Literature

Download E-books The Golden Age (Czech Literature Series) PDF

By Michal Ajvaz

The Golden Age is a fantastical travelogue within which a modern day Gulliver writes a booklet a few civilization he as soon as encountered on a tiny island within the Atlantic. The islanders look before everything to do not anything yet sit down and realize the area, and certainly draw no contrast among truth and illustration, in order that a reflect snapshot turns out as mammoth to them as somebody (and vice versa); however the heart in their tradition is published to be The e-book, a handwritten, collective novel full of feuding royal households, murderous sorcerers, and slim escapes. somebody is unfastened to put in writing within the ebook, including their very own tales, crossing out others, or perhaps ap- pending footnotes within the kind of little paper pouches choked with additional textual content yet after all there are pouches inside pouches, in order that the tale is most unlikely to learn so as, and shortly starts off to weigh down the narrator s orderly treatise.

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Download E-books The Contrarians: A Novel PDF

By Gary Sernovitz

Chris Kelch is among the emerging stars on the downtown enterprise of Freshler Feld. At simply twenty-eight, he is a greatest fairness examine analyst; final 12 months, he pulled down approximately part one million money. His female friend additionally occurs to be beautiful and supportive. Kelch's smalltown, single-parent, Midwestern roots appear a long way in the back of, until eventually a thinly veiled profile of Kelch runs in a fashionable journal and issues start to disintegrate. not just does the piece exhibit corporation secrets and techniques and forged Freshler Feld in a nasty mild, it additionally makes Kelch think like a naif, for it unearths way more approximately his conflicted emotions approximately his prior and his activity than he has admitted even to himself. With suspense and magnificence, The Contrarians not just creates probably the most memorable "ordinary men" in contemporary American fiction, it additionally examines, as no novel has performed sooner than, the rise--and the seeds of the fall--of late-nineties Wall Street.

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Download E-books Envy (New York Review Books Classics) PDF

By Marian Schwartz, Ken Kalfus

A brand new YORK assessment BOOKS ORIGINAL

One of the delights of Russian literature, a journey de strength that has been in comparison to the easiest of Nabokov and Bulgakov, Yuri Olesha's novella Envy brings jointly slicing social satire, slapstick humor, and a wild visionary streak. Andrei is a version Soviet citizen, a swaggeringly self-satisfied wealthy person of the nutrients who intends to revolutionize smooth lifestyles with industrially produced sausage. Nikolai is a loser. discovering him inebriated within the gutter, Andrei provides him a mattress for the evening and a role as a gofer. Nikolai takes what he can, yet that does not suggest he is thankful. Griping, sulking, grovelingly abject, he despises every thing Andrei believes in, whether he envies him his each breath.

Producer and sponger, insider and outcast, grasp and guy struggle backward and forward within the pages of Olesha's anarchic comedy. it's a contest of wills within which not anything is certain other than the incorrigible human heart.

Marian Schwartz's new English translation of Envy brilliantly captures the strength of Olesha's masterpiece.

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Download E-books The Gift PDF

By Vladimir Nabokov

The Gift is the final of the novels Nabokov wrote in his local Russian and the crowning fulfillment of that interval in his literary career.  It is usually his ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others during its narrative:  the tale of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev, an impoverished émigré poet residing in Berlin, who goals of the booklet he'll sometime write--a e-book greatly like The Gift itself.

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Download E-books Armadale (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Wilkie Collins

While the aged Allan Armadale makes a poor confession on his death-bed, he has little proposal of the repercussions to return, for the key he unearths includes the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues gas the plot of this gripping melodrama: a story of pressured identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, money—and homicide. the nature of Lydia Gwilt horrified modern critics, with one reviewer describing her as "One of the main hardened woman villains whose units and wishes have ever blackened fiction." She continues to be one of the so much enigmatic and engaging girls in nineteenth-century literature and the darkish middle of this so much sensational of Victorian "sensation novels."

