Category: Literature

  • The Saga of Gösta Berling (Penguin Classics)

    By Selma Lagerlöf

    100 years in the past, Selma Lagerlöf grew to become the 1st lady to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She guaranteed her position in Swedish letters with this sweeping ancient epic, her first and best-loved novel, and the root for the 1924 silent movie of an analogous identify that introduced Greta Garbo to stardom. Set in 1820s Sweden, it tells the tale of a defrocked minister named Gösta Berling. After his urge for food for alcohol and former indiscretions finish his profession, Berling reveals a house at Ekeby, an ironworks property owned via Margareta Celsing, the "Majoress," that still homes and collection of eccentric veterans of the Napoleanic Wars. Berling's defiant and poetic spirit proves magnetic to a string of girls, who fall less than his spell opposed to the backdrop of political intrigue at Margareta's property and the significant wintry fantastic thing about rural Sweden.
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  • La Guerra No Tiene Rostro de Mujer / War's Unwomanly Face


    «Soy historiadora de almas [...]. Por un lado, estudio a l. a. personality concreta que ha vivido en una época concreta y ha participado en unos acontecimientos concretos; por otro lado, quiero discernir en esa character al ser humano eterno. los angeles vibración de eternidad. Lo que en él hay de inmutable.»
    Svetlana Alexiévich

    Casi un millón de mujeres combatió en las filas del Ejército Rojo durante los angeles segunda guerra mundial, pero su historia nunca ha sido contada. Este libro reúne los recuerdos de cientos de ellas, mujeres que fueron francotiradoras, condujeron tanques o trabajaron en hospitales de campaña. Su historia no es una historia de l. a. guerra, ni de los combates, es los angeles historia de hombres y mujeres en guerra.

    ¿Qué les ocurrió? ¿Cómo les transformó? ¿De qué tenían miedo? ¿Cómo period aprender a matar? Estas mujeres, l. a. mayoría porprimera vez en sus vidas, cuentan los angeles parte no heroica de l. a. guerra, a menudo ausente de los relatos de los veteranos. Hablan de l. a. suciedad y del frío, del hambre y de l. a. violencia sexual, de l. a. angustia y de los angeles sombra omnipresente de l. a. muerte. Alexiévich deja que sus voces resuenen en este libro estremecedor, que pudo reescribir en 2002 para introducir los fragmentos tachados por l. a. censura y fabric que no se había atrevido a usar en l. a. primera versión.

    «[...] por su escritura polifónica, que es un monumento al valor y al sufrimiento en nuestro tiempo.»

    Jurado de l. a. Academia Sueca al otorgar a l. a. autora el Premio Nobel de Literatura 2015.

    «Gracias a Alexiévich, l. a. historia de un millón de mujeres que participaron en el ejército soviético o como partisanas contra los alemanes es algo menos desconocida.»
    Felipe Sahagún, El Cultural de El Mundo

    «De los angeles lectura de los libros de Alexiévich (Stanislaviv, 1948) no es posible salir indemne.»
    Gabriel Albiac, ABC Cultural


    This ebook is a confession, a rfile and a list of people's reminiscence. greater than two hundred ladies communicate in it, describing how younger women, who dreamed of changing into brides, grew to become squaddies in 1941. greater than 500,000 Soviet ladies participated on a par with males within the moment international battle, the main bad conflict of the twentieth century. girls not just rescued and bandaged the wounded but in addition fires a sniper's rifle, blew up bridges, went reconnoitering and killed... They killed the enemy who, with exceptional cruelty, had attacked their land, their houses and their childrens. Soviet author of Bychorussia, Svetlana Alexiyevich spent 4 years engaged on the booklet, traveling over a hundred towns and cities, settlements and villages and recording the tales and recollections of girls battle veterans. The soviet press referred to as the book"a vibrant reporting of occasions long gone, which affected the future of the state as a whole." crucial factor in regards to the e-book isn't lots the front-line episodes as women's heart-rending stories within the conflict. via their testimony the earlier makes an impassioned entice the current, denouncing yesterday's and state-of-the-art fascism...
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  • George Santayana's Marginalia: A Critical Selection, Volume 2: McCord-Zeller

    By George Santayana

    Quantity 2. Retail caliber PDF.

