Monday, May 3, 2010

Four for Thirty for the Fortieth

There's your tongue-twister of the day. We are pleased to announce a special offer available only through our website that begins today and ends on Monday, May 10th (one week): select titles from four masters of the written word — J.M.G. Le Clézio, Isaac Babel, Kenneth Burke, and Alfred Chester. Get all four titles this week for just thirty dollars!

The Prospector, by J.M.G. Le Clézio
The crowning achievement from Nobel Prize-winner J.M.G. Le Clézio: a consideration of loss, a quest tale, and a love story. "Le Clézio's prose is so sensual and rhythmic it's hypnotic." — The Boston Phoenix

The Lonely Years, by Isaac Babel
Rising to fame in Russia for such books as Red Cavalry, Babel was arrested under Stalin's repressive regime, never to be heard from again. The letters collected here show an individual laboring against all odds to remain true to his craft and ideals. "Babel is one of the literary masters of our century." — Irving Howe, The New Republic

Here & Elsewhere, by Kenneth Burke
Burke's fiction was unlike any of his day: neither stripped-down as Hemingway nor satiric as Fitzgerald, he constructed gorgeous essay-stories that anticipate by four decades the work of Calvino, Sebald, and Baker. "Burke's prose is impeccable and, for the most part, crystal clear, but his imagination is that of a modern Blake."— Dan Johnson, The Believer

The Exquisite Corpse, by Alfred Chester
In brief, cinematic chapters, we follow a series of twisted, sincere searchers, each in flight from despair. One surreal episode morphs into the next, the searchers change shape, their journeys change direction; names and identities come and go, storylines collide, and desires intertwine, all with the lightning-quick illogic of a dream.

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