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Chad, digital coordinator, Brooklyn & Jersey City
Most recent staff pickSafari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs
Things you may expect to experience while out safari honeymooning: flora, fauna, musket blasts, bare thighs, fine cheeses. Things you may not expect: anthropomorphic trees speaking in koans, being punched in the mouth by your hired guide. Safari Honeymoon has it all. Jacobs' graphic novel tracks a pair of newlyweds through a world of greens  as they encounter a beautiful but dangerous other world, one that demands respect and doesn't hesitate to punish the arrogant. (Chad)

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A Political Education: Coming of Age in Paris and New York Cover Image
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Published: Melville House - January 6th, 2014

“Schiffrin evokes the bittersweet tang of émigré life in New York.”
The New York Times Book Review


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ISBN: 9781927668047
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Published: Koyama Press - June 3rd, 2014

Things you may expect to experience while out safari honeymooning: flora, fauna, musket blasts, bare thighs, fine cheeses. Things you may not expect: anthropomorphic trees speaking in koans, being punched in the mouth by your hired guide. Safari Honeymoon has it all. Jacobs' graphic novel tracks a pair of newlyweds through a world of greens  as they encounter a beautiful but dangerous other world, one that demands respect and doesn't hesitate to punish the arrogant. (Chad)


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By Sergio Pitol, George Henson (Translator), Enrique Vila-Matas (Introduction by)
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 17th, 2015

The Art of Flight, the first in Sergio Pitol's Trilogy of Memory, collects writings by the Cervantes-prize-winning, never-before-translated Mexican writer, critic, reader, and translator from various times on various subjects: books, politics, various locales, their histories and backstreets. But this isn't merely a book of travel essays or book reviews. Rather, it's an exemplary, cohesive meditation on (and example of) the literary life, and an inquiry into the ways in which the past, often forgotten, might come to be remembered years later in writing, tranformed. For fans of the masterful meta-fiction of Enrique Vila-Matas (who provides the introduction here) and Roberto Bolano's Between Parentheses. (Chad)


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Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307886828
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Published: Crown - September 16th, 2014

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, intelligent, witty, and sensitive history of the Soviet Union viewed through the lens of food. Von Bremzen takes a shot (or four) of vodka and recalls the disastrous Gorbachev administration, which in turn leads to a discussion of Russia's longstanding relationship with the libation; she remembers rare sweets and fleeting, privileged moments under Stalin; and she reflects upon the hard, black bread, the queues, the ration cards, the famine, the purges, the pogroms, and the pride -- in essence, the entire world of her family and millions of others. A food memoir, yes, a magnificent one, and so much more. (Chad)


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The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy Cover Image
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Published: Melville House - February 24th, 2015

Ah, bureaucracy: our sad weird giant utopia built on hold music, long lines, and paperwork. InThe Utopia of Rules, anthropologist and activist David Graeber (the man who brought us Debt, not to mention the Occupy slogan "We are the 99%!") lends his acute brain-powers to the pencil pushers and cogs, approaching them using everything from Batman to Max Weber, fantasy lit to the German Postal Service. The result is a demanding, important examination of a subject that bolsters institutional violence, paralyzes the imagination, and, perhaps most alarmingly, silences the types of conversation this book starts. (Chad)


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Published: New Vessel Press - September 9th, 2014

Here is a small story about two small, broken men. One, Hiro, is a hikikomori (or shut-in) resistant to society and the pressures of adulthood. The other, Necktie, is an older businessman, down on his luck and ashamed after being fired for falling asleep on the job. Their rapport begins in a park, where Hiro is attempting to acclimate himself to the outside world and Necktie hovers teary-eyed over his bento box lunch. Where it ends exactly is harder to say. A sensitive and emotional novel certain to appeal to fans of Haruki Murakami, Catcher in the Rye, and beyond.(Chad)


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Midnight in the Century (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Victor Serge, Richard Greeman (Translated by), Richard Greeman (Introduction by)
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 16th, 2014

