By Eca de Queiroz
A story of bourgeois sexual folly and hypocrisy in nineteenth-century Lisbon. Eca describes a gallery of bright characters:
* Bazilio the artful villain
* Jorge the boastful, uxorious husband
* Luiza the bored, foolish spouse
* Juliana, the obvious, determined maid
* Leopoldina, 'the Ever-Open Door'
* the voluminous Dona Felicidade, and plenty of extra.
The booklet aroused a scandal for its frank descriptions of intercourse and hope. What nonetheless grips the reader is the author's acute portrayal of the limitations imposed on males and, in particular, girls.
By Bohumil Hrabal
Rake, drunkard, aesthete, gossip, raconteur extraordinaire: the narrator of Bohumil Hrabal’s rambling, rambunctious masterpiece Dancing classes for the complex in Age is most of these and extra. talking to a gaggle of sunbathing girls who remind him of fans prior, this aged roué tells the tale of his life—or a minimum of unburdens himself of a lifetime’s worthy of news. hence we study of amatory conquests (and humiliations), of scandals either inner most and public, of army adventures and family feuds, of what issues have been like “in the times of the monarchy” and the way they’ve replaced given that. because the booklet tumbles restlessly ahead, and the comedian tone takes on darker shadings, we notice we're hearing a guy speaking as a lot out of desperation as from exuberance.
Hrabal, one of many nice Czech writers of the 20 th century, in addition to an inveterate haunter of Prague’s pubs and soccer stadiums, built a different process which he termed “palavering,” wherein characters gab and soliloquize with abandon. half drunken boast, half soul-rending confession, half metaphysical poem at the nature of affection and time, this brilliant novel (which unfolds in one enormous sentence) indicates why he has earned the admiration of such writers as Milan Kundera, John Banville, and Louise Erdrich.
Haarsträubend komisch und betörend unterhaltsam -ein echter Walker!
Das lodge Schräg - seit vier Generationen in Familienbesitz - erlebt bis Ende der dreißiger Jahre turbulente Zeiten und ist ein beliebter Künstlertreffpunkt in den Bergen. Picasso und Duchamp sind hier ebenso abgestiegen wie Malewitsch oder der Fotograf Valéry Valse. Nun allerdings dümpelt das inn seit Jahrzehnten vor sich hin. Bis sich der junge Kunsthistoriker Benoît Flucks mit seiner Freundin Lola im inn einquartiert. Flucks hofft, hier bisher unbekannte Fotografien des Künstlers zu finden. Hotelier Alain Schräg weiß sehr genau, dass es nur noch ein einziges erhaltenes Werk gibt. Doch sieht Lola einem von Valse’ Modellen verblüffend ähnlich, und er hat eine Idee.
By Nikos Kazantzakis
A beautiful new translation of the vintage book—and foundation for the liked Oscar-winning film—brings the readability and sweetness of Kazantzakis’s language and tale alive.
First released in 1946, Zorba the Greek, is, on one hand, the tale of a Greek operating guy named Zorba, a passionate lover of existence, the unnamed narrator who he accompanies to Crete to paintings in a lignite mine, and the lads and ladies of the city the place they settle. however it's the tale of God and guy, The satan and the Saints; the fight of guys to discover their souls and function in existence and it's approximately love, braveness and faith.
Zorba has been acclaimed as one of many really memorable creations of literature—a personality created on an incredible scale within the culture of Falstaff and Sancho Panza. His years haven't dimmed the gusto and amazement with which he responds to all existence deals him, no matter if he's operating within the mine, confronting mad priests in a mountain monastery, embellishing the stories of his lifestyles or making like to steer clear of sin. Zorba’s existence is wealthy with all of the joys and sorrows that dwelling brings and his instance awakens within the narrator an realizing of the genuine which means of humanity. this can be one of many maximum life-affirming novels of our time.
Part of the fashionable literary canon, Zorba the Greek, has completed frequent foreign acclaim and popularity. This re-creation translated, at once from Kazantzakis’s Greek unique, is a extra trustworthy rendition of his unique language, principles, and tale, and provides Zorba because the writer intended him to be.
