• The Persian Expedition by Xenophon

    By Xenophon

    Within the Persian excursion, Xenophon, a tender Athenian noble who sought his future out of the country, offers a captivating eyewitness account of the try out through a Greek mercenary military - the 10 Thousand - to aid Prince Cyrus overthrow his brother and take the Persian throne. while the Greeks have been then betrayed via their Persian employers, they have been compelled to march domestic via countless numbers of miles of inauspicious terrain - adrift in a opposed nation and below consistent assault from the unforgiving Persians and warlike tribes. during this amazing description of persistence and person bravery, Xenophon, a kind of selected to guide the taking flight military, presents a bright narrative of the crusade and its aftermath, and his account continues to be the most effective photographs we have now of Greeks confronting a 'barbarian' international.

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  • Notre-Dame of Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) (Penguin by Victor Hugo

    By Victor Hugo

    Commonly often called "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of darkish passions and unrequited love, "Notre-Dame de Paris", is translated with an creation via John Sturrock in "Penguin Classics". within the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and refrained from for his visual appeal, he's pitied purely by way of Esmerelda, a stunning gypsy dancer to whom he turns into thoroughly dedicated. Esmerelda, despite the fact that, has additionally attracted the eye of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and whilst she rejects his lecherous techniques, Frollo hatches a plot to smash her, that in simple terms Quasimodo can hinder. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings existence to the medieval Paris he enjoyed, and mourns its passing in a single of the best old romances of the 19th century. John Sturrock's transparent, modern translation is followed through an creation discussing it as a passionate novel of principles, written in defence of Gothic structure and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an unpleasant external can cover ethical good looks. This revised variation additionally comprises extra examining and a chronology of Hugo's existence. Victor Hugo (1802-85) was once a forceful and prolific author. He wrote volumes of feedback, Romantic dress dramas, lyrical and satirical verse and political journalism yet is better remembered for his novels, in particular "Notre-Dame de Paris" (1831) and "Les Miserables" (1862) which used to be tailored into probably the most profitable musicals of all time. even though exiled to the Channel Islands via Napoleon III, Hugo back to Paris in 1870 and remained an exceptional public determine till his dying: his physique lay in kingdom less than the Arc de Triomphe, and he used to be later buried within the Pantheon. should you loved "Notre-Dame de Paris", chances are you'll like Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera". "A nice author - creative, witty, sly, innovatory". (A. S. Byatt, writer of Possession).

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  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens

    By Charles Dickens

    Penguin Classics e-books provide the absolute best versions of Charles Dickens's novels, together with the entire unique illustrations, precious and informative introductions, the definitive, actual textual content because it was once intended to be released, a chronology of Dickens's existence and notes that fill within the history to the booklet. This Penguin Classics version of The secret of Edwin Drood additionally contains the mysterious 'Sapsea Fragment' and Dickens's plans for the story.

    The secret of Edwin Drood, Dickens' final novel, is a secret equipped round a presumed crime - the homicide of a nephew via his uncle. Dickens died earlier than finishing the tale, leaving the secret unsolved and inspiring successive generations of readers to show detective. past the preoccupying truth of this fascinating crime, in spite of the fact that, the radical additionally deals readers a usually Dickensian mixture of the fantastical international of the mind's eye and a vibrantly journalistic depiction of gritty fact.

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  • Cinco novelas cortas by Anton Chekhov

    By Anton Chekhov

    «El mejor escritor de relatos de todos los tiempos» Raymond Carver

    «A estas alturas es casi inútil tratar de explicar por qué Chéjov es un maestro de los angeles literatura, por qué sus personajes nos enseñan lo peor y lo mejor de nuestra naturaleza. Sólo leyendo al maestro se puede intentar comprender los angeles fragilidad de l. a. existencia, que a su vez nos lleva hacia el amor por los angeles vida y el respeto por las personas.» Solodelibros

    Antón P. Chéjov inventó una nueva modalidad narrativa en los angeles que los angeles extensión no venía dictada por convenciones genéricas sino por los angeles propia materia del relato. En estas Cinco novelas cortas que ha seleccionado y traducido Víctor Gallego, vemos en cualquier caso su maestría para captar el tiempo y reflejarlo narrativamente, sin otro calendario que el que marcan las propias acciones −e inacciones− de los personajes.

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  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    By Leo Tolstoy

    Entre los grandes escritores del siglo XIX, Lev Nicoláievich Tolstói (1828-1910) ha sido calificado como genio único, sin equivalente en ningún otro país. Hijo de un acaudalado terrateniente que le dejó una fortuna inmensa, se lanzó por los angeles vía de los angeles disipación hasta que su participación como oficial durante l. a. guerra de Crimea le hizo volverse hacia unos valores humanistas y continuar una vocación literaria en l. a. que ya se había iniciado antes de los angeles guerra. El cambio afectó a sus convicciones espirituales más íntimas y desembocaría, al ultimate de su vida, en una concern ethical y religiosa que derivó hacia un cristianismo evangélico radical. Al comienzo de esta etapa escribe Ana Karenina, en l. a. que Tolstói refleja su visión de l. a. sociedad urbana, símbolo de los vicios y el pecado, en oposición a l. a. vida sana de l. a. naturaleza y del campo. De ese mundo necio y patológico de los angeles ciudad es víctima Ana Karenina, que se ha convertido en una figura clave de l. a. literatura common.

