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    Series: Pushkin Blues
    The Allure of Chanel Paul Morand, Euan Cameron
    9781782273677 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers On Sale Date: September 26, 2017
    $21.95 CAD 5.1 x 7.9 x 0.6 in | 272 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Pushkin Press
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      Description
      Coco Chanel invited Paul Morand to visit her in St Moritz at the end of the Second World War when he was given the opportunity to write her memoirs; his notes of their conversations were put away in a drawer and only came to light one year after Chanel’s death. Through Morand’s transcription of their conversations, Chanel tells us about her friendship with Misia Sert, the men in her life - Boy Capel, the Duke of Westminster, artists such as Diaghilev, her philosophy of fashion and the story behind the legendary Number 5 perfume…The memories of Chanel told in her own words provide vivid sketches and portray the strength of Coco’s character, leaving us with an extraordinary insight into Chanel the woman and the woman who created Chanel.

      Pushkin Collection editions feature a spare, elegant series style and superior, durable components. The Collection is typeset in Monotype Baskerville, litho-printed on Munken Premium White Paper and notch-bound by the independently owned printer TJ International in Padstow. The covers, with French flaps, are printed on Colorplan Pristine White Paper. Both paper and cover board are acid-free and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.


      Series Overview: A new series of striking, B-format paperback editions of favourite Pushkin Collection titles. These distinctive ’Pushkin Blue’ covers echo the Pushkin Collection with their elegant border and bold typeface. Many of these high-quality translations are now available in B-format paperback for the first time.
      Bio
      Paul Morand was born in Paris in 1888 and after studying at the Ecole des Science Politiques he joined the diplomatic corps, serving in London, Rome, Berne and Bucharest. His first collection of stories Tendres Stocks (1921), had an introduction by his friend Marcel Proust. In a long and busy life, he found time to write poetry, novels, short stories and travel books. Morand was made a member of the Academie Francaise in 1963. He was married to the Romanian princess Hélène Soutzo, and he died in 1976 the year the first edition of The Allure of Chanel was published in Paris.

      Author Residence: Paris (deceased)

      Author Hometown: Paris (deceased)
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    • Comparable Titles

      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9781908968876VenicesPaul Morand PaperbackSep 10, 2013$18.00Steerforth Press
      9781906548650Tender ShootsPaul Morand PaperbackMay 15, 2012$16.00Steerforth Press
      9781901285987The Allure of ChanelPaul Morand PaperbackJan 01, 2008$18.00Steerforth Press
      9780143122128Coco ChanelLisa Chaney PaperbackNov 27, 2012$18.00Penguin Publishing Group
      9781901285802Hecate and Her DogsPaul Morand PaperbackJan 06, 2009$14.95Steerforth Press
      9780812981858MademoiselleRhonda K. Garelick PaperbackJul 14, 2015$24.00Random House Trade Paperback
      9781906548605In Search of VenicePaul Morand HardcoverApr 02, 2013$100.00Steerforth Press
      9780061791086The Hotel on Place VendomeTilar J. Mazzeo HardcoverMar 11, 2014$26.99HarperCollins
      9781908968920The Allure of Chanel (Illustrated)Paul Morand PaperbackNov 12, 2013$50.00Steerforth Press
      9780062074171Coco ChanelJustine Picardie PaperbackAug 23, 2011$23.99HarperCollins
      9780307475916Sleeping with the EnemyHal Vaughan PaperbackAug 07, 2012$19.95Vintage
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “It’s an interesting memoir because it’s all about what she thinks not what she did.” - David Patrick Columbia, The New York Social Diary

      “Morand was a citizen of the world, with a sharp eye and a neat turn of phrase.” - The Tablet

      “This enchanting, tiny book is the closest anyone can get to a face-to-face with Coco. It’s written in her voice (’that voice that gushed forth from her mouth like lava’) and in her words (’those words that crackled like dried vines’), and though it’s full of lies, omissions and contradictions, there’s enough raw truth in it to reflect the extraordinary woman who was Chanel, even though glimpsed shard by shard in a broken mirror.” - The Spectator

      “Paul Morand recaptures a WWII-era conversation between the author and the fashion icon.” -Publisher’s Weekly

      “Reads beautifully…this enchanting book is the closest anyone can get to a face-to-face with Coco…written in her voice and in her words.” - The Spectator

      “Morand was the all-round aesthete.” - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
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    Browse Henry Hitchings, Various
    9781782272120 Hardcover LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays On Sale Date: September 05, 2017
    $29.00 CAD 5.4 x 8.1 x 0.9 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Pushkin Press
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      A celebration of the greatest kind of shop in the world, by an award-winning cast of writers including Ali Smith, Michael Dirda, Elif Shafak and Daniel Kehlmann.