In 1933, the Soviet dissident writer Victor Serge was arrested by Stalin's police force (again). He was held in solitary confinement for 85 days and then exiled to Orenburg for two years. Following that, he wrote Midnight in the Century, which takes place in remote Chenor, a community in Stalin's shadow. Here, the Russian Orthodox Believers pray on, and the political agitators are still theorizing. And the true revolutionaries? They are there too, clandestine, and planning the next one. Turns out, in the dark, among the exiles, there is hope -- and the slim chance of escape. One of my favorite novels released in 2014, with one of my favorite final sections ever. (Chad)


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Published: ONEWorld Publications - July 15th, 2014

The Forbidden Game characterizes 21st-century China in all of its paradoxical glory through an examination of its golf industry, which is, well, technically illegal. No matter, though! The sport is thriving, and Washburn's primary cast of characters -- a peasant-turned-pro, a displaced farmer, and an American course developer -- as well as his secondary ones (maniacal billionaires, corrupt politicians, and golf coaches) speak volumes about what this might mean for the country, its emerging middle class, its ecosystem, and its future. Well-researched, entertaining, and wonderfully told. (Chad)


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Published: New Directions - November 11th, 2014

In the kitchen of literature, Forrest Gander's The Trace is your slow cooker. Contents within are revealed, over time, to be distinct, enriching, and (almost alarmingly) satisfying. Here, a couple in the wake of a traumatic, unspoken event involving their son, are on the road in Mexico. They're visiting the various alleged death sites of the American author Ambrose Bierce, they're sitting in silence, they're dodging suspicious stares from the locals and the glare of the sun. And then they're stranded in the middle of the Chihuahua desert. Tense and poetic, welcome this hearty, heady broth into your system. (Chad)


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ISBN: 9781940953014
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Published: Open Letter - November 11th, 2014

When Énard's new novel (his first translated into English since the oh-my-god tome Zone) opens, we meet young Lakhdar as he's being cast out from his family for religious transgressions: flirting around with his cousin. Now he's living on the streets. Thankfully, the Muslim Group for the Propagation of Thought takes him in and gives him a job as a bookseller, a position that introduces him to classic Arabic poetry and cool Italian mysteries, as well as the faith, violence, and extremism in people. Friendships blossom and shrivel. Love blossoms and shrivels. History takes over. Street of Thieves is about revolution, being stuck in it. It's about youth, having it taken from you. And it's about luck, running into and out of it. (Chad)


Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781781687734
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Published: Verso - September 30th, 2014

Comradely Greetings collects the letters shared between Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. Exchanged during the period when the Pussy Riot member was imprisoned for her participation in the 2012 performance of "Punk Prayer" at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, these letters give audience to two activist and intellectual figures in close conversation, not just about the immediate circumstances, but also the histories and political systems that led there, the importance of a never-ending "quest for miracles," and much more. Even more invigorating than the intellectual dexterity on display, however, is the duo's presiding spirit. Nadya and Slavoj are never hopeless or fatalistic. Instead, they exemplify a temperament of diligence and rigor that is, if not overtly hopeful, absolutely steadfast. (Chad)


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A Little Lumpen Novelita Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
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Published: New Directions - September 16th, 2014

Haven’t read any Bolaño yet? This late novella is a surprisingly good place to start, as it introduces the power and poetry of the great writer (not to mention the author's trademark abyss), while managing to remain welcoming, warm even. Here's a pair of orphans in bad company, a strong female lead, a life of unclear crimes, and a blind former Mr. Universe. Yep, you're in Bolaño-land. Or maybe you're a Bolaño resident, returning home again? In that case, welcome back, it's still great and terrifying here, let's get a coffee sometime. Need even more? Try Mónica Maristain's new book on the writer, Bolaño: A Biography in Conversations. (Chad)


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Wittgenstein Jr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612193762
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Published: Melville House - September 2nd, 2014

