Whether it’s books in our World Literature in Translation collection or reading and understanding ancient languages, these books will take you on a trip around the world.

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World Literature in Translation

A stunning collection of classics from around the world, read around the world

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Greek Poems to the Gods
Hymns from Homer to Proclus

by Barry B. Powell

The ancient Greek hymnic tradition translated beautifully and accessibly. 

Greek Poems to the Gods distills over a thousand years of the ancient Greek hymnic tradition into a single volume. Acclaimed translator Barry B. Powell brings these fabulous texts to life in English, hewing closely to the poetic beauty of the original Greek. His superb introductions and notes give readers essential context, making the hymns as accessible to a beginner approaching them for the first time as to an advanced student continuing to explore their secrets.

The Book of Yokai
Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore

by Michael Dylan Foster

Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers.

Drawing on years of research in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the history and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, interpreting their meanings, and introducing people who have hunted them through the ages.