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  • METAMORPHOSIS AND OTHER STORIES
    METAMORPHOSIS AND OTHER STORIES
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241372555
    Title: METAMORPHOSIS AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated with an Introduction by Michael Hofmann

    'When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed'

    Kafka's masterpiece of unease and black humour, Metamorphosis, the story of an ordinary man transformed into an insect, is brought together in this collection with the rest of his works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies; The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied creativity; The Stoker, the first chapter of a novel set in America; and a fascinating occasional piece, The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka's eyewitness account of an air display in 1909. Together, these stories reveal the breadth of his literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • METAPHYSICAL POETRY
    METAPHYSICAL POETRY
    BURROW COLIN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780140424447
    Title: METAPHYSICAL POETRY
    Author: BURROW COLIN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Spanning the Elizabethan age to the Restoration and beyond, Metaphysical poetry reacted to a time of startling progress, scientific discovery, unrivalled exploration and deep religious uncertainty. This compelling collection of the best and most enjoyable poems from the era includes tightly argued lyrics, erotic and libertine considerations of love, divine poems and elegies of lament by such great figures as Donne, Herbert, Marvell and Vaughan, alongside pieces from many other less well-known but equally fascinating poets of the age, such as Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne. Widely varied in theme, all are characterized by their use of startling metaphors, imagery and language to express the uncertainty of an age, and a profound desire for originality that was to prove deeply influential on later poets and in particular poets of the Modernist movement such as T. S. Eliot.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MIDDLEMARCH
    MIDDLEMARCH
    ELIOT GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780141439549
    Title: MIDDLEMARCH
    Author: ELIOT GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    George Eliot's masterpiece, groundbreaking in its psychological insight into powerful clashes of obligation and desire, "Middlemarch" is edited with notes and an introduction by Rosemary Ashton in "Penguin Classics". George Eliot's most ambitious novel is a masterly evocation of diverse lives and changing fortunes in a provincial English community prior to the Reform Bill of 1832. 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; the charming but tactless Dr Lydgate, whose marriage to the spendthrift beauty Rosamund and pioneering medical methods threaten to undermine his career; passionate, idealistic and penniless artist Will Ladislaw; and the religious hypocrite Bulstrode, hiding scandalous crimes from his past. As their stories interweave, George Eliot creates a richly nuanced and moving drama. This edition uses the text of the second edition of 1874. In her introduction, Rosemary Ashton, biographer of George Eliot, discusses the themes of change in "Middlemarch", and examines the novels as an imaginative embodiment of Eliot's humanist beliefs. Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator and later editor of the "Westminster Review". In 1857, she published "Scenes of Clerical Life", the first of eight novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including "The Mill on the Floss", "Middlemarch", and "Daniel Deronda".

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • MOBY DICK / OR THE WHALE
    MOBY DICK / OR THE WHALE
    MELVILLE HERMAN
    ISBN: 9780142437247
    Title: MOBY DICK / OR THE WHALE
    Author: MELVILLE HERMAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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    Captain Ahab is an eerily compelling madman who focuses his distilled hatred and suffering (and that of generations before him) into the pursuit of a creature as vast, dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. More than just a novel of adventure, this is a haunting social commentary populated with some of the most enduring characters in literature.

    Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, Moby Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith and the nature of perception.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • MODERN UTOPIA
    MODERN UTOPIA
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9780141441122
    Title: MODERN UTOPIA
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    While walking in the Swiss Alps, two English travellers fall into a space-warp, and suddenly find themselves in another world. In many ways the same as our own - even down to the characters that inhabit it - this new planet is still somehow radically different, for the two walkers are now upon a Utopian Earth controlled by a single World Government. Here, as they soon learn, all share a common language, there is sexual, economic and racial equality, and society is ruled by socialist ideals enforced by an austere, voluntary elite- the Samurai'. But what will the Utopians make of these new visitors from a less perfect world?

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MOONSTONE
    MOONSTONE
    COLLINS WILKIE
    ISBN: 9780140434088
    Title: MOONSTONE
    Author: COLLINS WILKIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying as an opium dream and as deceptive as the nearby Shivering Sand. T. S. Eliot famously described THE MOONSTONE as 'the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels', but, as Sandra Kemp discusses in her introduction, it offers many other facets, which reveal Collins's sensibilities as untypical of his era.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MRS DALLOWAY
    MRS DALLOWAY
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241371947
    Title: MRS DALLOWAY
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. Here, Virginia Woolf perfected the interior monologue and the novel's lyricism and accessibility have made it one of her most popular works.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO
    MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO
    RADCLIFFE ANNE
    ISBN: 9780140437591
    Title: MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO
    Author: RADCLIFFE ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This was the most popular novel of Radcliffe's time and Radcliffe's portrayal of her heroine's inner life raised the Gothic romance to a new level. The atmosphere of fear and the gripping plot continue to thrill today. This is the story of the orphaned Emily St Aubert who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the Castle of Udolpho by her aunt's new husband, Montoni. Here she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors which threaten to overwhelm her.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NANA
    NANA
    ZOLA EMILE
    ISBN: 9780140442632
    Title: NANA
    Author: ZOLA EMILE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Born to drunken parents in the slums of Paris, Nana lives in squalor until she is discovered at the Théâtre des Variétés. She soon rises from the streets to set the city alight as the most famous high-class prostitute of her day. Rich men, Comtes and Marquises fall at her feet, great ladies try to emulate her appearance, lovers even kill themselves for her. Nana's hedonistic appetite for luxury and decadent pleasures knows no bounds - until, eventually, it consumes her. Nana provoked outrage on its publication in 1880, with its heroine damned as 'the most crude and bestial sort of whore', yes the language of the novel makes Nana almost a mythical figure: a destructive force preying on a corrupt society.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH AND OTHER TRAVEL SKETCHES
    NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH AND OTHER TRAVEL SKETCHES
    BASHO MATSUO
    ISBN: 9780140441857
    Title: NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH AND OTHER TRAVEL SKETCHES
    Author: BASHO MATSUO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed The Narrow Road to the Deep North he was a serious student of Zen Buddhism setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changing, of the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. These travel writings not only chronicle Basho's perilous journeys through Japan, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • NATURE OF THINGS
    NATURE OF THINGS
    LUCRETIUS / STALLINGS ALICIA (TRAN)
    ISBN: 9780140447965
    Title: NATURE OF THINGS
    Author: LUCRETIUS / STALLINGS ALICIA (TRAN)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lucretius' poem On the Nature of Things combines a scientific and philosophical treatise with some of the greatest poetry ever written. With intense moral fervour he demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world and everything in it is governed by the mechanical laws of nature and not by gods; and that by believing this men can live in peace of mind and happiness. He bases this on the atomic theory expounded by the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and continues with an examination of sensation, sex, cosmology, meteorology, and geology, all of these subjects made more attractive by the poetry with which he illustrates them.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NEW VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
    NEW VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
    DAMPIER WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780241413289
    Title: NEW VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
    Author: DAMPIER WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2020 New Release

