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1 A Second Treasury of Kahlil Gibran Gibran, Kahlil
Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover 1962 Citadel Press. NO DUSTJACKET. Light age-tanning to pages. Spine wiggles but is still holding. Text clean and unmarked. Good reading / research copy. 357 pages. Language: English (translated from the Arabic by Anthony R. Ferris). Red cloth-covered boards with faded gold titles and floral decoration on spine. 4 sections: The Broken Wings; The Voice of the Master; Thoughts and Meditations; and A Self-Portrait. Includes poems, letters, essays, prose. No ISBN. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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All the Names, Saramago, Jose; Costa, Margaret Jull (translator)
2 All the Names Saramago, Jose; Costa, Margaret Jull (translator)
New. 
Paperback. Brand-new softcover 4th printing 2001 Harvest / Harcourt. Superclean; no marks or creases; pages bright; binding tight; never read. Gift-giving condition. 245pp. Includes Reading Group Guide. Language: English (translated from the Portuguese). 'The deceptive simplicity of Nobel Prize-winner Saramago's prose, and the ironic comments that he intersperses within this story of an obsessional quest, initially have a disarming effect; one expects that this low-key exploration of a quiet man's eccentric descent into a metaphysical labyrinth will be an extremely intelligent but unexciting read. Unexciting: wrong. Within the first few pages, Saramago establishes a tension that sings on the page, rises, produces stunning revelations and culminates when the final paragraph twists expectations once again.'--Publishers Weekly, 2000. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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3 COMMEMORATIONS Herlin, Hans
Very Good. 
Hardcover. London: The Companion Book Club, 1976, hardcover, no dustjacket, 252pp. Language: English (translated from the German by Eric Mosbacher). Very Good condition: very clean except for spot inside front cover. Dark-green paper- covered boards with gilt-embossed spine and covers. Powerful and deeply moving novel has contemporary Germany for its setting. The story unfolds within the framework of a manhunt for a former SS chief. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Crazy, Lebert, Benjamin
4 Crazy Lebert, Benjamin
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st American edition hardcover with dustjacket 2000 Knopf. Handsome letterpress-printed blank bookplate covers library sale inkstamp on 1st blank page. Otherwise very clean; no marks to text; pages bright; binding tight; only light wear to jacket. 178 pages. Language: English (translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway). 'Holden Caulfield at a German boarding school? Not quite, but in this debut novel six teenagers confront issues of spirituality, sexuality, bereavement, family discord, and all the other ills that the flesh is heir to. Crazy was a best seller in Germany, and Lebert was 16 at its first publication, which no doubt contributed to the book's popularity. Yet Crazy isn't only a literary phenomenon; it is a tart and moving book. The boys are supportive of one another in ways one would not expect, and their search for the meaning of life--the meaning of Hemingway, any sort of meaning--is vividly and cinematically portrayed....'--Judith Kicinski, Library Journal, 2000. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Divertimento 1889, Morselli, Guido; Shankland, Hugh (translator)
5 Divertimento 1889 Morselli, Guido; Shankland, Hugh (translator)
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 1986 Dutton. REMAINDER MARKS at side page edge, top edge. Very clean text; average wear to jacket. 145pp. Language: English (translated from the Italian). Introduction by Hugh Shankland. Written in the early 1970s. '[A]n ingenious and somewhat archaic fable set at the end of the 19th century, with the Italian king Umberto the First of Savoy as its central character. Enticed over the Gotthard pass into Switzerland by what he perceives as an opportunity to turn a quick profit, Umberto sells off a property of his in Monferrato to an eccentric German lady. He sets off incognito with a faithful entourage for the Canton of Uri, and thus begins a light-hearted Belle -poque adventure whose farcical verve parades its origins in the French comic playwrights of the 19th century and whose champagne-like music imbues the whole narrative with melodic rhythms.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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KAVAFY: The One String-Lyre Player; RUBAIYAT, Melissinos, Stavros
6 KAVAFY: The One String-Lyre Player; RUBAIYAT Melissinos, Stavros
Good. 
