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  • RIVERS OF INK

    In this series of illuminating essays, Claire Chambers explores global literature, with a special focus on texts from Pakistan and its diaspora. Highlighting its quality and urgency, and authors? bold treatment of hot topics like Islamophobia, racism, and the culture industry, Chambers formulates a strong case for drawing this writing into the mainstream English canon. Chambers? voice is incisive and compelling as she analyses emerging as well as established writers working in various genres. This makes Rivers of Ink a necessary, clear summons for expansion to the field of contemporary global literature.

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  • ARMS AND THE MAN

    One of Shaw’s aims in this play is to debunk the romantic heroics of war; he wanted to present a realistic account of war and to remove all pretensions of nobility from war. It is not, however, an anti-war play; instead, it is a satire on those attitudes which would glorify war. To create this satire, Shaw chose as his title the opening lines of Virgil’s Aeneid, the Roman epic which glorifies war and the heroic feats of man in war, and which begins, “Of arms and the man I sing. . . .”

    When the play opens, we hear about the glorious exploits which were performed by Major Sergius Saranoff during his daring and magnificent cavalry raid, an event that turned the war against the Serbs toward victory for the Bulgarians. He thus becomes Raina Petkoff’s ideal hero; yet the more that we learn about this raid, the more we realize that it was a futile, ridiculous gesture, one that bordered on an utter suicidal escapade.

    In contrast, Captain Bluntschli’s actions in Raina’s bedroom strike us, at first, as being the actions of a coward. (Bluntschli is a Swiss, a professional soldier fighting for the Serbs.) He climbs up a water pipe and onto a balcony to escape capture, he threatens a defenseless woman with his gun, he allows her to hide him behind the curtains, and then he reveals that he carries chocolates rather than cartridges in his cartridge box because chocolates are more practical on the battlefield. Yet, as the play progresses, Bluntschli’s unheroic actions become reasonable when we see that he survives, whereas had the war continued, Sergius’ absurd heroic exploits would soon have left him dead.
    ISBN: 9788125041740
    Publisher: LONGMAN
    Subtitle: AN ANTI-ROMANTIC COMEDY IN THREE ACTS
    Author: BERNARD SHAW

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  • ANNA KARENINA


    ISBN: 9780141199610
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle:

    Author: LEO TOLSTOY

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  • SUNCATCHER

    1964. Ceylon is on the brink of change. But Kairo is at a loose end. School is closed, the government is in disarray, the press is under threat and the religious right are flexing their muscles. Kairo’s hard-working mother blows off steam at her cha-cha-cha classes; his Trotskyite father grumbles over the state of the nation between his secret flutters on horse races in faraway England. All Kairo wants to do is hide in his room and flick over second-hand westerns and superhero comics, or escape on his bicycle and daydream.

    Then he meets the magnetic teenage Jay, and his whole world is turned inside out.

    A budding naturalist and a born rebel, Jay keeps fish and traps birds for an aviary he is building in the garden of his grand home. The adults in Jay’s life have no say in what he does or where he goes: he holds his beautiful, fragile mother in contempt, and his wealthy father seems fuelled by anger. But his Uncle Elvin, suave and worldly, is his encourager. As Jay guides him from the realm of make believe into one of hunting-guns and fast cars and introduces him to a girl – Niromi – Kairo begins to understand the price of privilege and embarks on a journey of devastating consequence.

    Taut and luminous, graceful and wild, Suncatcher is a poignant coming-of-age novel about difficult friendships and sudden awakenings. Mesmerizingly it charts the loss of innocence and our recurring search for love – or consolation – bringing these extraordinary lives into our own.


    ISBN: 9781526610386
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
    Subtitle: SHORTLISTED FOR THE JHALAK PRIZE 2020
    Author: ROMESH GUNESEKERA

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  • TWO BESIDES

    Given the opportunity to revisit the characters from Talking Heads I’ve added a couple more, both of them ordinary women whom life takes by surprise. They just about end up on top and go on, but without quite knowing how. Still, they’re in good company, and at least they’ve made it into print.’

    Alan Bennett’s twelve Talking Heads are acknowledged masterworks by one of our most highly acclaimed writers. Some thirty years after the original six, Bennett has written Two Besides, a pair of monologues. Each, in its way, is a devastating portrait of grief. In An Ordinary Woman, a mother suffers the inevitable consequences when she makes life intolerable for herself and her family by falling for her own flesh and blood; while The Shrine tells the story behind a makeshift roadside shrine, introducing us to Lorna, bearing witness in her high-vis jacket, the bereft partner of a dedicated biker with a surprising private life.

    The two new Talking Heads were recorded for the BBC during the exceptional circumstances of coronavirus lockdown in the spring of 2020, directed by Nicholas Hytner and performed by Sarah Lancashire and Monica Dolan.

