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A Writer's Diary by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Tr Kenneth Lantz, Quartet pounds 25. The first complete translation into English of Dostoyevsky's journal; what new work can match it for depth and power? Review by Gabriel Josipovici, 20 August

Prussia by Giles MacDonogh, Sinclair- Stevenson, pounds 20. Thoughtful and original work that questions our assumptions, particularly about the Prussian contribution to the culture of Nazism. Review by Godfrey Hodgson, 20 August

Deep River by Shusaku Endo, Peter Owen, pounds 14.99, Tr. Van C Gessel. A touching, careful examination of the lives of a group of Japanese tourists in India, marked by Endo's characteristic struggle with the Christian faith. First book on to the shortlist for the pounds 10,000 Independent foreign fiction award.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr, Little, Brown, pounds 16.99. A haunting, horribly plausible thriller set in 19th-century New York. Review by Anthony Quinn, 6 August.

Gwenllian by Peter Lord, Gomer, pounds 12.95. A persuasive look at Welsh art that confirms that the Welsh have eyes as well as voices. Review by Jan Morris, 13 August.

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