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She won’t wash just anyone’s dirty linen. When Magda hires Emerence as a housekeeper she is put on notice. Emerence is of peasant stock—immaculate, tireless, strong as an ox. Magda is a writer married to an academic and dedicated to the life of the mind. The fierce loyalty that grows between them is matched only by their deep incompatibility. You have never met a character like Emerence in your life, and I promise you’ll never forget her.

The Door (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

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A chance early morning encounter, rekindles painful memories for two friends who have since grown apart. Petterson’s language is poetic, unpretentious and precise. He delivers the deep longings the complexity and also the essential loneliness of his characters against a sparse Norwegian landscape. If you liked Out Stealing Horses, you will love I Refuse. And if you haven’t read Out Stealing Horses—what are you waiting for? Get them both!

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By Per Petterson, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781555977405
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 17th, 2016

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The Soviets destroyed Shostakovitch’s soul, not by arresting or killing him, but by allowing him to live and forcing him to support their regime. Although you won’t get a sense of Shostakovitch’s music from reading this slender novel, Julian Barnes’ exhaustively researched and distilled narrative is a remarkable portrait of his moral compromise. I was plunged right into the troubled times, and thoroughly enjoyed the cameo appearances of Akhmatova, Prokofiev and other cultural figures of the day.

The Noise of Time: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101947241
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Published: Knopf - May 10th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781101971185
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2017

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