Ah, Cambridge University, where the brightest posh boys wrestle with the philosophy of logic, try to kiss girls, and ingest copious drugs -- all this, of course, while also trying to impress that most enigmatic of professors, Wittgenstein Jr. He's the one that cares, the one the boys trust, the one they would follow to the ends of the earth. But graduation is approaching, and to make matters even worse, Cambridge is threatening to cast their beloved professor out -- and what's a professional logician to do in the illogical real world? From the writer that brought you the Spurious trilogy, as well as a literary anti-manifesto called "Nude In Your Hot Tub, Facing the Abyss," comes Wittgenstein Jr., a novel of irony, wit, philosophy, jokes about philosophy, and hope. This is Dead Poets Society face-down in a shallow pool of beer. This is John Williams's Stoner on horse tranquilizers. (Chad)


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Mr. Gwyn & Three Times at Dawn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781938073960
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Published: McSweeney's - July 8th, 2014

Mr. Gwyn, from Italian writer Alessandro Baricco, comprises two related novellas, the titular "Mr. Gwyn" and "Three Times at Dawn." Each portrays, in part, the experience of art as one of both rupture and rapture -- for its creators (here, the writer-turned-conceptual artist  Mr. Gwyn), subjects (his models), and the audience (us). Baricco's prose is precise, his dialogue is sharp, and his vision enviable, as exemplified by the way these two stories ultimately connect. This is a strange, satisfying summer read. Fast and light, though not without a little intellectual rigor. (Chad)


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A Treatise on Shelling Beans Cover Image
By Wieslaw Mysliwski, Bill Johnston (Translated by)
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Published: Archipelago - December 3rd, 2013

Our narrator, the keeper of a remote Polish village, leads a simple life, one filled by caring for two dogs, the affairs and home repairs of the village's homeowners, and the Sisyphean task of repainting gravestone nameplates. When a visitor appears and the two sit down to shelling beans, the keeper begins telling his story. He tells of a youth built and torn apart by WWII, of chance and dream-like meetings throughout his adulthood, of playing the saxophone in a dance band, of being an electrician of the new post-war world, and so much more. A Treatise on Shelling Beans is subtle, digressive, charming, and addictive, an ultimately heartening meditation on the act of storytelling: on how stories are vital, no matter how or where they are told. I miss this book already. 


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The Infatuations (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307950734
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Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2014

Every morning, Maria Dolz sits in the same booth of the same café and observes the perfect couple. She doesn't know them, not personally at least, and yet she takes solace in their existence, the easy contentment they exude together. Later, when Maria learns that the husband has been brutally murdered in the street, she crosses the café floor and offers her condolences to the widow -- and that's when things get complicated; Maria becomes increasingly entwined in a murder mystery via love affair. The Infatuations is a masterwork of drama, plotting, and pacing. It's also the perfect introduction to Marías's expansive oeuvre: intensely addictive, overwhelmingly smart, and profoundly unsettling.  By the conclusion you'll likely be left feeling a lot like Maria: silenced and nerve-wracked. Why? Because you too are now a keeper of an unspeakable truth. (Chad)


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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - January 28th, 2014

DeForge's graphic novel debut, Ant Colony, introduces a civilization of ants in a universe of insects. Like our own human world, DeForge's is huge and awesome and full of all the vital things: humor, tragedy, chaos, faith, and revolution. It's all very confusing and colorful. Yes, sometimes it's disgusting, disquieting. But still, it's always a total pleasure to explore. Some tips? Beware the magnifying glass, the centipedes, spiders, earthworms, rival ant colonies, false prophets -- basically anything you encounter. Shirk the Queen. Shirk the cops. Stock up on sugar. Laugh it up. (Chad)


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Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade Cover Image
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Published: Liveright - March 10th, 2014

In 1998 Walter Kirn (Up in the Air, Thumbsucker) delivered a crippled hunting dog from Montana to New York. The dog's adopter, one Clark Rockefeller, was to all appearances a perfect, albeit eccentric, match: a wealthy banker, modern art collector, and dog lover. When, in 2011, that "Rockefeller" was charged with murder under a different name, Kirn was left to make sense of the man who had become a kind-of friend. Part personal narrative, part true crime, and part courtroom drama, Blood Will Out is fast-paced and riveting, as scary and mesmerizing as its manipulative central figure. (Chad)


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New School Cover Image
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Published: Fantagraphics - July 5th, 2013

