A Present PastThe Soviet and post-Soviet world, with its untold multitude of crimes, is a natural breeding ground for ghost stories. No one writes them more movingly than Russian author Sergei Lebedev, who in this stunning volume probes a collective guilty conscience marked by otherworldliness and the denial of...
Professor Schiff’s GuiltAn Israeli professor travels to a fictitious West African nation to trace a slave-trading ancestor, only to be imprisoned under a new law barring successive generations from profiting off the proceeds of slavery. But before departing from Tel Aviv, the protagonist falls in love with...
Where I AmA piercing novel about life abroad in a cultural setting not one’s own: Reut is an Israeli translator living in Paris with a French husband and their child. She’s made sacrifices for her family but now feels a simmering discontent and estrangement that explodes at...
Café UnfilteredAt a classic café in the French provinces, anonymity, chance encounters, and traumatic pasts collide against the muted background of global instability. Jean-Philippe Blondel, author of the bestselling The 6:41 to Paris, presents a moving fresco of intertwined destinies portrayed with humor, insight, and tenderness....
Return to LatviaBuilding upon her celebrated autobiography Distant Fathers, Italian author Marina Jarre returns to her native Latvia for the first time since she left as a ten-year-old girl in 1935. A masterful collage-like work that is part travelogue, part memoir, part ruminative essay.
The Words That RemainExploring Brazil’s little-known hinterland as well its urban haunts, this is a sweeping novel of repression, violence, and shame, along with their flip side: survival, endurance, and the ultimate triumph of an unforgettable figure on society’s margins.
A Very Mexican ChristmasThis seventh installment in our popular Very Christmas series is a celebration of the Mexican Yuletide spirit....
Of Saints and MiraclesA sensuous, astonishing portrayal of an outcast’s struggle to survive in a chaotic world of tragedy and magical splendor.
Palace of FliesAn absorbing depiction of a famed author in crisis, revealing a state of personal upheaval at a time of profound societal change that speaks eloquently to our own.
A Few CollectorsAn utterly charming book of dazzling illustrations and intriguing tales about the often eccentric mindset of inveterate art collectors.
Pollak’s ArmStimulating historical fiction for lovers of Rome and the world of antiquity centered on one of the greatest masterpieces of all time.
Distant FathersA singular autobiography by a rediscovered Italian author that movingly probes questions of time, language, womanhood, belonging and estrangement.
The Vanished CollectionA Parisian memoir, written like a detective novel, about a quest into a forgotten past to achieve posthumous justice for a leading art collector and his descendants.
Roundabout of DeathA chronicle of Aleppo’s destruction, a literary edifice erected as an unflinching response to the erasure of a once great city, that speaks eloquently of the fragmentation of human existence and the calamities of war.
UntraceableA psychological thriller about the historical trajectories of evil as the Kremlin sought to develop the ultimate venom to retaliate against its critics.
The Piano StudentA novel involving an affair between one of the 20th century’s most celebrated pianists, Vladimir Horowitz, and his young male student in the 1930s—a riveting and sensitive tale of musical perfection, love, and longing denied, with multiple historical layers and insights into artistic creativity.
A Very Irish ChristmasThe sixth volume in our popular Very Christmas series, this collection transports readers to the Emerald Isle with stories and poems sure to bring holiday cheer.
Villa of DeliriumAlong the French Riviera in the early 1900s, an illustrious family in thrall to classical antiquity builds a fabulous villa—a replica of a Greek palace, complete with marble columns and frescoes depicting mythological gods. This is a Greek epic for the modern era.
I Belong to ViennaA probing tale of heroism, identity and belonging, marked by a surprising freshness as a new generation comes to terms with history’s darkest era.
The DriveA compelling story of an urgent personal quest to reconcile duty, expectations and individual instinct....
The Bishop’s BedroomA sultry, stylish psychological thriller executed with supreme literary finesse....
And the Bride Closed the DoorA provocative and entertaining wedding day drama about contemporary Israel and the chaotic ups and downs of love everywhere.
ExposedA dangerous intimacy emerges between a French teacher and a former student who has achieved art world celebrity; the painting of a portrait upturns both their lives.
from The Netherlands
Sleepless NightThe grande dame of Dutch literature recounts a story of romance and death punctuated by a midnight baking ritual.
The Goose FritzA passion-filled family saga that takes readers through centuries of turmoil between Germany and Russia. A contemporary narrator searches archives and cemeteries across Europe, while pressing witnesses for keys to understanding both personal and political history.
