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Although often compared to Gulliver’s Travels, the tale’s playful illogic aligns Akutagawa’s style with the more obscure fabulism of Gogol. A peculiar and plangent farewell from a seminal figure of Japanese modernism.


Ice-pick precise and gorgeously written, if sometimes freighted too heavily with narrative, this expertly translated work offers insight into the personal and the political for astute readers.

The Caterpillar Dogs: And Other Early Stories

A pithy, easy-to-read collection, with an excellent introduction, especially for devotees of the author.


A bildungsroman like no other, this fecund, funky brew evokes a memorable era of possibility and perplexity, while sounding the obscure depths of love, sacrifice, and selfhood.

Macunaíma: The Hero with No Character

It’s been said that Macunaíma put the magic in magical realism. Whatever its progeny may be, Andrade’s weird and wondrous tour de force is that rarity: a truly original masterpiece, and one deserving a place in any library of world literature.


Aira creates a verisimilar scenario despite its unlikelihood that’s not quite as rambling as his other works. Readers familiar with his style will feel at home with the philosophical digressions that form the nucleus of the text, but the ending nevertheless disappoints.

The Life Before Us

Tackling matters of life and death with disarming and often hilarious irreverence, Gary’s novel is a joy to read, even when it makes you cry.

Scattered All Over the Earth

As the smart, ever-inventive Tawada reveals, borders and languages may change, but the need to connect endures.

The Bloater

Long a cult rarity owing to Tonks’s subsequent religious conversion and renunciation of her writing, the revival of this beguiling 1967 novel restores a truly original voice to the shelves; a must.

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