    The first great English-language travel book, A New Voyage Round the World (1697) is an incomparably vivid, chaotic and fascinating account by the pirate, explorer and naturalist William Dampier of his many adventures.

    The world he describes sprawls all the way from the Caribbean west across the Pacific to the Philippines and Southeast Asia - a vast expanse tied together by the Spanish Empire. Dampier and his men live lives of rascally precariousness, in the shadow of great Spanish galleons and fortresses, always on the verge of disaster. His book is filled with raids, escapes, wrecks and storms, but Dampier is also a great observer of animals, exotic foods, boats, customs- the book is a cornucopia of descriptions of everything from giant centipedes to bananas. It was originally designed simply to entertain and to be useful for later adventurers and merchants, but it is now a unique document, miraculously preserving glimpses of now long-vanished peoples and places.

    This new edition, introduced and annotated by Nicholas Thomas, makes clear Dampier's key role as a proselytiser for the early British Empire, as an inspiration for generations of naturalist and explorers, and as a uniquely curious character.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • NICOMACHEAN ETHICS
    NICOMACHEAN ETHICS
    ARISTOTLE
    ISBN: 9780140455472
    Title: NICOMACHEAN ETHICS
    Author: ARISTOTLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    'Right and wrong is a human thing'

    What does it mean to be a good person? Aristotle's famous series of lectures on ethical topics ranges over fundamental questions about good and bad character; pleasure and self-control; moral wisdom and the foundations of right and wrong; friendship and love in all their forms - all set against a rich and humane conception of what makes for a flourishing life. Adam Beresford's freshly researched translation presents many of Aristotle's key terms and idioms in standard English for the first time, and faithfully preserves the unvarnished style of the original.

    Translated with an introduction by Adam Beresford

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • NIETZSCHE READER
    NIETZSCHE READER
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140443295
    Title: NIETZSCHE READER
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The literary career of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) spanned less than twenty years, but no area of intellectual inquiry was left untouched by his iconoclastic genius. The philosopher who announced the death of God in The Gay Science (1882) and went on to challenge the Christian code of morality in Beyond Good and Evil (1886), grappled with the fundamental issues of the human condition in his own intense autobiography, Ecce Homo (1888). Most notorious of all, perhaps, his idea of the triumphantly transgressive übermann ('superman') is developed in the extreme, yet poetic words of Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-92). Whether addressing conventional Western philosophy or breaking new ground, Nietzsche vastly extended the boundaries of nineteenth-century thought.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NINETY FIVE THESES AND OTHER WRITINGS
    NINETY FIVE THESES AND OTHER WRITINGS
    LUTHER MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780143107583
    Title: NINETY FIVE THESES AND OTHER WRITINGS
    Author: LUTHER MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a new translation of Martin Luther's most famous works by leading Luther scholar and pastor William Russell

    This volume contains selections from Martin Luther's most evocative and provocative writings, freshly translated, for the 21st century. These documents, which span the Reformer's literary career, point to the enduring and flexible character of his central ideas. As Luther's reform proposals emerged, they coalesced around some basic priorities, which he delivered to wide-ranging audiences--writing for children, preaching in congregations, formulating academic treatises, penning letters to family and friends, counter-punching critics, summarizing Biblical books, crafting confessions of faith, and more. This book demonstrates that range and provides entry points, for non-specialists and specialists alike, into the thought and life of the epoch-defining, fascinating, and controversial Martin Luther. With attention to the breadth of his literary output, it draws from his letters, sermons, popular writings, and formal theological works. This breadth allows readers to encounter Luther the man: the sinner and the saint, the public activist and the private counselor, the theologian and the pastor. These writings possess a practical, accessible arc, as Luther does not write only for specialists and church officials, but he applies his chief insights to the "real-life" issues that faced his rather wide variety of audiences.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • NORTH AND SOUTH
    NORTH AND SOUTH
    GASKELL ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780140434248
    Title: NORTH AND SOUTH
    Author: GASKELL ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner and self-made man John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South,Elizabeth Gaskell skilfully fused individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale created on of the most original heroines of Victorian literature. In her introduction, Patricia Ingham examines geographical, economic and class differences, and male and female roles in North and South. This edition also includes a list for further reading, notes and a glossary.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
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