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  • Mandarins: Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawaby Ryunosuke Akutagawa; Charles DeWolf

    Archipelago Books 2007; US$ 16.00

    Stunning tales from master storyteller: superbly nuanced prose, subtly exposing the human psyche. Borges loved him. more...

  • The Tales of the Heikeby Burton Watson; Haruo Shirane

    Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 24.99

    Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, The Tales of the Heike chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike clan and changed the course of Japanese history. Featuring a vivid cast of characters, the book depicts the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail... more...

  • Love and Revolutionby Ping Lu; Nancy Du

    Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 26.99

    "Death is inevitably the end of a journey. Death also allows the journey to go back to the beginning." In this bold novel, one of Taiwan's most celebrated authors reimagines the lives of a legendary couple: Sun Yat-sen, known as the "Father of the Chinese Revolution," and his wife, Song Qingling. Born in 1866, Sun Yat-sen grew up an admirer of... more...

  • My South Seas Sleeping Beautyby Guixing Zhang; Valerie Jaffee

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 28.99

    My South Seas Sleeping Beauty is a captivating coming-of-age tale set in the magical jungles of Borneo. Told through the vivid recollections of a Chinese-Malay youth, the novel recounts the life of Su Qi, a troubled, sensitive son of a wealthy family, and exemplifies the imaginative range of one of Taiwan's most innovative writers. "There were... more...

  • Mountains Painted with Turmericby Lil Bahadur Chettri; Michael J. Hutt

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 28.99

    Since its publication in the late 1950s, Mountains Painted with Turmeric has struck a chord in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Nepali readers. Set in the hills of far eastern Nepal, the novel offers readers a window into the lives of the people by depicting in subtle detail the stark realities of village life. Carefully translated from... more...

  • The Blue Wolf: A Novel of the Life of Chinggis Khanby Joshua Fogel; Inoue Yasushi

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    One of the world's most ruthless warriors, Chinggis Khan conquered nearly all of Asia in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, transforming the scattered and impoverished Mongols into an exceptionally proud and powerful nation. In this riveting and thoroughly researched portrait, Japan's celebrated epic novelist drives at the root of the khan's great... more...

  • The City Trilogyby Chang Hsi-kuo; John Balcom

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 39.99

    Taiwan's most innovative science fiction writer presents three tales of intrigue, espionage, betrayal, political strife, time travel, and Chinese history and mysticism. After thousands of years of civil unrest and countless wars, the weary Huhui people of Sunlon City have once again succumbed to a ruthless and overpowering enemy. In Five Jade Disks,... more...

  • Grass For My Pillowby Saiichi Maruya; Dennis Keene

    Columbia University Press 2002; US$ 34.99

    First published in Japanese in 1966, the debut novel of the critically acclaimed author of Singular Rebellion is an unusual portrait of a deeply taboo subject in twentieth-century Japanese society: resistance to the draft in World War II. In 1940 Shokichi Hamada is a conscientious objector who dodges military service by simply disappearing from... more...

  • In Another Countryby Priya Joshi

    Columbia University Press 2005; US$ 31.99

    In a work of stunning archival recovery and interpretive virtuosity, Priya Joshi illuminates the cultural work performed by two kinds of English novels in India during the colonial and postcolonial periods. Spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, readers and writers, empire and nation, consumption and production, In Another Country vividly... more...

  • Wild Kidsby Chang Ta-chun; Michael Berry

    Columbia University Press 2005; US$ 24.99

    These two searingly funny and unsettling portraits of teenagers beyond the control and largely beneath the notice of adults in 1980s Taiwan are the first English translations of works by Taiwan's most famous and best-selling literary cult figure. Chang Ta-chun's intricate narrative and keen, ironic sense of humor poignantly and piercingly convey the... more...