    In his essay "Imagination," George Santayana writes, "There are books during which the footnotes, or the reviews scrawled via a few reader's hand within the margins, will be extra fascinating than the text." Santayana himself used to be an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although smartly, by no means scrawling) reviews that light up, contest, or apparently extend the author's suggestion. those volumes provide a variety of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes provide the reader an strange point of view on Santayana's lifestyles and paintings. he's by means 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 hindrance for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks.

    These volumes record alphabetically by means of writer the entire books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a variety of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or scholar of Santayana's proposal, his paintings, and his existence. each one access features a headnote with the author's identify, the name of the paintings, short book details, and the library situation of the publication. now not 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 speaking to, and speaking again to, a superb miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes record these conversations.
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  • Sauron Defeated: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part 4 (The History of Middle-Earth, Book 9)

    By J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien

    Within the first a part of Sauron Defeated, Christopher Tolkien completes his account of the writing of The Lord of the jewelry, starting with Sam's rescue of Frodo from the Tower of Kirith Ungol, and giving a really diversified account of the Scouring of the Shire. This half ends with models of the formerly unpublished Epilogue, another finishing to the masterpiece within which Sam makes an attempt to respond to his children's questions years after the departure of Bilbo and Frodo from the gray Havens. the second one half introduces The concept membership Papers, now released for the 1st time. Written by means of J.R.R. Tolkien within the period among the 2 Towers and The go back of the King (1945-1946), those mysterious Papers, found within the early years of the twenty-first century, record the discussions of a literary membership in Oxford within the years 1986-1987. these accustomed to the Inklings will see a parallel with the gang whose individuals incorporated J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. After a dialogue of the probabilities of commute via area and time throughout the medium of 'true dream," the tale turns to the legend of Atlantis, the unusual communications obtained by way of contributors of the membership out of distant previous, and the violent irruption of the legend into northwestern Europe. heavily linked to the Papers is a brand new model of the Numenorean legend, The Drowning of Anadune, which constitutes the 3rd a part of the ebook. at the moment the language of the lads of the West, Adunaic, was once first devised - Tolkien's 15th invented language. The booklet concludes with an problematic account of the constitution of this language through Arundel Lowdham, a member of the thought membership, who discovered it in his goals. Sauron Defeated is illustrated with the altering conceptions of the castle of Kirith Ungol and Mount Doom, formerly unpublished drawings of Orthanc and Dunharrow, and fragments of manuscript written in Numenorean script.
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  • The Seven Madmen (New York Review Books Classics)

    By Roberto Arlt

    A peculiar ask yourself of Argentine and glossy literature and a vital paintings for Julio Cortázar, The Seven Madmen starts whilst its hapless and hopeless hero, Erdosain, is brushed aside from his task as a invoice collector for embezzlement. Then his spouse leaves him and issues purely cross downhill after that. Erdosain wanders the crowded, complicated streets of Buenos Aires, thronging with immigrants virtually as displaced and alienated as he's, and reveals himself between a gaggle of conspirators who're in thrall to a guy identified easily because the Astrologer. The Astrologer has the remedy for every little thing that ails civilization. Unemployment may be cured via mass enslavement. (Mountains should be hollowed out and became factories.) Mass enslavement could be funded by means of industrial-scale prostitution. That scheme might be kicked off with homicide. “D’you be aware of you seem like Lenin?” Erdosain asks the Astrologer. in the meantime Erdosain struggles to figure out the actual position and dimensions of the soul, this factor that's inflicting him lots pain.

    Brutal, uncouth, caustic, and brilliantly coloured, The Seven Madmen takes its bearings from Dostoyevsky whereas looking ahead to Thomas Pynchon and wonder Comics.
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  • World Without End

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary global with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in 12th-century England that founded at the development of a cathedral and the lads, ladies, and youngsters whose lives it replaced ceaselessly. Critics have been beaten, and readers and listeners ever due to the fact have was hoping for a sequel.

    eventually, the following it's. even if the 2 novels should be listened to in any order, World with no End happens within the comparable city of Kingsbridge, centuries after the townspeople comprehensive construction the beautiful Gothic cathedral that was once on the center of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are back on the middle of an internet of affection and hate, greed and satisfaction, ambition and revenge.

