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The Forming of a Self in Claudia Durastanti’s Strangers I Know

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Claudia Durastanti’s English debut is a flame held up to the inexpressible self.

Blank Canvases and Self Portraits in White on White

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In her second novel, Ayşegül Savaş goes deep into the human experience, beautiful and fraught, delivering a renewed perception of what it means to be a person among other people.

Withholding and Revealing in Lily King’s Five Tuesdays in Winter

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Lily King’s new story collection drops readers into imperfect lives, evoking awe and anger and admiration and futility, reminding us how it feels to be human.

Cruel Compassion in Zülfü Livaneli’s Disquiet

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The characters in Zülfü Livaneli’s Disquiet cross borders, enter lives, and make real distant traumas for those whose only knowledge of the Syrian Civil War is from headlines.