We're all familiar with American and British authors such as Charles Dickens, Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. But how about bestselling authors from countries such as Brazil, Japan, or Guatemala? AbeBooks is pleased to uncover the following selection of collectible works by authors from around the world.

South Africa

Dusklands

J.M. Coetzee

Dusklands

Recommended by Clarke's Africana Rare Books, Cape Town South Africa

John M. Coetzee, a modern South African novelist, is a past winner of the Nobel Prize and a double Booker Prize winner.

Clarke's Africanan Rare Books is pleased to offer the following copy of Dusklands:

Coetzee (J.M.) Dusklands, 134 pages, 8vo (226 x 149 mm), original publisher's light green cloth, squareback bound, a very good copy in the dust jacket. Ravan Press (Pty) Ltd., P.O. Box 31134, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 1974 $580

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India

The English Teacher

R. K. Narayan

The English Teacher

R.K. Narayan, a celebrated English-language novelist from India first came to international attention when his works were hailed in England by Graham Greene.

First English Edition. Hard Cover. One corner bumped, rough erasure to front flyleaf, still a tight, clean and near fine copy in bright, very good to near fine dust wrapper, price clipped and with a touch of foxing and scant bit of soiling to rear panel.

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Japan

A Pale View of Hills

Kazuo Ishiguro

A Pale View of Hills

The first novel by the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, a story in which the sorrows of war-torn Nagasaki reach deep into the English countryside.

[London]: Faber & Faber, 1982. 8vo,183pp. Original boards. A fine copy in fine price-clipped dustjacket. First edition of the author's first book. Scarce, especially in nice condition.

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Guatemala

Leyendas de Guatemala

Miguel Angel Asturias

Leyendas de Guatemala

The first major work by the Guatemalan novelist. This study of early Mayan legends and folklore was much admired by Paul Valéry, who called it a collection of 'history-dream-poems'.

Madrid, Ediciones Oriente, 1930. 8vo, pp. 207, with numerous illustrations of Mayan motifs in the text; paper lightly browned; uncut and unopened, in the striking original colour-illustrated wrappers by Puyol, slightly dust-soiled, bookplate inside front wrapper. First edition, rare.

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Finland

The Wanderer

Mika Waltari

The Wanderer

Mika Waltari, considered to be one of the major Finnish writers of the 20th-century, is best-known for his historical novels, especially The Egyptian which appeared in 1945.

First American edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper with a single short tear at the crown. Middle Eastern romance set around the activities of a handsome and resourceful young slave.

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China

Soul Mountain

Gao Xingjian

Soul Mountain

One of China's best known dissidents, writer and playwright Gao Xingjian, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000.

Harper Collins, 2000, 1st/1st American Ed. Mint/mint. Flawless ochre/red hardboards. Textblock clean, crisp, tight, square. Unclipped satin pictorial dj flawless, protected in clear Brodart wrapper.

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Brazil

Dom Casmurro

Machado de Assis

Dom Casmurro

Machado de Assis wrote novels in the 19th century and is one of the most successful Brazilian author in terms of how many of his books were absolute bestsellers.

First American edition. Scattered foxing to the endpapers and the cloth spine, near fine in lightly rubbed, near fine dustwrapper. First U.S. appearance by the Brazilian novelist who died in 1908.

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Australia

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Richard Flanagan

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Richard Flanagan is very well known as much for his outspoken commentary on current events, especially conservation issues, as for his novels.

No faults. 425p. Blue papered boards, gilt lettering on spine, fore-edge uncut. Signed by the author on title page. The novel won a Victorian Premier's Prize, was 1999 ABA Australian Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the 1998 Miles Franklin Award.

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