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  • The Bridgesby Tarjei Vesaas

    Peter Owen Publishers 2015; US$ 9.99

    A spare, powerful, supremely graceful novel from a giant of Norwegian literature As strange, unsettling, and memorable as The Ice Palace , this remarkable novel carries with it all the compassion, human insight, and lyrical power of all great Vesaas novels. It describes the changing relationships between three adolescents?an unmarried mother... more...

  • Circus Mania!by Douglas McPherson

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    A history of the circus from its origins in the Roman times, through its establishment in Western Europe, and to the modern day circus—absolutely diverse and captivating   Circuses have existed since Roman times, but centuries later, the circus world has never been more diverse and captivating, the global success of Cirque du Soleil testament... more...

  • H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Lifeby Michael Sherborne

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 19.99

    An unlikely lothario, one of the most successful writers of his time, a figure at the heart of the age's political and artistic debates—H. G. Wells' life is a great story in its own right   When H. G. Wells left school in 1880 at 13 he seemed destined for obscurity—yet he defied expectations, becoming one of the most famous writers in... more...

  • The Lost Wordby Oya Baydar

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    One of the most acclaimed and powerful novels of modern Turkey is set across Europe, but retains the Turkish-Kurdish conflict at its heart   A mixture of thriller, love story, political, and psycho-philosophical novel, this is a sobering, coruscating introduction to the potentially explosive situation that exists between the Kurds and the Turkish... more...

  • The Beautiful Childby Emma Tennant

    Peter Owen Publishers 2013; US$ 8.99

    From the acclaimed author of Pemberley and Thornfield Hall comes a tale inspired by Henry James The Beautiful Child is the last known unfinished story by the great American writer, ending on a Jamesian note of terror and amplified throughout by Tennant's trademark feminist-dreamlike style. A chilling account of cruelty and neglect, it suggests... more...

  • Lord Mordby Milo? Urban

    Peter Owen Publishers 2013; US$ 14.99

    A Bulgakov-like cocktail of romance, murder, and mystery are conjured up in this existential thriller set in the Czech capital   This witty, inventive Gothic novel tells the story of Count Arco, a keen fencer and debauched womanizer in 19th century Prague, who makes a lone stand against the destruction of the popular Jewish quarter, with its Bohemian... more...

  • Istemiby Alexei Nikitin

    Peter Owen Publishers 2013; US$ 9.99

    One of the most ambitious and wildly inventive novels to have come out of Russia in years, this short novel embraces the Brehznev years, the USSR's disintegration, and capitalist shock therapy in the post-Soviet bloc The eponymous hero, part of a brood of bored science students, helps concoct a strategy game set in different eras where each "ruler"... more...

  • Darling Georgieby Dennis Friedman

    Peter Owen Publishers 2014; US$ 9.99

    Eminent psychiatrist Dennis Friedman turns his acute gaze on our present Queen Elizabeth?s grandfather, King George V (1885?1936), to reveal the man behind the monarch. Taking as his starting point the widely held belief that the personality and behavior of parents and grandparents have a powerful influence on the children and grandchildren?and even... more...

  • No Ordinary Manby Donald P. McCrory

    Peter Owen Publishers 2005; US$ 12.99

    The first biography to be aimed at the general reader as much as at students and historians, No Ordinary Man is a fascinating study of the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616), the writer known as the "Spanish Shakespeare" and author of the timeless classic Don Quixote . A renaissance man in all senses of the term, Cervantes was,... more...

  • The Boat in the Eveningby Tarjei Vesaas; Elizabeth Rokkan

    Peter Owen Publishers 2003; US$ 9.99

    Earning its author a third nomination for the Nobel Prize, this tale centers on a crane colony arriving at its breeding ground to play out a delicate drama, ending with the rarely observed ceremony of the ritual dance. All is observed by a transfixed child who has frozen into his background and become a piece of nature himself. With a kind of cinematic... more...