      A cabinet of curiosities, a time machine, a treasure trove - we love bookshops because they possess a unique kind of magic. In Browse, Henry Hitchings asks fifteen writers from around the world to reveal their favourite bookshops, each conjuring a specific time and place. These inquisitive, enchanting pieces are a collective celebration of bookshops - for anyone who has ever fallen under their spell. Contributors include Alaa Al Aswany, Stefano Benni, Michael Dirda, Daniel Kehlmann, Andrey Kurkov, Yiyun Li, Pankaj Mishra, Dorthe Nors, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Elif Shafak, Ian Sansom, Iain Sinclair, Ali Smith, Saša Stanišic, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

      A dazzling collection of original essays about the bookshop by fifteen bestselling international authors.
      Bio
      Henry Hitchings is an award-winning writer, reviewer and critic. He has written for the Guardian, London Review of Books, TLS, Financial Times and New Statesman, and is currently the Evening Standard’s theatre critic. He is the author of several acclaimed books on language, literature and culture, including Dr Johnson’s Dictionary, How to Really Talk About Books You Haven’t Read and The Language Wars. In 2008, he was shortlisted for the title of Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and in the same year his book The Secret Life of Words won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award.

      Author Residence: London, UK

      Author Hometown: London, UK
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    • Comparable Titles

      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9781472116666Jen Campbell HardcoverFeb 24, 2015$17.99Little, Brown and Company
      9780553418774The Little Paris BookshopNina George HardcoverJun 23, 2015$35.00Crown
      9781250056153Sorry!Henry Hitchings PaperbackDec 02, 2014$20.50Picador
      9780374266752Sorry!Henry Hitchings HardcoverNov 05, 2013$32.00Farrar Straus & Giroux
      9781250013941The Language WarsHenry Hitchings PaperbackOct 30, 2012$22.99Picador
      9780374183295The Language WarsHenry Hitchings HardcoverOct 25, 2011$32.00Farrar Straus & Giroux
      9780312428563The Secret Life of WordsHenry Hitchings PaperbackSep 29, 2009$31.50Picador
      9780312426200Defining the WorldHenry Hitchings PaperbackOct 17, 2006$24.99Picador
      9780393244793The BookKeith Houston HardcoverAug 23, 2016$39.95WW Norton
      9780553459272Footnotes from the World's Greatest BookstoresBob Eckstein HardcoverOct 04, 2016$29.00Potter
      9780802777522You Could Look It UpJack Lynch HardcoverFeb 23, 2016$35.00Bloomsbury
      9781579129101My BookstoreRonald Rice HardcoverNov 13, 2012$23.95Hachette Books
      9781782435570The Secret LibraryOliver Tearle HardcoverJan 01, 2017$26.95Michael O'Mara
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
       “Lives up to its inviting title.” - Times Literary Supplement

       “Very worthwhile but not too worthy, this is a timely call to arms.” - Monocle 
      ’All these writers convey the magic of bookshops, while also making their vulnerability in recent times a recurrent theme.’ - Guardian

      ’If you have ever lost yourself in a bookshop, felt the world fall away as you took a book off the shelves, this spell-binding collection will carry you off to shops near, far, lost and imagined.’ - Mail on Sunday

      ’Everywhere bookshops are fast disappearing. Sixteen writers from around the world remind us why we should cherish them at all costs.’ - Spectator

      ’In celebrating bookshops, Browse heralds humanity, with all its glorious eccentricities.’ - Country Life

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    For Isabel: A Mandala Antonio Tabucchi, Elizabeth Harris
    9780914671800 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 05, 2017
    $16.00 CAD 5.6 x 6.2 x 0.5 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Archipelago
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      A metaphysical detective story about love and existence from the Italian master, Antonio Tabucchi. When Tadeus sets out to find Isabel, his former love, he soon finds himself on a metaphysical journey across the world, one that calls into question the meaning of time and existence and the power of words.

      Isabel disappeared many years ago. Tadeus Slowacki, a Polish writer, her former friend and lover, has come back to Lisbon to learn of her whereabouts. Rumors abound: Isabel died in prison under Salazar’s regime, or perhaps wasn’t arrested at all. As Tadeus interviews one old acquaintance of hers after the next, a chameleon-like portrait of a young, ideological woman emerges, ultimately bringing Tadeus on a metaphysical journey across the continent. Constructed in the form of a mandala, For Isabel is the spiraling search for an enigma, an investigation into time and existence, the power of words, and the limits of the senses. In this posthumous work Tabucchi creates an ingenious narration, tracing circles around a lost woman and the ultimate inaccessible truth.
      Bio
      Antonio Tabucchi was born in Pisa in 1943 and died in Lisbon in 2012. A master of short fiction, he won the Prix Médicis Étranger for Indian Nocturne, the Italian PEN Prize for Requiem: A Hallucination, the Aristeion European Literature Prize for Pereira Declares, and was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. Together with his wife, Maria José de Lancastre, Tabucchi translated much of the work of Fernando Pessoa into Italian. Tabucchi’s works include The Flying Creatures of Fra Angelico, The Woman of Porto Pim, Time Ages in a Hurry, and Tristano Dies (all from Archipelago).
      Elizabeth Harris’s translations from Italian include Mario Rigoni Stern’s novel Giacomo’s Seasons (Autumn Hill Books), Giulio Mozzi’s story collection This Is the Garden (Open Letter Books), and Antonio Tabucchi’s novel Tristano Dies (Archipelago Books). Her awards include a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and the 2016 National Translation Award for Prose, both for Tabucchi’s Tristano Dies. A professor of creative writing for many years, Harris now translates full-time. She lives with her family in a small town in Wisconsin, along the Mississippi.


