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Kangaroo Notebook
Author: Kōbō Abe
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679746633
Pages: 183
Year: 1997
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An ordinary man finds himself caught in the power of bizarre and unpredictable forces when he discovers one morning at breakfast that radish sprouts have begun to grow out of his shins
Secret Rendezvous
Author: 安部公房
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0375726543
Pages: 179
Year: 2002
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As a jump-shoe salesman searches for his wife in a sinister underground hospital, his fascination with the hospital's strange inhabitants, including a girl whose bones are gradually liquefying, causes him to barely notice his wife's unspeakable circumstances. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
The Ark Sakura
Author: Kobo Abe
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307389634
Pages: 333
Year: 2009
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This Kafkaesque novel is an ambitious work about the lives of outcasts in modern Japan and such troubling themes as ecological destruction, old age, violence, and nuclear war ("New York Times Book Review").
The Box Man
Author: Kobo Abe
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030781369X
Pages: 192
Year: 2011-12-14
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Kobo Abe, the internationally acclaimed author of Woman in the Dunes, combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett. In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the nameless protagonist gives up his identity and the trappings of a normal life to live in a large cardboard box he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly on the interior walls of his box, he describes the world outside as he sees or perhaps imagines it, a tenuous reality that seems to include a mysterious rifleman determined to shoot him, a seductive young nurse, and a doctor who wants to become a box man himself. The Box Man is a marvel of sheer originality and a bizarrely fascinating fable about the very nature of identity. Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Maria Turtschaninoff
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1613129742
Pages: 256
Year: 2017-01-03
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Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice there, arrived in the hunger winter and now lives a happy life in the Abbey, protected by the Mother and reveling in the vast library in the House of Knowledge, her favorite place. Into this idyllic existence comes Jai, a girl with a dark past. She has escaped her home after witnessing the killing of her beloved sister. Soon the dangers of the outside world follow Jai into the sacred space of the Abbey, and Maresi can no longer hide in books and words but must become one who acts. Bound for international success, Maresi will be published in 15 territories around the world!
Author: Maria Turtschaninoff
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 168335141X
Pages: 384
Year: 2018-01-09
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Booklist called Maresi “utterly satisfying and completely different from standard YA fantasy.” Now, Naondel goes back to establish the world of the trilogy and tells the story of the First Sisters—the founders of the female utopia the Red Abbey. Imprisoned in a harem by a dangerous man with a dark magic that grants him power over life and death, the First Sisters must overcome their mistrust of one another in order to escape. But they can only do so at a great cost, both for those who leave and for those left behind. Told in alternating points of view, this novel is a vivid, riveting look at a world of oppression and exploitation, the mirror opposite of the idyllic Red Abbey.
Author: Fumiko Enchi
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101970634
Pages: 160
Year: 2015-06-17
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Following the death of her son, Mieko Toganō takes an increasing interest in the personal affairs of her widowed daughter-in-law, Yasuko. Devastated by her loss, she skillfully manipulates the relationships between Yasuko and the two men who are in love with her, encouraging a dalliance that will have terrible consequences. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, is Mieko’s mentally-handicapped daughter, who has her own role to play in her mother’s bizarre schemes. In Masks, Enchi has crafted a stunning and understated novel of seduction and infidelity.
The Devil's Disciple
Author: Shirō Hamao
Publisher: Hesperus Press
ISBN: 1843918579
Pages: 111
Year: 2011
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Two stories originally published in Japanese in 1929 in issues of Shinseinen.
Day of the Oprichnik
Author: Vladimir Sorokin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429994916
Pages: 208
Year: 2011-03-15
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One of The Telegraph's Best Fiction Books 2011 Moscow, 2028. A cold, snowy morning. Andrei Danilovich Komiaga is fast asleep. A scream, a moan, and a death rattle slowly pull him out of his drunken stupor—but wait, that's just his ring tone. And so begins another day in the life of an oprichnik, one of the czar's most trusted courtiers—and one of the country's most feared men. Welcome to the new New Russia, where futuristic technology and the draconian codes of Ivan the Terrible are in perfect synergy. Corporal punishment is back, as is a divine monarch, but these days everyone gets information from high-tech news bubbles, and the elite get high on hallucinogenic, genetically modified fish. Over the course of one day, Andrei Komiaga will bear witness to—and participate in—brutal executions; extravagant parties; meetings with ballerinas, soothsayers, and even the czarina. He will rape and pillage, and he will be moved to tears by the sweetly sung songs of his homeland. He will consume an arsenal of drugs and denounce threats to his great nation's morals. And he will fall in love—perhaps even with a number of his colleagues. Vladimir Sorokin, the man described by Keith Gessen (in The New York Review of Books) as "[the] only real prose writer, and resident genius" of late-Soviet fiction, has imagined a near future both too disturbing to contemplate and too realistic to dismiss. But like all of his best work, Sorokin's new novel explodes with invention and dark humor. A startling, relentless portrait of a troubled and troubling empire, Day of the Oprichnik is at once a richly imagined vision of the future and a razor-sharp diagnosis of a country in crisis.
