Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance

Berlin, September 1872. The Duncker brothers, Max and Wolfgang, personal a thriving publishing company within the urban. shrewdpermanent, irresponsible Max is as keen on playing and brothels because the older, wiser, Wolfgang is of creating a revenue. while Max's undesirable behavior get out of hand, Wolfgang sends him to the Spa city of Homburg, to bounce attendance upon a celeb writer - the enigmatic Sibyl, sometimes called George Eliot. As mesmerizing and clever as her books, she quickly has Max bewitched. but Wolfgang has an ulterior reason: for his brother to think about Sophie von Hahn, daughter of a prosperous kin buddy, as a possible spouse. in the beginning, Max is lured by way of Sophie's good looks and his affectionate thoughts in their shared youth. yet Sophie proves to be not anything just like the imaginative and prescient of angelic domesticity Max was once looking ahead to. Mischievous, wilful and bold, Sophie gambles recklessly and rides horses like a guy. either ladies have Max in thrall - one along with her early life and keenness, the opposite together with her knowledge and fierce intelligence. Out of his intensity, Max unearths himself precariously balanced among Sophie and the Sibyl. what is extra, Sophie worships the nice novelist of questionable morals - and is decided to fulfill her. A compelling Victorian novel and a playful meditation at the production of literature, Sophie and the Sibyl balances a story of courtship and seduction with a desirable, energetic imagining of the author George Eliot on the finish of her boldly unconventional existence, and the peak of her reputation.

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The Cambridge Companion to Milton (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge better half to Milton presents an obtainable, useful advisor for any scholar of Milton, no matter if undergraduate or graduate, introducing readers to the scope of Milton's paintings, the richness of its old family members, and the variety of present methods to it. This moment version includes new and revised essays, reflecting expanding emphasis on Milton's politics, the social stipulations and weather during which his works have been released and got, the significance of his early poems and Samson Agonistes, and the alterations wrought via gender stories at the feedback of prior a long time. The Companion's up-to-date bibliography of reviews and assets on Milton's works and lifestyles is offered on-line at .

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Philosophy, Literature, and the Dissolution of the Subject: Nietzsche, Musil, Atay (Studies in Social Sciences, Philosophy and History of Ideas)

By Zeynep Talay-Turner

If philosophy has limits, what lies past them? One resolution is literature. during this research, instead of seeing literature as a resource of illustrations of philosophical topics, the writer considers either philosophy and literature as occasionally competing yet usually complementary methods of constructing experience of and conveying the nature of moral adventure. She does so via an research of principles approximately language, adventure and ethics within the philosophy of Nietzsche, and of ways during which those issues are labored out and elaborated within the writings of Robert Musil and the Turkish novelist Oğuz Atay.

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Classical Literature: A Concise History

This available one-volume survey of the literature of Greece and Rome covers the interval among Homer round seven hundred BC and Augustine round advert 410.

  • Highlights what's very important traditionally and of continuous curiosity and cost in classical literature.
  • An advent through the editor provides crucial details in a concise, obtainable way.
  • Each bankruptcy makes a speciality of a specific style or region of literature.
  • This constitution permits readers to work out continuities among assorted classes and to maneuver simply among the Greek and Roman worlds.
  • Includes vast quotations in English.
  • A timeline and an index of authors aid to make the fabric as available as possible.

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Firefly

By Severo Sarduy

Firefly is a dream-like evocation of pre-war Cuba, replete with hurricanes, mystical cults and slave-markets. the tale is the coming-of-age of a precocious and exuberant boy with a large head and underdeveloped feel of course, who perspectives the realm as a threatening conspiracy. advised in breathless and lyrical prose, the unconventional is a loving rendition of a long-lost domestic, a meditation on exile, and an allegory of Cuba’s isolation on this planet.

