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In an unnamed foreign country, a family of three settles into a house at the edge of the woods where they hope to make a life. But something is off. A psychological and fantastical tale of the fear, paranoia and violence of contemporary life.
In Chilean Poet, Alejandro Zambra chronicles with enormous tenderness and insight the small moments - sexy, absurd, painful, sweet and profound - that make up our personal histories, exploring how we choose our families and how we betray them.
Deftly moving between Algeria and Paris, Faïza Guène's Discretion compellingly evokes the realities of a first- and second-generation family as they carve out a future for themselves in France, finding one another as they go along.
Stories, Mostly is a playful, charged and tender collection of twelve stories - a blend of speculative fiction and dark absurdism. Pasaribu's stories ask what it means to be almost happy, to almost be accepted, but never quite grasp one's desire.
From one of Norway's leading writers, translated into English for the very first time, comes a transatlantic novel of dreams, sacrifice and transformation set at the turn of the 20th century.
Depicting both the glittering night-time world of Seoul and the bleary-eyed morning-after, Love in the Big City is an energetic, joyful and moving exploration of millennial loneliness as well as the joys of queer life.
Paulo Scott probes the old wounds of race in Brazil and the loss of a black identity. Exploratory rather than didactic, a story of crime, street life and regret as much as a novel of ideas, Phenotypes is a masterpiece of rage and reconciliation.
An inventor dreams of escaping his drab surroundings in a flying machine. A criminal trapped below a frozen lake fights a giant fish. A strange girl pledges to ignite a sorghum field. Rouge Street presents three revealing novellas by Shuang Xuetao.
It's 2011 and the Arab Spring is in full bloom when the discovery of two bodies in Beirut sows the first seeds of unrest in Lebanon. With houses already burning, Amin sets out to write down his memories of the country.
An 80-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband before resurfacing with a new lease on life. Her journey takes her back to Pakistan, where she re-evaluates what it means to be a mother, daughter, woman and feminist.
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