Paper Kissesby Reinhard Kaiser
translated by Anthea Bell
Paper Kisses tells the remarkable story of a love affair in the shadow of the Holocaust, as reconstructed from love letters bought by the author accidentally at a stamp auction.
"[Kaiser's] gem of a story provides readers with a fresh, intimate angle from which to view the devastating effects of Hitler's war on the world."
"The story is compelling, and the experience is similar to reading Anne Frank's Diary."
—School Library Journal
"Extraordinary and haunting. . . .[Kaiser] offers just the right amount of background information about the characters to add authenticity, and suspense to the narrative, while leaving us with enough space to read between the lines."
Conjugal Loveby Alberto Moravia
translated by Marina Harss
When Silvio, a rich Italian dilettante, and his beautiful wife agree to move to the country and forgo sex so that he will have the energy to write a successful novel, something is bound to go wrong: Silvio’s literary ambitions are far too big for his second-rate talent, and his wife Leda is a passionate woman. This dangerously combustible situation is set off when Leda accuses Antonio, the local barber who comes every morning to shave Silvio, of trying to molest her. Silvio obstinately refuses to dismiss him, and the quarrel and its shattering consequences put the couple’s love to the test.
“Moravia, in this Contempt-like setup, achieves a sly, convincing portrait in the voice of Silvio, whose love for Leda emasculates him, yet fuels his work.”
“[Moravia was] Italy’s best known and most widely respected contemporary writer.”
—The Washington Post
Out of My Headby Didier van Cauwelaert
translated by Mark Polizzotti
Dispossessed of his job, his family, his name, and his very past, Martin Harris is an Everyman caught in an absurd and yet disturbingly convincing nightmare. Part moral fable, part Robert Ludlum-style thriller, Out of My Head is a fast-paced tale of one man’s desperate attempt to reclaim his existence—even at the cost of his own life.
“Had Camus trained at the CIA, this is the book he would have written. A hauntingly literary espionage thriller.” —Brad Thor, author of State of the Union
“[Out of My Head is] van Cauwelaert’s convincing little nightmare, a Twilight Zone-ish yarn that tests poor Martin as well as the very notion of how human identity is shaped.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Simply thrilling. Its surprising denouement works a retrospective magic.” —The New York Times Book Review
Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran and Oscar and the Lady in Pinkby Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
translated by Marjolijn de Jager
In the 1960s, in Paris' Jewish Quarter, a troubled Jewish boy strikes up an unlikely friendship with a solitary Muslim shopkeeper. As the plot of Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran unfolds, it reveals how we learn the most essential lessons of life and death when we expect them the least.
A tale of love and courage, Oscar and the Lady in Pink tells the story of a boy with leukemia who knows his bone marrow transplant has failed and finds that there is only one person who will speak to him about dying, a beloved elderly volunteer who visits sick children.
“A small jewel! A book that will reconcile you with life itself if that’s what’s needed. . . . with humor, poetry, and depth.”