Strawberry Fields
Author: Jordi Sierra I Fabra
ISBN: 8415084145
Pages: 366
Year: 2012-03-05
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Printed version: 62th edition, more than 500.000 books saled. Review: Every year throughout the world dozens of young people die from consuming so-called designer drugs, apparently and falsely harmless. Many more suffer from comas, personality changes, madness, schizophrenia, depression and countless psychic and physical illnesses.?
The Girl in the Bunker
Author: Tracey S. Rosenberg
ISBN: 095630835X
Pages: 221
Year: 2011-07
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When 12-year-old Helga Goebbels walks into Hitler's underground shelter, she expects to emerge as the most important girl in the victorious German empire. Bewildered by the lack of celebrations, Helga defies her father's orders to stop asking questions. Horrified to discover how many lies she's been told, she plans to escape from Berlin.
Imperfect Delight
Author: Andrea De Carlo
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501179780
Pages: 336
Year: 2018-06-05
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For fans of The Hundred-Foot Journey and The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman, a moving and charming novel from the beloved international author of Two Out of Two that follows two entirely different people struggling to make sense of their futures amid the beauty of Provence, France. It’s fall in Provence, a season that combines the first chill of winter with a final stretch of warmth that is a last taste of summer. To mark the end of the season, at the local airfield a famous British rock band, the Bebonkers, will hold a concert that is both for charity and to celebrate charismatic lead singer Nick Cruickshank’s third marriage. Preparations are in high gear, everything coming smoothly together under the tight supervision of Aileen, Nick’s bride-to-be. In town, there is also a gelateria run by Milena Migliari, who creates, develops, and produces one-of-a-kind ice cream with artistic precision. Milena, who has bid adieu to men, now lives with Viviane. Milena’s relationship with Viviane is solid and unwavering, in stark contrast to the delicacy of her ice cream. In a few days Milena will undergo fertility treatments, but she is not entirely convinced. She hesitates to confess her thoughts, however, as does Nick, who wonders when his relationship with Aileen lost its original spark. And so, a British rocker and an Italian artisan find their fates on a collision course and in the space of three days, the chaos intensifies resulting in an inevitable and exhilarating final encore.
Borges and the Eternal Orangutans
Author: Luís Fernando Veríssimo, Margaret Jull Costa
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 081121592X
Pages: 135
Year: 2005
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Vogelstein is a loner who has always lived among books. Suddenly, fate grabs hold of his insignificant life and carries him off to Buenos Aires, to a conference on Edgar Allan Poe, the inventor of the modern detective story. There Vogelstein meets his idol, Jorge Luis Borges, and for reasons that a mere passion for literature cannot explain, he finds himself at the center of a murder investigation that involves arcane demons, the mysteries of the Kaballah, the possible destruction of the world, and the Elizabethan magus John Dee's theory of the Eternal Orangutan, which, given all the time in the world, would end up writing all the known books in the cosmos. Verissimo's small masterpiece is at once a literary tour de force and a brilliant mystery novel.
Author: Natsuo Kirino
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1400096596
Pages: 467
Year: 2007
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In the wake of the murders of two Tokyo prostitutes, Yuriko and Kazue, Yuriko's sister describes the three women's education at a prestigious girls' school, where strict societal conventions determine the courses of their lives.
No Knives in the Kitchens of This City
Author: Khaled Khalifa, Leri Price
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9774167813
Pages: 256
Year: 2016-09-30
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In the once beautiful city of Aleppo, one Syrian family descends into tragedy and ruin. Irrepressible Sawsan flirts with militias, the ruling party, and finally religion, seeking but never finding salvation. She and her siblings and mother are slowly choked in violence and decay, as their lives are plundered by a brutal regime. Set between the 1960s and 2000s, No Knives in the Kitchens of this City unravels the systems of fear and control under Assad. With eloquence and startling honesty, it speaks of the persecution of a whole society.

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