      Author Residence: Portugal (deceased)
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    • Comparable Titles

      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9780811225397RevulsionPaperbackJul 19, 2016$17.95WW Norton
      9780811211116
      9780811210805
      9780811215176RequiemAntonio Tabucchi PaperbackNov 26, 2002$19.50WW Norton
      9781590517512The Meursault InvestigationKamel Daoud PaperbackJun 02, 2015$19.50Other Press
      9780914671244Tristano DiesAntonio Tabucchi PaperbackNov 10, 2015$18.00Steerforth Press
      9780811216043Missing Head of Damasceno MonteiroAntonio Tabucchi PaperbackFeb 01, 2005$17.95WW Norton
      9781935744740The Woman of Porto PimAntonio Tabucchi PaperbackApr 23, 2013$16.50Steerforth Press
      9781935744566Flying Creatures of Fra AngelicoAntonio Tabucchi PaperbackSep 21, 2012$15.00Steerforth Press
      9781609614485Teach Us to Sit StillTim Parks PaperbackJul 03, 2012$18.50Rodale Books
      9780141183046The Book of DisquietFernando Pessoa PaperbackJan 28, 2003$19.99Penguin Classics
      9781941920060Sergio Pitol PaperbackMar 27, 2015$23.50Deep Vellum
      9780914671053Time Ages in a HurryAntonio Tabucchi PaperbackApr 14, 2015$18.00Steerforth Press
      9780811213585Pereira DeclaresAntonio Tabucchi PaperbackJun 03, 1997$15.95WW Norton
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017

      “ The story’s procedural structure rather pleasingly echoes an episode of “Law and Order.” But to Tadeus the encounters represent the concentric circles on a mandala, a symbol of wholeness in Indian philosophy… this tantalizing, quicksilver novel, subtly translated by Elizabeth Harris, illuminates a soul in transit, yearning to complete the story that will release him from his suffering.” — Sam Sacks, in The Wall Street Journal

      “Planes of existence are crossed, and the dead brought back to life, in order to reach the center of Tabucchi’s project. Luckily, that center is worth its intrigue. Isabel’s path through life, and the narrator’s path following her, is filled with brilliant twists and turns, spanning continents and lifetimes. Even a clever reader won’t be able to guess every direction the story takes.” —Noah Cruickshank, the Field Museum, in Shelf Awareness

      [A] mandala of regret and forgiveness. In this sense, For Isabel, with its easy prose and vibrant scenes, may speak to anyone.” — World Literature Today

      “[A] detective story, a fable of sorts, a tour of European cities and a series of wild and eccentric characters…  It’s a cliché to say it’s about the journey instead of the destination, but For Isabel finds a clever way to say it. ’Just think of me as someone who searches,’ Tadeus says. And throughout the novel, the search is satisfying.” — GQ

      “[FOR ISABEL is] more than the story of a missing girl; it is history recalled as though in a dream, hovering briefly, through the combination of Tabucchi’s elegiac prose and Harris’s lucid translation, over life and death.” — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

      “[O]ne man is journeying through concentric circles of evidence to uncover deeper ideas about truth…[T]here’s a satisfying richness to the whole, and translator Harris gracefully navigates the narrator’s tonal shift from gumshoe to spiritual seeker, making the story lyrical and surprising while avoiding airiness. An…engaging jaunt into the ineffable.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “Tabucchi’s language is spare and lyrical, his narrative lush in history and character, and the novel ends on a quietly peaceful note that seems a fitting farewell to the author himself. For literary readers who like a mystical touch.” — Library Journal

      “…A charming, eerie little tale—politically tinged, with a touch of mystery to it, and a spiritual element, yet none of which weigh too heavily on the story. For Isabel is, in the best sense, weird, with its unusual feel and (ir)reality.” — M.A.Orthofer , The Complete Review

      “[A]n expertly crafted work, like a mandala, slowly a cohesive picture comes into place, just like the sands of many colours placed on the plain canvas in front of you… Another beautifully crafted and subtle tale from the pen of Antonio Tabucchi, a story of grief, a search for meaning, a travelogue, the eternal pursuit of happiness.” — Tony Messenger, Messenger’s Booker (and more)

      “The one hundred luminous pages of For Isabel follow the narrator, Tadeus…Not only does he learn of Isabel’s fate, but he also arrives at a clearer understanding of photography, of writing, of the impermanence of life itself…Translated elegantly and seamlessly by Elizabeth Harris.” — Natalia Sakissian, Numéro Cinq Magazine

      “An essential testament to Tabucchi’s talent, a masterwork written with diligence and care…The novel is an epitome of Tabucchi’s work, an account of exotic travels and blossoming, abstruse identities, a dream-like and ironic limbo…Literary alchemy.” —Javier Aparicio Maydeu, El Pais