Allmen and the Pink DiamondWhen an unimaginably valuable pink diamond goes missing, amorous adventures and diverting mishaps litter the path through a world of European high culture and luxury, with hard-knuckle forays into global financial markets and high tech moves to manipulate them.
from Austria, Germany, Switzerland
A Very German ChristmasThe fifth volume in our popular Very Christmas series, this collection brings together traditional and contemporary holiday stories from Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
What’s Left of the NightA spellbinding novel based on the visit to Paris of C.P. Cavafy, one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets, filled with lyrical observations and infused with erotic desire.
The EyeAn art adventure story that exposes readers to a secret, high-stakes profession involving masterpieces, massive amounts of money, and an intense love of painting.
Allmen and the DragonfliesA thrilling art heist escapade that evokes a world of European high culture and luxury, while plumbing the vicissitudes of less exalted human foibles and obsessions.
Neapolitan ChroniclesA masterful classic of European literature that inspired Elena Ferrante’s depiction of Naples in her bestselling novels....
The Animal GazerThe hypnotic tale of a masterful sculptor increasingly obsessed with animals as he and Europe teeter on the brink of the World War One.
The Madeleine ProjectAn audacious work of investigative journalism set in contemporary Paris that reads like a graphic novel for the digital age.
AduaA searing novel about a young African immigrant woman's dream of freedom in modern-day Rome and the bittersweet legacies of her past.
from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
A Very Scandinavian ChristmasA festive continuation of the very popular Very Christmas story collection from the very region where much traditional holiday imagery originates.
Moving the PalaceA captivating modern-day Odyssey by a masterful Lebanese author in the tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux....
The Year of the CometAcclaimed Russian author Sergei Lebedev depicts a vast empire coming apart at the seams, transforming a very public moment into something tender and personal, and writes with stunning beauty and shattering insight about childhood and the growing consciousness of a boy in the world.
The Madonna of Notre DameThis police novel illuminates the shadowy corners of Notre Dame Cathedral, shedding light on good and evil with wry humor.
If Venice DiesA passionate, eloquent plea to save the soul of one of the world’s greatest cities....
The Last SupperA journey through the Middle East, investigating the often-overlooked plight of the beleaguered Christian minority living there....
Animal InternetIn the wake of the Internet’s profound impact on society, an insightful exploration of how a new digital revolution will transform human ties with the natural world.
The Last WeynfeldtA refined page-turner about the international art market the probes the darker recesses of the heart....
OblivionOne of the first 21st century Russian novels to probe the legacy of the Soviet prison camp system, this masterful work represents an epic literary attempt to rescue history from the brink of oblivion.
A Very Italian ChristmasThe third in the very popular Very Christmas series, this volume brings together the best Italian Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant collection featuring classic tales and contemporary works.
On the Run with MaryPeter Rabbit meets Marquis de Sade—a youth and his talking dog romp through posh London streets in an unparalleled tale mirroring the horrors and joys of the twentieth century.
The 6:41 to ParisA brilliant psychological thriller constructed like an intensely intimate theater performance, a high-wire act of emotions on rails....
Killing AuntieA hilarious and provocative novel that's equal parts Crime and Punishment and Annie Hall....
Alexandrian SummerLove, lust, and the convulsions of history surge through this dazzling novel about a now vanished cosmopolitan world....
Guys Like MeAn ode to a Paris rarely seen—a minutely-observed tale about searching for love and a new lease on life.
A Very Russian ChristmasCrimson ribbons and troubled souls, landowners yearning for love, burning cheeks, salmon, and caviar. This is Russian Christmas celebrated in supreme pleasure and pain by the greatest of writers.
A Very French ChristmasA continuation of the very popular Very Christmas Series, this collection brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant volume featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet.
All Backs Were TurnedA story set in Israel of sexual passion, violence, and betrayal, in classic hardboiled prose. A noir novel with bite.
Who is Martha?A rollicking tale about facing death with verve and style, richly told with great feeling and historical depth....
I Called Him NecktieThis is the Japanese “Catcher in the Rye” for the twenty-first century....
The Good Life ElsewhereThis is the hilarious, tragic and grotesque tale of a small village in Moldova, and everything its residents do to escape it—a book with wild imagination and heartbreaking honesty, grim appraisals alongside optimistic commentary about the nature of human striving.
CocaineElegant, witty and wicked, Pitigrilli’s classic novel was first published in Italian in 1921 and charts the comedy and tragedy of a young man’s downfall and the lure of a bygone era.
The Missing Year of Juan SalvatierraA novel illuminating the links between art and life amid the intrigue of past family secrets that cast shadows on the present.
Fanny von Arnstein: Daughter of the EnlightenmentA majestic biography of a major figure of European Jewry and women’s emancipation that spotlights a central era of cultural and social history.
Killing the Second DogA hardboiled novel of deception and betrayal in 1950s Israel, where tough men and desperate women all play a role.