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  • FATHERS AND SONS
    FATHERS AND SONS
    TURGENEV IVAN
    ISBN: 9781853262869
    Title: FATHERS AND SONS
    Author: TURGENEV IVAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Lionel Kelly, University of Reading

    Translated by C.J. Hogarth.

    'Fathers and Sons' is one of the greatest nineteenth century Russian novels, and has long been acclaimed as Turgenev's finest work. It is a political novel set in a domestic context, with a universal theme, the generational divide between fathers and sons. Set in 1859 at the moment when the Russian autocratic state began to move hesitantly towards social and political reform, the novel explores the conflict between the liberal-minded fathers of Russian reformist sympathies and their free-thinking intellectual sons whose revolutionary ideology threatened the stability of the state.

    At its centre is Evgeny Bazorov, a strong-willed antagonist of all forms of social orthodoxy who proclaims himself a nihilist and believes in the need to overthrow all the institutions of the state. As the novel develops Bazarov's political ambitions become fatally meshed with emotional and private concerns, and his end is a tragic failure. The novel caused a bitter furore on its publication in 1862, and this, a year later, drove Turgenev from Russia.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • FAUST PART I
    FAUST PART I
    GOETHE
    ISBN: 9780140449013
    Title: FAUST PART I
    Author: GOETHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Goethe's Faust reworks the late medieval myth of Dr Faust, a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract or wager with Mephistopheles. The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seek to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last for ever. But if Faust does bid the moment stay, he falls to Mephisto and must serve him after death. In this first part of Goethe's great work the embittered thinker and Mephistopheles enter into their agreement, and soon Faust is living a life beyond his study and - in rejuvenated form - winning the love of the charming and beautiful Gretchen. But in this compelling tragedy of arrogance, unfulfilled desire and self-delusion, Faust, served by the devil, heads inexorably towards destruction. This major new translation by David Constantine conveys the innate lyrical liveliness of Goethe's original. The preface, by A. S. Byatt, considers Goethe's lifelong relationship with the myth of Faust and the play's influence on modern literature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FAUST PART II
    FAUST PART II
    GOETHE
    ISBN: 9780140449020
    Title: FAUST PART II
    Author: GOETHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The corpse is prone and when the spirit fliesI show her my entitlement, blood-signed'

    After the sorrowful loss of his beloved Gretchen, the soul-sold Faust is tempted by the demon Mephistopheles with the grandest distractions of politics and power. Eager for new sensations, Faust calls for a vision of the unsurpassed beauty of Helen of Troy, and then, overwhelmed, for her to be brought back from the underworld and delivered to him bodily. But even this does not bring contentment, or satisfy his appetite for fresh experience. Completed a few months before Goethe's death, the concluding part of his masterpiece is a rich and allusive work, weaving together a wealth of diverse philosophical ideas and influences, reworking the medieval myth of Dr Faustus and speculating upon the search for truth in the Age of Enlightenment.David Constantine's major new translation includes a preface by A. S. Byatt on Goethe's Faust and other representations of the character throughout literature.

    This edition also includes an introduction by Constantine, chronology, notes, a synopsis of each scene and further reading.

    Translated with an introduction and notes by DAVID CONSTANTINE and with a preface by A. S. BYATT

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FEAR AND TREMBLING
    FEAR AND TREMBLING
    KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    ISBN: 9780140444490
    Title: FEAR AND TREMBLING
    Author: KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard, writing under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio, expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son at God's command. Believing Abraham's unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed to make a full commitment to his religion, Kierkegaard himself made great sacrifices in order to dedicate his life entirely to his philosophy and to God. The conviction shown in this religious polemic - that a man can have an exceptional mission in life - informed all Kierkegaard's later writings, and was also hugely influential for both Protestant theology and the existentialist movement.

    Alastair Hannay's introduction elucidates Kierkegaard's philosophy and the ways in which it conflicted with more accepted contemporary views. This edition also includes detailed notes to complement this groundbreaking analysis of religion, and new chronology.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FINNEGANS WAKE
    FINNEGANS WAKE
    JOYCE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781840226614
    Title: FINNEGANS WAKE
    Author: JOYCE JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Len Platt, Professor of Modern Literatures, Head of Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London

    'Finnegans Wake' is the book of Here Comes Everybody and Anna Livia Plurabelle and their family - their book, but in a curious way the book of us all as well as all our books. Joyce's last great work, it is not comprised of many borrowed styles, like Ulysses, but, rather, formulated as one dense, tongue-twisting soundscape.

