My Son's Story: A Novel

By Nadine Gordimer

When Will skips university to slide off to a film theater close to Johannesburg, he's surprised to determine his father. a normal mishap, yet his father isn't any traditional guy. he's a "colored" and respected anti-apartheid hero, and his woman better half is a white activist fiercely devoted to the reason. As Will struggles with confusion and bitterness, My Son's Story unravels the results of 1 man's infidelity as a brand new South Africa violently emerges from the apartheid.

"Captures with convincing aspect the ecstatic rewards and terrifying bills of progressive politics...Delineates with unblinking candor the collision of private and non-private adventure that happens every day in South Africa...A fiercely clever novel -- certainly one of her strongest yet." ―Michiko Kakutani, The ny Times

"Gordimer has taken South Africa's tragedy and laid the reality of it in our laps. the tale she inform sis lucid and achingly alive."―The Boston Sunday Globe

"Beautifully felt, either in its anger and its compassion...It is so wealthy as to make compliment superfluous, so important and annoying as to ship us...back into the realm with a heightened experience of what lifestyles in it may well mean."―USA Today

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

By Peirre Choderlos de Laclos

Love . . . intercourse . . . seduction. Of the 3, basically the final issues. Love is a meaningless note, and intercourse an ephemeral excitement, yet seduction is an fun online game during which victory ability energy and the power to humiliate one’s enemies and revel with one’s buddies.

So it really is for the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, supremely bored aristocrats through the ultimate years ahead of the French Revolution. jointly they concoct a wildly depraved bet: If Valmont can effectively seduce the virtuous spouse of a central authority respectable, Madame de Tourvel, then Madame Merteuil will sleep with him back. yet Madame Merteuil additionally wishes Valmont to beat the younger and blameless former convent schoolgirl, Cécile Volanges. Can he do both?

When Les Liaisons Dangereuses used to be first released in 1782, it either scandalized and titillated the aristocracy it was once aimed opposed to, who publicly denounced it and privately wolfed it. at the present time we nonetheless realize its relevance, for what will be extra modern than its appalling picture of daily evil — small, egocentric, manipulative, and mean. 

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La tía Jolesch, o la decadencia de Occidente en anécdotas

By Friedrich Torberg

Al cronista de esta esplendorosa e hilarante colección de recuerdos, «desde siempre las anécdotas le han parecido más concluyentes y esclarecedoras que los análisis excesivamente detallados». Friedrich Torberg tenía diez años cuando Viena dejó de ser una ciudad imperial y veinticinco cuando Hitler subió al poder: «siempre estuvo mi vida −dice− bajo el signo de un ocaso». El imperio austrohúngaro y los angeles burguesía judía, condenados a desaparecer, fueron su territorio espiritual, el escenario de una juventud poblada de tipos excéntricos y originales, «mezcla de ingenio y vivacidad». A esa época −y también a l. a. más trágica del exilio− volvió los ojos en 1975 al escribir l. a. tía Jolesch, o los angeles decadencia de Occidente en anécdotas, que fue un gran éxito en Austria. Por sus páginas, entre Viena y Praga, luego entre Zúrich y Hollywood, desfilan familias ilustres y figuras consagradas como Franz Werfel, Alfred Polgar, Hugo von Hofmannsthal o Karl Kraus, pero tambien viejos cascarrabias, expertos en cerveza o en tartas y bohemios sin remisión.

Entre sus cafés, restaurantes, periódicos, mesas de juego y lugares de veraneo, conoceremos a los angeles tía Jolesch y sus severos «aforismos de sabiduría popular»; a Krasa el Rojo, el hombre más potente de Praga; o al tío Hahn, que en 1923, en el estreno de Los diez mandamientos, se levantó en plena secuencia del paso del mar Rojo y en medio de los angeles sala exclamó: «Pero ¡no fue así como sucedió!».

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Los Buddenbrook: Decadencia de una familia (Pocket)

By Thomas Mann

Edhasa publica Los Buddenbrook, de Thomas Mann, con una esperada nueva traducción de Isabel García Adánez. sabel García Adánez ha encontrado una voz precisa para Thomas Mann en castellano. El éxito de su magnífica traducción en 2005 de los angeles montaña mágica fue arrollador: reportajes y críticas elogiosas en todos los medios de comunicación, Premio Quijote a los angeles Mejor Traducción del año y l. a. novela, después de tantos años, situada de nuevo en las listas de los más vendidos. Ahora, con los angeles publicación de Los Buddenbrook, Edhasa continúa su misión de recuperar a Thomas Mann y ofrecer al lector las ediciones definitivas de su obra. los angeles ciudad de Lübeck y su propia familia sirvieron de inspiración a Thomas Mann para escribir esta extraordinaria saga standard que abarca cuatro generaciones y un espacio temporal entre 1835 y 1877. En ella no sólo traza un gigantesco fresco de una época y una sociedad, sino también hondo retrato de l. a. naturaleza humana: ganadores y perdedores, valientes y cobardes, afortunados y miserables, ricos y pobres.