      “A masterfully written work made of pauses and delays, realistic details and openings into the fantastic…Tabucchi’s art is deployed here in all its force and fascination. It wins us over once again.” —Fabio Gambaro, Le Monde

      “Tabucchi enters and expands his fictional universe, revisiting his beloved Lisbon and advancing his reflections on being and time. The novel is a perfect mix of diverse elements, of sudden twists and geographic flights; the plot is crafted with exquisite mastery, the story both engages and provokes.” —Paolo Mauri, La Repubblica

      — Angelo Guglielmi, L’Unità
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    Get Well Soon Marie-Sabine Roger, Frank Wynne
    9781782272168 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: September 05, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.1 x 7.9 x 0.6 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Pushkin Press
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      A joyful novel full of humanity from the author of Soft in the Head - a July 2016 Indie Next pick.

      Saved from drowning in Paris’s River Seine, a sixty-something misanthrope finds himself stuck in a hospital bed for six weeks while he recovers. As he looks back on his life, the good and the bad, he makes some unexpected new acquaintances, and just when he thought life had no more suprises in store for him, he finds out he was wrong….
      Bio
      Born in Bordeaux in 1957, Marie-Sabine Roger has been writing books for both adults and children since 1989. Soft in the Head was made into a 2010 film, My Afternoons with Margueritte, directed by Jean Becker, starring Gerard Depardieu. Get Well Soon won the Prix des lecteurs de l’Express in 2012 and will be published by Pushkin Press in 2017.

      Frank Wynne is an award-winning translator from French and Spanish. He has won the IMPAC Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Scott Moncrieff Prize. He translated Marie-Sabine Roger’s Soft in the Head. He has also translated a number of Spanish and Latin American authors, including Tomás Eloy Martínez, Isabel Allende, Arturo Pérez-Reverte and Tomás Gonzalez, whose In the Beginning Was the Sea is published by Pushkin Press.


      Author Residence: France

      Author Hometown: Bordeaux, France
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    • Comparable Titles

      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9781476738024
      9781401324643The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedJonas Jonasson PaperbackSep 11, 2012$15.99Hyperion
      9780812983456The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryRachel Joyce PaperbackMar 26, 2013$0.00Random House Trade Paperback
      9781908313478The President's HatAntoine Laurain PaperbackSep 13, 2013$21.95Gallic Books
      9781571311122Good Night, Mr. WodehouseFaith Sullivan PaperbackJul 29, 2016$23.50Milkweed Editions
      9781250095770The Memory PainterGwendolyn Womack PaperbackJul 05, 2016$0.01Picador
      9781782271581Soft in the HeadMarie-Sabine Roger PaperbackJun 28, 2016$16.95Steerforth Press
      9781623651244AlexPierre Lemaitre PaperbackAug 05, 2014$14.99Quercus Books
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “Humor on every page. A quirky book, it deals with deep psychological and philosophical truths in a lighthearted way…. Roger has a definite skill for making unlikable characters endearing. With Frank Wynne’s fun translation, there’s no doubt of Roger’s comedic flair and the memorable voice of Jean-Pierre.” — Foreword Reviews

      “The perfect pick-me-up… Not just funny, it has that indefinable something that makes it perfect for ‘anytime’ reading.” — Connexion

      “A magical, tender and darkly humorous novel. Its pocket size makes it an ideal, heart-warming holiday read.” — The Lady

      “I was hooked from the get go.” — Nudge-Book

      “Witty, well observed and brilliantly written.” — Mature Times

      Praise for Soft in the Head:

      “A tale of quiet hope and discovery…candid and refreshing.” - Financial Times

      “Unapologetically heartwarming…celebrates humanity, love, empathy, the sense of community and generosity of spirit.” Herald Magazine

      “If you want summer reading escapism, you can’t go wrong with this tender tale of an unlikely, love-filled friendship.” Big Issue

      “Highly readable…Highly recommended.” Nudge

      “Uplifting, bright and hopeful from the first page, this is a wonderful little book…Frank Wynne’s translation is superb.” The Connexion

      “One of the sweetest books that I have read this year…a true elegy to friendship…managing to be life-affirming without being saccharine…a book truly to treasure.” Girl with Her Head in a Book
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    Series: Pushkin Vertigo
    The King of Fools Frédéric Dard, Louise Lalaurie
    9781782271970 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date: September 05, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5.1 x 7.8 x 0.5 in | 193 pages Carton Quantity: 112 Pushkin Vertigo
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      Description
      An ingenious thriller, set in Edinburgh, from the master of French noir.

      Jean-Marie can’t believe his luck when he has a passionate triste with a beautiful young Englishwoman, Marjory, who is holidaying in the Côte d’Azur. However, when he discovers his lover is married he is crestfallen, and when she returns to her home in rainy Edinburgh he is heartbroken. He takes a fateful decision: to follow her.