    The book contains a substantial preface by Nicholas Hytner and an introduction to each, by Alan Bennett.


    ISBN: 9780571365852
    Publisher: FSC
    Subtitle: A PAIR OF TALKING HEADS
    Author: ALAN BENNETT

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  • THE BLOOMSBURY COMPANION TO HOLOCAUST LITERATURE

    The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature is a comprehensive reference resource including a wealth of critical material on a diverse range of topics within the literary study of Holocaust writing. At its centre is a series of specially commissioned essays by leading scholars within the field: these address genre-specific issues such as the question of biographical and historical truth in Holocaust testimony, as well as broader topics including the politics of Holocaust representation and the validity of comparative approaches to the Holocaust in literature and criticism. The volume includes a substantial section detailing new and emergent trends within the literary study of the Holocaust, a concise glossary of major critical terminology, and an annotated bibliography of relevant research material. Featuring original essays by: Victoria Aarons, Jenni Adams, Michael Bernard-Donals, Matthew Boswell, Stef Craps, Richard Crownshaw, Brett Ashley Kaplan and Fernando Herrero-Matoses, Adrienne Kertzer, Erin McGlothlin, David Miller, and Sue Vice.

    ISBN: 9781474296311
    AUTHOR: JENNI ADAMS
    ISBN: 9781474296311
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
    Subtitle:
    Author: JENNI ADAMS

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  • THE BIG RED BOOK OF MODERN CHINESE LITERATURE

    A panoramic vision of the Chinese literary landscape across the twentieth century.

    Award-winning literary scholar and poet Yunte Huang here gathers together an intimate and authoritative selection of significant works, in outstanding translations, from nearly fifty Chinese writers, that together express a search for the soul of modern China. From the 1912 overthrow of a millennia-long monarchy to the Cultural Revolution, to China?s rise as a global military and economic superpower, the Chinese literary imagination has encompassed an astonishing array of moods and styles?from sublime lyricism to witty surrealism, poignant documentary to the ironic, the transgressive, and the defiant.

    ISBN: 9780393353808
    AUTHOR: YUNTE HUANG
    ISBN: 9780393353808
    Publisher: W. W. NORTON & COMPANY
    Subtitle: WRITINGS FROM THE MAINLAND IN THE LONG TWENTIETH CENTURY
    Author: YUNTE HUANG

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  • FOE

    Nobel Laureate and two-time Booker prize-winning author of Disgrace and The Life and Times of Michael K, J. M. Coetzee reimagines Daniel DeFoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe in Foe. In an act of breathtaking imagination, J.M Coetzee radically reinvents the story of Robinson Crusoe. In the early eighteenth century, Susan Barton finds herself adrift from a mutinous ship and cast ashore on a remote desert island. There she finds shelter with its only other inhabitants: a man named Cruso and his tongueless slave, Friday. In time, she builds a life for herself as Cruso’s companion and, eventually, his lover. At last they are rescued by a passing ship, but only she and Friday survive the journey back to London. Determined to have her story told, she pursues the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe in the hope that he will relate truthfully her memories to the world. But with Cruso dead, Friday incapable of speech and Foe himself intent on reshaping her narrative, Barton struggles to maintain her grip on the past, only to fall victim to the seduction of storytelling itself. Treacherous, elegant and unexpectedly moving, Foe remains one of the most exquisitely composed of this pre-eminent author’s works. ‘A small miracle of a book. . . of marvellous intricacy and overwhelming power’ Washington Post ‘A superb novel’ The New York Times South African author J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice for his novels Disgrace and The Life and Times of Michael K. His novel set during the South African apartheid, Age of Iron, winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year award is also available in Penguin paperback.

    ISBN: 9780241950111
    AUTHOR: J. M. COETZEE
    ISBN: 9780241950111
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: J. M. COETZEE

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  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 BOOKS

    ‘Restlessly curious, insightful, and quirky, David Damrosch is the perfect guide to a round-the-world adventure in reading’ Stephen GreenblattA transporting and illuminating voyage around the globe, told through eighty classic and modern books’It is always a pleasure to talk about books with David Damrosch, who has read all of them, and he is so eloquent and understanding about them all’ Orhan PamukInspired by Jules Verne’s hero Phileas Fogg, David Damrosch, chair of Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature and founder of Harvard’s Institute for World Literature, set out to counter a pandemic’s restrictions on travel by exploring eighty exceptional books from around the globe. Following a literary itinerary from London to Venice, Tehran and points beyond, and via authors from Woolf and Dante to Nobel prizewinners Orhan Pamuk, Wole Soyinka, Mo Yan and Olga Tokarczuk, he explores how these works have shaped our idea of the world, and the ways the world bleeds into literature.To chart the expansive landscape of world literature today, Damrosch explores how writers live in two very different the world of their personal experience, and the world of books that have enabled great writers to give shape and meaning to their lives.
    ISBN: 9780241501023 AUTHOR: DAVID DAMROSCH
    ISBN: 9780241501023
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle:

    Author: DAVID DAMROSCH

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  • THE ALCHEMIST

    Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book a magical fable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life’s path and, above all, follow your dreams.