By W. Somerset Maugham
The 1st and such a lot autobiographical of Maugham's masterpieces. it's the tale of Philip Carey, an orphan longing for lifestyles, love and event. After a couple of months learning in Heidelberg, and a quick spell in Paris as a would-be artist, he settles in London to coach as a physician the place he meets Mildred, the loud yet impossible to resist waitress with whom he plunges right into a tortured and masochistic affair.
This Prestwick condominium Literary Touchstone vintage encompasses a word list, notes, and examining guidelines for sharper insights to assist the fashionable reader savour Twain's views, allusions, and language. After the younger Prince Edward VI of britain and a peasant boy swap areas, the "little king" attempts to flee from a global within which he needs to beg for foodstuff, sleep with rodents, face ridicule, and stay away from assassination. in the meantime, the peasant, who's now the prince, dreads publicity and attainable execution; contributors of the court docket think he has long past mad. as a result change, either boys study that social category, like quite a bit of existence, depends on probability and random condition. initially released in 1881, The Prince and the Pauper is considered one of Mark Twain's earliest social satires. along with his caustic wit and biting irony, Twain satirizes the ability of the monarchy, unjust legislation and barbaric punishments, superstitions, and spiritual intolerance. even supposing often seen as a kid's tale, The Prince and the Pauper deals adults serious perception right into a humans and period of time not likely all that various from our personal.
By Fred Hoyle
"One of the best works of technological know-how fiction ever written." - Richard Dawkins
"Without a query the main intelligently written technological know-how fiction tale i've got ever learn . . . an excellent yarn." - Charlotte Observer
"An eerie tale which calls for the reader's awareness from begin to finish." - Denver Post
"[A] damn sturdy tale . . . a truly exciting publication. there's a largeness, generosity, and jollity in regards to the complete spirit of the booklet that reminds one of many early Wells at his best." - G. S. Fraser, New Statesman
Astronomers in England and the United States have made a terrifying discovery: an ominous black cloud the dimensions of Jupiter is vacationing instantly in the direction of our sun procedure. If their calculations are right, the cloud's direction will deliver it among the Earth and the sunlight, blocking off out the Sun's rays and perilous unbelievable effects for our planet. With the destiny of each dwelling factor on the earth within the stability, international leaders gather a crew of magnificent scientists to determine how to cease the cloud. but if they discover the reality in the back of its origins, they are going to be pressured to re-examine every little thing they believe they find out about the character of lifestyles within the universe . . .
A landmark of British technological know-how fiction, The Black Cloud (1957) used to be the 1st novel via world-renowned astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001), who used his personal clinical history to create a frighteningly genuine apocalyptic mystery during which, Hoyle acknowledged, "there is especially little that can no longer conceivably happen." lengthy famous as a vintage in nice Britain, Hoyle's novel returns to print within the U.S. for the 1st time in over forty years during this version, released to coincide with the centennial of the author's beginning and that includes a brand new foreword by means of Geoffrey Hoyle.
By Rudyard Kipling
This novel tells the tale of Kimball O' Hara (Kim), who's the orphaned son of a soldier within the Irish regiment stationed in India through the British Raj. It describes Kim's existence and adventures from highway vagabond, to his adoption through his father's regiment and recruitment into espionage.
Robert Louis Stevenson was once one of many maximum authors of the 19th century. Stevenson nonetheless ranks as the most translated authors in background. vintage books resembling Treasure Island, abducted, and The unusual Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are nonetheless generally learn this day and feature been made into many significantly acclaimed motion pictures during the years. The Wrecker is an experience novel that Stevenson wrote together with his stepson Lloyd Osbourne. the tale facilities round the deserted ruin of a boat at halfway Island.
By Hermann Hesse
Within the novel, Siddhartha, a tender guy, leaves his relations for a contemplative lifestyles, then, stressed, discards it for one of many flesh. He conceives a son, yet bored and sickened by means of lust and greed, strikes on back. close to melancholy, Siddhartha involves a river the place he hears a different sound. This sound indications the genuine starting of his lifestyles -- the start of agony, rejection, peace, and, eventually, knowledge.