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Anna Karenina

The must-have Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of 1 of the best Russian novels ever written

defined through William Faulkner because the most sensible novel ever written and by way of Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair among the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the rushing officer, count number Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set opposed to an unlimited and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven significant characters create a dynamic imbalance, taking part in out the contrasts of urban and kingdom existence and the entire adaptations on love and kinfolk happiness.

whereas earlier models have softened the powerful and infrequently surprising features of Tolstoy's writing, Pevear and Volokhonsky have produced a translation actual to his robust voice. This authoritative version, which obtained the PEN Translation Prize and was once an Oprah ebook membership™ choice, additionally contains an illuminating advent and explanatory notes. appealing, lively, and eminently readable, this Anna Karenina stands out as the definitive textual content for enthusiasts of the movie and generations to come. This Penguin Classics Deluxe variation additionally positive factors French flaps and deckle-edged paper.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more desirable through introductions and notes via distinct students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Noviazgo y matrimonio (Clásica)

En los cuentos reunidos en esta antología preparada por Marta Salís, recorremos medio mundo -de Saratoga Springs a Nueva Zelanda, de los Pirineos a Viena, pasando por pequeñas ciudades inglesas- para asistir a los desvelos, abnegaciones y ardides de unas jóvenes casaderas en basic más preocupadas por su felicidad que por su respetabilidad, a pesar de que no todas dispongan de los medios para alcanzarla. Noviazgo y matrimonio cuenta historias de amores aplazados, de relaciones equívocas, de compromisos impuestos y de heroínas capaces de manipular a sus pretendientes o a sus padres con tal de vencer los prejuicios sociales o de defender su libertad de decisión. Constituyen, en conjunto, un espléndido ejemplo de l. a. obra de Anthony Trollope, de l. a. que dijo Nathaniel Hawthorne que «era tan genuine como si un gigante hubiera excavado un gran trozo de tierra y lo hubiera encerrado en una campana de cristal: allí sus habitantes seguirían con sus quehaceres cotidianos, sin sospechar que eran objeto de exhibición». El mismo Trollope afirmó que nunca había pretendido otra cosa más que ver «a los hombres y los mujeres andar por ese gran trozo de tierra como andan aquí entre nosotros», describiendo «los detalles más habituales de los angeles vida corriente de los angeles gente más común».

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Seven Viking Romances (Penguin Classics)

Combining conventional delusion, oral background and re-worked eu legend to depict an historical realm of heroism and beauty, the seven stories amassed listed below are one of the so much fantastical of the entire Norse romances. Powerfully encouraged works of Icelandic mind's eye, they relate interesting, usually comical stories of well-known kings, tough gods and girls of significant good looks, goodness or crafty. The stories plunder quite a lot of past literature from Homer to the French romances—as within the story of the wandering hero Arrow-Odd, which mixes a number of older legends, or Egil and Asmund, the place the tale of Odysseus and the Cyclops is skilfully tailored right into a conventional Norse legend. those are one of the such a lot outrageous, pleasant and exhilarating stories in all Icelandic literature.

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 an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts greater by way of introductions and notes by way of amazing students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations via award-winning translators.

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Vile Bodies

By Evelyn Waugh

Within the years following the 1st international conflict a brand new new release emerged, wistful and weak underneath the glitter. the intense younger issues of Nineteen Twenties London, with their paradoxical mixture of innocence and class, exercised their creative minds and vile our bodies in all kinds of capricious escapade. In those pages a shiny collection of characters, between them the suffering author Adam Fenwick-Symes and the glamorous, aristocratic Nina Blount, hunt speedy and furiously for ever larger sensations and the hedonistic success in their wants. Evelyn Waugh's acidly humorous satire finds the darkness and vulnerability underneath the gleaming floor of the excessive existence.

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Our Mutual Friend (Penguin Classics)

By Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens's final entire novel and a wonderful satire spanning all degrees of Victorian society

Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance - outdated Harmon's ecocnomic dirt lots - and its legatees, younger John Harmon, presumed drowned while a physique is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With exceptional satire, Dickens portrays a depressing, macabre London, inhabited via such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; spell binding, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social-climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. the unconventional is richly symbolic in its imaginative and prescient of loss of life and renewal in a urban ruled by way of the fetid Thames, and the corrupting strength of cash. Our Mutual good friend makes use of textual content of the 1st quantity version of 1865 and contains unique illustrations, a chronology and revised extra studying. As Adrian Poole writes in his advent to this new version, 'In its immense scope and dangerous targets it has a lot in universal with Bleak House and Little Dorrit, yet its demeanour is extra stealthy, on part, enigmatic.'

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

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