      He arrives in Scotland. but soon the jealous husband appears, and a deadly encounter is only the beginning of a nightmarish, disorienting drama.
      Bio
      Frédéric Dard (1921-2000) was one of the best known and loved French crime writers of the twentieth century. Enormously prolific, he wrote more than three hundred thrillers, suspense stories, plays and screenplays, under a variety of noms de plume, throughout his long and illustrious career, which also saw him win the 1957 Grand prix de littérature policière for The Executioner Weeps, forthcoming from Pushkin Vertigo. Dard’s Bird in a Cage, The Wicked Go to Hell, Crush and the The Gravediggers’ Bread are also available or forthcoming from Pushkin Vertigo.

      Author Residence: France (deceased)

      Author Hometown: France
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      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9781782271994Bird in a CageFrédéric Dard PaperbackAug 16, 2016$12.95Steerforth Press
      9780141393452The Hanged Man of Saint-PholienGeorges Simenon PaperbackApr 01, 2014$15.00Penguin Books
      9781782272564The Executioner WeepsFrédéric Dard PaperbackApr 18, 2017$18.95Steerforth Press
      9781782271963The Wicked Go To HellFrédéric Dard PaperbackSep 20, 2016$13.95Steerforth Press
      9780143123767Andrea Camilleri PaperbackJun 24, 2014$18.00Penguin Books
      9781782271987CrushFrédéric Dard PaperbackNov 08, 2016$13.95Steerforth Press
      9780143123125The Ghost Riders of OrdebecFred Vargas PaperbackJun 25, 2013$15.00Penguin Publishing Group
      9780743284011Have Mercy on Us AllFred Vargas PaperbackNov 08, 2005$15.00Simon & Schuster
      9781623651244AlexPierre Lemaitre PaperbackAug 05, 2014$14.99Quercus Books
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “sure to appeal to fans of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler and Georges Simenon… A slim novel with laconic prose and a stunning plot, The King of Fools will keep many a mystery lover up too late—and waiting eagerly for the next novel of Dard’s to be translated into English.” — Jessica Howard, bookseller at Bookmans, in Shelf Awareness

      “A book about a love story gone bad … charming and engaging far beyond the plot details.” — International Crime Fiction

      “The French master of noir.” The Observer

      “Alongside the Maigret novels of Georges Simenon there is a rich vein of period French crime still to be tapped. Frédéric Dard is a case in point.” Daily Mail

      “The literary descendant of Simenon and Celine.” Le Figaro

      “No question: for me, he was the greatest.” —Philippe Geluck

      “France’s most popular post-war author.” L’Express

      “His language is cutting, his point-of-view original and his verdict uncompromising…One of the few twentieth-century authors to win both critical acclaim and great popularity.” Solidarité Militaire
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    Series: Pushkin Blues
    A Short Life of Pushkin Robert Chandler
    9781782273448 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary On Sale Date: September 19, 2017
    $21.95 CAD 5.1 x 7.9 x 0.4 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 112 Pushkin Press
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      A short yet fascinating account of Russia’s most celebrated writer.

      In Robert Chandler’s exquisite biography, literary giant Alexander Pushkin, lauded as the Russian Shakespeare, is examined as writer, lover and public figure. Chandler explores his relationship to politics and provides a fascinating glimpse of the turbulent history Pushkin lived through. The book acts as a succinct guide to anybody trying to understand Russia’s most celebrated literary figure and also illuminates the wider historical and political context of early nineteenth-century Russia.
      Bio
      Robert Chandler is an acclaimed translator of Russian literature. He has won the ASTSEEL prize for his translation of Hamid Ismailov’s The Railway and has been shortlisted for a number of other awards including the Rossica Translation Prize and the PEN Translation award. For Pushkin Press, he has translated a number of works by Teffi, including her collection of short stories Subtly Worded and her memoir Memories - From Moscow to the Black Sea. He also teaches part time at Queen Mary College and has published poems in the TLS and Poetry Review.

      Author Residence: UK

      Author Hometown: London
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    • Comparable Titles

      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9780060956554
      9781400076529PushkinT.J. Binyon PaperbackNov 09, 2004$20.00Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
      9781782270379Subtly WordedTeffi PaperbackDec 02, 2014$18.00Steerforth Press
      9781843919124Brief Lives: Alexander PushkinRobert Chandler PaperbackOct 01, 2009$17.95Hesperus Press
      9781596985612Shadow WorldRobert Chandler HardcoverAug 05, 2008$32.00Regnery Publishing, Inc.
      9780140448467Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to BuidaPaperbackJul 25, 2006$27.00Penguin Classics
      9781590179963Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and MeTeffi PaperbackMay 03, 2016$19.95New York Review Books
      9781590179512MemoriesTeffi PaperbackMay 03, 2016$21.95New York Review Books
      9781906548865The Struggle with the DaemonStefan Zweig PaperbackSep 18, 2012$18.95Steerforth Press
      9781590516126The Impossible ExileGeorge Prochnik HardcoverMay 06, 2014$33.00Other Press
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      “Chandler, a superb translator from the Russian, rises to the challenge as he celebrates the writing while dodging the ’crushing weight of reverence.’” - Independent

      “This superb, short…book is a masterwork…a digestible, readable biography.” - Russian Life Magazine

      “[…An] engaging and enjoyable ”brief life“ of Russia’s greatest, most quintessential poet.” - Times Literary Supplement

      “I can’t recommend this excellent little book enough.” — Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings 

      “I was delighted to have the chance to read and review this book … I would recommend this to anyone who wants a brief introduction to Pushkin.” - Nudge
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    9781586422417 Paperback HISTORY / Expeditions & Discoveries On Sale Date: September 26, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.9 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Steerforth
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      A true story from the great age of Arctic exploration of an Inuit boy’s struggle for dignity against Robert Peary and the American Museum of Natural History in turn-of-the-century New York City.

