Fiction

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    Dream of Fair to Middling Women
    A Novel
    By Samuel Beckett
    (Arcade Publishing)
    This is Samuel Beckett’s first novel and “literary landmark” (St. Petersburg Times)—a savory introduction to the Nobel Prize–winning author. Written in the summer of 1932, when the twenty-six-year-old Beckett was poor and struggling to make ends meet, Dream of Fair to Middling Women offers a rare and... [READ MORE]
    The City and the House
    A Novel
    By Natalia Ginzburg
    (Arcade Publishing)
    The city is Rome, the hub of Italian life and culture. The house is Le Margherite, a home where the sprawling cast of The City and the House is welcome. At the center of this lush epistolary novel is Lucrezia, mother of five and lover of many. Among her lovers—and perhaps the father of one of her children—is... [READ MORE]
    Europa
    A Novel
    By Tim Parks
    (Arcade Publishing)
    At the midpoint of his life, Jerry Marlow finds himself on a bus taking him from Milan to Strasbourg. Sitting slightly off-center on the long back seat, he takes stock of the wreckage strewn behind him—a failed marriage, a daughter going astray, and an affair that has left him both numb and licking every... [READ MORE]
    Fields of Glory
    A Novel
    By Jean Rouaud
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Winner of the Prix Goncourt A New York Times Notable Book of the YearThe setting may be the rainy lower Loire Valley of the 1950s, but it is the WW I battlefields of Artois, Meuse, Lorraine, and Yser that form the emotional backdrop to this poignant testament to the vitality of life that death cannot... [READ MORE]
    The Manzoni Family
    A Novel
    By Natalia Ginzburg, Translated by Marie Evans
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Set in ducal Italy and post-revolutionary France, The Manzoni Family tells a rich story of passions, writing, rivalries, deaths, and war. It pivots on the figure of Alessandro Manzoni, celebrated Milanese nobleman, man of letters, and author of the masterpiece of nineteenth-century Italian literature,... [READ MORE]
    Oedipus on the Road
    A Novel
    By Henry Bauchau
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Oedipus on the Road is a unique, stunningly beautiful rendering of the journey that leads Oedipus from Thebes to Colonus––and from a world of exile to one of legend. This is the chapter that Sophocles never wrote, the redemptive passage of the fallen, blinded king to his final––this time glorious––encounter... [READ MORE]
    Family Sayings
    By Natalia Ginzburg
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Hailed upon publication as a groundbreaking memoir, giving the form “a new dimension, new possibilities, and . . . an aspect that is entirely new” (Times Literary Supplement), Family Sayings is Natalia Ginzburg’s masterpiece and a classic of contemporary Italian literature. Although it asks to be read... [READ MORE]
    The File on H.
    A Novel
    By Ismail Kadare, Translated by David Bellos
    (Arcade Publishing)
    In the mid-1930s, two Irish Americans travel to the Albanian highlands with an early model of a marvelous invention, the tape recorder. Their mission? To discover how Homer could have composed works as brilliant and as long as The Iliad and The Odyssey without ever putting pen to paper. The answer, they... [READ MORE]
    The Pyramid
    A Novel
    By Ismail Kadare, Translated by David Bellos
    (Arcade Publishing)
    Egypt in the twenty-sixth century BC. The young pharaoh Cheops wants to forgo the construction of a pyramid in his honor, but his court sages hasten to persuade him otherwise. The pyramid, they tell him, is not a tomb but a paradox, designed to appease the masses by oppressing them. It is a symbol of... [READ MORE]
    Once Upon the River Love
    A Novel
    By Andreï Makine, Translated by Geoffrey Strachan
    (Arcade Publishing)
    In the immense virgin pine forests of Siberia, where the snows of winter are vast and endless, sits the little village of Svetlaya. Once, the village had been larger, more prosperous, but time and the pendulum of history had reduced it by the 1970s to no more than a cluster of izbas.But for three young... [READ MORE]
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