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Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov were great friends, whose mutual delight in Russian and English prosody seemed to know no bounds. Then Nabokov translated Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin and they became arch enemies. The vitriol! The ego! The linguistic barbs! It would all be insufferable if it wasn’t so terribly funny. Alex Beam’s scholarship and knowledge of Russian is superbly complemented here by his delicate touch, making this the best kind of guilty pleasure for serious readers.

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ISBN: 9781101870228
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pantheon - December 6th, 2016

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After Vince’s death, his wife and daughter struggle to support each other in this heartbreaking novel by Magda Szabo. When Iza, a well-established physician, moves her mother Ettie from her dilapidated village home into a Budapest apartment, she inadvertently strips her mother’s life of context and meaning. Ettie in turn attempts to pamper Iza in the old maternal ways, but only ends up irritating her. This novel has all the psychological complexity of Szabo’s award-winner, The Door.

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By Magda Szabo, George Szirtes (Introduction by), George Szirtes (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681370347
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 18th, 2016

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After the death of his wife, Bin Okuma returns to British Columbia where he spent his childhood in a World War II internment camp. Frances Itani captures the rage and heartache of Japanese Canadians during this period, as well as the unspoken feelings that continue to flow beneath the surface. Why is Itani, an award winner writer in her native Canada, not more widely read? Perhaps because the strength of this novel lies in its quiet dignity.

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ISBN: 9780802121233
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Published: Grove Press - August 6th, 2013