New Directions Fall 2015 (ND)

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    Beauty Is a Wound Paperback Eka Kurniawan 9780811223638 $25.95 FICTION Oct 27, 2015
    The epic novel Beauty Is a Wound combines history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony. The beautiful Indo prostitute Dewi Ayu and her four daughters are beset by incest, murder, bestiality, rape, insanity, monstrosity, and the often vengeful undead. Kurniawan’s gleefully grotesque hyperbole functions as a scathing critique of his young nation’s troubled past:the rapacious offhand greed of colonialism; the chaotic struggle for independence; the 1965 mass murders of perhaps a million “Communists,” followed ... + Read More
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    The Hotel Years Paperback Joseph Roth 9780811224871 $17.95 FICTION Oct 06, 2015
    The Hotel Years gathers sixty-four feuilletons: on hotels; pains and pleasures; personalities; and the deteriorating international situation of the 1930s. Never before translated into English, these pieces begin in Vienna just at the end of the First World War, and end in Paris near the outbreak of the Second World War. Roth, the great journalist of his day, needed journalism to survive: in his six-volume collected works in German, there are three of fiction and three of journalism. Beginning in 1921, Roth wrote mostly for the liberal Frankfurt... + Read More
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    Shards Fragments of Verses Hardcover Lorenzo Chiera 9780811224758 $18.95 POETRY Oct 06, 2015
    Sensual and glimmering, Lorenzo Chiera’s elliptical fragments evoke nights of bawdy excess in Trastevere (“City made of Roman ruins…/ what a whorehouse!”), translated here by one of the most renowned poets of our time. In his preface, Lawrence Ferlinghetti describes the experience of reading Chiera for the first time: “We soon realize we are in the presence of a savage erotic consciousness, as if the lust-driven senses were suddenly awakened out of a hoary sleep of a thousand years, a youth shaken awake by a rude medieval hand, senses still ree... + Read More
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    Death in Midsummer and Other Stories Paperback Yukio Mishima 9780811201179 $17.95 FICTION Jan 06, 1981
    Mishima's own selection of his best and most essential stories.     Nine of Yukio Mishima’s finest stories were personally selected by te Japanese writer himself; they represent his extraordinary ability to depict, with deftness and penetration, a wide variety of human beings during significant moments.  His characters are geisha who request wishes from the moon, sophisticates who scorn yet follow tradition, and seppuku-committing soldiers and their loyal wives who follow them in death. This edition includes one of Mishima's "modern Noh plays,"... + Read More
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    Confessions of a Mask Paperback Yukio Mishima 9780811201186 $21.95 FICTION Jan 06, 1981
    The novel that made Yukio Mishima famous: a young man confronts his sexuality in WWII Japan.     Confessions of a Mask tells the story of Kochan, an adolescent boy tormented by his burgeoning attraction to men: he wants to be “normal.”  Kochan is meek-bodied, and unable to participate in the more athletic activities of his classmates. He begins to notice his growing attraction to some of the boys in his class, particularly the pubescent body of his friend Omi. To hide his homosexuality, he courts a woman, Sonoko, but this exacerbates his feelin... + Read More
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    Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult Paperback Bohumil Hrabal 9780811224802 $19.50 FICTION Oct 26, 2015
    Never before published in English, the stories in Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult were written mostly in the 1950s and present the Czech master Bohumil Hrabal at the height of his powers. The stories capture a time when Czech Stalinists were turning society upside down, inflicting their social and political experiments on mostly unwilling subjects. These stories are set variously in the gas-lit streets of post-war Prague; on the raucous and dangerous factory floor of the famous Poldi steelworks where Hrabal himself once work... + Read More
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    Dinner Paperback Cesar Aira 9780811221085 $17.95 FICTION Oct 13, 2015
    One Saturday night a bankrupt bachelor in his sixties and his mother dine with a wealthy friend. They discuss their endlessly connected neighbors. They talk about a mysterious pit that opened up one day, and the old bricklayer who sometimes walked to the cemetery to cheer himself up. Anxious to show off his valuable antiques, the host shows his guests old windup toys and takes them to admire an enormous doll. Back at home, the bachelor decides to watch some late night TV before retiring. The news quickly takes a turn for the worse as, horrified... + Read More
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    Cathay Paperback Ezra Pound 9780811223522 $21.95 POETRY Dec 22, 2015
    First published in 1915, Cathay, Ezra Pound’s early monumental work, originally contained fourteen translations from the Chinese and a translation of the Anglo-Saxon poem “The Seafarer.” Over time, these poems have been widely read and loved as both translations and original poetry. In 1916, Cathay was reprinted in the book Lustra without “The Seafarer” and with four more Chinese poems. Cathay is greatly indebted to the notes of a Harvard-trained scholar Ernest Fenollosa. “In Fenollosa’s Chinese poetry materials,” Pound scholar Zhaoming Qian wr... + Read More
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    Looking at Pictures Hardcover Robert Walser 9780811224246 $32.95 LITERARY CRITICISM Oct 20, 2015
