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Cult writers: New collections by Shirley Jackson, Clarice Lispector and Haruki Murakami

Newly published work from cult writers Shirley jackson,

Newly published work from cult writers Shirley jackson, Clarice Lispector and Haruki Murakami. Photo Credit: Random House/New Directions/Knopf

LET ME TELL YOU: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings, by Shirley Jackson. Best known for her creepy classic story "The Lottery," Jackson (1916-1965) has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, with reissues of neglected novels such as "The Bird's Nest" and "The Sundial." Now the author's own children, Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman Dewitt, have edited a collection of rare work, including unpublished stories, humor pieces and lectures on writing. (Random House, $30)

THE COMPLETE STORIES, by Clarice Lispector. For decades known primarily in Brazil and among international literati, Lispector (1920-1977) is at last enjoying acclaim in this country, thanks largely to a collection of her short stories translated by Katrina Dodson with an introduction by her biographer, Benjamin Moser. She has been variously likened to such modernist writers as Nabokov, Borges and Calvino, and the strange and mesmerizing stories here confirm her stature. (New Directions, $28.95)

WIND / PINBALL, by Haruki Murakami. Here are two novellas, widely available in English for the first time, by the acclaimed Japanese author of "1Q84," "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" and other titles. As Murakami explains in his introduction, "Hear the Wind Sing" and "Pinball, 1973," newly translated by Ted Goossen, were written at his kitchen table in 1978 and 1979, when he was managing a jazz bar in Tokyo. They offer an early look at the enigmatic, digressive style to be found in his better-known later novels. (Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95)

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