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A Writer's Diary by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, translated by Kenneth Lantz, Quartet pounds 25. The first volume of a complete translation of the master's journal: what new work can match it for depth and power? Review by Gabriel Josipovici, 20 August

Deep River by Shusaku Endo, tr. Van C Gessel, Peter Owen, pounds 14.99. A touching description of a group of Japanese tourists on the loose in India, marked by Endo's characteristic religious turmoil. Shortlisted for this year's pounds 10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.

Dark Places by Kate Grenville, Picador, pounds 14.99. A richly imaginative exploration of the life of a sadistic Victorian patriarch. Review by Natasha Walter, 26 August.

Radon Daughters by Iain Sinclair, Jonathan Cape, pounds 14.99. East End mystery tale enriched by a swaggering, allusive style. Review by John Walsh, 27 August.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr, Little, Brown, pounds 16.99. A haunting, plausible thriller set in 19th-century New York. Review by Anthony Quinn, 5 August.

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