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  • VILLETTE

    Villette by Charlotte Bronte. Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue, Canterbury Christ Church University College. This novel is based on the author’s personal experience as a teacher in Brussels. It is a moving tale of repressed feelings and subjection to cruel circumstance and position, borne with heroic fortitude. It is also the story of a woman’s right to love and be loved.

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  • MADAME BOVARY

    Madame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. The character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. When the novel was first serialized in La Revue de Paris between 1 October 1856 and 15 December 1856, public prosecutors attacked the novel for obscenity. The resulting trial in January 1857 made the story notorious. After Flaubert’s acquittal on 7 February 1857, Madame Bovary became a bestseller in April 1857 when it was published in two volumes. A seminal work of literary realism, the novel is now considered Flaubert’s masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history.

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  • NO LONGER HUMAN

    The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas. Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai s No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo s attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a “clown” to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness. No Longer Human has been adapted as a graphic novel by horror manga artist Junji Ito, made into an anime film, Human Lost,directed by Fuminori Kizaki and is the name of an ability in the manga series Bungo Stray Dogs used by a character named after Dazai.

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  • BEWARE OF PITY

    Stefan Zweig’s most famous novel, reissued with a new jacket and title

    ‘I can’t take any more of your revolting merciful kindness!’

    Who would have thought that the great military hero Captain Hofmiller – that living monument to his own courage – would have anything burdening his soul? But when he reveals his story, it is not one of bravery but tragedy- a simple blunder at a dance from which disaster grows, ruining lives with his weak, foolish pity…

    Beware of Pity is Stefan Zweig’s greatest novel, fiercely capturing human emotions in all their subtleties and extremes – while Hofmiller, his unforgettable, naive creation, misunderstands everything, resulting in his downfall.

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  • PNIN

    One of the best-loved of Nabokov?s novels, Pnin features his funniest and most heart-rending character. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian ?migr? precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his dignity through a series of comic and sad misunderstandings, all the while falling victim both to subtle academic conspiracies and to the manipulations of a deliberately unreliable narrator.Initially an almost grotesquely comic figure, Pnin gradually grows in stature by contrast with those who laugh at him. Whether taking the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he has not mastered or throwing a faculty party during which he learns he is losing his job, the gently preposterous hero of this enchanting novel evokes the reader?s deepest protective instinct.Serialized in The New Yorker and published in book form in 1957, Pnin brought Nabokov both his first National Book Award nomination and hitherto unprecedented popularity.

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  • MIDDLEMARCH

    One of the BBC s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World One of the few English novels written for grown-up people Virginia Woolf George Eliot s nuanced and moving novel is a masterly evocation of connected lives, changing fortunes and human frailties in a provincial community. Peopling its landscape are Dorothea Brooke, a young idealist whose search for intellectual fulfilment leads her into a disastrous marriage to the pedantic scholar Casaubon; Dr Lydgate, whose pioneering medical methods, combined with an imprudent marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamond, threaten to undermine his career; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past. Edited with an Introduction and notes by ROSEMARY ASHTON

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  • MAKTUB

    Novelist Coelho (The Pilgrimage) gathers an eclectic array of the parables, musings, and ephemera he published from 1993 to 1994 in a daily column for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo. Inspired by Pablo Picasso (“God is an artist…. He was never trying to follow a style; he was simply doing whatever he felt like doing”) and St. Francis of Assisi (the spiritual journey “is, above all, a challenge… anyone who uses it to escape from his problems will never get very far”), Coelho meditates on creative and spiritual quests; the power of a disciplined mind (negative thoughts “can’t harm you as long as you don’t allow yourself to be seduced by them”); and how unconditional love for others “transforms the Universe around us.” The parables for which the author is best known are carefully wrought even if they convey standard messages, as in a story about a servant who misinterprets his master’s instruction to “entrust everything to God” by failing to tie up their horses, which later run away (the takeaway being that God can appear in unlikely places, including within humans). These brief nuggets of wisdom are conveyed in evocative prose (“God acts as the echo of our actions”) and enrich the themes of faith, destiny, and spirituality running through Coelho’s most famous works. The author’s many fans will find much to appreciate. (Mar.)

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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.
    ISBN: 9780199406623
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: CLAIRE CHAMBERS

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  • MIR AND GHALIB


    ISBN: 9789696521228
    Publisher: JUMHOORI PUBLICATIONS
    Subtitle: IN THE LIGHT OF T S ELIOTS THEORY OF DISSOCIATION OF SENSIBILITY
    Author: QAISER ALAM

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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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  • DEATH OF A SALSMAN


    ISBN: 9789953105550
    Publisher: YORK PRESS
    Subtitle:

    Author: ARTHUR MILLER

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  • A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN


    ISBN: 9780553214048
    Publisher: BANTAM CLASSICS
    Subtitle:

    Author: JAMES JOYCE

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  • KING LEAR


    ISBN: 9780553212839
    Publisher: BANTAM CLASSICS
    Subtitle:

    Author: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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  • EMMA


    ISBN: 9780553212730
    Publisher: BANTAM BOOKS
    Subtitle:

    Author: JANE AUSTEN

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  • UNDER WESTERN EYES


    ISBN: 9780375757358
    Publisher: THE MODERN LIBRARY
    Subtitle:

    Author: JOSEPH CONRAD

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  • MEDEA AND OTHER PLAYS


    ISBN: 9780192824424
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:

    Author: JAMES MORWOOD

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  • OLIVER TWIST


    ISBN: 9789699903014
    Publisher: READINGS
    Subtitle:

    Author: CHARLES DICKENS

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  • A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN


    ISBN: 9780007449392
    Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle:

    Author: JAMES JOYCE

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  • DUBLINERS


    ISBN: 9788129105202
    Publisher: RUPA & CO
    Subtitle:

    Author: JAMES JOYCE

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