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In troubling times, the drive to escape everything for finer pursuits and the drive to immerse yourself fully in the muck can hit you simultaneously and with equal fervor. For that reason, it’s always welcome to find a book that’s perfect for scratching both itches, and Pereira Maintains is one of those books. Pereira is the culture editor at a Portuguese newspaper who is just beginning to understand the dark direction his country is taking, but in the meantime he fills out his days with the best spas and the best literature. There’s a playful spirit to Tabucchi’s perfectly streamlined writing, right down to the repeated use of the title on each page, and that energy might just be a necessary ballast in stormy weather.

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By Antonio Tabucchi, Patrick Creagh (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811226172
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 28th, 2017

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Nathaniel Mackey might be best known as a poet—he’s won the National Book Award and received a Library of Congress lifetime achievement honor—but his most idiosyncratic work is an ongoing fiction series tracing the development of a California space-jazz group. This latest volume—a perfect introduction—is a beautiful thing, from its intricate epistolary structure to Mackey’s overwhelming language, which takes you deep inside the sounds of the instruments and the minds that make them sing. Tracking the group in microscopic, romantic, even surreal detail—from gig to gig, from idea to idea—gives you a novel unafraid to ask big questions of how artists relate to their art once it enters the audience’s lives.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780811226608
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 28th, 2017

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Moving the Palace is a small book with a vast canvas, a quixotic quest tale set within the rapidly changing Middle East of one hundred years ago. You follow Samuel, a Lebanese wanderer, across the deserts of Northern Africa and back home again, passing through the rumblings of pan-Arab consciousness and the ugly tentacles of World War I. There’s certainly danger, but Majdalani spends more time with the oases of friendship Samuel finds in unlikely places, from an antiques dealer trying to sell off a whole palace (hence the title) to a French archeologist with knowledge of hidden treasure. It’s a book for dreaming, for searching the horizon while out in the sand and sun.

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By Charif Majdalani, Edward Gauvin (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781939931467
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Published: New Vessel Press - April 18th, 2017

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