Dash Shaw is a whiz-kid. New School, his latest long work, is a great example of the just-turned-30 cartoonist's wild wit, ambition, and outright talent. Combining bold pen strokes (what Shaw refers to as "dumb lines") and electrifying watercolors, what is ostensibly a coming-of-age tale of two brothers becomes something altogether more perplexing. Welcome to the experimental amusement park X, where an eccentric park owner rules, trying to claim his fame that never came (Damn you, Walt Disney!); the bars are open late; the teenage attitudes roam; the root of evil is practically in plain sight. This is Shaw-land, people. Welcome, but don't get too comfortable. (Chad)


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My Struggle: Book 1 Cover Image
By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374534141
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 28th, 2013

Teens hiding beers in the snow; weird high school parties; cover bands at the mall; coffee in filthy homes; and, wait, what, is that dad's face on the news in the ocean? The first volume of Knausgaard's My Struggle is overflowing: with meditations on art, writing, family, and finally, death. And though an "autobiography" of sorts, one does not require any familiartiy with the author or his other works. Rather, all you need is an interest in any of the aforemention. You know, the big, the small, the stupid, the beautiful, the unthinkable, and all the rest of it. Stunning. (Chad)


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Jerusalem Cover Image
By Goncalo M. Tavares, Anna Kushner (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781564785558
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - November 1st, 2009

Theodor Busbeck is an experimental psychoanalyst and atrocity research hobbyist (he spends all of his free time drafting charts and tables of historic evil, looking for logical patterns), and he has a theory: in the end, history will absolve itself. Good will meet bad; the two forces will shake hands, as equals, and that will be that. In this moment of equilibrium the world will cease to exist. Until then, often to Busbeck's ignorance, life keeps on: his handicapped son goes for a late night walk; his ex-wife is institutionalized; an estranged war veteran coddles his gun; an attic window is ready and waiting. It is late in May when, in a world recognizable as our own, life (or these lives) comes together. Jerusalem feels like a discovery: Tavares's writing is concise and undeniably wise; his style is experimental, but never overwrought or difficult. Never before have I read a cyclical narrative, complete with repeated passages, that feels so right. Read it and then let's talk about it? Okay, good. (Chad)


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By Rafael Bernal, Katherine Silver (Translated by), Francisco Goldman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780811220668
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Published: New Directions - November 25th, 2013

Filiberto Garcia is a foul-mouthed Mexican revolutionary turned gun-for-hire. He is, in his own cold estimation, nothing but a "stiff factory": the rough-around-the-edges killer in his faceless employers' games. A rumor drifts into Mexico City, downwind of Soviet Russia, and it joins the opium-filled air of the city's small Chinatown, an area Garcia is known to frequent: The Mexican and American presidents are to be assassinated in three days. Next thing Garcia knows, he's eating Cantonese with agents from both the KGB and the CIA. Their meetings are more Three Stooges than Three Musketeers, and Garcia is exhausted, in love, annoyed by the ludicrous antics of international intrigue, and increasingly aware that he's the only player that can actually figure anything out. Irreverent and unapologetic, The Mongolian Conspiracy is '60s noir to the core. It's dead serious and dead funny; it's fast-paced and wise. It's totally great. (Chad)


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The Sound of Things Falling Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2013

With the rest of Colombia suffocating in his fist, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar opened a zoo. Many years later, two hippos escape. They are tracked and shot. This is the haunted madeleine gathering saliva in narrator Antonio Yammara's mouth. He remembers a sort-of-friend who was shot in the street following a game of billiards: Why? The Sound of Things Falling is Yammara's search for answers, and the ensuing pages are tragic: a sad, soft-spoken meditation on Colombia, memory, trauma, and flights in and out of each. (Chad)


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By César Aira, Nick Caistor (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811220903
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Published: New Directions - July 25th, 2013

