translated by George Szirtes
As graduation approaches at a provincial Hungarian boys' academy in the summer of 1918, the senior class finds itself in a ghost town. In the final weeks of the academic year, four of these young men are drawn tightly together, sensing in one another a mutual alienation from their bleak, death-mapped future on the battlefield. Soon they are acting out their frustrations and fears in a series of strange subversive games and petty thefts. But when they attract the attention an actor with a traveling theater company—their games, and their lives, begin to move in a direction they could not have predicted and cannot control.
translated by Rebecca Copeland
In her riveting new novel Grotesque, Natsuo Kirino, author of the Edgar Award-nominated Out, once again depicts a barely known Japan. This is the story of three Japanese women and the interconnectedness of beauty and cruelty, sex and violence, ugliness and ambition in their lives. Shedding light on the most hidden precincts of Japanese society today, Grotesque is both a psychological investigation into the female psyche and a classic work of noir fiction.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren is back in Håkan Nesser’s The Return and not a moment too soon! After a young girl discovers a decomposing, mutilated body Van Veeteren must piece together a mystery that involves an ex-convict who may have actually been innocent for the two deaths for which he has served twenty-four years in jail, a crippled woman and a nun who hides a secret. With the support of his associates, Van Veeteren ultimately faces the prospect of taking the law into his own hands in face of a flawed justice system. The result is a gripping, heart-stopping tale.
Words Without Borders
Featuring the work of more than 28 writers from upwards of 20 countries, Words Without Borders: The World through the Eyes of Writers transports us to the frontiers of the new literature for the twenty-first century. Some of the most accomplished writers in world literature—among them Edwidge Danticat, Ha Jin, Cynthia Ozick, Javier Marias, and Nobel laureates Wole Soyinka, Günter Grass, Czeslaw Milosz, Wislawa Szymborska, and Naguib Mahfouz—have stepped forward to introduce us to dazzling literary talents virtually unknown to readers of English. Most of their work—short stories, poems, essays, and excerpts from novels—appears here in English for the first time.