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Woman of the Ashes

Alternating between Imani, whose voice is replete with long-held wisdom, and the letters of the bookish and poetic Sergeant de Melo to his commanding officer, Couto achieves a powerful narrative. [See Prepub Alert, 10/16/17.]

Like a Fading Shadow

The author feels that the novel is somehow consecrated by the facts of history, and those readers who feel the same as he does will revel in this work. Others may complain of too many individual trees and not enough forest. [See Prepub Alert, 2/6/17.]

The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition

Pessoa may have been a reclusive bookkeeper who lived most of his life in a single room, but in this work, he offers contemplative readers a veritable "thought banquet."

The Illustrious House of Ramires

Recommended for fans of 19th-century naturalism and realism and tales of aristocratic decadence. An afterword from the translator orients American readers to de Queirós's life and times, providing useful context.

Chronicle of the Murdered House

Recommended for lovers of gothic, gay gothic, and Brazilian fiction generally.

General Escobar's War

Especially appealing to those interested in Spanish literature and history but accessible to all readers.

Gesell Dome

This panoramic catalog of entertaining antisocial behavior, much of which the translator admits, in her excellent introduction, is over the top, is tempered and redeemed by its humor and compassion. An absorbing narrative for sophisticated readers.

War, So Much War

Rodoreda's clear, clean prose, rendered so capably into English by Relaño and Tennent, creates a mood of desperation that will engage the contemplative reader more than the casual one.


All these memory gaps, preposterous reports, and conflicting interpretations of the same event compel the reflective reader to ponder the mind-boggling array of gradations between what is real and what is not. Sophisticated readers will love.

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