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  • 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
  • HOUSE OF MIRTH
    HOUSE OF MIRTH
    WHARTON EDITH
    ISBN: 9781840224191
    Title: HOUSE OF MIRTH
    Author: WHARTON EDITH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by Janet Beer. Manchester Metropolitan University

    'The House of Mirth' tells the story of Lily Bart, aged 29, beautiful, impoverished and in need of a rich husband to safeguard her place in the social elite, and to support her expensive habits - her clothes, her charities and her gambling. Unwilling to marry without both love and money, Lily becomes vulnerable to the kind of gossip and slander which attach to a girl who has been on the marriage market for too long. Wharton charts the course of Lily’s life, providing, along the way, a wider picture of a society in transition, a rapidly changing New York where the old certainties of manners, morals and family have disappeared and the individual has become an expendable commodity.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • HOUSE OF THE DEAD
    HOUSE OF THE DEAD
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140444568
    Title: HOUSE OF THE DEAD
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In January 1850 Dostoyevsky was sent to a remote Siberian prison camp for his part in a political conspiracy.

    The four years he spent there, startlingly re-created in The House of the Dead, were the most agonizing of his life. In this fictionalized account he recounts his soul-destroying incarceration through the cool, detached tones of his narrator, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov: the daily battle for survival, the wooden plank beds, the cabbage soup swimming with cockroaches, his strange ‘family’ of boastful, ugly, cruel convicts. Yet The House of the Dead is far more than a work of documentary realism: it is also a powerful novel of redemption, describing one man’s spiritual and moral death and the miracle of his gradual reawakening.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HUMAN ALL TOO HUMAN
    HUMAN ALL TOO HUMAN
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140446173
    Title: HUMAN ALL TOO HUMAN
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Written after Nietzsche had ended his friendship with Richard Wagner and had been forced to leave academic life through ill health, Human, All Too Human (1878) can be read as a monument to his personal crisis. It also marks the point when he matured as a philosopher, rejecting the German romanticism espoused by Wagner and Schopenhauer and instead returning to sources in the French Enlightenment. Here he sets out his unsettling views in a series of 638 stunning aphorisms - assessing subjects ranging from art to arrogance, boredom to passion, science to vanity and women to youth. This work also contains the seeds of concepts crucial to Nietzsche's later philosophy, such as the will to power and the need to transcend conventional Christian morality. The result is one of the cornerstones of his life's work.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
    HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
    HUGO VICTOR
    ISBN: 9781853260681
    Title: HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
    Author: HUGO VICTOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Keith Wren, University of Kent at Canterbury.

    Set in 1482, Victor Hugo's powerful novel of "imagination, caprice and fantasy" is a meditation on love, fate, architecture and politics, as well as a compelling recreation of the medieval world at the dawn of the modern age.

    In a brilliant reworking of the tale of 'Beauty and the Beast', Hugo creates a host of unforgettable characters – amongst them, Quasimodo, the hunchback of the title, hopelessly in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda, the satanic priest Claude Frollo, Clopin Trouillefou, king of the beggars, and Louis X1, King of France. Over the entire novel, both literally and symbolically, broods the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

    Vivid characters and memorable set-piece action scenes combine to bring the past to life in this story of love, lust, betrayal, doom and redemption.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • ILIAD / PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSIC
    ILIAD / PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSIC
    HOMER / FAGLES [TRAN]
    ISBN: 9780140275360
    Title: ILIAD / PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSIC
    Author: HOMER / FAGLES [TRAN]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "Rage - Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles, murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses, hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls..."

    Thus begins the stirring story of the Trojan War and the rage of Achilles that has gripped listeners and readers for 2,700 years. This timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to its wrenching, tragic conclusion. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb Introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilised life and a poignant yearning for peace.

    Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer's poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad's mesmerising repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls "an astonishing performance."

    Imprint: PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSICS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ILLUSTRATED MAHABHARATA : The Definitive Guide to India's Greatest Epic
    ILLUSTRATED MAHABHARATA : The Definitive Guide to India's Greatest Epic
    ISBN: 9780241264348
    Title: ILLUSTRATED MAHABHARATA : The Definitive Guide to India's Greatest Epic
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Take a fresh look at India's great epic with The Illustrated Mahabharata and rediscover the lost kingdoms, dynasties, and characters of the Mahabharata. Follow the tale as it unfolds through 18 parvas with stunning photographs, paintings, sculptures, and historical artefacts. Discover the principal characters of the Mahabharata and their family trees, and understand key moments from the birth of Pandavas and Kauravas to the death of the elders. Know the Mahabharata with this beautiful retelling of India's greatest epic.

    Imprint: DORLING KINDERSLEY
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $59.99
  • IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 1 : THE WAY BY SWANNS
    IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 1 : THE WAY BY SWANNS
    PROUST MARCEL
    ISBN: 9780141180311
    Title: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 1 : THE WAY BY SWANNS
    Author: PROUST MARCEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Way by Swann's is one of the great novels of childhood, depicting the impressions of a sensitive boy of his family and neighbours, brought dazzlingly back to life by the famous taste of a madeleine. It contains the separate short novel, A Love of Swann's, a study of sexual jealousy that forms a crucial part of the vast, unfolding structure of In Search of Lost Time.

    This book established Proust as one of the greatest voices of the modern age – satirical, sceptical, confiding and endlessly varied in his response to the human condition.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 2 : IN THE SHADOW OF YOUNG GIRLS IN FLOWER
    IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 2 : IN THE SHADOW OF YOUNG GIRLS IN FLOWER
    PROUST MARCEL
    ISBN: 9780141180328
    Title: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 2 : IN THE SHADOW OF YOUNG GIRLS IN FLOWER
    Author: PROUST MARCEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower is a spectacular dissection of male and female adolescence, and an unequalled meditation on different forms of love, charged with the narrator's memories of Paris and the Normandy seaside, and his relationships with his grandmother and the Swann family.

