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City of the Mind

| December 23, 2016 | admin | 0

By Penelope Lively

Surely one of many most interesting dwelling novelists this present day provides a poignant love tale and a well timed meditation at the urban of London which has visible destruction, loss, and quest over numerous centuries. five cassettes.

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The Unseen

| December 23, 2016 | admin | 0

By Nanni Balestrini

For a short explosive interval within the mid-1970s, the younger and the unemployed of Italy’s towns joined the staff in an all of sudden militant flow identified easily as Autonomy (Autonomia). Its “politics of refusal” united its competitors at the back of draconian measures extra critical than any obvious because the war.

Nanni Balestrini, the poet of teenage uprising, himself a sufferer of that repression, has invented a extraordinary fictional shape to specific the hopes and conflicts of the move. In spare yet shiny prose, The Unseen follows Autonomy’s trajectory in the course of the eyes of a unmarried working-class protagonist—from high-school uprising, squatting and makes an attempt to establish a unfastened radio station to arrest and the brutalities of imprisonment. this can be a strong and gripping novel: a unprecedented evocation of the depth of dedication, the eagerness of politics.

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George Santayana's Marginalia: A Critical Selection, Volume 2: McCord-Zeller

| December 23, 2016 | admin | 0

By George Santayana

Quantity 2. Retail caliber PDF.

In his essay "Imagination," George Santayana writes, "There are books within which the footnotes, or the reviews scrawled by means of a few reader's hand within the margins, can be extra attention-grabbing than the text." Santayana himself was once an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although well, by no means scrawling) reviews that light up, contest, or curiously extend the author's inspiration. those volumes provide a variety of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes supply the reader an strange viewpoint on Santayana's lifestyles and paintings. he's by way of turns severe (often), approving (seldom), literary, slangy, frivolous, or even spiteful. The notes exhibit his humor, his occasional outcry at a writer's folly, his trouble for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks.

These volumes checklist alphabetically through writer all of the books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a range of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or pupil of Santayana's proposal, his artwork, and his lifestyles. each one access incorporates a headnote with the author's identify, the identify of the paintings, short book info, and the library position of the e-book. no longer all marginalia from a given textual content is integrated; the notes were chosen for content material and style.

Santayana, usually residing in solitude, spent loads of his time chatting with, and speaking again to, a superb miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes rfile these conversations.

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A Prince of Swindlers

| December 23, 2016 | admin | 0

By Guy Boothby

One of literature’s first, maximum, and such a lot dastardly gentleman rogues eventually joins the Penguin Classics crime list

First released in 1900, A Prince of Swindlers introduces Simon Carne, a gentleman thief predating either E. W. Hornung’s A. J. Raffles and Maurice Leblanc’s Arsène Lupin. The British Viceroy first meets Carne whereas touring in India. Charmed, he invitations the reclusive hunchbacked pupil to London, little suspecting that his visitor is basically an adventurer and a grasp of hide. Carne—aided by means of his dependable butler, Belton—embarks on against the law spree, stealing from London’s richest electorate after which making fools of them via posing as a detective investigating the thefts. Now again in print after over a century, man Boothby’s story provides to please a brand new new release of crime fans.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts improved by way of introductions and notes through unusual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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The Wild Geese

| December 23, 2016 | admin | 0

Written in 1913, this contemporary vintage used to be the resource for the hugely acclaimed movie, The Mistress

In The Wild Geese, favourite jap novelist Ogai Mori bargains a poignant tale of unfulfilled love, set opposed to the history of the dizzying social swap accompanying the autumn of the Meiji regime. The younger heroine, Otama, is compelled by means of poverty to develop into a moneylender's mistress. She is surrounded through skillfully-drawn characters—her weak-willed father, her virile and calculating lover (and his suspicious wife), and the good-looking pupil who's either the thing of her hope and the emblem of her rescue—as good as a colourful procession of Meiji period figures—geisha, scholars, entertainers, unscrupulous matchmakers, shopkeepers, and grasping landladies.

