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The Lives of Others


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Go, Went, Gone, by Jenny Erpenbeck. Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky. New Directions. 320 pages. $16.95.

Temporary People, by Deepak Unnikrishnan. Restless Books. 272 pages. $17.99.

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid. Riverhead Books. 240 pages. $26.

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is the author of, most recently, The Locals (Random House). His article “The Man Who Loved Metaphors” appeared in the September 2016 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

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