      Sailing aboard a ship called Hope in 1897, celebrated Arctic explorer Robert Peary entered New York Harbor with peculiar “cargo”: Six Polar Inuit intended to serve as live “specimens” at the American Museum of Natural History. Four died within a year. One managed to gain passage back to Greenland. Only the sixth, a boy of six or seven with a precociously solemn smile, remained. His name was Minik.

      Although Harper’s unflinching narrative provides a much needed corrective to history’s understanding of Peary, who was known among the Polar Inuit as “the great tormenter”, it is primarily a story about a boy, Minik Wallace, known to the American public as “The New York Eskimo.” Orphaned when his father died of pneumonia, Minik never surrendered the hope of going “home,” never stopped fighting for the dignity of his father’s memory, and never gave up his belief that people would come to his aid if only he could get them to understand.
      Bio
      Kenn Harper lived in the Arctic for fifty years in Inuit communities in the Baffin region and in Qaanaaq, Greenland. He has worked as a teacher, development officer, historian, linguist, and businessman. He speaks Inuktitut, the Inuit language of the eastern Canadian Arctic, and has written extensively on northern history and language. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a recipient of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He lives in Ottawa.

      Author Residence: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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        Marketing: Social media marketing and advertising.

        ARC’s to accounts with strong Indie Next push.

        Proiminently featured and promoted with ARCs at BookExpo.



        Publicity: Author to do print and broadcast publicity throughout Canada.

        Author to do in-person events in Ottawa, Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario.

        US print features, especially in New York City and New England, to mark the 120th anniversary of Minik’s arrival in New York Harbor 9/30/1897 and the 99th anniversary of Minik’s death in Pittsburgh, NH on 10/29/18.



        Author Social Media: Kenn Harper Facebook Page
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "A tale of scientific arrogance [that] is truly unforgettable." Publishers Weekly

      "A heart-rending narrative." — Nunatsiaq News

      "Impeccably researched and gracefully written, this is an essential book." – Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever and The Air We Breathe

      "White men have had lots of chances to override the rights of other people with indifference . . . Writing about this state of affairs can be risky . . . Kenn Harper walks this tightrope with grace." Patricia Nelson Limerick, past president of the Organization of American Historians, in The New York Times Book Review

      A “fascinating and sad story . . . well researched and simply told.” USA Today

      “Richly sensitive and totally gripping.” Parade Magazine

      A “smartly paced, deeply informative and moving book.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer

      “An exposé of the intellectual arrogance that permeated the race to explore the Arctic region.” Library Journal (starred review)

      “Minik’s tale is a stinging indictment of the arrogance of some of the most prominent scientists and philanthropists of the time . . . But, as Harper concedes, the scientists’ behavior was hardly outrageous when viewed through the lens of the era. Perhaps that is the bigger tragedy.” The Associated Press

      “Minik’s saga is at once riveting and repulsive, enlightening and horrifying. Harper intertwines history, legend, anthropology, racism, greed and good intentions – the best and worst of human nature. . . . don’t wait for the movie to discover this astonishing tale for yourself.” The Toronto Sun

      “In 1897, the story of Minik was passed off as science. But it didn’t take long for people to recognize it for what it truly was: a tale of kidnapping, exploitation and heartless abandonment. . . . For Harper, telling Minik’s tale has clearly been a labor of love. . . . [his book] is a graceful reconstruction of Minik’s biography . . . letting the facts speak for themselves.” Newsday

      “A moving account of science devastatingly and thoughtlessly misapplied, one of the countless tragedies visited on Native America.” Kirkus Reviews

      “Well-done and sympathetic . . . an incredible tale. “ The El Paso Times

      Minik “contains valuable historical lessons about often well intentioned but nonetheless destructive (museum) administrators and scientists . . . Harper is to be congratulated for diligent scholarship at the service of a strong sense of historical justice.” The Journal of American History

      Minik “paints a different picture of Robert Peary than that offered by history books and the encyclopedia . . . But Minik is not just a bitter tale of an Inuit boy and the terrible injustices that he experienced at the hands of so-called civilization. It is full of the better side of humanity . . . This book captures a snapshot of the era surrounding the foundation of the American Museum of Natural History.” The Seattle Times

      Minik is “a startling success for a macabre tale of looted skeletons, of freebooting rapacity by prominent figures of Arctic exploration, and of the conquest of the polar north as seen through the eyes of the Inuit . . . Most controversially, the book paints an unlovely portrait of two American icons: the widely respected museum, and Peary, who in 1909 led the first expedition to the North Pole.” The Boston Globe

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    Twist Harkaitz Cano, Amaia Gabantxo
    9780914671824 Paperback FICTION / Literary On Sale Date: January 30, 2018
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 7.5 in | 420 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Archipelago
    • Marketing Copy

      Description
      A moving portrayal of violence’s emotional legacy in the Basque Country. Twist is tale of guilt, love, friendship, and betrayal, and of the difficulties that arise when one flees one’s own skin to inhabit the minds of others.

