Calder Publications: The First Five

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    Calder Publications was started by John Calder in 1949, and became known for the edgy names it was proud of having in its list. This year, we’re relaunching Calder Publications with a brand-new look and a promising haul of titles. We are proud to be able to offer the first five Calder relaunch title…

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    Changing Track

    By Michel Butor

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    On a train from Paris to Rome on his way to surprise his lover, the businessman Léon Delmont begins to mull over his past and question the decisions he has made about his future. These musings – together with his impressions of the unfolding scenery, conjectures about his fellow passengers and some…

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    Six Plays

    By Luigi Pirandello

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    This selection of plays by Luigi Pirandello contains some of his best-known works, such as Six Characters in Search of an Author – an absurdist piece in which the characters, actors and Pirandello himself interact during the rehearsal of a fictional play within the play – and Henry IV – a tragicomic…

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    The Bérenger Plays: The Killer, Rhinocerous, Exit the King, Strolling in the Air

    By Eugène Ionesco

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    This collection brings together the four plays that feature Ionesco’s everyman protagonist Jean Bérenger. In ‘The Killer’, he comes across a “radiant city”, an ideal civilization which is unfortunately being terrorized by a killer, whom he decides to track down and dissuade from committing any furth…

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    The Blind Owl and Other Stories

    By Sadeq Hedayat

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    Written in Persian, The Blind Owl is predominantly a love story – an unconventional love story that elicits visions and nightmare reveries from the depths of the reader’s subconscious. A young man, an old man and a beautiful young girl perform, as if framed within a Persian miniature, a ritual of de…

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    The Flanders Road

    By Claude Simon

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    During the German advance through Belgium into France in 1940, Captain de Reixach is shot dead by a sniper. Three witnesses, involved with him during his lifetime in different capacities – a distant relative, an orderly and a jockey who had an affair with his wife – remember him and help the reader…

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    The Garden Square

    By Marguerite Duras

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    A young woman, working as a childminder for a living, takes her charge out to play in a Parisian garden square. Sitting on a bench, she starts talking to a stranger, a travelling salesman, and their conversation gradually turns into an exchange of confidences, as she speaks of her desire for a more…

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    The Wall

    By Jean-Paul Sartre

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    First published in 1939, a few years before his most influential works in theatre and philosophy, The Wall was Sartre’s first and only collection of short fiction. The title piece tells the story of a prisoner during the Spanish Civil War, on the eve of his execution by a firing squad, who is told h…

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    Tropisms

    By Nathalie Sarraute

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    A series of sketches and observations of daily life – a crowd gathering in front of shop windows, an old man talking to his grandchild about death, a professor lecturing about Proust and Rimbaud, a woman concealing her disdain at family gathering – Nathalie Sarraute’s first work of fiction places hu…

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    Young Adam

    By Alexander Trocchi

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    Set on a canal linking Glasgow and Edinburgh, Young Adam is the masterly literary debut by one of the most important British post-war novelists. Trocchi’s narrator is an outsider, a drifter working for the skipper of a barge. Together they discover a young woman’s corpse floating in the canal, and t…

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    The Voyeur

    By Alain Robbe-Grillet

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    When Mathias, a travelling watch salesman, returns after many years to the island of his birth, a young girl is found dead on the rocks. As Mathias makes an increasingly tense recapitulation of his movements on the day of the event, tiny details slowly and inexorably accumulate. Through the warped s…

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    The Erasers

    By Alain Robbe-Grillet

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    After a failed attempt on his life by an unknown terrorist cell, Professor Daniel Dupont decides to fake his own death. The government authorities, believing that the attack is part of a series of political assassinations, send Wallas, a recently promoted special investigator, to the provincial town…

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