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts stronger through introductions and notes by means of special students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel, Part 1 PDF

Three Kingdoms tells the tale of the fateful final reign of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), whilst the chinese language empire was once divided into 3 warring kingdoms. This decisive interval in chinese language historical past grew to become an issue of severe and carrying on with curiosity to historians, poets, and dramatists. Writing a few 1,200 years later, the Ming writer Luo Guanzhong drew in this wealthy literary historical past to style a cosmopolitan, compelling narrative that has turn into the chinese language nationwide epic. Luo's novel deals a startling and unsparing view of ways energy is wielded, how international relations is carried out, and the way wars are deliberate and fought; it has motivated the methods the chinese language take into consideration strength, international relations, and battle even to at the present time. As very important for chinese language tradition because the Homeric epics were for the West, this Ming dynasty masterpiece is still extensively influential in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and continues to be an exceptional paintings of worldwide literature. The college of California Press is happy to make the whole and unabridged translation to be had again.

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Download E-books Greek Literature in Late Antiquity: Dynamism, Didacticism, Classicism PDF

By Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

Overdue Antiquity has attracted an important quantity of consciousness lately. As a old interval it has to this point been outlined via the transformation of Roman associations, the emergence of distinctive non secular cultures (Jewish, Christian, Islamic), and the transmission of old wisdom to medieval and early smooth Europe. regardless of all this, the research of overdue old literary tradition continues to be in its infancy, particularly for the Greek and different jap texts tested during this quantity. The contributions the following awarded make new inroads right into a wealthy literature outstanding mainly for its flexibility and exceptional creativity in combining a number of languages and literary traditions. The authors and texts mentioned comprise Philostratus, Eusebius of Caesarea, Nonnos of Panopolis, the real St Polyeuktos epigram, and diverse others. the quantity uses quite a few interdisciplinary techniques in an try to impress dialogue on swap (Dynamism), literary schooling (Didacticism), and reception experiences (Classicism). the result's a research which highlights the erudition and literary sophistication attribute of the interval and brings questions of contextualization, linguistic organization, and creative mind's eye to undergo on little-known or undervalued texts, with no neglecting vital facts from fabric tradition and social practices. With contributions through either verified students and younger innovators within the box of overdue old experiences, there's no paintings of similar authority or scope at the moment to be had. This quantity will stimulate additional curiosity in a number untapped texts from past due Antiquity.

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Download E-books A Companion to Livy (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) PDF

A significant other to Livy incorporates a selection of essays representing the main updated overseas scholarship at the lifestyles and works of the Roman historian Livy.

  • Features contributions from most sensible Livian students from round the world
  • Presents for the 1st time a brand new interpretation of Livy's ancient philosophy, which represents a key to an total interpretation of Livy's physique of work
  • Includes reports of Livy's paintings from an Indo-European comparative aspect
  • Provides the main glossy reports on literary archetypes for Livy's narrative of the historical past of early Rome

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Download E-books O Moleque Ricardo PDF

By José Lins do Rego

About the writer (from Goodreads):

José Lins do Rego Cavalcanti (July three, 1901 in Pilar Paraíba - September 12, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro) was once a Brazilian novelist so much recognized for his semi-autobiographical "sugarcane cycle." those novels have been the root of movies that had distribution within the English conversing international. besides Graciliano Ramos and Jorge Amado he stands as one of many maximum regionalist writers of Brazil. in response to Otto Maria Carpeaux (Brazilian literary critic), José Lins used to be "the final of the tale tellers". His first novel, Menino de Engenho ("Boy from the plantation"), was once released with hassle, yet quickly it acquired praised by way of the critics.

Sobre o livro:

Nascido no Engenho Santa Rosa, no inside de Pernambuco, o “moleque de eito” Ricardo tinha poucas perspectivas de ascender na vida. Aos sixteen anos, inconformado com seu destino, ele come to a decision fugir para Recife e começar uma nova vida longe da roça.

Na capital pernambucana, Ricardo consegue encontrar um emprego. Porém mais do que trabalhar em troca de um salário, suas novas experiências incluem a descoberta do amor e da militância política. No entanto, o que parecia uma porta para a liberdade acaba em tragédia, com a prisão do rapaz na Ilha de Fernando de Noronha.

Primeiro romance de José Lins do Rêgo escrito em terceira pessoa, O moleque Ricardo tem um uniqueness cunho político. A trajetória do negro de engenho que busca uma nova vida na cidade, sem sucesso, reflete a lógica da cultura nordestina de que o trabalhador “alugado” tem melhor condições de vida do que o proletário urbano.

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