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Three Novels

by Samuel Beckett

“More powerful and important than Godot. . . . Mr. Beckett seeks to empty the novel of its usual recognizable objects—plot, situation, characters—and yet keep the reader interested and moved. Beckett is one of the most positive writers alive. Behind all his mournful blasphemies against man there is real love….

Blood from a Stone

by Donna Leon

“Few detective writers create so vivid, inclusive and convincing a narrative as Donna Leon, the expatriate American with the Venetian heart.” —Paul Skenazy, Washington Post…

Had a Good Time

by Robert Olen Butler

“All of these stories are told in the first person, but Butler rarely settles for impressing us with his range of vocal effects. He favors strong plots and strong twists. . . . The author more than satisfies us with the book’s tonal variety and unexpected linkages.” —Thomas Mallon, Washington…

Howard Hawks

by Todd McCarthy

“Spectacular . . . McCarthy’s thick, rich biography . . . chronicles in vivid detail how perhaps the last great popular artist in the movies worked.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review…

Leisureville

by Andrew D. Blechman

“Engaging . . . [Blechman] confronts the troubling trend toward isolation and escapism.” —Publishers Weekly…

St. Petersburg

by Andrey Biely

“There is nothing like a ticking time bomb to supply fictional suspense, and perhaps no other writer has ever used the device more successfully than Andrey Biely in St. Petersburg . . . Author Biely is a crafty storyteller who can keep a reader flipping the pages while whipping up…

Surreal Lives

by Ruth Brandon

“Surrealism is now associated more with whimsy than with the lacerating and uncanny effects first sought by the French poets who first formulated its principles . . . [Surreal Lives is] a lively and absorbing complement to their work.” –The New Yorker…

Let’s Put the Future Behind Us

by Jack Womack

“Remarkable . . . Mr. Womack has enmeshed his character in a Moscow landscape as absurd and scary as the phantasmagoric Moscow in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita. . . . I urge you not to miss this often hilarious but ultimately horrific novel.” –The New York Observer…

A Primitive Heart

by David Rabe

“As the characters play hide-and-seek with themselves, we’re forced to come out of hiding to shift our own positions and philosophy. Rabe has a way of implicating the reader–of creating a near-claustrophobic bond with his restless characters, writing so convincingly that the subtext becomes almost palpable, accruing darkly, like a…