A nineteenth-century English naturalist named Clarke is roaming the plains of Argentina looking for an elusive flying rabbit known as the Legibrerian Hare which may or may not exist. Between meetings with prankster natives in smoke-filled tents, conversations with a teen-in-love, and non-conversations with a grumpy, gaucho guide, Clarke is not having much luck. Thankfully, a chief disappears mysteriously, a tribal war breaks out, and the unlikely fellowship is, all of a sudden, on a wild adventure. Combining the author's signature digressive style with the tropes of a fantasy epic, Aira's Hare is fun and whimsical for its plot and philosophical musings alike. Think quirky Lord of the Rings by the master of the micro. (Chad)


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The Drowned World: A Novel Cover Image
By J. G. Ballard, Martin Amis (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780871403629
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Published: Liveright - May 20th, 2013

It's 2145 on Earth and as a result of solar radiation and global warming, civilization is underwater and overrun with vegetation, malarial insects, large reptiles, and oppressive heat. Men and women boat or fly here and there, gathering data and looking for relics of the past, but more often they are asleep and dreaming: of an even more distant past, of the deep, primordial South. This is a science-fiction Heart of Darkness, complete with a Kurtz-like mad man. Haunting, sticky, and frighteningly prescient, the future is Triassic. (Chad)


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A Short History of Nuclear Folly: Mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes, and Catastrophic Cover-ups Cover Image
By Rudolph Herzog, Jefferson Chase (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781612191737
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Published: Melville House - April 30th, 2013

Largely eschewing the better known instances of humankind mishandling atomic technologies -- Hiroshima, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Daiichi -- Rudolph Herzog's volume presents another kind of history: a compilation of follies less traveled, as well as a compendium of near misses. It's a holy-crap-we-were-almost-history history. The stuff that alt. history novels are made of. And somehow it's as light as it is heavy, as funny as it is terrifying (this is R. Herzog after all, the man who, in Dead Funny, wrote about humor in Hitler's Germany). Did you know doctors actually planted plutonium in patients' hearts? Did I mention that nuclear satellites are raining down on us? Oh my god. (Chad)


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By Mikhail Bulgakov, Michael Glenny (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781612192888
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Published: Melville House - July 30th, 2013

Meet Poligraph Poligraphovich Sharikov, or "Sharik." Born an unfortunate mongrel, Sharik, by the scalpel and the perverse ingenuity of a certain mad-bourgeois scientist, is transformed into something else: a man in appearance, but a dog at heart. Miraculously, Sharik survives the experimental operation, living to grumble, booze, chase cats, and wreak havoc (both political and physical) in his counter-revolutionary master's house. Hilarious and incisive in its satire of revolutionary Moscow, The Heart of a Dog is a smart allegory with disturbing imagery -- a total joy to read. (Chad)


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Where There's Love, There's Hate (Neversink) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612191508
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Published: Melville House - May 14th, 2013

Oh man, this book is such a charmer! Mary, an attractive young translator, is found dead in the seaside resort Bosque Del Mar, which is slowly being consumed by beach sand. Charming, right? Yup. Anyway, for better or worse (hint: it's for the worse, but the results are hilarious), the bumbling, not-exactly-brilliant Dr. Humberto Huberman, who just happens to be on a work-cation, is on the case. As light as it is literary, <i>Where There's Love, There's Hate</i> is a loving send up of the mystery genre. But it's more than that! Penned by two of Latin America's best and least appreciated writers, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo, this is &quot;genre fiction&quot; and something else entirely: a spirituous curiosity, a literary experience as smart as it is enlivening. (Chad)


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Conquered City Cover Image
By Victor Serge, Richard Greeman (Translated by), Richard Greeman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590173664
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 11th, 2011

Narrated through the peepholes of the Russian Revolution, Serge's Conquered City is totally relentless, a crazy labyrinthine detective literary romp. Characters appear and reappear. Some characters are hungry for power; others are just really really hungry for food. Meanwhile, the Revolution is hunting these characters down, questioning them, jailing them. Sometimes these characters reappear. Serge's pen is there (Serge was there!), writing it all out, and trying to make sense of it all. Also, there is a really beautiful scene with a botanist. Incredible stuff. (Chad)


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The Flamethrowers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439142004
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2013

