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By Oliver Ready (trans.) - By Vladimir Sharov -
Written in the early 1980s, and now translated into English for the first time, Vladimir Sharov’s The Rehearsals is considered a modern ...Read Review
By Judith Landry (trans.) - By Margherita Giacobino -
This is the story of a matriarchal Italian family (or arguably two such families that merge into one), from the late 19th century ...Read Review
By Robert Irwin -
Published 2016Published 2017
Acclaimed by A. S. Byatt as one of the UK’s greatest living novelists, Robert Irwin has produced his first novel in seventeen ...Read Review
By Jorge de Sena - By Margaret Jull Costa (trans.) -
A Portuguese poet and novelist, de Sena chose exile in Brazil, then California, rather than live under the Salazar dictatorship. To make a ...Read Review
By Jens Peter Jacobsen - By Mikka Haugaard (trans.) -
Marie Grubbe is a new English translation of a novel written in 1876. It is loosely based on the true story of a Danish ...Read Review
By Aneesa Abbas Higgins (trans.) - By Francois Garde -
Narcisse Pelletier, an 18-year-old French sailor, returns from searching for water to find his ship gone. He is alone on the coast of ...Read Review
By Geoff Smith -
In 666 A.D., Athwold, a young monk who has found himself at personal and doctrinal loggerheads with his abbot, leaves his monastery to ...Read Review
By Sylvie Germain -
Originally published in France in 1985, this novel maps the lives of the “freshwater” Peniel family over a hundred years and appears to focus ...Read Review
By Andrew Crumey -
Conceived of by a prince, Rheinnstadt will be a great city, both architecturally impressive and culturally diverse; every detail will be mapped and ...Read Review
By David Madsen -
Published (c1995)Published 2013
This is one of a series of books that Dedalus are reissuing in a “Hall of Fame” series to mark their 30th anniversary. ...Read Review
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