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  • Every Man Dies Aloneby Hans Fallada; Michael Hofmann

    Melville House 2009; US$ 12.99

    Based on a true story, this never-before-translated masterpiece was overlooked for years after its author—a bestselling writer before World War II who found himself in a Nazi insane asylum at war’s end—died just before it was published. In a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis, it tells the sweeping saga of one working-class... more...

  • Jane Jacobs: The Last Interviewby Jane Jacobs

    Melville House 2016; US$ 15.95

    “Jane Jacobs is the kind of writer who produces in her readers such changed ways of looking at the world that she becomes an oracle, or final authority.” —The New York Sun Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “perhaps the single most influential work in the history of town planning,” Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American... more...

  • The Flight of the Intellectualsby Paul Berman

    Melville House 2010; US$ 26.00

    Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie—and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into an entire social class”—an ever-growing group of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, especially critics from Muslim... more...

  • The Cleanest Raceby B.R. Myers

    Melville House 2011; US$ 20.00

    Understanding North Korea through its propaganda What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them? Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic , presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into the regime’s... more...

  • Spuriousby Lars Iyer

    Melville House 2011; US$ 14.95

    In a raucous debut that summons up Britain's fabled Goon Squad comedies, writer and philosopher Lars Iyer tells the story of someone very like himself with a "slightly more successful" friend and their journeys in search of more palatable literary conferences and better gin. One reason for their journeys: the narrator's home is slowly being taken over... more...

  • The Safety Netby Heinrich Boll; Leila Vennewitz; Salman Rushdie

    Melville House 2010; Not Available

    Fritz Tolm has risen to the most powerful position in Germany. With fame comes fear and vulnerability. Threats to his life are met with the all-pervasive “safety-net” of police protection and surveillance. Trapped in a house they dare not leave, where every visitor is suspect and every object a potential bomb, Tolm and his family wait to discover when... more...

  • The Canalby Lee Rourke

    Melville House 2010; US$ 14.95

    An electrifying debut novel that becomes a shocking tale about... boredom   In a deeply compelling debut novel, Lee Rourke—a British underground sensation for his story collection Everyday —tells the tale of a man who finds his life so boring it frightens him. So he quits his job to spend some time sitting on a bench beside a quiet canal in a... more...

  • The Castle in Transylvaniaby Jules Verne

    Melville House 2010; US$ 14.95

    Back from the dead: the first ever zombie story Before there was Dracula, there was The Castle in Transylvania . In its first new translation in over 100 years, this is the first book to set a gothic horror story, featuring people who may or may not be dead, in Transylvania. In a remote village cut off from the outside world by the dark mountains... more...

  • From Fatwa to Jihadby Kenan Malik

    Melville House 2010; Not Available

    The # 1 international bestseller A Finalist for the George Orwell Book Prize “It would be absurd to think that a book can cause riots,” Salman Rushdie asserted just months before the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses . But that’s exactly what eventually happened. In England, protests started just months after the book’s publication,... more...

  • The Beaufort Diariesby T Cooper

    Melville House 2010; US$ 15.95

    A polar bear tries to go green--in Hollywood, with Leonardo DiCaprio--in an outrageous tale that includes equally outrageous full-color illustrations.   JUST A SMALL TIME BEAR, LIVING A LONELY WORLD: What happens when an arctic refugee finds himself adrift in LA-LA Land? Behold Beaufort's rocket rise to stardom, his inevitable crash and burn,... more...