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  • Living Parallelby Alexandr Kliment; Robert Wechsler

    Catbird Press 2002; US$ 3.99

    This novel about conflicts of conscience explores an unusual love triangle of a man, a woman, and the Czech countryside. Mikulaš is an architect who has spent his career designing prefab high-rise apartment blocks in Prague, when his dream has been to design garden apartment complexes in the countryside that he loves. Finally winning the heart of... more...

  • The Four Sonyasby Vladimír Páral; William Harkins

    Catbird Press 1993; US$ 4.99

    Examining the way people manipulate and exploit each other, this novel tells of Sonya, a hotel maid who clings to a fairy-tale dream that someday a prince will come and save her. Since Sonya is young and beautiful, there are many princes who share her dream, but the princes are more like frogs, and instead of saving Sonya, they flirt with her, kidnap... more...

  • Three Novelsby Karel Capek; M. Weatherall

    Catbird Press 1990; US$ 9.99

    This trilogy of novels was the culmination of Karel Capek's career. The novels share neither characters nor events; instead, they approach the problem of knowing peopleof mutual understandingin a variety of ways. Detectives faced with a murder reconstruct the crime, but not the character of the man who was murdered. Three people tell stories about... more...

  • War with the Newtsby Karel Capek; Ewald Osers

    Catbird Press 1990; US$ 8.99

    One of the great anti-utopian satires of the twentieth century, an inspiration to writers from Orwell to Vonnegut, at last in a modern translation. Man discovers a species of giant, intelligent newts and learns to exploit them so successfully that the newts gain skills and arms enough to challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom. Along... more...

  • In the Image and Likenessby Saúl Yurkievich; Cola Franzen

    Catbird Press 2003; US$ 3.99

    These poetic prose pieces—neither stories nor essays nor poems—display humor, imagination, and a sense of the absurd to explore a range of topics and ideas. Four great artists are explored in very different ways: an interior monologue by the 17th-century Spanish painter Velázquez as he paints his masterpiece, Las meninas ; a longer monologue by 19th-century... more...

  • Diplomatic Pursuitsby Joseph von Westphalen; Melanie Richter-Bernburg

    Catbird Press 1995; US$ 3.99

    Harry von Duckwitz pursues ideas and women with the same conflicted, contrary, self-critical volatility he brings to his diplomatic career. more...

  • The Ins & Outs of Law Firm Mismanagementby Arnold B. Kanter; Paul Hoffman

    Catbird Press 1994; US$ 2.99

    Via memos, speeches, and committee meetings, this volume introduces the mythically inept firm of Fairweather, Winters & Sommers through the eyes of the firm's non-lawyerssecretaries, paralegals, the computer geekall of whom know better than anyone else how ridiculous lawyers can be. more...

  • Was That a Tax Lawyer Who Just Flew Over?by Arnold B. Kanter; Paul Hoffman

    Catbird Press 1996; US$ 2.99

    In his fifth collection of law-firm humor, Kanter lets us see lawyers from the point of view of their clients and other outsiders. He shares with us the humorous perspectives of everyone from clients, jurors, and accountants, to the mother of a new associate trying to drum up business for her "little girl," a homeless person caught in a lawyer's well-meaning... more...

  • Advanced Law Firm Mismanagementby Arnold B. Kanter; Paul Hoffman

    Catbird Press 1993; US$ 2.99

    With humor in the tradition of Robert Benchley and S. J. Perelman, this book reveals the absurdities of life in a law firm. Through memos, speeches, and committee meetings, the mythically inept firm of Fairweather, Winters & Sommers is described. In "Advanced Law Firm Mismanagement," the firm's founder, Stanley Fairweather, recalls the goodand not-so-goodold... more...

  • Catapultby Vladimír Páral; William Harkins

    Catbird Press 1993; US$ 4.99

    This twist on the Don Juan story examines the attractions and difficulties of freedom. In the course of his commute, Jacek Jost is suddenly catapulted out of his daily routine into a world of infinite opportunities. more...