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The Story of a Widow is a beautifully observant novel that pays careful attention to the delicate movements of the heart in romantic and family life. But it is equally concerned with the mores of a society whose conventions constrain men and, particularly, women. Gently humorous, profoundly perceptive, and exceedingly clever in its cultural critique, The Story of a Widow is Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s modern answer to the Victorian novel.
“This is a gem of a book and the author is a real find. At last the subcontinent can rejoice in having acquired its own avatar of the iconic Jane Austen....Here is the same keen observation of social mores, the sympathy for human foibles, the rapier-like wit that makes one laugh aloud and the simple, elegant prose in which it is all expressed.”
Set mainly in Uzbekistan between 1900 and 1980, The Railway introduces to us the inhabitants of the small town of Gilas on the ancient Silk Route. At the heart of both the town and the novel stands the railway station—a source of income and influence, and a connection to the greater world beyond the town. Rich and picaresque, The Railway is full of color. Sophisticated yet with a naive delight in storytelling, it chronicles the dramatic changes felt throughout Central Asia in the early twentieth century.
"A poet's novel, full of memorable descriptive passages and heart-wrenching asides."
International crime fiction master Paco Ignacio Taibo II brings us an intricate political thriller filled with spies, hit men, terrorists, drug dealers, and characters at the fringes of the history of the Americas. With the scope of DeLillo's Libra, the procedural intrigue of All the President's Men, the hard-bitten paranoid realism of The Manchurian Candidate and the slapstick of Laurel and Hardy, Taibo’s riveting story is one of the persistence of hope in the face of overwhelming power.
"Like Bach (or Houdini), the pleasure Taibo offers us consists in watching him set himself a problem of astonishing complexity and then solve it.”
—New York Newsday
The story of the Jodorowskys’ emigration to Chile from the Ukraine, Where the Bird Sings Best explores family legends, the turmoil of history, Jewish philosophy, political violence, mysticism, passion, lust, loss, and the joyful absurdity of everyday life. A sui generis epic, Jodorowsky’s novel expands the classic immigration story to mythic proportions.
“This epic family saga, reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Cien anos de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) in structure and breadth, reads at a breakneck pace. Though ostensibly a novelization of the author's own family history, it is a raucous carnival of the surreal, mystical, and grotesque.”
After the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947, a legendary wrestler and an aging courtesan face the catastrophe of history. Shortlisted for The Man Asian Literary Prize.
"The most poignant, subtle, moving novel I have read in the past few years from this, or any, region.”
The first novel to appear in English from a contemporary Polish science fiction master, Nest of Worlds is a riveting and mind-bending tour through the nature of narrative, reality, love, and the darkest aspects of human nature.
"A masterwork not of science fiction, but of Polish fiction."
The revolutionary work from Iran's leading intellectual and firebrand—now in English for the first time. The Israeli Republic should be required reading for Israelis, Iranians, and anyone interested in the ongoing conflict between them.
"My intellectual hero."
—Reza Aslan, author of Zealot and No god but God
Born from a Siberian woman and an African athlete who came to compete in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Mbobo navigates the complexities of being a fatherless, mixed-raced boy in the shaky terrain of the Soviet Union in the years before its collapse.
"One of the best Russian novels of the 21st century.”