    This "language" is based on English vocabulary and syntax but, at the same time, self-consciously designed to function as a pun machine with an astonishing capacity for resisting singularity of meaning. Announcing a "revolution of the word", this astonishing book amounts to a powerfully resonant cultural critique - a unique kind of miscommunication which, far from stabilizing the world in meaning, constructs a universe radically unfixed by a wild diversity of possibilities and potentials. It also remains the most hilarious, "obscene", book of innuendos ever to be imagined.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • FIRST MEN IN THE MOON AND A MODERN UTOPIA
    FIRST MEN IN THE MOON AND A MODERN UTOPIA
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9781840227444
    Title: FIRST MEN IN THE MOON AND A MODERN UTOPIA
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to Kent to write a play, he encounters Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist who has invented a material that counteracts gravity. This discovery enables the two men to set off on a fantastic journey to the Moon. But they are not prepared for what they find there - a world of freezing nights, boiling days and danger from a sinister alien lifeform, the selenites, creatures who have developed an intricate hierarchical society beneath the lunar surface.

    The First Men in the Moon ignited speculation in nineteenth century society concerning what lies on and beneath the surface of the Moon. By turns amusing, thrilling and stimulating, the novel is a classic of its genre.

    This volume also contains another of Wells's fascinating thought-provoking fantasies: A Modern Utopia in which two travellers fall into a space-warp and find themselves upon a Utopian Earth controlled by a single World Government.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • FLATLAND : A Romance of Many Dimensions
    FLATLAND : A Romance of Many Dimensions
    ABBOTT EDWIN A
    ISBN: 9780140435313
    Title: FLATLAND : A Romance of Many Dimensions
    Author: ABBOTT EDWIN A
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    FLATLAND has fascinated generations of readers. It is a deft mixture of social satire and science fiction that continues to pose provocative questions about perception and reality. FLATLAND is a brilliant parody of Victorian society where all existence is limited to length and breadth - its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. The amiable narrator, A Square, provides an overview of this fantastic world - its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his world view is forever shattered.



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • FRANKENSTEIN   /   NEW ANNOTATED
    FRANKENSTEIN / NEW ANNOTATED
    SHELLEY MARY
    ISBN: 9780871409492
    Title: FRANKENSTEIN / NEW ANNOTATED
    Author: SHELLEY MARY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two centuries after its original publication the most complete Frankenstein ever compiled.

    "Remarkably, a nineteen-year-old, writing her first novel, penned a tale that combines tragedy, morality, social commentary, and a thoughtful examination of the very nature of knowledge", writes Leslie S. Klinger.

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is often reductively dismissed as a monster film or a cautionary tale about experimental science gone haywire. Illuminating every hidden dimension of the "first truly modern myth", Klinger does for Shelley's story of early nineteenth-century horror what he did for Sherlock Holmes, Dracula and H.P. Lovecraft, bringing this gothic tale to nightmarish life by reproducing the original text with the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated edition to date.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • FRANKENSTEIN : The 1818 Text
    FRANKENSTEIN : The 1818 Text
    SHELLEY MARY
    ISBN: 9780143131847
    Title: FRANKENSTEIN : The 1818 Text
    Author: SHELLEY MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    2018 marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's seminal novel of the scientist whose creation becomes a monster.

    This edition is the original 1818 text, which preserves the hard-hitting and politically charged aspects of Shelley's original writing, as well as her unflinching wit and strong female voice.

    This edition also includes a new introduction and suggestions for further reading by author and Shelley expert Charlotte Gordon, literary excerpts and reviews selected by Gordon and a chronology and essay by preeminent Shelley scholar Charles E. Robinson.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON / AROUND THE MOON
    FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON / AROUND THE MOON
    VERNE JULES
    ISBN: 9781840226706
    Title: FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON / AROUND THE MOON
    Author: VERNE JULES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Alex Dolby.

    Translation by T.K. Linklater

    Jules Verne (1828-1905) was internationally famous as the author of novels based on ‘extraordinary voyages.’ His visionary use of new travel technologies inspired his readers to look to the industrial future rather than the remote past for their dreams of adventure. The popularity of his novels led directly to modern science fiction.

