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  • A Book of Memories

    By Peter Nadas

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312427962
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: July 2008
    First published in Hungary in 1896, Peter Nadas’s A Book of Memories is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that tells three parallel stories of love and betrayal. The first takes place in East Berlin in the 1970s and features an unnamed Hungarian writer ensnared in a love triangle with a young German and a famous aging actress. The second, composed by the writer, is the story of a late-nineteenth-century German aesthete whose experiences mirror his own. And the third voice is that of a friend from the writer’s childhood, who brings his own unexpected bearing to the story. 706p.
  • A Personal Matter

    By Kenzaburo Oe

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802150615
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: January 1994
    This novel by the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature winner was originally published in 1969. A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing marriage whose utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth to a brain-damaged child. 165p.
  • A Tale of Love and Darkness

    By Amos Oz

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156032520
    • Publisher: Harvest Books
    • Published: 2005
    The Israeli novelist's evocatively gripping narrative of his Jerusalem childhood in the 1940s offers a rare account of Jerusalem transforming from post-WWII British control into a vital city within theindependent state of Israel. In this memoir, Oz demonstrates how love rests on a darkness that is at once terrifying and sustaining, embodying its author's sense of internal rift. A veritable social history embedded within an autobiography. 'Consistently absorbing.' Winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award in Biography, Autobiography, and Literary Studies. 538p.
  • A Walker in the City

    By Alfred Kazin

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156941761
    • Publisher: Harvest / Harcourt, Inc.
    • Published: 1979
    A timeless meditation on the boyhood walks that take Kazin from his Jewish neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn, out into the vast city of New York in the decade before the Depression. Stretching out to compelling, mysteirous Manhattan and from there to the world, each walk is a journey out and a journey in. 176p.
  • A Writer's Diary: Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf

    By Virginia Woolf

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156027915
    • Publisher: Harvest / Harcourt, Inc.
    • Published: March 2003
    The book, consisting of an uninterrupted chronological period of twenty-seven years (in 26 volumes), throws light upon Virginia Woolf's intentions, objects, and methods as a gives an unusual psychological picture of artistic production from within. Its value and interest depend to a great extent upon the value and interest of the product of Virginia Woolf's art. She does not always indicate in the diarywhere she is when she is writing it & it is rarely of much importance that the reader should know. The first entry is dated 1918; the last, three weeks before her death in 1941. Between these points: the private world of Virginia Woolf.
  • An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter

    By Cesar Aira

    Our Price: $11.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811216302
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: May 2006
    Cesar Aira. The story of a moment in the life of the German artist Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). Generally admired as a master landscape painter, he was advised by Alexander von Humboldt to record the spectacular landscapes of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. This work of fiction weaves an almost surreal history around Rugendas' trips to Argentina where he strived to achieve in art the 'physiognomic totality' of Humboldt's scientific vision of the whole. A brief and dramatic visit to the pampas gives him the chance to fulfill his ambition but a strange episode interrupts the trip and irreversibly marks him for life. 87p.
  • Bartleby and Co.

    By Enrique Vila-Matas

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811216982
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: 2007
    A marvelous novel by one of Spain's most important contemporary authors, in which a clerk in a Barcelona office takes us on a romping tour of world literature.
  • Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis

    By Leon R. Kass

    Our Price: $24.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226425672
    • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    • Published: March 2006
    As ardent debates over creationism fill the front pages of newspapers, Genesis has never been more timely. And as Leon R. Kass shows in The Beginning of Wisdom, it's also timeless.Examining Genesis in a philosophical light, Kass presents it not as a story of what happened long ago, but as the enduring story of humanity itself. He asserts that the first half of Genesis contains insights about human nature that “rival anything produced by the great philosophers.” Kass here reads these first stories—from Adam and Eve to the tower of Babel—as a mirror for self-discovery that reveals truths about human reason, speech, freedom, sexual desire, pride, shame, anger, and death. Taking a step further in the second half of his book, Kass explores the struggles in Genesis to launch a new way of life that addresses mankind's morally ambiguous nature by promoting righteousness and holiness.Even readers who don't agree with Kass's interpretations will find The Beginning of Wisdom a compelling book—a masterful philosophical take on one of the world's seminal religious texts.“Extraordinary. . . . Its analyses and hypotheses will leave no reader's understanding of Genesis unchanged.” —New York Times“A learned and fluent, delightfully overstuffed stroll through the Gates of Eden. . . . Mix Harold Bloom with Stephen Jay Gould and you'll get something like Kass. A wonderfully intelligent reading of Genesis.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Throughout his book, Kass uses fruitful, fascinating techniques for getting at the heart of Genesis. . . . Innumerable times [he] makes a reader sit back and rethink what has previously been tediously familiar or baffling.”—Washington Post “It is important to state that this is a book not merely rich, but prodigiously rich with insight. Kass is a marvelous reader, sensitive and careful. His interpretations surprise again and again with their cogency and poignancy.”—Jerusalem Post
  • Blindness

    By Jose Saramago

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780156035583
    • Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
    • Published: 2006
    The author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. In this novel (now a major motion picture), a city is hit by an epidemic of 'white blindness' that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but here the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A moving parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the 20th century. 334p.
  • Collected Fictions

    By Jorge Luis Borges

    Our Price: $12.00 - $21.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140286809
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: September 1999
    (Penguin Classics). This superb collection assembles works drawn from the following books: A Universal History of Iniquity, Ficciones, Artifices, The Aleph, The Maker, In Praise of Darkness, Dr. Brodie's Report, and Shakespeare's Memory. With a Note on the Translation; Notes to the Fictions. 565p.
  • Empire of Signs

    By Roland Barthes

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374522070
    • Publisher: Hill and Wang
    • Published: September 1983
    'The text does not 'gloss' the images, which do not 'illustrate' the text. For me, each has been no more than the onset of a kind of visual uncertainty, analogous perhaps to that loss of meaning Zen calls a satori. Text and image, interlacing, seek to ensure the circulation and exchange of these signifiers: body, face, writing, and in them to read the retreat of signs.' - Roland Barthes. B&W illus. 110p.
  • Endgame & Act Without Words I

    By Samuel Beckett

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780802144393
    • Publisher: Grove Press
    • Published: June 2009
    ENDGAME, which Beckett originally wrote in French and later translated into English, is considered by many critics to be his greatest one-act play. A pinnacle of Beckettr's characteristic philosophiocal distillation, it presents an antagonistic scenario of the devastating and comic repetitiousness of life. 'Act Without Words I', first performed following the premiere of ENDGAME in French, speechlessly portrays the frustration of existence in a hostile environment, a superb mime for one player! 100p.
  • Falafel King Is Dead

    By Sara Shilo

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781846272226
    • Publisher: Portobello Books
    • Published: January 0001
    A heartbreaking, prize-winning novel set in a small Israeli town near the border with Lebanon that depicts with raw power the trauma of living in constant fear of attack.
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    By Alison Bechdel

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780618871711
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
    • Published: June 2007
    A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.
  • Garden, Ashes

    By Danilo Kis

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781564783264
    • Published: October 2003
    (Eastern European Literature Series). First published in translation in 1975. The unforgettable account of Andi Scham's childhood during WWII, as his Jewish family traverses Eastern Europe to escape persecution. 170p. Pap.