Books: Recommended

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A Writer's Diary by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Tr Kenneth Lantz, Quartet pounds 25. The first 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. Japanese tourists on the loose in India, dogged by a characteristic religious turmoil. Shortlisted for this year's pounds 10,000 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.

Made in America by Bill Bryson, Secker, pounds 15. Hilarious odyssey through America's language jungle. Review by Pete Davies, 8 July.