    In 'From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon', Jules Verne turned the ancient fantasy of space flight into a believable technological possibility – an engineering dream for the industrial age. Directly inspired by Verne’s story, enthusiasts worked successfully at overcoming the practical difficulties, and within a century, human beings did indeed fly to the Moon. Curiously, however, Verne is unlikely to have thought it possible that a manned projectile could actually be fired out of a giant cannon, rising higher than the Moon, swinging around it, and then landing safely back on Earth. He had used the science of the day to construct a literary conjuring trick, a hoax, one of the most successful in all history. By skilful misdirection he drew the attention of readers away from weaknesses in the project. Read the book and you, too, will be fooled into accepting the realistic possibility in Verne’s time of that dream of flying to the Moon.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • GAMBLER AND OTHER STORIES
    GAMBLER AND OTHER STORIES
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140455090
    Title: GAMBLER AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Gambler and Other Stories is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's collection of one novella and six short stories reflecting his own life - indeed, 'The Gambler', a story of a young tutor in the employment of a formerly wealthy Russian General, was written under a strict deadline so he could pay off his roulette debts. This volume includes 'Bobok', the tale of a frustrated writer visiting a cemetery and enjoying the gossip of the dead; 'The Dream of a Ridiculous Man', the story of one man's plan to commit suicide and the troubling dream that follows, as well as 'A Christmas Party and a Wedding', 'A Nasty Story' and 'The Meek One'.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GOOD SOLDIER
    GOOD SOLDIER
    FORD FORD MADOX
    ISBN: 9780141441849
    Title: GOOD SOLDIER
    Author: FORD FORD MADOX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Dowells, a wealthy American couple, have been close friends with the Ashburnhams for years. Edward Ashburnham, a first-rate soldier, seems to be the perfect English gentleman, and Leonora his perfect wife, but beneath the surface their marriage seethes with unhappiness and deception. Our only window on the strange tangle of events surrounding Edward is provided by John Dowell, the husband he deceives. Gradually Dowell unfolds a devastating story, in which everyone's honesty is in doubt.

    This extraordinary novel of passion and betrayal is a masterpiece of narrative skill and emotional depth.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK
    GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK
    HASEK JAROSLAV
    ISBN: 9780140449914
    Title: GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK
    Author: HASEK JAROSLAV
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austrian army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of the First World War - although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards, getting drunk and becoming a general nuisance, the resourceful Svejk uses all his natural cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the doctors, police, clergy and officers who chivvy him towards battle. The story of a 'little man' caught in a vast bureaucratic machine, The Good Soldier Svejk combines dazzling wordplay and piercing satire to create a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR DIARY OF A MADMAN AND SELECTED STORIES
    GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR DIARY OF A MADMAN AND SELECTED STORIES
    GOGOL NIKOLAI
    ISBN: 9780140449075
    Title: GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR DIARY OF A MADMAN AND SELECTED STORIES
    Author: GOGOL NIKOLAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Author, dramatist and satirist, Nikolay Gogol (1809-1852) deeply influenced later Russian literature with his powerful depictions of a society dominated by petty bureaocracy and base corruption. This volume includes both his most admired short fiction and his most famous drama. A biting and frequently hilarious political satire, The Government Inspector has been popular since its first performance and was regarded by Nabokov as the greatest Russian play every written. The stories gathered here, meanwhile, range from comic to tragic and describe the isolated lives of low-ranking clerks, lunatics and swindlers. They include Diary of a Madman, an amusing but disturbing exploration of insanity; Nevsky Prospect, a depiction of an artist besotted with a prostitute; and The Overcoat, a moving consideration of poverty that powerfully influenced Dostoevsky and later Russian literature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • HEART OF DARKNESS
    HEART OF DARKNESS
    CONRAD JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9781853262401
    Title: HEART OF DARKNESS
    Author: CONRAD JOSEPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by Gene M. Moore, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

    Generally regarded as the pre-eminent work of Conrad's shorter fiction, 'Heart of Darkness' is a chilling tale of horror which, as the author intended, is capable of many interpretations. Set in the Congo during the period of rapid colonial expansion in the 19th century, the story deals with the highly disturbing effects of economic, social and political exploitation of European and African societies and the cataclysmic behaviour this induced in some individuals.

    The other two stories in this book – 'Youth' and 'The End of the Tether' – concern the sea and those who sail upon it, a genre in which Conrad reigns supreme.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • HISTORIES
    HISTORIES
    HERODOTUS / HOLLAND TOM [TRAN]
    ISBN: 9780140455397
    Title: HISTORIES
    Author: HERODOTUS / HOLLAND TOM [TRAN]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Herodotus, from Halicarnassus, here displays his enquiries, that human achievement may be spared the ravages of time, and that everything great and astounding, and all the glory of those exploits which served to display Greeks and barbarians alike to such effect, be kept alive - and additionally, and most importantly, to give the reason they went to war.'

    So begins The Histories, the very first work of history and one of the most dramatic accounts of the ancient world ever written, brought to life again in Tom Holland's gripping new translation.

    'Thrilling, a masterpiece on the grandest scale, the world's first prose epic . . . Holland brings a bristling new Herodotus to a new generation.' Spectator

    'Energizing fast, funny, opinionated, clear and erudite . . . the best English translation of Herodotus to have appeared in the past half-century.' The Times Literary Supplement
    'Tom Holland, like Herodotus, is a storyteller par excellence.' New Statesman

    With an Introduction by Paul Cartledge

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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