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Without further ado, here are ten brilliant and barely-known books from ten countries in Eastern Europe. The Fall of the Stone City , his latest novel, is one of his best: it satirizes the German invasion of an Albanian city and shows how under Communism hallucinations can distort and become reality. It only takes two or three hours to read, which is just the right amount of time to listen to an old man describing the funniest parts of his entire life. When I originally read the story of a kleptomaniac translator who steals astonishing amounts of money, jewelry, and valuables between the original version of a text and its translator, I was riveted. This is the story of a town named Primeval, and of the people who lived there from the First World War to the beginning of Solidarity. This is also the story of many Times, each one a different chapter describing a new place or a new person. What kind of book gets published in a male edition and a female edition?
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