New Directions


By Jenny Erpenbeck - Published 2010



The central character of Visitation is a house on the forested bank of a Brandenburg Lake. The story stretches throughout the 20th century ...Read Review

Fireflies in the Mist

By Qurratulain Hyder - Published 2010



Author Qurratulain Hyder, who died in 2007, is, according to the cover, the “grande dame of Urdu literature.” Her story begins with a group ...Read Review

Monsieur Pain

By Roberto Bolaño - Published 2010



This novella (trans. Chris Andrews), set in 1938 Paris, was one of the early works of the Chilean Roberto Bolaño, whose 2666 has won ...Read Review

Curriculum Vitae

By Peter Cole (trans.) - By Yoel Hoffman - Published 2009


Biographical FictionLiteraryShort Stories

Part fiction, part memoir, Hoffmann’s novel could mean many things to readers, or it could mean nothing. Written as a series of 100 ...Read Review

In the American Grain

By William Carlos Williams - Published 1925 (copyright)Published 2009



This is not a book you chew and swallow in a single day. Dubbed a literary classic and authored by a famous American ...Read Review

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter

By Cesar Aira (trans. Chris Andrews) - Published 2006


Biographical FictionLiterary

This entertaining novella reads like a short story, in that it focuses on one incident and how that incident affects the story’s ...Read Review

Massacre River

By René Philoctète (trans. by Linda Coverdale) - Published 2005



The 1937 program of ethnic cleansing of Haitians ordered by the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo gets little mention in the history of genocides. Nonetheless, ...Read Review

The Adventure of Mao on the Long March

By Frederic Tuten - Published 2005



Is this a novel? Does it capture for the reader more about Mao’s Long March—or about the literary scene in the ...Read Review

Borges and the Eternal Orangutans

By Luis Fernando Verissimo - Published 2005



In Borges and the Eternal Orangutans, the theme is that there is no such thing as a coincidence. The narrator—a meek translator ...Read Review

Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl

By Gert Hoffman - Published 2004


Biographical FictionRomance

Translated from the German by the late author’s son, this fictional biography depicts an episode in the life of 18th century scholar ...Read Review