Category «Literary Classics»

The Táin

By Anonymous

The Tain Bo Cuailnge, centre-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic stories, is Ireland's maximum epic. It tells the tale of an outstanding cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster via the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, trying to hold off the good Brown Bull of Cuailnge. The hero of the story is Cuchulainn, the Hound of Ulster, who resists the invaders single-handed whereas Ulster's warriors lie ailing. Thomas Kinsella provides an entire and dwelling model of the tale. His translation relies at the partial texts in medieval manuscripts, with parts from different types, and provides a bunch of comparable tales which organize for the motion of the Tain. Illustrated with brush drawings through Louis le Brocquy, this version offers a mix of medieval epic and smooth paintings.

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Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand

Highbrow secret tale that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex.

Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economic system is collapsing as a result mysterious disappearance of best innovators and industrialists, this novel provides an striking landscape of human life-from the effective genius who turns into a valueless playboy...to the nice metal industrialist who doesn't recognize that he's operating for his personal destruction...to the thinker who turns into a pirate...to the lady who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the bottom song employee in her educate tunnels.

Peopled through larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of excellent and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution advised within the type of an motion mystery.

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La Peau de chagrin (French Edition)

Le jeune aristocrate Raphaël de Valentin, après avoir perdu toute sa fortune pour payer les dettes de son père, a l'intention de se suicider. Il rentre par hasard chez un antiquaire, où un vieil homme lui montre alors « une peau de chagrin » ayant le pouvoir d’exaucer tous les vœux de son propriétaire : « Si tu me possèdes, tu posséderas tout, mais ta vie m'appartiendra ».

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The Wretched (Penguin Classics)

By Victor Hugo

A super new translation by way of Christine Donougher of Victor Hugo's exciting masterpiece, with an advent by means of Robert Tombs. The Wretched (Les Misérables) is the foundation for either the longest operating musical at the West finish and the highly-acclaimed movie starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

Victor Hugo's story of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict decided to place his legal earlier at the back of him. yet his makes an attempt to turn into a revered member of the group are consistently positioned less than chance: by means of his personal sense of right and wrong, and by way of the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. it isn't easily for himself that Valjean needs to remain loose, notwithstanding, for he has sworn to guard the child daughter of Fantine, pushed to prostitution through poverty.

'A exceptional fulfillment. It reads simply, occasionally racily, and Hugo's narrative energy is rarely enable down ... a virtually ideal translation, which brings the entire flavour of 1 of the best novels of the 19th century to new readers within the twenty-first' - William Doyle, occasions Literary Supplement

'The year's best e-book from Penguin Classics was once really The Wretched [...] a brand new translation through Christine Donougher of the unconventional we know as Les Misérables. you might imagine that 1,300 pages is a big funding of time whilst the tale is so regular, yet no variation can show the addictive excitement afforded by way of Victor Hugo's narrative voice: by means of turns chatty, crotchety, buoyant and savagely ironical, it's made to appear so modern and clean in Donougher's rendering that the booklet has all of the resonance of the main topical state-of-the-nation novel' - Telegraph

'Christine Donougher's seamless and extremely sleek translation of Les Misérables has an spectacular impression in that it reminds readers that Hugo used to be going additional than any Dickensian lament approximately social stipulations [...] The Wretched touches the soul' - bring in Scotland

Victor Hugo used to be born in Besançon, France in 1802. In 1822 he released his first choice of poetry and within the related 12 months, he married his formative years good friend, Adèle Foucher. In 1831 he released his most famed younger novel, Notre-Dame de Paris. A royalist and conservative as a tender guy, Hugo later turned a dedicated social democrat and used to be exiled from France due to his political actions. In 1862, he wrote his longest and maximum novel, The Wretched (Les Misérables). After his loss of life in 1885, his physique lay in kingdom below the Arc de Triomphe earlier than being buried within the Panthéon.

Christine Donougher is a contract translator and editor. She has translated a variety of books from French and Italian, and gained the 1992 Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize for her translation of Sylvie Germain's The publication of Nights.

Robert Tombs is Professor of heritage at St John's university, Cambridge. His latest ebook is That candy Enemy: The French and the British from the solar King to the current, co-written with Isabelle Tombs.

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Satyricon (Hackett Classics)

This new Satyricon gains not just a full of life, new, annotated translation of the textual content, yet clean and available commentaries that debate Petronius' masterpiece when it comes to such themes because the identification of the writer, the transmission of his manuscript, literary affects at the Satyricon, and the distinct literary type of this work―as good as such positive factors of Roman existence as oratory, sexual practices, families, dinner events, faith, and philosophy. It deals, in brief, a remarkably informative and interesting account of significant elements of Imperial Roman tradition as obvious in the course of the prism of our first extant novel.

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Blanche ou l'Oubli

By Louis Aragon

«Quand j'ai connu Blanche, elle portait un petit chapeau de feutre, cloche, très enfoncé, d'un feutre extraordinairement tendre, léger, mou, comme si ça lui avait fait quelque selected de coiffer Blanche.Elle aimait s'habiller en noir, elle s'asseyait d'une façon que n'avait personne, se penchait pour m'écouter, l. a. joue sur los angeles major, le coude sur le genou. Je lui avais dit : "Vous fumez ?", et elle avait éteint sa cigarette, non, c'était natural nervosité. C'est très drôle, cette petite fille, dès l. a. première fois, dans un lieu avec de hautes lumières, un café tout en longueur, j'avais une idée tracassante, je ne pensais qu'à une selected, et Dieu sait ce que je pouvais dire !Les mains m'en tremblaient, j'avais envie d'enlever son manteau, d'ouvrir sa robe... Pourquoi ?»

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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

By Philip Pullman

#1 New York Times bestseller Philip Pullman retells the world’s best-loved fairy stories on their 2 hundredth anniversary

centuries in the past, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm released the 1st quantity of Children’s and loved ones Tales. Now Philip Pullman, some of the most entire authors of our time, makes us fall in love over again with the immortal stories of the Brothers Grimm.

Pullman retells his fifty favorites, from much-loved tales like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “The 3 Snake Leaves," "Godfather Death" and "The woman without Hands." At  the finish of every story he bargains a short own remark, commencing a window at the assets of the stories, a number of the kinds they've taken over the centuries and their eternal appeal.

Suffused with romance and villainy, threat and wit, the Grimms' fairy stories have encouraged Pullman's designated inventive vision—and his beguiling retellings will draw you again right into a international that has lengthy forged a spell at the Western mind's eye.

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