Dear Readers,

It is a rare privilege as a publisher to be able to select books that I believe can make a difference in the way we see things and ultimately how we act upon them. This has been my intent since the beginning of Other Press, and it is reflected in both our backlist and our more recent publications. If I could say one thing about all the books Other Press brings to the world, it would be that they reveal how the past informs the now—they show how history shapes who we are, and what we do with what we have. The magic of literature is that it matters in ways that aren’t immediately obvious. It is only after the thrill of reading is over that we can think again and make the connections. Absorbing the lessons of history may help us better understand our complicated and frightening contemporary political reality.

Best wishes,
Judith Gurewich
Publisher


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A HISTORY FOR THE FUTURE, RATHER THAN THE PAST

A warm and intimate memoir by an acclaimed historian that explores the European struggles of the twentieth century through the lives, hopes, and dreams of a single family—his own.

 

WHAT YOU DID NOT TELL

A Russian Past and the Journey Home

by Mark Mazower
Hardcover | 978-1-59051-907-3

“Mark Mazower is a great historian and a subtle writer always attentive to humane detail.” —Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature

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A WIDE-RANGING BIOGRAPHY THAT WILL SPUR YOU TO ACTION

The existentialists did something extraordinary: used their brains to tackle the biggest questions of life—who are we, and even more importantly, what should we do? This playful, genre-bending history and biography will get you thinking and get you acting upon your world.

 

AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFÉ

Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Others

by Sarah Bakewell
Paperback | 978-1-59051-889-2

“In At the Existentialist Café [Sarah Bakewell] combines confident handling of difficult philosophical concepts with a highly enjoyable writing style. I can’t think of a better introduction to modern intellectual history.” —Newsday

 

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A VOICE FROM THE PAST SPEAKING TO OUR CURRENT MORAL AND NATIONAL CRISIS

Available in English for the first time, Mihail Sebastian’s classic 1934 novel delves into the mind of a Jewish student in Romania during the fraught years preceding World War II.

 

FOR TWO THOUSAND YEARS

by Mihail Sebastian
Paperback | 978-1-59051-876-2

“Remarkably pertinent to our time and place…elegiac and lyrical…What’s chilling about For Two Thousand Years, in this sensitive translation by Philip Ó Ceallaigh, is how its oppressive atmosphere foreshadows the rise of Romanian authoritarianism and the destruction of Romanian Jewry, even though it was published before the fascists came to power….I can’t help thinking that Mihail Sebastian is sending us a message across the generations.” —New York Times Review of Books

 

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THE ONLY NOVEL OF DISSENT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN TURKEY

Emotionally powerful, intensely atmospheric, and touchingly profound, Madonna in a Fur Coat is a novel about new beginnings, the relentless pull of family ties, and the unfathomable nature of the human soul. First published in 1943, this unforgettable tale, with its quiet yet insistent defiance of social norms, has been topping best-seller lists in Turkey since 2013.

 

MADONNA IN A FUR COAT

by Sabahattin Ali
Paperback | 978-1-59051-880-9

“A rich novel… This fascinating story veers in surprising and revealing directions.” —Publishers Weekly

“The surprise best seller…Read, loved and wept over by men and women of all ages.” —The Guardian

 

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A YOUNG WOMAN FINDS HER VOICE WHEN SHE CONFRONTS THE VIOLENCE OF HER REALITY

An incisive courtroom thriller and a drama that raises questions about the nature of love, the disastrous side effects of guilt, and the function of justice

 

QUICKSAND

by Malin Persson Giolito
Hardcover | 978-1-59051-857-1

“A remarkable new novel…that in some ways recalls The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but because Maja narrates her own story, we come to know her more intimately than we do Lisbeth Salander… The author, Malin Persson Giolito, writes with exceptional skill. She keeps us guessing a long time and the outcome, when it arrives, is just as it should be.” —Washington Post 

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A POWERFUL INVESTIGATION INTO THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF AMERICA’S PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline Baz Dreisinger goes behind bars in nine countries to investigate the current conditions in prisons worldwide.

 

INCARCERATION NATIONS

A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World

by Baz Dreisinger
Paperback | 978-1-59051-899-1

“Baz Dreisinger isn’t coy about her idea of the greater good: She marches to the tune of Angela Davis’s crusade for the abolishment of prison…The work Dreisinger does is vital, occasionally lifesaving.”
—Newsday

“The great gift of Incarceration Nations is that, by introducing a wide range of approaches to crime, punishment and questions of justice in diverse countries — Rwanda, South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, Australia and Norway — it forces us to face the reality that American-style punishment has been chosen. It is not normal, natural or inevitable…To be clear, this is not a typical criminal justice reform book stocked with data, policy analyses and prescriptions for change. Nor is it written by a criminal justice expert…The heart and soul of this book are the stories of the people [Dreisinger] encounters along the way.” —Washington Post

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THE WOMAN WHO INTERVIEWED POWER—ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING PERSONALITIES OF THE 20th CENTURY

A landmark biography of the woman who changed the face of journalism forever. The list of world leaders she interviewed is impressive, and a testament to her legacy: Henry Kissinger, Muammar Gaddafi, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Yassar Arafat, and Indira Gandhi are just a few. But Cristina De Stefano’s biography is more than a simple look into Fallaci’s career; it is an intimate portrait of her life, beginning with her childhood involvement in the Italian Resistance during World War II, and continuing with her love affairs, rivalries, and trailblazing rise to international stardom. This biography will remind you of the value of robust, shrewd journalism, and how indispensable it is to a functioning democracy.