Paperback. Athens, Greece: Published by author, 1979, 1st edition thus, softcover with pictorial card-stock wraps, 126pp. Language: English. No ISBN. Comprises 2 works: 'Kavafy: The One String-Lyre Player,' excerpts on the poety of K.P. Kavafy from author's diary; and 'Rubaiyat,' 4th edition, poems, with Introductions by F. Ragovin and Nicholas Bassett. At end of book is a reprint of article about author from The Calgary (Canada) Herald by Jason Schoonover. Book is in Good-plus condition: very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Cover corners are lightly bent and creased. Average wear. Laid in is a 6-page promotional flyer for the author. It reprints the same Calgary Herald article included in the book (with photo of author), includes quotations about author from other publications, and provides a synopsis of 'Ulysses Helmet.' Stavros Melissinos is described as 'the poet-sandalmaker of Athens,' a respected poet as well as maker of sandals with a shop in the Athens flea market. His clientele included many celebrities, and he is described as 'sandal supplier to the Beatles'. Keywords: C. P. Cavafy, Greek, 20th, twentieth, century, poet, poems, poetry, verse, self-published, tourist. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Mahomet, Mahmed, Mamish: A Novel, Gusseinov, Chinghiz
7 Mahomet, Mahmed, Mamish: A Novel Gusseinov, Chinghiz
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover w/ dustjacket 1978 Macmillan. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Only light wear. Language: English (translated from the Russian). Azerbaijan family saga. 222pp. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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One Day of Life, Argueta, Manlio
8 One Day of Life Argueta, Manlio
0394722167 / 9780394722160 Acceptable. 
Paperback. Softcover 1st U.S. edition 1980 Aventura/Vintage. UNDERLINING on several pages. Light dampstain and water-buckling at bottom edge; pen mark on back. 215 pages. Good reading/research copy only. Language: English (translated from the Spanish by Bill Brow). 'Awesome for the authenticity of its vernacular style and the incandescence of its lyricism, One Day of Life depicts a typical day in the life of a peasant family caught up in the terror and corruption of civil war in El Salvador.'--from the publisher. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Order of the Day: An Unidentified Flying Opus, Souza, Marcio
9 Order of the Day: An Unidentified Flying Opus Souza, Marcio
Good. 
Paperback. Mass-market paperback 1986 Bard. Clean; unmarked; spine uncreased. AGE-DISCOLORATION to pages; back corner creased. 223 pages. Language: English (translated from Portuguese). 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Santa Evita, Martinez, Tomas Eloy; Lane, Helen (transl.)
10 Santa Evita Martinez, Tomas Eloy; Lane, Helen (transl.)
Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st U.S. edition hardcover with dustjacket 1996 Knopf. Nice new bookplate covers old inkstamps on 1st blank page. Very clean; pages bright; binding tight; price intact. Small flap crease. 371 pages. Language: English. From the publisher: From one of Latin America's finest writers comes a mesmerizing novel about the legendary Eva Peron. Bigger than fiction, Eva Peron was the poor-trash girl who reinvented herself as a beauty, snared Argentina's dictator, reigned as uncrowned queen of the masses, and was struck down by cancer. When her desperate but foxy husband brings Europe's leading embalmer to Eva's deathbed to make her immortal, the fantastical comedy begins. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Abbe Constantin, Halevy, Ludovic; Lemaire, Madeleine (illustrator)
11 The Abbe Constantin Halevy, Ludovic; Lemaire, Madeleine (illustrator)
Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover 1895 Dodd, Mead. NO DUSTJACKET. Cover edges and corners are worn and fraying. Spine and page edges browned with age. 'Bertha Groesbeck 1895' written on 1st blank page. Text clean and unmarked. Pages are reasonably bright; binding tight. Good reading copy. 202 pages; lovely black-and-white illustrations. Light-green cloth-covered boards with decorative embossing on front. Small book: 6 x 4.5 inches. Language: English (translated from the French, originally published 1882). Keywords: Academie Francaise, Academy, literature, novel, France. No ISBN. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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12 The Abyssinian: A Novel Rufin, Jean-Christophe
Good. 
Hardcover. 1st U.S. edition HARDCOVER with dustjacket 1999. Very clean; bright; tight. LIBRARY BOOKSALE INKSTAMP on last blank page. Light wear. 422pp. Language: English. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Adventures of Maqroll: Four Novellas, Mutis, Alvaro; Grossman, Edith (translator)
13 The Adventures of Maqroll: Four Novellas Mutis, Alvaro; Grossman, Edith (translator)
0060170042 / 9780060170042 Very Good. 
Hardcover. Stated 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1995 HarperCollins. REMAINDER MARK at bottom page edge. Superclean; pages bright; binding tight; never read. 369 pages. Includes Amirbar; The Tramp Steamer's Last Port of Call; Abdul Bashur, Dreamer of Ships; and Triptych on Sea and Land. 'Mutis is one of the greatest writers of our time.' --Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Language: English, translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman. Keywords: Maqroll the Gaviero, Colombian writer, magical realism, adventure fiction, maritime, adventurer, travel, contemporary, world literature. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Fifth Corner of the Room, Metter, Israel
14 The Fifth Corner of the Room Metter, Israel
1860460380 / 9781860460388 Good. 
