versed by Rae Armantrout and The Winter Sun by Fanny Howe

Vertical Motion by Can Xue

Vibrator by Mari Akasaka

Vilnius Poker by Ričardas Gavelis

Virgils’ Eclogues

The Virgin of Flames by Chris Abani

Visigoth by Gary Amdahl

Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck

The Walk by Robert Walser

The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War Diary by Ingeborg Bachmann

A Warehouse with an Epic Scope: Entrepôt by Mark McMorris

Waste by Eugene Marten

The Waste Land and Other Poems by John Beer

Watching the Spring Festival by Frank Bidart

Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra

The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball

The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery

We Have Not Arrived: Problems with Postcolonial Translation in Charles Cantalupo’s War and Peace in Contemporary Eritrean Poetry

What’s to Become of the Boy? and The Collected Stories by Heinrich Böll

What Is All This? by Stephen Dixon

what purpose did i serve in your life by Marie Calloway

When Facts Meet Emotions: Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer by Ernst Weiss

The Whispering Muse by Sjón

White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov

White Slaves: Blonde Roots by Bernadine Evaristo

Whose Freedom? by George Lakoff

Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns

Why Literary Periods Mattered by Ted Underwood

The Winner of Sorrow by Brian Lynch

Winners Have Yet to Be Announced by Ed Pavlic

Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau

The Withdrawal Method by Pasha Malla

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer

Witness by Mario Benedetti

Wolf and Pilot by Farrah Field

Wolves of the Crescent Moon by Yousef al-Mohaimeed

Wonderful World by Javier Calvo

Woods and Chalices by Tomaz Salamun

Word Games and Surreal Imagery: The System of Vienna By Gert Jonke

Words With a Purpose: Two Novels: After & Making Mistakes by Gabriel Josipovici

A Writer at War by Vasily Grossman

Writing in the Dark: Nox by Anne Carson

Yalo by Elias Khoury

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Yingelishi and Grotto Heaven by Jonathan Stalling

You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane

Zazen by Vanessa Veselka

Zibaldone by Giacomo Leopardi

Zona by Geoff Dyer

Bonus Articles

From Personae by Sergio De La Pava

Readers of The Quarterly Conversation need no introduction to Sergio De La Pava, author of A Naked Singularity. Our review of the book helped bring this self-published title to prominence, where reader after reader has attested to its high quality. De La Pava has written a second book, titled Personae and to be available soon on Amazon. (It currently can be ordered here from Xlibris.) We present to you the first eight pages in hopes that this second novel will not be as unfairly overlooked by publishing at large as the first.

The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy

To what extent is prose the medium that best allows Cormac McCarthy's particular talents to manifest? To what extent do his skills as an author depend upon setting down words on a page in order to coax out a distinct voice that mediates dialogue, character, and story with its own idiosyncratic ruminations? These questions seem speculative, I admit, but they must be asked because they haunt McCarthy's latest book from the first page to the very last. That book is The Sunset Limited, a verbatim reproduction of the script for a stage play McCarthy wrote in 2006—verbatim except for the addition of a cryptic subtitle, A Novel in Dramatic Form, with which it distinguishes itself from the stage play by making an issue of its own novelistic capacity for prosaic meditation.

Stella by Siegfried Lenz

Lenz, a partirarch of Gruppe 47, emerged with Hans Werner Richter, Ilse Aichinger, Günter Grass, and Heinrich Böll, along with other artists, out of war and collective shellshock. Gruppe 47 envisioned a new future for Germany, one that confronted the horrors of atrocity with compunction, responsibility, and reparations. Lenz's latest novel takes place perhaps twenty years after World War II, although this can only be derived from context. In a similar manner, we assume by the maturity of the prose that the narrator, Christian, writes from an advanced age, reminiscing about a formative relationship he had as an 18-year-old, when he fell in love with his 25-year-old English teacher, Stella. Their student-teacher flirtation evolves to sharing the past. She tells him, "My father was a radio operator in a bomber, his plane was shot down on its first raid, his companions died in the crash but he survived . . . so that's how I became an English teacher." She and Christian grow closer, in part, through literature, communicating by Faulkner, Twain, and Orwell.

There’s Nothing I Can Do When I Think of You Late at Night by Cao Naiqian

The presence of this distinctive architecture alerts the reader to the fact that Cao Naiqian's collection of linked stories, There's Nothing I Can Do When I Think of You Late at Night, is set in the same hardscrabble region of rural North China where the Communist Revolution had its roots. (The book's able translator, John Balcom, refers to this book as a novel, but it could just as well be seen as a collection of stories.) Born the same year as the People's Republic, 1949, and a veteran police officer, Cao Naiqian belongs to a generation that was raised on Maoist ideology and revolutionary thinking, so there is something rather sly about his portrayal of the peasants of the village called Wen Clan Caves.

Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, Edited by Marc Falkoff

It seems that more than ever Hölderlin’s question is in urgent need of a response. What can the purpose of poetry be in a world as barbarous and brutal as ours? Perhaps it can be our most contemporary aesthetic and poets our true contemporaries, especially if we conceive of “contemporaries,” following Giorgio Agamben, as those who look actively and with purpose into the dark in order to see what must be seen. Considering the cruelties of the age we live in, the anthology Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, published in 2007, is remarkable for a variety of reasons, the least of which is the fact of its existence.




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Mr. Stein drops knowledge

Mr. Lorin Stein making a direct link between the decline of independent booksellers and the falling number of so-called "midlist" literary authors.

Paris Review interview with Anne Carson

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“This poetry is not an ornament to the uprising—it is its soundtrack and also composes a significant part of the action itself.”

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