Like these round her, and prefer the wild ducks of the titles, Otama yearns for the liberty of flight. Her dawning recognition of her problem brings the radical to a touching climax.

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Dusk: A Novel (Modern Library Paperbacks)

| December 23, 2016 | admin | 0

By F. Sionil Jose

With Dusk (originally released within the Philippines as Po-on), F. Sionil Jose starts off his five-novel Rosales Saga, which the poet and critic Ricaredo Demetillo known as "the first nice Filipino novels written in English." Set within the Eighteen Eighties, Dusk files the exile of a tenant relatives from its village and the recent existence it makes an attempt to make within the small city of Rosales. right here commences the epic story of a relatives unwillingly thrown into the turmoil of historical past. yet this is often greater than a historic novel; it's also the everlasting tale of man's tortured look for precise religion and the bigger which means of lifestyles. Jose has accomplished a fiction of remarkable scope and keenness, a publication as significant to Philippine literature as One Hundred Years of Solitude is to Latin American literature.

"The ideal Filipino novelist in English, his novels deserve a much broader readership than the Philippines can offer."--Ian Buruma, manhattan overview of Books

"Tolstoy himself, let alone Italo Svevo, might envy the writer of this story."--Chicago Tribune

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Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance

| December 23, 2016 | admin | 0

Berlin, September 1872. The Duncker brothers, Max and Wolfgang, personal a thriving publishing company within the urban. smart, irresponsible Max is as keen on playing and brothels because the older, wiser, Wolfgang is of constructing a revenue. whilst Max's undesirable conduct get out of hand, Wolfgang sends him to the Spa city of Homburg, to bounce attendance upon a star writer - the enigmatic Sibyl, sometimes called George Eliot. As mesmerizing and clever as her books, she quickly has Max bewitched. but Wolfgang has an ulterior cause: for his brother to contemplate Sophie von Hahn, daughter of a prosperous relations good friend, as a possible spouse. first and foremost, Max is lured by way of Sophie's attractiveness and his affectionate thoughts in their shared youth. yet Sophie proves to be not anything just like the imaginative and prescient of angelic domesticity Max was once looking forward to. Mischievous, wilful and bold, Sophie gambles recklessly and rides horses like a guy. either ladies have Max in thrall - one along with her early life and keenness, the opposite together with her knowledge and fierce intelligence. Out of his intensity, Max reveals himself precariously balanced among Sophie and the Sibyl. what is extra, Sophie worships the nice novelist of questionable morals - and is decided to fulfill her. A compelling Victorian novel and a playful meditation at the construction of literature, Sophie and the Sibyl balances a story of courtship and seduction with a desirable, vigorous imagining of the author George Eliot on the finish of her boldly unconventional existence, and the peak of her repute.

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The Headmaster's Wager

| December 23, 2016 | admin | 0

By Vincent Lam

   Percival Chen is the headmaster of the main revered English academy in Nineteen Sixties Saigon and is definitely acquainted with bribing a forever-changing record of presidency officers on the way to preserve the elite prestige of his university. Fiercely happy with his chinese language history, he's speedy to identify the enterprise possibilities rife in a divided state, although he additionally harbors a weak point for playing haunts and the ladies who widespread them. He devotedly ignores all information of the scuffling with that swirls round him, picking in its place to learn the faces of his rivals at high-stakes mahjong tables. but if his basically son will get in hassle with the Vietnamese specialists, Percival faces the boundaries of his connections and wealth and is compelled to ship him away. In the loneliness that follows, Percival reveals solace in Jacqueline, a gorgeous lady of combined French and Vietnamese history whom he's capable of divulge heart's contents to. yet because the complexities of struggle encroach additional into his international, he needs to confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see.

Now with additional Libris fabric, together with a reader’s advisor and bonus content material

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