Paperback. Softcover published 1995 by the Harvill Press, London. Noticeable average wear: small scratches to cover; creased spine and corners. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Good reading/research copy. 182 pages. Language: English (translated from the Russian by Michael Duncan). 'Anyone interested in the mind of the silent majority during the Stalin era will find this a deeply humane and rewarding novel.' -- Orlando Figes, The Times, quoted on back cover. Keywords: world literature, Soviet, Russia, USSR, 20th century. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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The House of Childhood, Kaschnitz, Marie Luise
15 The House of Childhood Kaschnitz, Marie Luise
080322723X / 9780803227231 Good. 
Hardcover. 1st edition hardcover with dustjacket 1990 University of Nebraska Press. Average wear to jacket; small rip / crumple on back bottom edge has been reinforced with archival tape. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. 101 pages. Afterword by Hal H. Rennert. Language: English (translated from the German by Anni Whissen). The European Women Writers Series. First published 1956 as 'Das Haus der Kindheit'. Novel noted for the author's inventive stylistic approach to autobiography and childhood psychological development. Keywords: fiction, Germany, psychotherapy, dream, literary, literature, puppet, museum, women authors, 20th century. ***** A featured Book of the Day on our Blog
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Juggler, Rachilde; Alaux, Gustav (illustrator)
16 The Juggler Rachilde; Alaux, Gustav (illustrator)
Very Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1990 Rutgers University Press. Light crease to front cover corner. Very clean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight; spine uncreased. 215 pages; black-and-white woodcut illustrations. Language: English (translated from the French and with an Introduction and Notes by Melanie C. Hawthorne). Keywords: La Jongleuse, Marguerite Eymery Vallette, pseudonym, France, literature, fiction, novel, novelist, Decadence, decadent, banned book, women's studies, sexual politics, gender. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Mother of Dreams and Other Short Stories: Portrayals of Women in Modern Japanese Fiction, Ueda, Makoto (editor); Bester, John (translator)
17 The Mother of Dreams and Other Short Stories: Portrayals of Women in Modern Japanese Fiction Ueda, Makoto (editor); Bester, John (translator)
Good. 
Paperback. Softcover 1993 Kodansha International. Clean, unmarked, uncreased. Light corner wear. From the publisher: 'Anthology of modern Japanese fiction portraying Japanese women, arranged according to 5 categories: maiden, mistress, wife, mother, and working woman.' Language: English (translated from the Japanese). Writers include Kawabata Yasunari, Mori Yoko, Nagai Kafu, Kaiko Takeshi, Enchi Fumiko, Setouchi Harumi. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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18 The Taste of a Man Drakulic, Slavenka; Zoric, Christina
Good. 
Paperback. Clean and unmarked. Noticeable average wear. Language: English. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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19 THE TEN PRINCES Dandin; Ryder, Arthur W. (transl.)
Acceptable. 
Paperback. Chicago: University of Chicago Press / Phoenix Books, 1960, softcover, 3rd printing, 240pp, Index of Proper Names with pronunciation. Good-minus condition: pages are clean and unmarked but lightly age- discolored. Spine is heavily creased. Noticeable wear to covers: rubbed edges; flared and creased corners. Dandin's Dasha-Kumara-Charita, a classical tale of love and adventure set in seventh-century India. Language: English (translated from the Sanskrit). 
Price: 7.00 USD
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The Woman and the Ape, Hoeg, Peter; Haveland, Barbara
20 The Woman and the Ape Hoeg, Peter; Haveland, Barbara
Very Good. 
Hardcover. Hardcover with dustjacket 1997 Farrar Straus and Giroux. Superclean; no marks; pages bright; binding tight. Almost like new--only light wear to jacket edges. 261 pages. Language: English (translated by Barbara Haveland). 'From Smilla's Sense of Snow to Borderliners to A History of Danish Dreams, Danish novelist Hoeg has maintained a sharp sense of social critique that, refreshingly, is not wittily dismisive but earnest without being heavy-handed. And what better way to show up human heartlessness and pretension, particularly of the ruling classes, than in our treatment of animals? In this swift-paced, lacerating new work, an ape brought illegally to England ends up at the home of Madelene, a Danish woman married to Adam Burden, director of the Institute of Animal Behavioral Research. Madelene is young, fresh, and deeply alcoholic, but through the glassy haze that Hoeg describes so effectively--from the inside out, not simply for dramatic effect but almost as an aesthetic experience, like being in a crystal cage--she can tell the ape is in danger. Madelene sets out to rescue the ape from her coldly calculating husband and his even more frigid sister and, in the process, rescues herself. That is the only predictable aspect of this thought-provoking work, which is too fresh in its writing and its perceptions to fall into the sentimentality one might expect. An air of freedom surrounds Madelene's eventual abduction by the ape, and though their sexual involvment may seem over the top to some readers, you can't help but be carried along by Hoeg's convictions. Don't think King Kong; this is much subtler. Highly recommended.'--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal, 1996. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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