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Paul Durcan: His poem, Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin featured on the recent A Poem for Ireland shortlist.

The Days of Surprise by Paul Durcan

A Paul Durcan poem featured on the recent shortlist for A Poem For Ireland, itself a measure of his immense popularity in this country. The poet's ever-changing moods range from devastating social satire, madcap comedy, elegy and sometimes a wry outrage.

  • Hitler's First Victims by Timothy W Ryback

    On April 13, 1933, deputy prosecutor Josef Hartinger was summoned to Dachau concentration camp where four prisoners had just been shot. SS guards insisted that the men had attempted escape. But Hartinger sensed that far more sinister plans were afoot.

  • The History of Western Philosophy in 100 Haiku

    The History of Western Philosophy in 100 Haiku by Haris Vlavianos is translated from the Greek by Peter Mackridge.

  • Conflict and casualties: a riveting account of the Sri Lankan Civil War

    This Divided Island - Samanth Subramanian

    Samanth Subramanian's just-published 318-page book is a compelling account of the Sri Lankan civil war which ended in 2009.The book also deals with the catastrophic effects of the 2004 tsunami in which 30,000 Sri Lankans lost their lives.

  • The diabolical chaos of the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920 is vividly rendered in Babel's short stories.

    Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel

    Reading these anarchic tales from the front is like M*A*S*H without the scripted comedy. Isaac Babel (1894-1940) was a news correspondent with the Red Army who was murdered in Stalin's purges in 1940, at the age of 45.

  • The great harvest, from Pushkin to Akhmatova, Brodsky and beyond.

    The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry

    Russia's rich poetic heritage is revived brilliantly in English in the new anthology from Penguin Classics.

  • 28 Portuguese Poets: a great swathe of mostly twentieth century work

    28 Portuguese Poets: A Bilingual Anthology

    With translations by Richard Zenith and Alexis Levitin, 28 Portuguese Poets surveys a great florescence of Portuguese poetry from the late nineteenth century to the present day. We are the better for these Portuguese voices.

  • The spooky vitality in evidence in Peter Stamm's short stories flags just a little in the novels.

    All Days are Night - Peter Stamm

    The Swiss writer Peter Stamm (born 1963) was nominated for the Man Booker International prize in 2013, the year he was short-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. All Days are Night explores the aftermath of a fatal car crash.

  • The Captain's Daughter - the captivating story of the young adventurer Pyotr Grinov, first published in 1836.

    The Captain's Daughter by Alexander Pushkin

    Revealing on many levels, not least the social historical and the psychological, Pushkin's short novel is one of the great classics of nineteenth century fiction and deserves more attention, particularly in this vivid translation.

  • New stories from all across Europe

    Best European Fiction 2015

    Best European Fiction 2015 gathers the work of writers from all corners of Europe, from Spain, France, Estonia, Bulgaria, Latvia and many other countries. Some writers hit the mark, others are a bit like indie bands without guitar solos.

  • Mirza Waheed: an innate poetic sensibility but he also knows how to control a thriller.

    The Book of Gold Leaves by Mirza Waheed

    Mirza Waheed won the Guardian's First Book award for his debut novel, The Collaborator. His second novel is centred on the love affair between a young Shia woman and her Sunni lover as the Kashmir conflict rages in the early 1990s.

  • Story of a fresh start in a small town in Sweden after the horrors of Nazi Germany.

    A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz

    Göran Rosenberg's 320-page memoir sold 200,000 copies in Sweden on publication in 2012. The English translation appeared late last year in which a son paints a fascinating, ultimately tragic picture of his father who escaped death at Auschwitz.

  • Selected Poems, Lorca, Pessoa

    The work of celebrated European poets can be found in translation in Penguin Modern Classics. Selected Poems of Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa are both available in paperback.

  • French Poetry in Translation

    Bob Dylan perked our curiosity about the poems of Arthur Rimbaud all those years ago, and Penguin Classics lead the fray when it comes to finding not just Rimbaud, but French poetry in general, in translation. Paddy Kehoe looks at some selections.

  • Edgy and original, Petterson always makes you wonder where he will lead you with his darkly dysfunctional tales.

    I Refuse Per Petterson

    Per Petterson's novel Out Stealing Horses won the 2007 IMPAC Dublin Award, one of the richest literary prizes in the world. Out Stealing Horses explored a tormented soul and the new novel, I Refuse, deals with similar trouble at the (Norwegian) mill.