      Set in the politically charged climate of the Basque Country in the 1980s, Twist relates the disappearance and brutal murder of two ETA militants at the hands of the Spanish army. The novel centers on their friend and fellow activist Diego Lazkano, who, since revealing his comrades to the authorities, has been tormented by guilt. In Twist, Harkaitz Cano provides a multi-vocal account of a conscience and a society in turmoil.
      Bio
      AUTHOR: A prolific writer of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, plays, radio and television scripts, and comics, Harkaitz Cano is one of the leading literary figures of the Basque Country. His collection of short stories Neguko zirkua won the Spanish Critics Prize and his novel Twist won both the Spanish Critics Prize and the Euskadi Prize. Cano has often participated in performances combining literature with music and other arts. His books have been translated into nine languages.

      TRANSLATOR: Amaia Gabantxo is a literary translator, writer, and book critic. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and newspapers, including the Times Literary Supplement and The Independent. Her translation of Anjel Lertxundi’s Perfect Happiness was released by the University of Nevada Press in 2007, and her translation of Unai Elorriaga’s Plants Don’t Drink Coffee by Archipelago in 2009. Gabantxo moonlights as a flamenco singer.


      Author Residence: Basque Country

      Author Hometown: Basque Country
      Marketing & Promotion
        Publicity: Targeted galley mailings to booksellers, librarians, and teachers.

        Further marketing and publicity details TBC.

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      “Narrated with extraordinary verve…We need works like these, conceived and composed without any hint of frivolity, set out on the endless task of making our world more intelligible.”—Ricardo Senabre, El Cultural

      “Surgical, glittering, and poetic prose…Cano has created a branching multiplicity of stories within a story, borrowing from the mastery of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, or Philip Roth. Literature with a capital L.”—Hasier Rekondo, Koult

      “What makes Twist such a powerful novel is precisely the fact that it does not take sides, but rather digs down into the human experience and into what makes human beings so worthy of both admiration and contempt.”—J.A. Masoliver Ródenas, La Vanguardia

      “Action-packed as the twist, bitter as the tango, nostalgic as the bolero. A novel where there are no heroes, only men of flesh and bone, who can cheat and betray and abandon.”—Rosa Berros Canuria, Cuentame una Historia

      “A grand novel…an intense and profound history…despite being set in the context of the Basque conflict, the novel tells us about all of friendship, of the absence and the feeling of guilt.”—Javier Rojos, El Correo
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    Sorrow of the Earth ERIC VUILLARD, Ann Jefferson
    9781782272212 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical On Sale Date: October 31, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.2 x 0.6 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Pushkin Press
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      Description
      Fascinating, brilliant and angry: the tale of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the tragic fate of its Native American participants.

      Buffalo Bill was the prince of show business. His spectacular Wild West shows were performed to packed houses across the world, holding audiences spellbound with their grand re-enactments of tales from the American frontier. For Bill gave the crowds something they’d never seen before: real-life Indians.

      This astonishing work of historical re-imagining tells the story of the Native Americans swallowed up by Buffalo Bill’s great entertainment machine. Of chief Sitting Bull, paraded in theatres to boos and catcalls for fifty dollars a week. Of a baby Lakota girl, found under her mother’s frozen body, adopted and displayed on the stage. Of the last few survivors of Wounded Knee, hired to act out the horrific massacre of their tribe as entertainment. And of Buffalo Bill Cody himself, hamming it to the last, even as it consumed him.

      Told with beauty, compassion and anger, Sorrow of the Earth shows us tragedy turned into a circus act, history into sham, truth into a spectacle more powerful than reality itself. Could any of us turn away?
      Bio
      Born in Lyon, France, in 1968, Éric Vuillard is a French author and film director. His books include Conquistadors (winner of the Ignatius J. Reilly prize 2010), and La Bataille de l’occident and Congo, for both of which he was awarded the 2012 Franz-Hessel prize and the 2013 Valery-Larbaud prize. Sorrow of the Earth is the first of his titles to be translated into English.