    A beautiful and elegant collection, with gorgeous full-color art reproductions, Looking at Pictures presents a little-known side of the eccentric Swiss genius: his great writings on art. His essays consider Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Cranach, Watteau, Fragonard, Brueghel and his own brother Karl and also discuss general topics such as the character of the artist and of the dilettante as well as the differences between painters and poets. Every piece is marked by Walser’s unique eye, his delicate sensitivity, and his very particular sensibili... + Read More
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    The Trace Paperback Forrest Gander 9780811224864 $19.50 FICTION Oct 27, 2015
    The Trace is a masterful, poetic novel about a journey through Mexico taken by a couple recovering from a world shattered. Driving through the Chihuahua Desert, they retrace the route of nineteenth-century American writer Ambrose Bierce (who disappeared during the Mexican Revolution) and try to piece together their lives after a devastating incident involving their adolescent son. With tenderness and precision, Gander explores the intimacies of their relationship as they travel through Mexican towns, through picturesque canyons and desertcapes,... + Read More
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    The King Paperback Kader Abdolah 9780811224857 $19.95 FICTION Nov 10, 2015
    The King, young Shah Naser, takes to the throne of Persia at a turning point of history: he inherits an enchanted medieval world of harems, eunuchs, and treasures as well as a palace of secret doors, sudden deaths, and hidden agendas. Within the court is danger enough: outside all manner of change threatens—industrialization, colonization.  Russia and England conspire to open the King’s empire; his mother and his vizier take opposing sides. The poor King—almost an exact contemporary of Queen Victoria—is trapped.  He likes some aspects of modern... + Read More
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    Lost Words Paperback Nicola Gardini 9780811224765 $19.50 FICTION Jan 26, 2016
    Inside an apartment building on the outskirts of Milan, the working-class residents gossip, quarrel, and conspire against each other. Viewed through the eyes of Chino, an impressionable thirteen-year-old boy whose mother is the doorwoman of the building, the world contained within these walls is tiny, hypocritical, and mean-spirited: a constant struggle. Chino finds escape in reading.One day, a new resident, Amelia Lynd, moves in and quickly becomes an unlikely companion and a formative influence on Chino. Ms. Lynd—an elderly, erudite British w... + Read More
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    The Birth-mark Paperback Susan Howe 9780811224659 $21.95 LITERARY CRITICISM Nov 10, 2015
    In this classic, groundbreaking exploration of early American literature, Susan Howe reads our intellectual inheritance as a series of civil wars, where each text is a wilderness in which a strange lawless author confronts interpreters and editors eager for settlement. Howe approaches Anne Hutchinson, Mary Rowlandson, Cotton Mather, Hawthorne, Emerson, Melville and Emily Dickinson as a fellow writer—her insights, fierce and original, are rooted in her seminal textural scholarship in examination of their editorial histories of landmark works. In... + Read More
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    The Quarry Paperback Susan Howe 9780811222464 $21.95 LITERARY CRITICISM Jan 26, 2016
    A powerful selection of Susan Howe’s previously uncollected essays, The Quarry moves backward chronologically, from her brand-new “Vagrancy in the Park” (about Wallace Stevens) through such essential texts as “The Disappearance Approach,” “Personal Narrative,” “Sorting Facts,” “Frame Structures,” and “Where Should the Commander Be,” and ending with her seminal early criticism, “The End of Art.” The essays of The Quarry map the intellectual territory of one of America’s most important and vital avant-garde poets.
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    Tropisms Paperback Nathalie Sarraute 9780811222761 $13.95 FICTION Nov 10, 2015
    Hailed as a masterpiece by Jean Genet, Marguerite Duras, and Jean-Paul Sartre, Tropisms is considered one of the defining texts of the nouveau roman movement. Nathalie Sarraute has defined her work as the “movements that are hidden under the commonplace, harmless instances of our everyday lives.” Like figures in a grainy photograph, Sarraute’s characters are blurred and shadowy, while her narrative never develops beyond a stressed moment. Instead, Sarraute brilliantly finds and elaborates subtle details—when a relationship changes, when we fall... + Read More
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    Because She Never Asked Paperback Enrique Vila-Matas 9780811222754 $13.95 FICTION Nov 10, 2015
    Because She Never Asked is a story reminiscent of that reached by the travelers in Patricia Highsmith’s Stranger on a Train. The author first writes a piece for the artist Sophie Calle to live out: a young, aspiring, French artist travels to Lisbon and the Azores in pursuit of an older artist whose work she’s in love with. The second part of the story tells what happens between the author and Calle. She eludes, him; he becomes blocked, and suffers physical collapse. “Something strange happened along the way,” Vila-Matas wrote. “Normally, writer... + Read More
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    The Edge of the Horizon Paperback Antonio Tabucchi 9780811224512 $19.50 FICTION Nov 19, 2015
    A classic by the distinguished Italian novelist Antonio Tabucchi now available for the first time in paperback.     Antonio Tabucchi's The Edge of the Horizon is the story of a very unimportant death. Late one night, the body of a young man is delivered to the morgue of an Italian town. The next day's newspapers report that he was killed in a police raid, and that he went by the obviously false name "Carlo Nobodi." Spino, the morgue attendant on duty at the time, becomes obsessed with tracing the identity of the corpse: "Why do you want to know... + Read More

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