Okay, okay. Believe the hype. The Flamethrowers is great. For one, it features motorcycles, land art, revolutionary politics, and New York in the 1970s. For two: oh man, Kushner can write (and she isn't afraid to). Reno, the novel's protagonist, breaks land speed records. She cuts conceptual art experiments into dry, desert floors. She takes on love and politics in the NY art world. And eventually, she finds herself more-or-less floating, through heartbreak and a revolution. Unique in its style, yet immensely readable, The Flamethrowers is a world of phonies, lovers, players, capitalists, revolutionaries, and geniuses. You know, kind of like our world. (Chad)


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Minotaur Cover Image
By Benjamin Tammuz, Mildred Budny (Translated by), Kim Parfitt (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781609451165
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Published: Europa Editions - May 7th, 2013

Originally released in 1981 to praise from a certain Graham Greene, Minotaur, through a series of different narrative perspectives, depicts a haunting kind of love -- one shared between a young woman and a notably older (notably obsessive) secret agent. Let me be clear: there is a Lamborghini in this novel, and it's kind of awesome. It also renders the political climate of Tel Aviv in the early 20th century, adolescence, love, violence, and so much more -- and it all comes together remarkably well through Tammuz's immensely readable writing style. (Chad)


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In Partial Disgrace (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) Cover Image
By Charles Newman, Ben Ryder Howe (Editor), Joshua Cohen (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781564788160
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - March 5th, 2013

Here is a short list of things you will find in this strange and wonderful novel: a fictional nation called Cannonia, some serious dog training tips, a triple agent named Iulus, a goddess/wife, a professor, a closet monster named Voo, philosophy, anti-philosophy, miniature animals grazing in a field, a restaurant whose motto is "We are Not Vegetarians Here," and some of the greatest sentences I have ever read. In Partial Disgrace is wild, experimental fiction that overflows with humor, sincerity, and life. Charles Newman is, as the introduction notes, the "best and best-neglected" of American writers. Brilliant. Wonderful. Brilliant. (Chad)


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No World Concerto (Spanish Literature) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781564788610
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - April 2nd, 2013

The No World Concerto is the first novel to be translated into English from Roberto Bolaño's friend and occasional writing partner, A. G. Porta. Following the critical acclaim of the duo's collaboration, Advice from a Morrison Disciple to a Joyce Fanatic (it won the Ámbito Literario de Narrativa Prize in 1984), Bolaño began the most prolific decade of his life. Porta, on the other hand, stopped writing entirely, opting instead to read and re-read James Joyce for ten years. No World is a strange world. You've got maybe-aliens and maybe-alien hunters, you've got Shakespeare and Proust and Joyce. You've got teen musicians; their leader, a female piano prodigy that wants to quit it all to write; and, at the center of it all, a mysterious old screenwriter. It's a slow burn of a read, but I assure you, the payoff is huge. (Chad)


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An Elemental Thing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780811216944
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2007

One critic has asked of Weinberger, "How does he know everything?" It's a good question, and one that definitely comes up while reading An Elemental Thing. Mesmerizing for both its subject matter (essay topics include a poetic biography of the prophet Muhammed, a look into Mandaean culture, and a history of "Changs") and its formal decisions, Weinberger's collection explodes the essay form, creating something engaging, mythical likes its subjects, in the process. (Chad)


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By Enrique Vila-Matas, Jonathan Dunne (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811216982
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Published: New Directions - May 23rd, 2007

The footnotes to an invisible text, Bartleby & Co. is a joyous examination into many "artists of refusal": writers that have preferred, for whatever reason, not to write. Narrated by an unnamed, hunch-backed eccentric, this strange novel, whose locus is denial, passionately affirms the absolute greatness of what's been so adamantly rejected: Literature. (Chad)


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The War of the End of the World: A Novel Cover Image
By Mario Vargas Llosa, Helen Lane (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780312427986
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Published: Picador - July 22nd, 2008

Llosa's epic masterpiece is a face-melting fictionalization of the real life Brazilian community known as Canudos.  Characterized by wild violence, extreme faith, bad politics, and the people who love them, it's like Cormac McCarthy in Blood Meridian mode, but with fewer stars and more dirt.(Chad)