Great Books by Refugees
Refugees have written some of the world's - and the United States' - best books. Here is a selection to choose from.
Described by Brecht as 'a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all', The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler - recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade.
In this, the original book about the curious monkey, George is taken from the jungle by the man in the yellow hat to live in a new home, but--oh, what happened! Though trying to be good, George is still very curious and takes a swim in the ocean, escapes from jail, and goes for a flying ride on a bunch of balloons.$25.00ISBN: 9780807056431Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Beacon Press - March 28th, 2001
In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the "great transformation" of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market, but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market capitalism.$16.95ISBN: 9780375701160Availability: Backordered - Please CallPublished: Vintage - July 27th, 1999
"John E. Woods is revising our impression of Thomas Mann, masterpiece by masterpiece." --The New Yorker
"Doctor Faustus is Mann's deepest artistic gesture. . . . Finely translated by John E. Woods." --The New Republic$19.00ISBN: 9780156701532Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Mariner Books - March 21st, 1973
“How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment? The short answer is that we, too, live in dark times, even if they are different and perhaps less dark, and “Origins” raises a set of fundamental questions about how tyranny can arise and the dangerous forms of inhumanity to which it can lead.” Jeffrey C.$21.00ISBN: 9780226776941Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: University of Chicago Press - October 15th, 1965In this classic work, Leo Strauss examines the problem of natural right and argues that there is a firm foundation in reality for the distinction between right and wrong in ethics and politics.$16.00ISBN: 9780679723165Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Vintage - March 13th, 1989
Awe and exhiliration--along with heartbreak and mordant wit--abound in Lolita, Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America.$17.00ISBN: 9781501117015Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Atria Books - December 15th, 2015
“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review
The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel thEmail or call for current price informationISBN: 9780880014564Availability: Out of Print - Please call for more informationPublished: Ecco - July 30th, 1999$21.00ISBN: 9780374520557Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 1987
This collection of essays thrusts Brodsky--heretofore known more for his poetry and translations--into the forefront of the "Third Wave" of Russian emigre writers. His insights into the works of Dostoyevsky, Mandelstam, Platonov, as well as non-Russian poets Auden, Cavafy and Montale are brilliant.Email or call for current price informationISBN: 9781628725858Availability: Special OrderPublished: Arcade - February 2nd, 2016
Nuruddin Farah is one of the real interpreters of experience in our troubled continent. His insight goes deep, beyond events.”Nadine Gordimer
Winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Nuruddin Farah is one of Africa's most respected contemporary writers.$14.00ISBN: 9780140246841Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Penguin Books - December 1994
Ariel Dorfman's explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by the humane doctor Roberto Miranda.$17.00ISBN: 9780140157659Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Penguin Books - October 1994
The shocking memoir by visionary Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas "is a book above all about being free," said The New York Review of Books--sexually, politically, artistically.$17.00ISBN: 9780345381439Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Ballantine Books - February 10th, 1993
“Impressive . . . [Cristina García’s] story is about three generations of Cuban women and their separate responses to the revolution. Her special feat is to tell it in a style as warm and gentle as the ‘sustaining aromas of vanilla and almond,’ as rhythmic as the music of Beny Moré.”—Time
$25.00ISBN: 9780671510992Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 1995
A brilliant, sweeping history of diplomacy that includes personal stories from the noted former Secretary of State, including his stunning reopening of relations with China.
The seminal work on foreign policy and the art of diplomacy.
Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry Kissinger describes how the art of d$15.99ISBN: 9780060856267Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Harper Perennial - April 4th, 2006
From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.
One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of$18.99ISBN: 9780062265463Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Harper Perennial - January 22nd, 2013
A national bestseller on its original publication in 2003, Madam Secretary is a riveting account of the life of America's first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.$16.00ISBN: 9781594482854Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2008
Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent.$14.00ISBN: 9780374531263Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Sarah Crichton Books - August 5th, 2008
My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
"Because there is a war."
"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"
"Yes, all the time."
I smile a little.
"You should tell us about it sometime."$17.00ISBN: 9781594486517Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013
National Book Award winner Masha Gessen's biography of a ruthless man's ascent to near-absolute power.$16.00ISBN: 9781451657715Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Simon & Schuster - June 4th, 2013
A beautiful celebration of the power of hope, this New York Times bestselling novel tells the story of a girl who comes of age during the Cambodian genocide.
You are about to read an extraordinary story, a PEN Hemingway Award finalist “rich with history, mythology, folklore, language and emotion.” It will take you to the very depths of despair and show you unspeakable hor$16.00ISBN: 9780812982497Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 7th, 2014
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE NEW YORK TIMES • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MORE THAN 45 PUBLICATIONS, INCLUDING$16.00ISBN: 9780802124944Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to ConfirmPublished: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal.$15.95ISBN: 9780393352870Availability: We can get this book for you, usually within two days.Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 2nd, 2016
Robert, an Oakland cop, still can't let go of Suzy, the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him. Now she's disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent smuggler who blackmails Robert into finding her.