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Classics don't stop with American or British authors—they cross all boundaries, creating wonderful books to please generations of readers.  Use our list of World Literature Classics to find a new favorite of your own and get a perspective from the places you've never been.  We'll take you across the globe—from Prince Edward Island to Scotland, India, Russia, Chile and back again!

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The Appointment

A Novel

WINNER OF THE 2009 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE From the winner of the IMPAC Award, a fierce novel about a young Romanian woman's discovery of betrayal in...

"...begins one day in the life of a young clothing-factory worker during Ceaucescu's totalitarian regime..."

By Herta Müller, Michael Hulse and Philip Boehm

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The Savage Detectives

A Novel

National Bestseller In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day...

"...National Bestseller In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day.... National Bestseller   In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes--the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself..."

By Roberto Bolaño and Natasha Wimmer

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Gate of the Sun

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year One of Kansas City Star's 100 Noteworthy Books of the Year A Boldtype Notable Book of the...

"...."--Edward Said, author of Orientalism   "Humanity and compassion are what give this rich and teeming..."

By Elias Khoury and Humphrey Davies

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Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind...

"..."An extraordinary achievement. The author gives a wonderfully vivid and impartial picture of individuals..."

Mario Vargas Llosa Mario Vargas Llosa

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A Woman in Berlin

Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice For eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian army, a young woman kept a daily record of life in...

"...A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice For eight weeks in 1945, as Berlin fell to the Russian..."

By Anonymous and Philip Boehm

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Sea of Poppies

A Novel

The first in an epic trilogy, Sea of Poppies is "a remarkably rich saga . . . which has plenty of action and adventure à la Dumas, but moments also of...

"...and around Java Head. Instead, her sails were set for the Cape of Good Hope—with the result..."

Amitav Ghosh Amitav Ghosh

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The Brothers Karamazov

A Novel in Four Parts With Epilogue

The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.

"...new again."--Donald Fanger, Washington Post Book World "It may well be that Dostoevsky's [world..."

By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

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The Golden Ass

The Transformations of Lucius

In all of literature, there are few books with the vitality of The Golden Ass. The story follows Lucius, a young man of good birth, as he disports himself in...

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A New Life

A Novel

"An overlooked masterpiece. It may still be undervalued as Malamud's funniest and most embracing novel." --Jonathan Lethem In A New Life, Bernard...

By Bernard Malamud and Jonathan Lethem

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Gigi, Julie de Carneilhan, and Chance Acquaintances

Three Short Novels

Two volumes of Colette's most beloved works, with a new Introduction by Judith Thurman. Perhaps Colette's best-known work, Gigi is the story of a young girl...

"...Two volumes of Colette's most beloved works, with a new Introduction by Judith Thurman. Perhaps Colette's best-known work, Gigi is the story of a young girl.... Two volumes of Colette's most beloved works, with a new Introduction by Judith Thurman. Perhaps Colette's best-known work, Gigi is the story of a young girl being raised in a household more concerned with success and money than with the desires of the heart. But Gigi is uninterested in the dishonest society life she observes all arou..."

By Colette, Judith Thurman, Roger Senhouse and Patrick Leigh Fermor

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Hunger

A Novel

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Originally published in 1890, this classic of modern literature follows an impoverished Norwegian writer through...

By Knut Hamsun, Paul Auster and Robert Bly

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The Savage Detectives

A Novel

New Year’s Eve, 1975: Arturo Belano and Ulises Lima, founders of the visceral realist movement in poetry, leave Mexico City in a borrowed white Impala. Their...

"...; their father, an architect interned in a Mexico City asylum; a sensitive young follower of Octavio Paz; a foul..."

By Roberto Bolaño and Natasha Wimmer

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The Night Trilogy

Night, Dawn, Day

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in...

"...with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1961), a young man who has survived the Second World War and settled in Palestine is apprenticed..."

Elie Wiesel Elie Wiesel

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Night

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of...

"...truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never..."

By Marion Wiesel and Elie Wiesel

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Dawn

A Novel

“The author…has built knowledge into artistic fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review  Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli...

"...“The author…has built knowledge into artistic fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli.... “The author…has built knowledge into artistic fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow free..."

By Elie Wiesel and Frances Frenaye

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Day

A Novel

"Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man." --The New York Times Book Review The publication of Day restores Elie Wiesel’s...

"...and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author’s classic trilogy of Holocaust literature..."

By Elie Wiesel and Anne Borchardt

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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

And Other Stories

"You’re not responsible for your ancestry, are you . . . But if that’s so, why have marched under banned slogans, got yourself beaten up by the police,...

"...that is the hallmark of her writing. In the title story a middle-aged academic who had been an anti..."

Nadine Gordimer Nadine Gordimer

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Living in Hope and History

Notes from Our Century

Internationally celebrated for her novels, Nadine Gordimer has devoted much of her life and fiction to the political struggles of the Third World, the New...

"...Internationally celebrated for her novels, Nadine Gordimer has devoted much of her life and fiction to the political struggles of the Third World, the New.... Internationally celebrated for her..."

Nadine Gordimer Nadine Gordimer

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Telling Tales

Rarely have world writers of such variety and distinction appeared together in the same anthology. Their stories capture the range of emotions and situations...

"...Rarely have world writers of such variety and distinction appeared together in the same anthology. Their stories capture the range of emotions and situations.... Rarely have world writers of such variety and distinction appeared together in the same anthology. Their stories capture the range of emotions and situations of our human universe: tragedy, comedy, fantasy, satire, dramas of sexual love..."

Nadine Gordimer Nadine Gordimer

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Get a Life

A Novel

Paul Bannerman, an ecologist in South Africa, believes he understands the trajectory of his life, with the usual markers of vocation and marriage. But when...

"..., "what Authority gives / existence its surprise." In the garden of his childhood home, where his..."

Nadine Gordimer Nadine Gordimer

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Loot

And Other Stories

Masterly new fiction from the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature A startling new work: ten fictions, each a revelation of our interior lives, each...

"...of their work around the world and accepted their own physical characteristic like that between..."

Nadine Gordimer Nadine Gordimer

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Cancer Ward

A Novel

Cancer Ward examines the relationship of a group of people in the cancer ward of a provincial Soviet hospital in 1955, two years after Stalin's death. We see...

"...of illness. Together they represent a remarkable cross-section of contemporary Russian characters and attitudes. The experiences of the central character, Oleg Kostoglotov, closely reflect the author's..."

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nicholas Bethell and David F. Burg

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

A Novel

The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan...

"...The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan.... The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan..."

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and H. T. Willetts

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Collected Poems, 1948-1984

This remarkable collection, which won the 1986 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, includes most of the poems from each of Derek Walcott's seven prior...

"...the beauty, wisdom, directness, and narrative force of our classic myths and fairy tales..."

Derek Walcott Derek Walcott

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