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  • Malrauxby Olivier Todd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 35.00

    Writer, publisher, war hero, French government minister, André Malraux was renowned as a Renaissance man of the twentieth century. Now, Olivier Todd?author of the acclaimed biography Albert Camus ?gives us this life, in which fact competes dramatically with his subject?s previously little-known mythomania. We see the adventurous young Malraux move... more...

  • Savage Shorthandby Jerome Charyn

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 24.95

    Hailed as the first great Soviet writer, Isaac Babel was at once a product and a victim of violent revolution. In tales of Cossack marauders and flashy Odessa gangsters, he perfectly captured the raw, edgy mood of the first years of the Russian Revolution. Masked, reckless, impassioned, charismatic, Babel himself was as fascinating as the characters... more...

  • Compass Pointsby Edward Hoagland

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 19.00

    In a luminous memoir of a life richly lived, one of America?s finest writers explores the themes that have shaped his life and work: the glories of the natural world, the lure of working for a circus and fighting forest fires, the afflictions of temporary blindness and blocked speech, and the enduring influence of literary friendships, including John... more...

  • The Fifth Book of Peaceby Maxine Hong Kingston

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 17.95

    A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but it too was burned--in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills fire of 1991, a fire that coincided with the death of her father. Now in this... more...

  • Between Father and Sonby V.S. Naipaul

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 13.00

      At seventeen, V.S. Naipaul wanted to "follow no other profession" but writing. Awarded a scholarship by the Trinidadian government, he set out to attend Oxford, where he was encountered a vastly different world from the one he yearned to leave behind. Separated from his family by continents, and grappling with depression, financial strain, loneliness,... more...

  • All Will Be Wellby John Mcgahern

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95

    From award-winning author John McGahern, a memoir of his childhood in the Irish countryside and the beginnings of his life as a writer.McGahern describes his early years as one of seven children growing up in rural County Leitrim, a childhood was marked by his father?s violent nature and the early death of his beloved mother. Tracing the memories of... more...

  • Lake Effectby Rich Cohen

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 12.00

    A New York Times Notable Book Winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Raised in an affluent suburb on the North Shore of Chicago, Rich Cohen had a cluster of interesting friends, but none more interesting than Jamie Drew. Fatherless, reckless, and lower middle class in a place that wasn?t,... more...

  • Pushkinby T.J. Binyon

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 20.00

    In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry?including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin ?but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring romantic allure?fiery, restless, extravagant, a prodigal gambler and inveterate seducer of women. Having forged a dazzling, controversial... more...

  • The Long Embraceby Judith Freeman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.95

    Raymond Chandler was among the most original and enduring crime novelists of the twentieth century. Yet much of his pre-writing life, including his unconventional marriage, has remained shrouded in mystery. In this compelling, wholly original book, Judith Freeman sets out to solve the puzzle of who Chandler was and how he became the writer who would... more...

  • Fathers and Sonsby Alexander Waugh

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    If there is a literary gene, then the Waugh family most certainly has it?and it clearly seems to be passed down from father to son. The first of the literary Waughs was Arthur, who, when he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry at Oxford in 1888, broke with the family tradition of medicine. He went on to become a distinguished publisher and an immensely... more...