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By Georges Perec, David Bellos (Translator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781567923735
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - July 2009

Not much useful life advice here, but this delightful book about a Parisian apartment building and all the people and objects that have inhabited it, is one of the most unusual and fascinating novels I've ever read.


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The Wake Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977177
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015

This linguistically ambitious novel uses an invented dialouge that borrows from the vocab, spelling, and syntax of Old English to recreate the world of Saxon Britain in the bloody period after the Norman invasion. Learning to read it is an experience in itself!


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Home Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780312428549
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

The beautifully written, heartbreaking story of a disillusioned young spinster and her self-destructive brother. This is my favourite of Robinson's novels set in Gilead, but they're all fantastic.


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Something Happened Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780684841212
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 12th, 1997

Did you love Mad Men? Of course you did. So do yourself a favour and read this dark and funny exploration of the sordid and tempestuous inner life of an outwardly banal executive in the Sixties.


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Lila Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074843
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Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

In an incredible feat of imagination and stylistic skill, Robinson inhabits the life and thoughts of an unschooled drifter who marries an aging pastor in the third novel set in the town of Gilead, Iowa.


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Vertigo Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780989760751
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 2015

This debut collection of short fictions and narratives is so witty, raw and insightful that you'll read it again and again!


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War, So Much War Cover Image
By Merce Rodoreda, Martha Tennent (Translator), Maruxa Relano (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953229
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Published: Open Letter Books - November 10th, 2015

In this bleak dreamlike narrative, AdriĆ  Guinart is like an anti-Quixote, wandering the countryside in search of escape from his country's perpetual war, but finding instead, like Quixote, frequent merciless beatings.


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