    This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a worldly treasure as fabulous as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers, and from there into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him

    With Paulo Coelho’s visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore, The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change people’s lives.

    ISBN: 9788172234980

    AUTHOR: PAULO COELHO
    ISBN: 9788172234980
    Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: A FABLE ABOUT FOLLOWING YOUR DREAM
    Author: PAULO COELHO

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  • JOURNEY

    The first ever guided journal from Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist and one of the most influential authors of our time. Paulo Coelho is one of the bestselling authors in the world, with more than 230 million copies of his books ? from The Alchemist to The Warrior of Light ? sold across 170 countries in eighty languages. In this enchanting and introspective journal, Coelho takes you down the path of reflection and imagination. With 45 thought-provoking questions, you will explore mind and soul as you consider the signs and omens along your journey, make peace with the unknown, and learn to listen to your heart s desires. Evocative and intimate, each page prompts big and small contemplations on fear, love, gratitude, forgiveness, destiny, and more. Journey includes an introduction from Coelho, plenty of blank space to write, and beautifully designed quotes from his most popular books, speeches, interviews, and posts. Exquisitely produced, with a white and copper foil-stamped cover, Journey is a must-have for fans of this legendary writer and anyone seeking a space for discovery and inspiration. You must get as much as you can from any journey, because in the end the journey is all you have. So why not live? ? Paulo Coelho – While Coelho has written many books and Journey is his first ever journal published in the UK. This journal includes some of the most powerful and beloved quotes from Coelho s books, as well as all-new reflections to guide you on your journey. Features a beautifully dyed, textured cover with foil stamping and a ribbon page marker.

    ISBN: 9781529051582

    AUTHOR: PAULO COELHO

     
    ISBN: 9781529051582
    Publisher: BLUEBIRD BOOKS FOR LIFE
    Subtitle: A JOURNAL OF DISCOVERY
    Author: PAULO COELHO

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  • PROPHET SONG

    I haven’t read a book that has shaken me so intensely in many years… The comparisons are inevitable, Saramago, Orwell, McCarthy; but this novel will stand entirely on its own. Colum McCann, author of Apeirogon An Irish Times Book to Look Forward to in 2023 A fearless portrait of a society on the brink as a mother faces a terrible choice, from an internationally award-winning author On a dark, wet evening in Dublin, scientist and mother-of-four Eilish Stack answers her front door to find the GNSB on her step. Two officers from Ireland?s newly formed secret police are here to interrogate her husband, a trade unionist. Ireland is falling apart. The country is in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny and when her husband disappears, Eilish finds herself caught within the nightmare logic of a society that is quickly unravelling. How far will she go to save her family? And what ? or who ? is she willing to leave behind? Exhilarating, terrifying and propulsive, Prophet Song is a work of breathtaking originality, offering a devastating vision of a country at war and a deeply human portrait of a mother’s fight to hold her family together.

    ISBN: 9780861546862

    AUTHOR: PAUL LYNCH
    ISBN: 9780861546862
    Publisher: ONE WORLD
    Subtitle: WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2023
    Author: PAUL LYNCH

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  • THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS

    The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, a skyblue Plymouth with chrome tailfins is stranded on the highway amid a Marxist workers’ demonstration. Inside the car sit two-egg twins Rahel and Esthappen, and so begins their tale…. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family – their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu (who loves by night the man her children love by day), their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt), and the ghost of an imperial entomologist’s moth (with unusually dense dorsal tufts). When their English cousin, Sophie Mol, and her mother, Margaret Kochamma, arrive on a Christmas visit, Esthappen and Rahel learn that Things Can Change in a Day. That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river “graygreen. With fish in it. With the sky and trees in it. And at night, the broken yellow moon in it.”

    ISBN: 9780812979657

    AUTHOR: ARUNDHATI ROY
    ISBN: 9780812979657
    Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
    Subtitle:
    Author: ARUNDHATI ROY

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  • THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

    From the Royal Shakespeare Company a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare’s anarchic comedy. With an expert introduction by Sir Jonathan Bate, this unique edition presents a historical overview of The Comedy of Errors in performance, takes a detailed look at specific productions, and recommends film versions. Included in this edition are interviews with three leading directors Paul Hunter, Nancy Meckler and Tim Supple providing an illuminating insight into the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible. This edition also includes an essay on Shakespeare’s career and Elizabethan theatre, and enables the reader to understand the play as it was originally intended as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed.

    Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer a fresh, accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare’s works for the twenty-first century.

    ISBN: 9780230284128
    AUTHOR: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
    ISBN: 9780230284128
    Publisher: MACMILLAN
    Subtitle: THE RSC
    Author: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

    The Merchant of Venice is perhaps most associated not with its titular hero, Antonio, but with the complex figure of the money lender, Shylock. The play was described as a comedy in the First Folio but its modern audiences find it more problematic to categorise. The vilification of Shylock ‘the Jew’ can be very uncomfortable for a post-holocaust audience and debates continue as to whether Shakespeare’s portrayal of this complex man is sympathetic or anti-semitic.

    John Drakakis comprehensive introduction traces the stage history of the figure of the Jew and looks boldly at twenty-first century issues surrounding it. He also explores other themes of the play such as father/daughter relations, the power of money and the forceful character of Portia, to offer readers an energetic, original and revelatory reading of this challenging play.

    ISBN: 9781903436813
    AUTHOR: JOHN DRAKAKIS
    ISBN: 9781903436813
    Publisher: ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: JOHN DRAKAKIS

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  • THE MILL ON THE FLOSS

    Raised in the idyllic setting of Dorlcote Mill, the wild and wilful Maggie Tulliver adores her elder brother Tom and is forever trying to gain the approbation of her parents. Yet, as she grows older and the family struggle under the weight of severe pecuniary difficulties, she becomes increasingly caught between the divergent expectations of the four men in her life: a doting father, an obdurate and vengeful brother, a good-looking and frivolous suitor and an earnest old playmate who happens to be the son of her father and brother’s sworn enemy. Tragic and affecting, and drawing heavily on George Eliot’s own rural upbringing and relationship with her brother, The Mill on the Floss is one of literature’s finest evocations of childhood and adolescence, and introduces, in Maggie Tulliver, one of the most beloved heroines in the English canon.
    ISBN: 9781847497420
    AUTHOR: GEORGE ELIOT
    ISBN: 9781847497420
    Publisher: ALMA CLASSICS
    Subtitle:
    Author: GEORGE ELIOT

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  • THE SECRET HISTORY OF JANE EYRE

    Why did Charlotte Bronte go to such great lengths on the publication of her acclaimed, best-selling novel, Jane Eyre, to conceal its authorship from her family, close friends, and the press? In The Secret History of Jane Eyre, John Pfordresher tells the enthralling story of Bronte’s compulsion to write her masterpiece and why she then turned around and vehemently disavowed it.

    Few people know how quickly Bronte composed Jane Eyre. Nor do many know that she wrote it during a devastating and anxious period in her life. Thwarted in her passionate, secret, and forbidden love for a married man, she found herself living in a home suddenly imperiled by the fact that her father, a minister, the sole support of the family, was on the brink of blindness. After his hasty operation, as she nursed him in an isolated apartment kept dark to help him heal his eyes, Bronte began writing Jane Eyre, an invigorating romance that, despite her own fears and sorrows, gives voice to a powerfully rebellious and ultimately optimistic woman’s spirit

    ISBN: 9780393248876
    AUTHOR: JOHN PFORDRESHER
    ISBN: 9780393248876
    Publisher: W. W. NORTON & COMPANY
    Subtitle: HOW CHARLOTTE BRONTE WROTE HER MASTERPIECE
    Author: JOHN PFORDRESHER

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  • SELECTED POEMS OF LANGSTON HUGHES

    The poems Hughes wrote celebrated the experience of invisible men and women: of slaves who ‘rushed the boots of Washington’ of musicians on Lenox Avenue; of the poor and the lovesick; of losers in ‘the raffle of night.’ They conveyed that experience in a voice that blended the spoken with the sung, that turned poetic lines into the phrases of jazz and blues, and that ripped through the curtain separating high from popular culture. They spanned the range from the lyric to the polemic, ringing out ‘wonder and pain and terror and the marrow of the bone of life.’
    ISBN: 9780679728184
    AUTHOR: LANGSTON HUGHES
    ISBN: 9780679728184
    Publisher: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    Subtitle: A CLASSIC COLLECTION OF POEMS BY A MASTER OF AMERICAN VERSE
    Author: LANGSTON HUGHES

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

    Every year at the holidays, the historic Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan displays one of the crown jewels of its extraordinary collection: the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, with its detailed emendations, deletions, and insertions in Dickens’s own hand. Here, for the first time in a beautiful trade edition, A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition presents a facsimile of that invaluable manuscript, along with a typeset version of the story, a fascinating introduction by the Morgan’s chief literary curator on the history of the story, and a new foreword by Colm ToibIn celebrating its timeless appeal.
    ISBN: 9780393608649
    Publisher: W. W. NORTON & COMPANY
    Subtitle:
    Author: CHARLES DICKENS

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