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  • Old Mortality (Oxford World's Classics) by Walter Scott

    By Walter Scott

    Previous Mortality (1816), which many think about the best of Scott's Waverley novels, is a swift-moving old romance that locations an anachronistically liberal hero opposed to the forces of fanaticism in seventeenth-century Scotland, within the interval notorious because the `killing time'. Its critical personality, Henry Morton, joins the rebels with the intention to struggle Scotland's royalist oppressors, little as he stocks the Covenanters' severe spiritual ideals. he's torn among his love for a royalist's granddaughter and his loyalty to his downtrodden countrymen.

    As good as being a story of divided loyalties, the radical is a vital rfile within the cultural historical past of recent Scotland. Scott, himself a supporter of the union among Scotland and England, was once attempting to exorcise the violent prior of a rustic uncomfortably coming to phrases with its prestige as a part of a contemporary uk. This novel is in itself an important political rfile, during which Scott should be visible to be trying to create a brand new centralist Scottish historiography, which isn't the
    political consensus of his personal time, the 17th century, or this day.

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  • Le Roman inachev√© by Louis Aragon

    By Louis Aragon

    Ce poème s'appelle «Roman» : c'est qu'il est un roman, au sens ancien du mot, au sens des romans médiévaux ; et surtout parce que, malgré le caractère autobiographique, ce poème est plus que le récit - magazine ou mémoires - de l. a. vie de l'auteur, un roman qui en est tiré.Il faut le lire dans le contexte de l'œuvre d'Aragon. Il s'agissait ici d'éviter les redites : on n'y trouvera pas le côté politique des Yeux et los angeles Mémoire ou les heures de los angeles Résistance de l. a. Diane française ou du Musée Grévin. Le domaine privé, cette fois, l'emporte sur le domaine public. Même si nous traversons deux guerres, et le surréalisme, et bien des will pay étrangers.Poème au sens des Yeux et los angeles Mémoire, ce Roman inachevé ne pouvait être achevé justement en raison de ces redites que cela eût comporté pour l'auteur. Peut-être los angeles nouveauté de ce livre tient-elle d'abord à l. a. diversité des formes poétiques employées. Diversité des mètres employés qui viendra contredire une idée courante qu'on se fait de los angeles poésie d'Aragon.Il semble que, plus que le pas donné à telle ou telle méthode d'écriture, Aragon ait voulu marquer que l. a. poésie est d'abord langage, et que le langage, sous toutes ses formes, a droit de cité dans ce royaume sans frontières qu'on appelle los angeles poésie.Plus que jamais, ici, l'amour tient l. a. première position.

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  • East of Eden (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Steinbeck

    By John Steinbeck

    Set within the wealthy farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this robust, frequently brutal novel, follows the interwined destinies of 2 households - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the autumn of Adam and Eve and the toxic competition of Cain and Abel. right here Steinbeck created a few of his such a lot memorable characters and explored his so much enduring topics: the secret of indentity; the inexplicability of affection, and the murderous outcomes of love's absence.

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  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

    By J. R. R. Tolkien

    For over fifty years, J.R.R. Tolkien’s peerless fable has amassed world wide acclaim because the maximum event story ever written.

    No different author has created a global as specific as Middle-earth, whole with its personal geography, historical past, languages, and legends. And not anyone has created characters as endearing as Tolkien’s large-hearted, hairy-footed hobbits. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings keeps to grab the imaginations of readers of all ages.

    In precedent days the jewelry of energy have been crafted by means of the Elvensmiths, and Sauron, the darkish Lord, cast the only Ring, filling it along with his personal energy in order that he may possibly rule all others. however the One Ring used to be taken from him, and even though he sought it all through Middle-earth, nonetheless it remained misplaced to him . . .

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  • Os Filhos da Meia-Noite by Salman Rushdie

    By Salman Rushdie

    À meia-noite do dia 15 de Agosto de 1947, no momento exacto da independência da Índia do Império Britânico, nasce em Bombaim Saleem Sinai... A sua vida vai acompanhar e sofrer todas as convulsões dos primeiros trinta anos de vida da Índia, incluindo a separação do Paquistão, a guerra Indo-Paquistanesa e o Estado de Emergência de Indira Ghandi. Esta obra, o mais impressionante fresco alguma vez escrito sobre a Índia contemporânea, conquistou em 1981 o Prémio Booker, e recebeu em 1993 o Booker of Bookers, concedido ao melhor de todos os livros galardoados com o Prémio Booker nos seus primeiros 25 anos de existência. Em 2008 foi declarado o melhor romance vencedor do Booker de todos os tempos.

    Literary Awards
    Man Booker Prize (1981)
    James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (1981),
    The Booker of Bookers Prize (1993)
    The better of the Booker (2008)

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