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  • What Ownership's All Aboutby Karel Polácek; Peter Kussi

    Catbird Press 2013; US$ 3.99

    Jan Faktor fulfills his dream and builds a three-unit rental building. His tenants—poor, working-class people—are treated well at first. Soon, however, Faktor imposes demands upon them: not allowing guests on the premises, restricting tenant access to the whole of the property, and even encouraging a mole to spy on the others in exchange for rent.... 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...

  • The Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement for the 21st Centuryby Arnold B. Kanter; Paul Hoffman

    Catbird Press 2003; US$ 3.00

    America’s expert on law firm mismanagement is back with a whole new array of humorous committee meetings, memos, speeches, and consultants’ reports that present lawyers acting not like sharks, but rather floundering in a sea of dilemmas. The lawyers at the fictitious firm Fairweather, Winters & Sommers consider the advantages of merging and going... more...

  • 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...

  • City, Sister, Silverby Jáchym Topol; Alex Zucker

    Catbird Press 2000; US$ 8.99

    Winner of the Egon Hostovský Prize as the best Czech book of the year, this epic novel powerfully captures the sense of dislocation that followed the Czechs’ newfound freedom in 1989. More than just the story of its young protagonistwho is part businessman, part gang member, part drifterit is a novel that includes terrifying dream scenes, Czech and... more...

  • Fingers Pointing Somewhere Elseby Daniela Fischerová; Neil Bermel

    Catbird Press 2000; US$ 4.99

    With widely varying characters and plots, these seven short stories describe everything from a young Czech girl coming of age to an Imperial Chinese chef who is increasingly unable to be truly creative and venture beyond his previous experiences. The common thread running through the tales is the idea that one must accept one’s emotions and desires... more...

  • Performing Without a Stageby Robert Wechsler

    Catbird Press 1998; US$ 3.00

    A lively and comprehensive introduction to the art of literary translation for readers of foreign fiction and poetry who wonder what it takes to translate, how the art of literary translation has changed over the centuries, what problems translators face in bringing foreign works into English, and how they go about solving these problems. It is based... more...

  • The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifertby George Gibian; Ewald Osers

    Catbird Press 1998; US$ 8.99

    This is the best translated and largest edition of poetry by the Czechs' only Nobel Prizewinning poet, Jaroslav Seifert (he won the prize in 1984 and died in 1986). The poetry is surprising in its simplicity, sensual, thoughtful, moving, comic in turns. Author Milan Kundera has called this collection the tangible expression of the nation’s genius.”... more...

  • It Came with the Houseby Jeffrey Shaffer; Paul Hoffman

    Catbird Press 1997; US$ 3.99

    Featuring wildly imaginative stories told in calm prosewith twists and turns and a touch of pathosthis collection approaches reality from a variety of angles, so that the oddest people and situations seem just the way things are, or will be. Some such tales tell of a boot camp for laundromat offenders, a right-wing private school, and a cold-cream... more...

  • Apocryphal Talesby Karel Capek; Norma Comrada

    Catbird Press 1997; US$ 9.99

    The stories in this collection tackle great events and figures of history, myth, and literature in unexpected ways, questioning views on such basic concepts as justice, progress, wisdom, belief, and patriotism. more...