      Author Residence: France

      Author Hometown: Lyon, France
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      “Eric Vuillard uses musing prose to try to get inside the heads of Cody and of the Native Americans who performed in his shows, reenacting false versions of their experiences and creating an alternative history in the process…[Vuillard uses a] poetic style that conveys how the show shaped ideas about the West long after the frontier was gone.” — Foreword Reviews

      “A swift and engrossing postmodern interrogation of the brutal cost of manufacturing myth…an attempt to see a fraction of the story of native North America more honestly than that story has been seen in decades and centuries past.” New Statesman

      “Perhaps the shortest and most intense book on the Wild West ever published.” Times Literary Supplement
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    Incest CHRISTINE ANGOT, Tess Lewis
    9780914671879 Paperback FICTION / Contemporary Women On Sale Date: November 07, 2017
    $16.00 CAD 5.6 x 6.5 x 0.6 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Archipelago
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      Description
      A daring novel that made Christine Angot one of the most controversial figures in contemporary France recounts the narrator’s incestuous relationship with her father. Tess Lewis’s forceful translation brings into English this audacious novel of taboo.

      The narrator is falling out from a torrential relationship with another woman. Delirious with love and yearning, her thoughts grow increasingly cyclical and wild, until exposing the trauma lying behind her pain. With the intimacy offered by a confession, the narrator embarks on a psychoanalysis of herself, giving the reader entry into her tangled experiences with homosexuality, paranoia, and, at the core of it all, incest. In a masterful translation from the French by Tess Lewis, Christine Angot’s Incest audaciously confronts its readers with one of our greatest taboos.
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      AUTHOR: Christine Angot is one of the most controversial authors writing today in France. Born in 1958 in Châteauroux, Angot studied law at the University of Reims and began writing at the age of 25. After six years of rejections, Angot published her first novel, Vu du ciel, the story of woman named Christine told from the perspective of an angel who died after being raped as a little girl. Her subsequent novels have dealt with a variety of taboo topics, including homosexuality, incest, and sexual violence, and have continually blurred the line between autobiography and fiction. Ever since gaining widespread notoriety with the 1999 publication of Incest, Angot has remained at the center of public debate and has continued to push the boundaries of what society allows an author to express.

      TRANSLATOR: Tess Lewis is a translator from German and French and an Advisory Editor of The Hudson Review. She has been awarded translation grants from PEN America and PEN UK, an NEA Translation Fellowship, and a Max Geilinger Translation Grant for her translation of Philippe Jaccottet.


      Author Residence: France

      Author Hometown: France
      Marketing & Promotion
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      2018 Prix Albertine finalist

      "A sensation in France, [INCEST is a] novel in the form of a wild confession of a life filled with trauma..." The New York Times

      "[INCEST] creates a space where imagination, potential futures, and pasts mingle with experiences, where the ‘I’ slips from the author to the narrator and gets lost in the vortex of language; it is language that speaks—the writer just writes... Voices echoing from the fractures, this is Incest: a collective adventure for the one that writes and the ones that read." — Giorgos Kassiteridis, Asymptote

      "[A] brilliant portrait of a brain almost continually on fire with self-loathing... both a mesmerizing and harrowing ride... I believe Angot has done something truly spectacular here... How many of us have been lost in darkness and unable to think our way out of it? Angot’s life is lived in that state—a state of perpetual chaos and dejection. And she has used her brazen, fierce intelligence to translate this reality to the page in a way that reveals her brilliance as a writer and her sadness as a human being. Her journey is one you will never forget." —Elaine Margolin, Truth Dig

      "The exquisite frenzy of the novel is captured masterfully in Tess Lewis’ translation, which preserves not just the passion and the mania of Angot’s narrator, but her wit and her wordplay as well. Lewis has managed to get inside the narrator’s head and translate her essence and energy, as well as her words, perfectly into English." The Arkansas International

      Incest is a thrilling book. It's a formally daring and passionate performance of the depths of human self-loathing, and the sufferings of attachment. It cut deep inside me with its truths. In every moment of reading it, I both wanted to keep reading it and wanted to write. I don’t think I will ever forget this book.” — Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

      "A maximalist in the art of emotion, Angot unmasks with frightening precision the roiling heart and the sharp edges of lust, loathing, and scorn lodged within love's fossil record. This is a book that points you toward the subterranean roots of your own emotions, the intricacies and murk we cover up in the name of normal daily operations." — Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

      "[Incest] stylistically, is near perfection.. I would recommend this novel to anyone, especially fans of modern/contemporary literary fiction or experimental fiction." — Matthew E. Jackson

      "I feel that books like this HAVE to be written to keep the landscape of modern literature fresh, live and moving forward." Bookish Lara

      "All said and done, Christine Angot is rock 'n' roll. Not what it became, but what it should never have ceased to be: raw, concise, radical, subversive.... Angot serves as a mirror, revealing to her readers all their paradoxes and contradictions." --Françoise-Marie Santucci, Libération

      "It is clear that Christine Angot has won, because we are going to be thinking for a long time about this book. Because it will need a long study written about it in order to examine all of its hypotheses, its contradictions, understand the questions it puts forward, study its passion, disgust, insanity, the dream of controlled incest, the fantasy of incest fulfilled....What's at play in the work of Angot, in her force, her violence, is an idea of literature as a means of escaping from every collective, from all policing ... to think and write in one's singularity." --Josyane Savigneau, Le Monde

      "Auto-fiction at its extreme does not aspire here to shock but to give literature back its dangerous function and return to it its dignity." --Gérard Meudal
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