    3 years within the writing, World with out End once more exhibits that Ken Follett is a masterful writer writing on the best of his craft.

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  • A Game of Thrones 4-Book Bundle: A Song of Ice and Fire Series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows

    By George R.R. Martin

    George R. R. Martin's A track of Ice and hearth sequence has turn into, in lots of methods, the most fulfilling for contemporary epic myth. Martin—dubbed the "American Tolkien" through Time magazine—has created an international that's as wealthy and very important as any piece of old fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and jam-packed with a plethora of attention-grabbing, multidimensional characters that you just love, hate to like, or like to hate as they try for keep an eye on of a divided state. it truly is this very power that has led it to be tailored because the HBO miniseries “Game of Thrones.”

    This package deal comprises the subsequent novels:
    A online game OF THRONES
    A conflict OF KINGS
    A hurricane OF SWORDS
    A dinner party FOR CROWS
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  • Three Novels of Ancient Egypt: Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis of Nubia, Thebes at War (Everyman's Library)


    From Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz: the 3 exceptional novels—published in an omnibus variation for the 1st time—that shape an ancient-Egyptian counterpart to his well-known Cairo Trilogy.


    Mahfouz reaches again millions of years to carry us stories from his homeland's majestic early history—tales of the Egyptian the Aristocracy and of conflict, star-crossed love, and the divine rule of the pharoahs. In Khufu's Wisdom, the mythical Fourth Dynasty monarch faces the possibility of the tip of his rule and the chance that his daughter has fallen in love with the guy prophesied to be his successor. Rhadopis of Nubia is the unforgettable tale of the charismatic younger Pharoah Merenra II and the ravishing courtesan Rhadopis, whose love affair makes them the envy of all Egyptian society. And Thebes at War tells the epic tale of Egypt's victory over the Asiatic foreigners who ruled the rustic for 2 centuries.


    Three Novels of historical Egypt supplies us a stunning tapestry of historical Egypt and reminds us of the awesome artistry of Naguib Mahfouz.

    (Book Jacket prestige: Jacketed)

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  • Dita Saxovna

    By Arnost Lustig

    Dita Saxova is an eighteen-year-old focus camp survivor attempting to begin a brand new existence in postwar Prague. residing in a unique hostel for orphans from the camps, too previous to be cared for parentally, too younger to be absolutely grownup, too soaked in fact to harbor many illusions, Dita struggles to reconcile struggles to reconcile her unfathomable previous together with her enigmatic destiny. First released in Czech in 1962, then in English in 1979, Dita Saxova confirms Arnost Lustig's position as one of many masterful storytellers of the Holocaust period.

    From Library Journal
    Lustig's novel received the nationwide Jewish ebook Award upon its 1979 debut. The semiautobiographical story relates the tale of a tender Czechoslovakian lady attempting to positioned her existence again jointly after surviving the Holocaust. A "touching and painful story" ( LJ 7/79) for overseas collections.
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  • Joshua Then and Now

    By Mordecai Richler

    Joshua Then and Now is set Joshua Shapiro this day, and the Joshua he used to be. His father a boxer grew to become sincere criminal, his mom an erotic dancer whose maximum functionality was once at Joshua’s bar mitzvah, Joshua has conquer his inauspicious beginnings within the Jewish ghetto of Montreal to turn into a celebrated tv author and a winning journalist. yet Joshua, now middle-aged, isn't really a cheerful guy. Incapacitated through a freak coincidence, anguished through the disappearance of his WASP spouse, and stuck up in a intercourse scandal, Joshua is besieged through the clicking and plagued by the ghosts of his early life. Set in Montreal, the radical chronicles the rocky trip all of us make among the nations of the prior and the current. Raucous, opinionated, soft, Joshua Then and Now is a memorable day trip into Mordecai Richler's comedian universe.
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