    Here Proust introduces some of his greatest comic inventions, from the magnificently dull M. de Norpois to the enchanting Robert de Saint-Loup, and introduces two figures who come to dominate the narrator's life - the Baron de Charlus and the mysterious Albertine.

    Translated with an Introduction by James Grieve, General Editor: Christopher Prendergast

    ' One of the miracles of European literature.' Guardian

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 3 : THE GUERMANTES WAY
    IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 3 : THE GUERMANTES WAY
    PROUST MARCEL
    ISBN: 9780141180335
    Title: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 3 : THE GUERMANTES WAY
    Author: PROUST MARCEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Guermantes Way opens us a vast, dazzling landscape of fashionable Parisian life in the late nineteenth century, as the narrator enters the brilliant, shallow world of the literary and aristocratic salons. Both a salute to and a devastating satire on a time, place and culture, The Guermantes Way is in the great tradition of novels that follow the initiation of a young man into the ways of the world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 4 : SODOM AND GOMORRAH
    IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 4 : SODOM AND GOMORRAH
    PROUST MARCEL
    ISBN: 9780141180342
    Title: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 4 : SODOM AND GOMORRAH
    Author: PROUST MARCEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this fourth volume, Proust's novel takes up for the first time the theme of homosexual love - male and female - and dwells on how destructive sexual jealousy can be for those who suffer it. Sodom and Gomorrah is also an unforgiving analysis of both the decadent high society of Paris and the rise of a philistine bourgeoisie that is on the way to supplanting it. Characters who had lesser roles earlier on now reappear in a different light and take centre stage, notably Albertine, with whom the narrator believes he is in love, and the insanely haughty Baron de Charlus.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 5 : THE PRISONER AND THE FUGITIVE
    IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 5 : THE PRISONER AND THE FUGITIVE
    PROUST MARCEL
    ISBN: 9780141180359
    Title: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 5 : THE PRISONER AND THE FUGITIVE
    Author: PROUST MARCEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Prisoner and The Fugitive fulfil Swann's much earlier warning to Marcel - 'Though the subjection of the woman may briefly allay the jealousy of the man, it eventually makes it even more demanding' - as Marcel and Albertine are locked in a cycle of mistrust that threatens both their identities. But these are also novels of great lyrical excitement and beauty - in the Parisian street cries, the Vinteuil concert and Proust's virtuoso description of Venice. Above all, these two works deal with the theme of the explosion and impact of memory that runs throughout In Search of Lost Time, pointing the reader towards its resolution.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 6 : FINDING TIME AGAIN
    IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 6 : FINDING TIME AGAIN
    PROUST MARCEL
    ISBN: 9780141180366
    Title: IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME 6 : FINDING TIME AGAIN
    Author: PROUST MARCEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Finding Time Again, Marcel discovers his world destroyed by war and those he knew transformed by the march of time. A superb picture of France in the throes of the First World War, and containing in the Bal des Tites sequence of one of Proust's most devastating set-pieces, Finding Time Again triumphantly describes the paradox of facing mortality yet overcoming it through the act of writing. As Marcel rediscovers his vocation, he realizes that he can live on by writing down the story of his own memories and of his search to recapture the past.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.95

    Price: $22.95
  • JANE EYRE
    JANE EYRE
    BRONTE CHARLOTTE
    ISBN: 9781853260209
    Title: JANE EYRE
    Author: BRONTE CHARLOTTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue, Canterbury Christ Church University College.

    'Jane Eyre' ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage.

    She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester.

    However, there is great kindness and warmth in this epic love story, which is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Ultimately the grand passion of Jane and Rochester is called upon to survive cruel revelation, loss and reunion, only to be confronted with tragedy.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • JAPANESE LEGENDS AND FOLKLORE
    JAPANESE LEGENDS AND FOLKLORE
    MITFORD A B
    ISBN: 9784805315019
    Title: JAPANESE LEGENDS AND FOLKLORE
    Author: MITFORD A B
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: January 2019 New Release

    Japanese Legends and Folklore invites English speakers into the intriguing world of Japanese folktales, ghost stories and historical eyewitness accounts. With a fascinating selection of stories about Japanese culture and people, A.B. Mitford — who lived and worked in Japan as a British diplomat — presents tales from a broad cross section of Japanese prose. Discover more about practically every part of Japanese life — from myth and legend to history and religion.

    Imprint: TUTTLE
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • JAYA : An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
    JAYA : An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
    PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    ISBN: 9780143104254
    Title: JAYA : An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
    Author: PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    High above the sky stands Swarga, paradise, abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha, heaven, abode of God.

    The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins, Jaya and Yijaya, both whose names mean 'victory'. One keeps you in Swarga; the other raises you into Vaikuntha.

    In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is please for only as long as you deserve. What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya? Solve this puzzle and you will solve the mystery of the Mahabharata.

    In this enthralling retelling of India's greatest epic, the Mahabharata originally known as Jaya, Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskirt classic as well as its many folk and regional varians, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarth, Gondhal of Maharastra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nade and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

    Richly illustrated with over 250 line drawings by the author, the 108 chapters abound with little-known details such as the names of the hundred Kauravas, the worship of Draupadi as a goddess in Tamil Nadu, the stories of Astika, Madhavi, Jaimini, Aravan and Barbareek, the Mahabharata version of the Shakuntalam and the Ramayana, and the dating of the war based on astronomical data.

    With clarity and simplicity, the tales in this elegant volume reveal the eternal relevance of the Mahabharata, the complex and disturbing meditation on the human condition that has shaped Indian thought for over 3000 years.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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