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    At the opening of chapter 87—the first chapter found in The Tree with No Name—Janez Lipnik finds himself up a tree, shoeless, and lost in the Slovenian countryside. He makes his way to a house where he is taken in by a woman teacher who is waiting for her lover, a soldier. It becomes clear we are at the height of World War II. Soon after, we follow Lipnik […]
  • Kjell Askildsen, Selected Stories September 15, 2014
    Here, at the midpoint of his narrative, Bernhard, the affectless and purposeless protagonist of "The Unseen," experiences existential near-emancipation at dusk. This retreat toward obscurity in terse, direct language—thematic and stylistic markers of each work in the collection—comes immediately after Bernhard’s sister mentions her plans to enterta […]
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    In his new book of essays, Berlin Now, Peter Schneider reveals himself as a gnarled Cold Warrior who has been stricken with many of the maladies common to his generation. With the specter of Communism exorcized, his new enemy is Islam. The book is a collection of short interlocking pieces introducing Anglophone readers to Berlin; it is not being published in […]
  • Paris by Marcos Giralt Torrente September 15, 2014
    In 1999, Marcos Giralt Torrente’s debut novel, Paris, was awarded the XVII Premio Herralde de Novela prize. Despite his success, it took fourteen years for Giralt’s work to appear in English, with the story collection The End of Love arriving in 2013. Now, this year sees the publication of two more books by Giralt: Paris, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, a […]
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  • Theories of Forgetting by Lance Olsen September 15, 2014
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  • Books I gave to Robert:
    Jung’s The Red Book (amazing!)
    The Tanners by Robert Walser
    Bolano’s The Skating Rink
    Kurt Schwitters’ Lucky Hans and Other Merz Tales
    others gave to us:
    The New York Times’ Front Pages, 1851-2009
    The Intent On by Ken Irby

  • Drew

    Gift Card which will be used directly for the new Coetzee.
    Gave Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson to a relative.

  • Matt

    My fiancee is amazing, heres my haul:
    Pornografia-Witold Gombrowicz
    Last Evenings on Earth-Roberto Bolano
    By Night In Chile-Roberto Bolano
    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo-Stieg Larsson
    The Killer Inside Me-Jim Thompson
    Butcher’s Crossing-John Williams
    Remainder-Tom McCarthy
    Pale Fire-Vladimir Nabokov
    The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll-Alvaro Mutis
    Await Your Reply-Dan Chaon
    Ice-Vladimir Sorokin
    Plus an Amazon gift certificate to pick up some more!

  • Ryan

    I got -
    The Making of Americans – Stein
    By Night in Chile – Bolano
    The Magic Mountain – Mann
    Three Novellas – Bernhard
    Collected poems of Ashbery and Plath
    them – JCO
    The Golden Bowl – James
    The Anxiety of Influence – Bloom

  • Harold Brodkey’s The Runaway Soul, Everyman editions of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Other Stories, Fergus Henderson’s (one of my favourite chefs) Nose to Tail Eating and W. G. Hoskins’s The Making of The English Landscape.

  • They gave me Vicente Luis Mora’s Tiempo and Jorge Luis Borges’ El Libro de Arena (I’m not convinced enough by the edition of his Obras Completas, and they are giving each Borges book that I don’t own and even I’ve read all more than twice, I MUST have all that books in my library). In Spain we also give lots of presents at January 6th, the Three Kings Day, so we’ll see.

  • Oh, and the book I buy was Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak, a little masterpiece that now, with the movie around there, has a beautiful edition without movie tie-ins luckily.

  • Charlotte

    I almost forgot: I also gave Robert The Salt Smugglers by Gerard de Nerval, beautifully translated by Richard Sieburth.

  • I gave two collections of poetry by Raul Zurita. I will get to pick out my Xmas gift at the Strand next week while visiting NYC.

  • Paul

    Gave: Rambaud’s History of Russia from the Earliest Times to 1877.
    Received: The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. I-IV (box set).
    Vocational Christmas Reading: Maps In Those Days: Cartographic Methods Before 1850.

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