By H. E. Bates
The horror and the humanity of battle come too shut, while a bit fishing boat, the Breadwinner, rescues a pilot shot down within the Channel in the course of a dogfight. the single hassle is, the pilot is German. because the younger fisherman has a tendency his wounds, he involves notice that struggle isn't fascinating, and the enemy earlier than him is simply a tender boy like himself - indistinguishable from the as soon as glamorous English pilot who quickly additionally crashes close to the boat.
Possibly the strangest—and so much strikingly modern—work to outlive from the traditional international, The Satyricon relates the hilarious mock epic adventures of the impotent Encolpius, and his fight to regain virility. right here Petronius brilliantly brings to existence the courtesans, legacy-hunters, pompous professors and dissolute priestesses of the age - and, peculiarly, Trimalchio, the archetypal self-made millionaire whose pretentious vulgarity on an insanely grand scale makes him one of many nice comedian characters in literature. Seneca's The Apocolocyntosis, a malicious skit on 'the deification of Claudius the Clod', used to be designed via the writer to ingratiate himself with Nero, who was once Claudius' successor. jointly, the 2 offer a strong perception right into a darkly interesting interval of Roman history.
For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better via introductions and notes via unusual students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.
By Germaine Greer
A transparent creation to Shakespeare's performs, this quantity examines them intimately and indicates how Shakespeare dramatized ethical and highbrow matters in one of these means that his viewers turned dazzlingly conscious of an creative measurement to lifestyle. Germaine Greer argues that so long as Shakespeare's paintings continues to be imperative to English cultural lifestyles, it's going to continue the values which make it certain on the earth.
By Milan Kundera
All too frequently, this fantastic novel of thwarted love and revenge miscarried has been learn for its political implications. Now, 1 / 4 century after The Joke used to be first released and several other years after the cave in of the Soviet-imposed Czechoslovak regime, it turns into more uncomplicated to place such implications into standpoint in prefer of valuing the booklet (and all Kundera 's paintings) as what it really is: nice, stirring literature that sheds new gentle at the everlasting topics of human existence.
The current variation offers English-language readers a huge extra ability towards revaluation of The Joke. For purposes he describes in his Author's observe, Milan Kundera committed a lot time to making (with the help of his American publisher-editor) a very revised translation that displays his unique as heavily as any translation almost certainly can: displays it in its constancy not just to the phrases and syntax but in addition to the attribute dictions and tonalities of the novel's narrators. the result's not anything below the recovery of a classic.
By Megan Abbott
"THE FEVER holds real to its identify: it really is darkish, hectic, surprisingly appealing and completely unshakeable" -- Gillian Flynn.
In this impossible-to-put-down "panic assault of a novel,"* a small-town highschool turns into the breeding flooring for a mysterious affliction.
Deenie Nash is a diligent scholar with a close-knit kinfolk; her brother Eli is a hockey superstar and her father is a well-liked instructor. but if Deenie's ally is struck by means of a terrifying, unexplained seizure in school, the Nashes' seeming balance dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a damaging outbreak unfold via university, and hysteria and contagion swell, a chain of tightly held secrets and techniques emerges, threatening to solve friendships, households, and the town's fragile experience of safeguard.
A chilling tale approximately guilt, relatives secrets and techniques, and the deadly energy of wish, THE FEVER is "a potboiler within the truest, top experience" and "a nice novel, complete stop."**
By Homer Hickam
Big Fish meets The Notebook during this emotionally evocative tale a couple of guy, a girl, and an alligator that could be a relocating tribute to like, from the New York Times bestselling writer of the award-winning memoir Rocket Boys—the foundation of the motion picture October Sky.
Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the writer) have been highschool classmates within the West Virginia coalfields, graduating simply because the nice melancholy begun. whilst Homer requested for her hand, Elsie as a substitute headed to Orlando the place she sparked with a dancing actor named blood brother Ebsen (yes, that blood brother Ebsen). but if blood brother headed for brand spanking new York, Elsie’s goals of a lifestyles with him have been beaten and finally she stumbled on herself again within the coalfields, married to Homer.
Unfulfilled as a miner’s spouse, Elsie was once reminded of her carefree days with blood brother each day as a result of his strange marriage ceremony present: an alligator named Albert she raised within the purely toilet in the home. while Albert scared Homer by way of grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: “Me or that alligator!” After giving it a few concept, Elsie concluded there has been just one factor to do: hold Albert home.
Carrying Albert Home is the humorous, candy, and occasionally tragic story of a tender couple and a distinct alligator on a loopy 1,000-mile event. advised with the heat and down-home allure that made Rocket Boys a loved bestseller, Homer Hickam’s rollicking story is finally a testomony to that unusual and exceptional emotion we inadequately name love.
By Andrea Gillies
The Salter kin orbits round Peattie residence, their crumbling Scottish highlands property choked with threadbare furnishings, patrician thoughts, and all their inevitable secrets and techniques. whereas accrued to have fun grandmother's 70th birthday, somebody breaks the silence. the internet starts to resolve. yet what's the white lie? what percentage others are equipped upon it? what number lives were formed by way of its shadow? just one individual is aware the complete fact. From past the grave, Michael loops again into the prior until eventually we see, past conception and reminiscence, how deeply our judgements resound, and simply what is the place—and price—of grandeur.
By Andreas Willi
By way of reading linguistic edition in Aristophanic comedy, Andreas Willi opens up a brand new point of view on intra-dialectal range in Classical Attic Greek. A consultant variety of registers, technical languages, sociolects, and (comic) idiolects is defined and analyzed. Stylistic and statistical observations are mixed and supplemented by means of typological comparisons with fabric drawn from sociolinguistic study on smooth languages. The ensuing portrayal of the Attic dialect deepens our knowing of varied socio-cultural phenomena mirrored in Aristophanes' work.
By Rebecca Knuth
Where they've got burned books, they'll result in burning humans, declared German poet Heinrich Heine. This publication identifies the regime-sponsored, ideologically pushed, and systemic destruction of books and libraries within the twentieth century that regularly served as a prelude or accompaniment to the big human tragedies that experience characterised a such a lot violent century. utilizing case reports of libricide devoted by means of Nazis, Serbs in Bosnia, Iraqis in Kuwait, Maoists throughout the Cultural Revolution in China, and chinese language Communists in Tibet, Knuth argues that the destruction of books and libraries by way of authoritarian regimes used to be sparked via a similar impulses towards negation that provoked acts of genocide or ethnocide.
Readers will examine why a few people―even these now not topic to authoritarian regimes―consider the destruction of books a good approach. Knuth promotes figuring out of the explanations at the back of extremism and styles of cultural terrorism, and concludes that what's at stake with libricide is not anything below the upkeep and continuation of the typical cultural history of the area. someone devoted to freedom of expression and humanistic values will embody this passionate and invaluable book.