 

ORIANA FALLACI

The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend

by Cristina De Stefano
Hardcover | 978-1-59051-786-4

“Someone should write an opera about her: La Fallaci, beautiful, extravagant, courageous survivor of war and tempestuous love affairs, speaker of truth to power. But for now, Cristina De Stefano’s new biography of the Italian journalistic superstar Oriana Fallaci—unabashed hagiography to counter the writer’s late-life reputational demise—must suffice…Fallaci was a piquant, stylish beauty, self-consciously photogenic in the Joan Didion way, a midcentury woman writer vigilant about her public image. Fallaci lives a genuinely romantic life, too, with stormy loves and war wounds. But De Stefano, who had access to living friends, family members and colleagues as well as archives and letters, reveals another side to her life.” —New York Times Book Review 

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THE #1 BEST-SELLING ISRAELI NOVEL 

Eshkol Nevo reveals the quotidian neuroses and peccadilloes of Israeli life with humor and a refreshing candor in this novel about three families living in a bustling, modern Tel Aviv.

 

THREE FLOORS UP

by Eshkol Nevo
Paperback | 978-1-59051-878-6

“Eshkol Nevo is a fascinating storyteller who gives the reader a broad and diverse picture of Israeli society.” —Amos Oz, best-selling author of Judas

 

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WHAT HAPPENED TO EGYPT’S REVOLUTION?

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017

Generation Revolution exposes the failure of the Arab Spring and shines new light on those left in the wake of its lost promise.

GENERATION REVOLUTION

On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East

by Rachel Aspden
Hardcover | 978-1-59051-855-7

Generation Revolution is an excellent social history of Egypt’s persistent pathologies, as well as a universal story about the difficulties of changing deeply ingrained societal attitudes.” —New York Times Book Review

 

 

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THE POSTCOLONIAL RESPONSE TO CAMUS’S THE STRANGER; YOU CAN’T READ ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 — Michiko Kakutani, The Top Books of 2015, New York Times — TIME Magazine Top Ten Books of 2015 — Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year — Financial Times Best Books of the Year

 

THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION

by Kamel Daoud
Paperback | 978-1-59051-751-2

“[A] rich and inventive new novel…so convincing and so satisfying that we no longer think of the original story as the truth, but rather come to question it…[a] letter of love, rebellion and despair for Algeria.” —New York Times Book Review

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THE ARTIFICIAL SILK GIRL

by Irmgard Keun
Paperback | 978-1-59051-454-2

“A young girl navigates interwar German society and the expectations—or lack thereof—placed upon women, in this poignant, melancholy novel from the late Keun… [This] heartbreaking story of dashed hopes is one that still has the power to affect and inspire.” —Publishers Weekly

 

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THE ABSOLUTIST

by John Boyne
Paperback | 978-1-59051-552-5

“A moving and deeply felt tribute to a love that dared to speak its name once—or maybe twice—and then forever held its tongue. We suffer in silence, we love in silence, and we regret and learn to live our unlived lives in silence as well.” —André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name

 

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A TRUE NOVEL

by Minae Mizumura
Paperback | 978-1-59051-706-2

“A riveting tale of doomed lovers set against the backdrop of postwar Japan…Mizumura’s ambitious literary and cultural preoccupations do not overwhelm the sheer force of her narrative or the beauty of her writing (in an evocative translation by Juliet Winters Carpenter)…A True Novel makes tangible the pain and the legacy of loss…[Its] psychological acuteness, fully realized characters and historical sweep push it out of the realm of pastiche and into something far more alluring and memorable.” —New York Times Book Review

 

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THE ELIMINATION

A Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Confronts His Past and the Commandant of the Killing Fields

by Rithy Panh
Paperback | 978-1-59051-675-1

“An unsettling, probing, morally urgent reflection on the Khmer Rouge years.” —New York Review of Books

 

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THE QUICKENING

by Michelle Hoover
Paperback | 978-1-59051-346-0

“In Hoover’s début, the quiet struggle between two Midwestern farm women has the stark simplicity of a Biblical parable….The book’s lament for a lost way of life—one in which people ‘looked in hope to the ground and the roots growing there more often than we looked for grace from the sky’ has a mournful beauty.” —The New Yorker

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THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS

by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Paperback | 978-1-59051-463-4

“[The Art of Hearing Heartbeats] is a love story set in Burma…imbued with Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism…Fans of Nicholas Sparks and/or Elizabeth Gilbert should eat this up.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

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HOW TO LIVE

Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

by Sarah Bakewell
Paperback | 978-1-59051-483-2

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

“This charming biography shuffles incidents from Montaigne’s life and essays into twenty thematic chapters…Bakewell clearly relishes the anthropological anecdotes that enliven Montaigne’s work, but she handles equally well both his philosophical influences and the readers and interpreters who have guided the reception of the essays.” —The New Yorker

 

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THE GLASS ROOM

by Simon Mawer
Paperback | 978-1-59051-396-5

“A stirring new novel that almost won this year’s Booker Prize…The Glass Room works so effectively because Mawer embeds…provocative aesthetic and moral issues in a war-torn adventure story that’s eerily erotic and tremendously exciting….[a] gorgeous novel.”
The Washington Post

“[A] stirring historical novel.” —The New Yorker
 

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THE UNIT

by Ninni Holmqvist
Paperback | 978-1-59051-927-1

“I enjoyed The Unit very much….I know you will be riveted, as I was.” —Margaret Atwood, @margaretatwood

“The reissue of Ninni Holmqvist’s The Unit, originally published in 2009, offers a shrewd, timely exploration of gender.”  Washington Post

 

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