Nick's Staff Picks

By Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Nancy Amphoux (Translator), Paul Deangelis (Translator)
ISBN: 9781564785183
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - November 2008

Toussaint's first novel is a wonderful first person narrative. It is a quick, enjoyable read that is seamless and surprising. There is something odd yet reassuring of the voice in all of Toussaint's novels -- but this is the beginning of it all. "When I began to spend my afternoons in the bathroom, I had no intention of moving into it..." Classic!

By Evelio Rosero Diago, Anne McLean (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811218641
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 15th, 2009

This is a haunting masterpiece of writing and translation - everyone should read this book. Rosero writes of a small town in Columbia, a town caught in the middle of a war. Soldiers, paramilitaries, and guerrillas treat Bojayá and it's people as if they are nothing but a receptacle for their violence. Despite the violence and atrocities this book contains, you are constantly held by the stunning imagery and voice that Rosero brings to The Armies.This is the best book I read in 2011.

By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811219914
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 23rd, 2012

This is Bolano’s first and, I feel, his most remarkable novel. he was only twenty-seven when he wrote it but it is the beginning of what ultimately becomes Bolano’s voice. It is an unconventional but brilliant murder mystery. It is a quick read but one of the few novels I read time and time again, always discovering and experiencing new and wonderful nuances. Now in paperback you can enjoy this amazing novel for cheap.

ISBN: 9780679748144
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Published: Vintage - December 6th, 1993

I recently took a break from international fiction to read true American voices -- I started with Sanctuary and couldn't put it down. Faulkner has a powerful understanding of the evil that exists in mankind. There is no justice -- for black or white -- in the south. This is a dark and troubling story yet there are times where the beauty of Faulkner's words make that darkest moments shine.

By Georges Perec, David Bellos (Translator)
ISBN: 9781567923735
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - July 2009

Perec finished Life A User’s Manual just a few short years before he died in 1982. It is truly a high point to finish such an epic and complete a novel -- not to mention see it published -- and to cap a lifetime of literary genius. Most known before Life was A Void, his funny, witty novel written completely without the letter “e.” Life is structured after a puzzle-maker but expands into the lives and rooms of an apartment block of Paris. after 20 years, Godine has updated this masterpiece (with a beautiful cover as well as corrections to the translation). You will love this book!

By Marcel Ayme, Sophie Lewis (Translator)
ISBN: 9781906548643
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Published: Pushkin Press - August 28th, 2012

The excellent Monsieur Dutilleul has always been able to pass through walls, but has never seen the point of using his gift, given the general availability of doors. One day, however, his tyrannical boss drives him to desperate, creative measures he develops a taste for intramural travel and becomes something of a super-villain.