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    Best European Fiction 2014

    Drago Jancar (preface)
    Dalkey Archive publishes a new Best European Fiction anthology which presents a new crop of cutting-edge stories from across the Continent - Belarus to Wales - translated from more than twenty languages and highlighting the leading luminaries and revolutionaries of world literature.
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    The Lives of the Novel

    Thomas G Pavel
    In a boldly original history of the novel from ancient Greece to the vibrant world of contemporary fiction, Thomas Pavel argues that the driving force behind the evolution of the novel has been a rivalry between stories that idealise human behaviour, and those that ridicule and condemn it. Including analysis of over a hundred novels from Europe, North and South America, Asia, and beyond, this is a wide-ranging survey of the novel, and, in the words of David Quint of Yale University, “an instant classic of literary criticism.”
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    The Equality of the Sexes

    Desmond M. Clarke
    Desmond M. Clarke presents three of the first feminist tracts to support explicitly the equality of the sexes: Marie de Jars de Gournay’s The Equality of Men and Women; Anna Maria van Schurman’s Dissertation; and Francois Poulain de la Barre’s Physical and Moral Discourse Concerning the Equality of Both Sexes. This edition includes new translations, from French and Latin, of these key texts.
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    The Currency of Paper

    Alex Kovacs
    Another imaginative and exciting fiction from Dalkey Archive, a satire on the art world, its relationship with  currency and the preferencing of certain voices over others.
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    Demanding the Impossible

    Slavoj Zizek
    According to Terry Eagleton, Slavoj Zizek is the most formidable and most brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis and of cultural theory to have emerged from Europe in several decades. What are we today and what is to be done are questions he asks in this new volume.
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    Why Philosophize?

    Jean Francois Lyotard
    Simon Critchley observes that Lyotard suffered the fate of having his name attached to a once fashionable idea that is now decisively démodé: postmodernism. These introductory lectures to philosophy, aimed at first year students, show why it is still important and worthwhile to read Lyotard.
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    Music Field

    Jim Maguire
    Jim Maguire's first collection has earned him, in the eyes of Thomas McCarthy, the title of "the Glenn Gould of our Irish poetry": "it is the atmosphere of music, with its structures and disciplines, that both saturates and refines the poetry of Jim Maguire." Caitríona O'Reilly, meanwhile, calls Music Field "that rare thing: a first collection less of promise than of unmistakeable achievement."
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    The Triumph of Religion

    Jacques Lacan, Bruce Fink (trans)
    In two papers derived from Jacques Lacan's oral work on the subjects of Christian spirituality and psychoanalysis, this book presents his contentions with Freud's belief that religion was an illusion that science would eventually shatter. On the contrary, as Jacques-Alain Miller notes, Lacan thought "that the true religion, Roman Catholicism, would take in everyone in the end, pouring bucketsful of meaning over the ever more insistent and unbearable real that we, in our times, owe to science."
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    A Short Poetic Anthology

    Luis Benitez, Beatriz Olga Allocati (trans)
    Neil Leadbeater comments: "As with all great writers (Luis Benitez's) themes are universal. The way in which he chooses to convey these themes is masterful. Each poem has a conciseness about it, an ease which can be deceptive at first reading, because it belies the weight of the subject matter beneath the surface.
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    Free City

    Joao Almino, Rhett McNeil (trans)
    Free City is master storyteller Joao Almino's third novel to focus on the city of Brasília, the social swirl of its early years, when contractors, corporate profiteers, idealists, politicians, mystical sects, and even celebrities - including Elizabeth Bishop, Aldous Huxley, Fidel Castro, Andre Malraux, and John Dos Passos - mingled. Taking the form of a blog, the novel incorporates comments from other bloggers, each with his own vested interest, and each with reasons for spinning fictions of his own.
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    The Luminaries

    Elanor Catton
    According to the Guardian this new novel from Elanor Catton is astonishing, having the glitter and mystery of the true literary original.
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    What W. H. Auden Can Do For You

    Alexander McCall Smith
    Edward Mendelson, author of Early Auden and Later Auden, comments that "Alexander McCall Smith's voice in this splendid book is instantly recognisable as the calm, sympathetic, psychologically shrewd, and morally generous one that narrates his novels. This is not only a convincing account of W. H. Auden's poetry and life. It is also a self-portrait of McCall Smith himself and a testimony to the wisdom and courage he has found in Auden's poems."
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    The Errors of Young Tjaž

    Florjan Lipuš, Michael Biggins (trans)
    Florjan Lipuš's classic novel is set in postwar rural Austria; a boy unlike others is sent off to a Catholic boarding school by his widowed father, an unlettered woodsman. Life before the school was hard enough, but at school Young Tjaž finds little else but rote indoctrination, self-denial, conformism, humiliation, and hypocrisy. With its echoes of fellow Austrian Robert Musil's novella Young Törless, and of Günter Grass's The Tin Drum, Lipuš's novel (first published in 1972) is a ferocious and poison-pen letter addressed to all forms of authority, be they religious, social, or literary.
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    Moving Words

    Derek Attridge
    The contemporary reader of English poetry is able to take pleasure in the sounds and movements of the English language in works written over the past eight centuries, and to find poems that convey powerful emotions and vivid images from this entire period. This book, drawing on David Attridge's forty-five years of engagement with the forms of poetry, investigates the ways in which poets have exploited the resources of the language as a spoken medium to write verse that continues to move and delight.
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    Mr Lynch’s Holiday

    Catherine O’Flynn
    An entertaining and thoughtful novel from Catherin O'Flynn, which offers a sensitive portrait of the emigrant Irish.
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    MaddAddam

    Margaret Atwood
    Told with wit, dizzying imagination and dark humour, Margaret Atwood's unpredictable, chilling and hilarious MaddAddam takes us further into a challenging dystopian world - a moving and dramatic conclusion to the internationally celebrated trilogy that began with Oyrx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.
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    Richard Hoggart

    Fred Inglis
    Laurie Taylor argues that Inglis does excellent justice to Richard Hoggart's unrivalled studies of working class and organisational culture and that he also brilliantly captures Hoggart's abiding concern with the moral quality of human life.
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    Red Doc

    Anne Carson
    Speaking of Anne Carson Susan Sontag said: she is one of the few writers writing in English that I would read anything she wrote.
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    Kafka, The Years of Insight

    Reiner Stach
    A neurotic German Jew plagued by illness and ill-fated historical circumstances, Kafka grew increasingly unsettled in his native city of Prague as the turmoil of the Great war destroyed the only world he knew.
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    Through the Night

    Stig Saeterbakken
    A novel from the Dalkey Archive Norwegian Literature Series. The tragedy at the centre of the novel poses painful but essential questions: What does sorrow do to a person? How can one live with the pain of unbearable loss?
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