Loosely attached with half One and the German legend of Faust, half is a dramatic epic instead of a strictly developed drama. it's conceived as an act of homage to classical Greek tradition and encouraged particularly by means of the realm of story-telling and delusion on the middle of the Greek culture, in addition to owing a few of its fabric to the Arabian Nights stories.
The stressed and ruthless hero, steered through his cynical demon-companion Mephistopheles, visits classical Greece i seek of the gorgeous Helen of Troy. Returning to trendy occasions, he seeks to crown his occupation via gaining keep an eye on of the weather, and at his dying is carried up into the unkown areas, nonetheless in pursuit of the `Eternal Feminine'.
David Luke's translation of half One gained the eu Poetry Translation Prize. the following he back imitates the various verse-forms of the unique, and gives a hugely readable - and actable - translation, supported by means of an advent, complete notes, and an index of classical mythology.
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By A. J. Kleywegt
This paintings presents a whole statement at the first e-book of Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, an epic which has got elevated realization within the previous few many years, as should be noticeable from contemporary variations (1997 and 2003). Its first target is to elucidate the textual content, that's occasionally fairly tough and, in areas, nonetheless no longer confirmed with sure bet. except this philological element, the literary benefits of the poem have additionally been taken into consideration.
By Camy Tang
'Sushi for One? is an interesting romp into the area of multi-culturalism. I enjoyed studying the idiosyncrasies of Lex's loopy family---which have been thoroughly common. Enjoy!' ---Kristen Billerbeck, writer of What a woman wishes 'In Lex Sakai, Camy Tang supplies us a humorous, plucky, volleyball-playing heroine with means too many balls within the air. I defy someone to begin interpreting and never root for Lex the entire option to the story's romantic, super-satisfying end.' ---Trish Perry, writer of the fellow I'm no longer courting Lex Sakai's relatives is gigantic, nosy, and marriage-minded. whilst her cousin Mariko will get married, Lex becomes the oldest unmarried cousin within the extended family. Lex has used her biblical studies category on Ephesians to assemble a major checklist of qualities for the appropriate guy. however the one guy she retains operating into doesn't appear to have a unmarried caliber on her record. It's merely whilst the always-in-control Lex starts off to allow God take over that every one the items of this hilarious romance eventually fall into position.
By Nawal El Saadawi
Who will overthrow the Imam? Who will defeat the oppression, the tyranny, the injustice and the killings? ... Then, who's the Imam? Is he the guy, the male, the daddy, the husband, the ruler, the chief? Bint Allah (the Daughter of God), a stunning illegitimate woman, a toddler of sin, regarded down upon by means of these round her, is falsely accused by way of the Imam of adulterous relationships and sentenced to loss of life by means of stoning. This robust and poetic novel by way of Egypt's best feminist author finds the underlying hypocrisy of a male-dominated non secular nation, and increases expertise of the unbearable difficulty of girls in a society so as to finally self-destruct. "More than the other girl, El Saadawi has come to include the rigors of Arab Feminism."—San Francisco Chronicle "A poignant-and brave-writer."—Marie Claire
By James N. Loehlin
Chekhov is generally said as the most influential literary figures of contemporary occasions. Russia's preeminent playwright, he performed an important position in revolutionizing the trendy theatre. His influence on prose fiction writing is incalculable: he helped outline the fashionable brief tale. starting with an interesting account of Chekhov's lifestyles and cultural context in nineteenth-century Russia, this ebook introduces the reader to this interesting and complicated character. not like a lot feedback of Chekhov, it comprises designated discussions of either his fiction and his performs. The creation lines his concise, impressionistic prose sort from early comedian sketches to mature works comparable to 'Ward No. 6' and 'In the Ravine'. analyzing Chekhov's improvement as a dramatist, the ebook considers his one-act vaudevilles and early works, whereas supplying a close, act-by-act research of the masterpieces on which his popularity rests: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, 3 Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.
By Patricia Highsmith
Tales of ordinary and Unnatural Catastrophes is the final brief fiction released in the course of Highsmith's lifetime. the 10 eerily updated tales chronicle an international long gone just a little mad; environmental degradation, apocalyptic catastrophe, political chaos, and spiritual conservatism are captured in incisive prose that leaves us haunted with “afterimages that would tremble—but stay—in our minds” (The New Yorker).
By Armistead Maupin
The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comedian, and touching 9th novel in Armistead Maupin’s bestselling “Tales of the town” sequence, follows certainly one of sleek literature’s such a lot unforgettable and enduring characters—Anna Madrigal, the mythical transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane—as she embarks on a street journey that would take her deep into her past.
Now ninety-two, and devoted to the inspiration of “leaving like a lady,” Mrs. Madrigal has probably chanced on peace together with her “logical relatives” in San Francisco: her committed younger caretaker Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who've identified and enjoyed Anna for almost 4 decades.
Some individuals of Anna’s relatives are sure for the otherworldly panorama of Burning guy, the artwork group in Nevada’s Black Rock wasteland the place 60,000 revelers assemble to build a urban designed to final just one week. Anna herself has one other vacation spot in brain: a lonely stretch of street open air of Winnemucca the place the 16-year-old boy she as soon as was once ran clear of the whorehouse he known as domestic. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she trips into the dusty bothered middle of her melancholy adolescence to unearth a life of secrets and techniques and desires and attend to unfinished company she has lengthy avoided.
By Gabriele D'Annunzio
Putting the intercourse again in Pleasure, here is the 1st new English translation because the Victorian period of the nice Italian masterpiece of sensuality and seduction
Like Oscar Wilde’s Dorian grey, Andrea Sperelli lives his lifestyles as a piece of artwork, looking good looks and flouting the principles of morality and social interplay alongside the best way. In his aristocratic circles in Rome, he's a serial seducer. yet there are ladies who command his detailed regard: the gorgeous younger widow Elena, and the natural, virgin-like Maria. In Andrea’s pursuit of the exalted heights of maximum excitement, he performs them opposed to one another, spinning a sadistic internet of lust and deceit.
This new translation of D’Annunzio’s masterpiece, the 1st in additional than 100 years, restores what was once thought of too offensive to be incorporated within the 1898 translation—some of the very scenes which are key to the novel’s prestige as a landmark of literary decadence.
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By Michael Hattaway
This quantity bargains an outline of early glossy behavior of writing and studying, of e-book and level functionality, and of political and non secular writing.
- An creation to early smooth English literature for college students and normal readers.
- Considers the ways that early sleek writers build the prior, recuperate and adapt classical genres, write approximately humans and areas, and take on non secular and secular controversies.
- Illustrated with a large quantity of excerpts from early smooth texts.
- Writers represented contain extra, Erasmus, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton, in addition to much less popular authors.
By Alan Hollinghurst
Enthusiastic about certainly one of his students, instructor Edward Manners turns into embroiled in affairs with different males, yet purely after learning the lifestyles and paintings of Symbolist painter Edgard Orst does he come to comprehend the consequences of obsession. 25,000 first printing.