Fiction

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  • Demian

    by Hermann Hesse $12.49
    Fiction from Peter Owen Publishers
    Translated from German

    Published shortly after the First World War and before Siddharta and Steppenwolf, Demian marks a significant turning point in Hesse’s literary career. It is the first time Hermann Hesse used the novel overtly as a means to explore ideas of the self, the meaning and purpose of existence, as well as his own ideas and interpretations of theosophy and Eastern Philosophy. As such it is ranked among the finest of his works.

  • Everything Happens as It Does

    by Albena Stambolova $12.95
    Fiction from Open Letter Books
    Translated from Bulgarian

    Albena Stambolova’s idiosyncratic debut novel, Everything Happens as It Does, builds from the idea that, as the title suggests, everything happens exactly the way it must. In this case, the seven characters of the novel—from Boris, a young boy who is only at peace when he’s around bees, to Philip and Maria and their twins—each play a specific role in the lives of the others, binding them all together into a strange, yet logical, knot.

  • Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin

    by Oleg Kashin $14.99
    Fiction from Restless Books
    Translated from Russian

    The forces of science, human error, and power run amok collide in a wildly inventive, funny, and razor-sharp political satire about Putin’s Russia, from one of the country’s most fearless journalists.

  • Gold: The Marvellous History Of General John Augustus Sutter

    by Blaise Cendrars $11.41
    Fiction from Peter Owen Publishers
    Translated from French

    Cendrars spent fifteen years translating Sutter’s life-story into fiction, departing (often radically) from the known historical facts to reshape the story of one of the great American pioneers with the pure gold of his own imagination. Originally published in 1924, Gold is a work of breathless pace, fantastic humour and soaring invention: an extraordinary story extraordinarily told.

  • High Tide

    $15.95
    Fiction from Open Letter Books
    Translated from Latvian

    Told more or less in reverse chronological order, High Tide is the story of Ieva, her dead lover, her imprisoned husband, and the way their youthful decisions dramatically impacted the rest of their lives. Taking place over three decades, High Tide functions as a sort of psychological mystery, with the full scope of Ieva’s personal situation—and the relationship between the three main characters—only becoming clear at the end of the novel.

  • I Called Him Necktie

    by Milena Michiko Flašar $9.99$15.99
    Fiction from New Vessel Press
    Translated from German

    Twenty-year-old Taguchi Hiro has spent the last two years of his life living as a hikikomori—a shut-in who never leaves his room and has no human interaction—in his parents’ home in Tokyo. As Hiro tentatively decides to reenter the world, he spends his days observing life around him from a park bench. Gradually he makes friends with Ohara Tetsu, a middle-aged salaryman who has lost his job but can’t bring himself to tell his wife, and shows up every day in a suit and tie to pass the time on a nearby bench.

  • La Superba

    by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer $15.95
    Fiction from Deep Vellum Publishing
    Translated from Dutch

    La Superba is a Rabelaisian stylistic tour-de-force set in Genoa, the labyrinthine port city (nicknamed ‘La Superba’) where the author has lived for the last six years. Migration, legal and illegal, is the central theme of this autobiographical novel about a writer who becomes trapped in his walk on the wild side in a mysterious and exotic Old World city.

  • Land of Love and Ruins

    by Oddný Eir $14.99$16.99
    Fiction from Restless Books
    Translated from Icelandic

    Love, family lives, bonds to country and earth are questioned in this wonderful Icelandic work. Eir invents a new, intimate language between writer and reader in this enchanting book about being human in the modern world.

  • Life Begins on Friday

    by Ioana Pârvulescu $12.56
    Fiction from Istros Books
    Translated from Romanian

    Within the pages of this charming book, the stories of a variety of characters unfold, each closely interwoven with the next, and outlining the features of what ultimately turns out to be the most important and most powerful character of all: the city of Bucharest itself.

  • Limestone Man

    by Robert Minhinnick $12.56
    Fiction from Seren Books

    A meditation on age and opportunity by prizewinning poet, essayist and novelist Robert Minhinnick. Limestone Man is this writer’s second novel, after 2007’s Ondaatje-nominated Sea Holly.

  • My Falling Down House

    by Jayne Joso $11.30
    Fiction from Seren Books

    Having lost his job and his home, Takeo Tanaka, a young Japanese man, takes refuge in a dilapidated wood and paper house. This work has received the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award, given to a work of fiction or non-fiction which helps to interpret modern Japan to the English-speaking world.

  • Narcissus and Goldmund

    by Hermann Hesse $13.79
    Fiction from Peter Owen Publishers
    Translated from German

    Narcissus is a teacher at Mariabronn, a monastery in medieval Germany, and Goldmund his favourite pupil. While Narcissus remains detached from the world in prayer and meditation, Goldmund runs away from the monstery in pursuit of love. Thereafter he lives a picaresque wanderer’s life, his amatory adventures resulting in pain as well as ecstasy. His eventual reunion with Narcissus brings into focus the diversity between artist and thinker, Dionysian and Apollonian.

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