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Professor Martens' Departure by Jaan Kross, translated by Anselm Hollo, HarperCollins, pounds 15.99. A clever, painstaking subversion of communist life. Review by Doris Lessing, 19 February.

The Trials and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood by Jack Zipes, Routledge, pounds 13.99. Thirty-five versions of the classic fairy-tale expose the 'original' version as a fake. Review by Natasha Walter, 19 February.

The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh, Secker, pounds 8.99. Extraordinary novel about the shocking devastations of the war years by a North Vietnamese. Review by Geoff Dyer, 29 January.