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  • The Right Way to Do Wrongby Harry Houdini; Teller

    Melville House 2012; US$ 15.00

    One of the most intriguing and recognized figures of the twentieth century conducts a masterclass in subversion Originally published in 1906,  The Right Way to Do Wrong  was a masterclass in subversion conducted by the world?s greatest illusionist. It collected Hou­dini?s findings, from interviews with criminals and police officers, on the most... more...

  • Every Man Dies Aloneby Hans Fallada; Michael Hofmann

    Melville House 2009; US$ 27.00

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

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

    Melville House 2010; US$ 16.95

    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...

  • Richard Yatesby Tao Lin

    Melville House 2010; US$ 14.95

    In a startling change of direction, cult favorite Tao Lin presents a dark and brooding tale of illicit love that is his most sophisticated and mesmerizing writing yet. Richard Yates is named after real-life writer Richard Yates, but it has nothing to do with him. Instead, it tracks the rise and fall of an illicit affair between a very young writer... more...

  • Auroraramaby Jean-Christophe Valtat

    Melville House 2010; US$ 25.95

    A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating new genre. EPISODE ONE IN AN ASTONISHING NEW SERIES New Venice--the ?pearl of the Arctic?--is a place of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of beautifully ornate... more...

  • Wolf Among Wolvesby Hans Fallada

    Melville House 2010; US$ 18.95

    Wolf Among Wolve s is a sprawling saga of the collapse of a culture--its economy and government--and the common man's struggle to survive it all. Set in Weimar Germany soon after Germany's catastrophic loss of World War I, the story follows a young gambler who loses all in Berlin, then flees the chaotic city, where worthless money and shortages are... 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...