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Melancholy and the Archive: Trauma, History and Memory in the Contemporary Novel

By Jonathan Boulter

Depression and the Archive examines how trauma, heritage and reminiscence are represented in key works of significant modern writers corresponding to David Mitchell, Paul Auster, Haruki Murakami and Jose Saramago. The e-book explores how those authors build the most important relationships among websites of memory-the archive turns into a primary trope here-and the self that has been subjected to numerous traumas, numerous losses. The archive-be it a bureaucratic workplace (Saramago), an underground bunker (Auster), a geographical house or panorama (Mitchell) or perhaps a gap (Murakami)-becomes the ability wherein the self makes an attempt to maintain and preserve his or her experience of historical past whilst the economic system of trauma threatens to erase the grounds of such upkeep: because the topic or self is threatened so the archive turns into a festishized web site in which historical past is housed, accommodated, created, even fabricated. The archive, in Freudian phrases, turns into an area of depression accurately because the topic preserves not just a private heritage or a culture's background, but in addition the heritage of the traumas that necessitates the production of the archive as such.

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The Childhood of Jesus: A Novel

By J. M. Coetzee

A significant new novel from the Nobel Prize–winning writer of Waiting for the Barbarians, The existence & instances of Michael K and Disgrace

Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and astonishing novel approximately formative years and future that's certain to rank together with his vintage novels.

Separated from his mom as a passenger on a ship sure for a brand new land, David is a boy who's particularly actually adrift. The piece of paper explaining his state of affairs is misplaced, yet a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to appear after the boy. while the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and nearly an entire new life.

Strangers in a wierd land, understanding not anything in their atmosphere, nor the language or customs, they're decided to discover David’s mom. even though the boy has no reminiscence of her, Simón is sure he'll realize her at the beginning sight. “But once we locate her,” David asks, “what are we the following for?”

An eerie allegorical story informed mostly via discussion, The youth of Jesus is a literary feat—a novel of rules that also is a young, compelling narrative. Coetzee’s many enthusiasts will have fun his go back whereas new readers will locate The formative years of Jesus an fascinating creation to the paintings of a real grasp.

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Mr. Vertigo

By Paul Auster

Paul Auster, the New York Times-bestselling writer of The ny Trilogy offers a blinding, picaresque novel set within the overdue Twenties – the period of Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, and Al Capone. Walter Claireborne Rawley, well known national as "Walt the sweetness Boy," is a Saint Louis orphan rescued from the streets via a mysterious Hungarian Jew, grasp Yehudi, who teaches Walt to stroll on air. grasp Yehudi brings Walt right into a Kansas circus troupe which include mom Sioux and Aesop, a tender black genius. The vaudeville act takes them throughout an unlimited and colourful kingdom, via mythic Americana the place they meet and fall prey to sinners, thieves, and villains, from the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to the Chicago mob. Walt's upward push to popularity and fortune mirrors America's personal coming of age, and his resilience, like that of the state, is challenged repeatedly and another time.

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Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics)

A gripping portrayal of London's darkish felony underbelly, released in Penguin Classics with an advent via Philip Horne.

The tale of Oliver Twist - orphaned, and set upon by means of evil and adversity from his first breath - surprised readers while it used to be released. After working clear of the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver unearths himself lured right into a den of thieves peopled via vibrant and noteworthy characters - the crafty Dodger, vicious burglar invoice Sikes, his puppy Bull's Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over via crafty master-thief Fagin. Combining parts of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and well known melodrama, Dickens created a wholly new form of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a merciless society, and pervaded by way of an unforgettable feel of risk and mystery.

This Penguin Classics version of Oliver Twist is the 1st serious variation to faithfully reproduce the textual content as its earliest readers may have encountered it from its serialisation in Bentley's Miscellany, and comprises an creation by way of Philip Horne, a thesaurus of Victorian thieves' slang, a chronology of Dickens's lifestyles, a map of up to date London and all of George Cruikshank's unique illustrations.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better through introductions and notes by way of exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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