Category: Literature - international

A Thousand Peaceful Cities

Open Letter Books | July 1, 2010 | 143 pages
A comic gem, Jerzy Pilch's A Thousand Peaceful Cities takes place in 1963, in the latter days of the Polish post-Stalinist "thaw." The narrator, Jerzyk ("little Jerzy"), is a teenager who is keenly interested in his father, a retired postal administrator, and his father's closest friend, Mr. Tr?ba,... More Info

The better of McSweeney's

McSweeneys Books | November 1, 2005 | 420 pages
This book collects some of the best stories from the first ten issues of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, the literary journal that has become one of the country's most important and influential publications. McSweeney's began as a small collection of work rejected by other magazines, but it soon... More Info

A Moment in the Sun

McSweeneys Books | February 14, 2012 | 968 pages
It's 1897. Gold has been discovered in the Yukon. New York is under the sway of Hearst and Pulitzer. And in a few months, an American battleship will explode in a Cuban harbor, plunging the U.S. into war. Spanning five years and half a dozen countries, this is the unforgettable story of that... More Info


McSweeneys Books | September 6, 2011 | 300 pages
Presents an anthology of short stories set in real and imaginary places around the world, including Paris, Ghana, Vermont, and Ireland.  More Info

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Penguin Group USA | March 28, 2006 | 294 pages
Japanese edition of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. Two sisters attempt to stop their wealthy widowed father from marring a big-breasted girl trying to get an easy luxurious life, and along the way make new discoveries about their lives. In Japanese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.  More Info


Vintage Canada | June 8, 2010 | 368 pages
A riveting account of Hurricane Katrina and a shocking tale of wrongful arrest and racism,Zeitounis the true story of one Syrian-American, plucked from his home and accused of terrorism, written by one of America's most high-profile literary writers, now available for the first time in paperback... More Info

Best European Fiction 2012

November 8, 2011 | 544 pages
Presents a collection of contemporary short stories from countries in Europe, including Hungary, France, and Norway, with additional information about the writers and translators.  More Info

Serious Men

W. W. Norton & Company | August 2, 2010 | 310 pages
Ayyan Mani, a member of India's lowest caste and resident of the slums of Mubmai, discovers an illicit romance between his married boss and a married female researcher at the institute where he works. Original.  More Info

Nineteen Eighty-Four. Anniversary Edition

Penguin Classics | July 6, 2009 | 355 pages
First published in 1949, George Orwell's 1984 has lost none of its impact and vision with which it first hit readers.Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When... More Info

Emily, Alone

Viking Press | March 17, 2011 | 255 pages
A sequel to the best-selling Wish You Were Here finds newly independent widow Emily Maxwell dreaming of visits by grandchildren and mourning changes in her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood before realizing an inner strength to pursue developing opportunities.  More Info

Burn this book

Harper | May 12, 2009 | 118 pages
Presents a collection of essays from a variety of authors, including John Updike, Russell Banks, and Salman Rushdie, on censorship and the power of literature on society.  More Info

The African trilogy

Everyman's Library | January 5, 2010 | 513 pages
Collects three of the author's novels, all inspired by the tragedies faced by the Igbo people during the European colonization of Africa.  More Info

The Thing Around Your Neck

Knopf Canada | May 22, 2009 | 217 pages
A collection of twelve stories includes the tale of a medical student in hiding with a poor Muslim woman, and a woman who discovers a devastating secret about her brother's death.  More Info

Collected Stories

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | September 22, 1999 | 352 pages
Twenty-six stories by the 1982 Nobel laureate, dating from 1947, reveal the dimensions of reality, life's mysteries and miracles, and the unexpected ironies, tragedies, and humors of human behavior  More Info


Simon and Schuster | October 5, 2004 | 137 pages
A collection of urban poetry features poems that echo the wordplay and street-savvy rhythms of Dylan's popular songs. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.  More Info

The Continual Condition

Ecco | February 23, 2017 | 127 pages
A collection of never-before-published poems by the late influential poet and hard-drinking wild man of literature features more of his raw, tough poetry about such subjects as booze, work, and women. 30,000 first printing.  More Info