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  • ODYSSEY : A New Translation by Emily Wilson
    ODYSSEY : A New Translation by Emily Wilson
    HOMER / WILSON EMILY
    ISBN: 9780393356250
    Title: ODYSSEY : A New Translation by Emily Wilson
    Author: HOMER / WILSON EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s "nimble gallop" and brings an ancient epic to new life.

    The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world.

    This vivid new translation—the first by a woman—matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer’s sprightly pace. Emily Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting “rhythm and rumble” that avoids proclaiming its own grandeur. An engrossing tale told in a compelling new voice that allows contemporary readers to luxuriate in Homer’s descriptions and similes and to thrill at the tension and excitement of its hero’s adventures, Wilson recaptures what is “epic” about this wellspring of world literature.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ON LIBERTY
    ON LIBERTY
    MILL JOHN STUART
    ISBN: 9780140432077
    Title: ON LIBERTY
    Author: MILL JOHN STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.' To this 'one very simple principle' the whole of Mill's essay On Liberty is dedicated. While many of his immediate predecessors and contemporaries, from Adam Smith to Godwin and Thoreau, had celebrated liberty, it was Mill who organized the idea into a philosophy, and put it into the form in which it is generally known today.

    The editor of this essay, Gertrude Himmelfarb records responses to Mill's books and comments on his fear of 'the tyranny of the majority'. Dr Himmelfarb concludes that the same inconsistencies which underlie On Liberty continue to complicate the moral and political stance of liberals today.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ON LOVE AND BARLEY : Haiku of Basho
    ON LOVE AND BARLEY : Haiku of Basho
    BASHO MATSUO
    ISBN: 9780140444599
    Title: ON LOVE AND BARLEY : Haiku of Basho
    Author: BASHO MATSUO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Presents the poems that combine 'karumi', or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation and evoke the natural world - the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow - suggesting the smallness of human life in comparison to the vastness and drama of nature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
    ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780141195377
    Title: ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Alas for this mad, melancholy beast: man! What wild phantasies are visited upon this beast, what perversity, paroxysms of hysteria, madness, and bestiality of ideas'

    On the Genealogy of Morals explores issues at the very core of human nature in three powerful essays. Here Nietzsche dissects the basic concepts of 'good', 'bad' and 'evil', going on to examine humankind's transformation from barbarous creatures into civilized beings who can feel remorse, regret, pity and compassion but, in the process, destroying instinct and freedom. Nietzsche asks why the virtues of poverty, humility and chastity have become so central to religion, even when they deny vitality and life itself. Daring to expose uncomfortable truths, this brilliant and provocative polemic provides startling insights into our complex psychology.

    Translated by Michael A. Scarpitti with an introduction and notes by Robert C. Holub



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99
    Price: $14.99
  • ON THE ORIGINS OF SPECIES
    ON THE ORIGINS OF SPECIES
    DARWIN CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780140439120
    Title: ON THE ORIGINS OF SPECIES
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'From the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely the production of the higher animals, directly follows'

    Written for a general readership, On the Origin of Species sold out on the day of its publication and has remained in print ever since. Instantly, and persistently, controversial, it transformed scientific thinking about all life on earth. Before the Origin, accepted thought held that life was the static and perfect creation of God. By a single, systematic argument Darwin called this view into question. His ideas have since affected public perception of everything from religion to economics. William Bynum's introduction discusses Darwin's life, the publication and reception of On the Origin of Species, and subsequent development of its major themes.

    This edition also includes brief biographies of some of the most important scientific thinkers leading up to and surrounding the Origin, suggested further reading, notes and a chronology. With an introduction and notes by WILLIAM BYNUM

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ONE HUNDRED POETS ONE POEM EACH : A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse
    ONE HUNDRED POETS ONE POEM EACH : A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse
    ISBN: 9780141395937
    Title: ONE HUNDRED POETS ONE POEM EACH : A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How the night deepens. A ribbon of frost is stretched across the bridge of magpie wings the lovers will cross.' The best-loved and most widely read of all Japanese poetry collections, the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu contains 100 short poems on nature, the seasons, travel, and, above all, love. Dating back to the seventh century, these elegant, precisely observed waka poems (the precursor of haiku) express deep emotion through visual images based on a penetrating observation of the natural world. Peter MacMillan's new translation of his prize-winning original conveys even more effectively the beauty and subtlety of this magical collection. Translated with an introduction and commentary by Peter MacMillan

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ORESTEIAN TRILOGY
    ORESTEIAN TRILOGY
    AESCHYLUS
    ISBN: 9780140440676
    Title: ORESTEIAN TRILOGY
    Author: AESCHYLUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aeschylus (525-c.456 bc) set his great trilogy in the immediate aftermath of the Fall of Troy, when King Agamemnon returns to Argos, a victor in war. Agamemnon depicts the hero's discovery that his family has been destroyed by his wife's infidelity and ends with his death at her callous hand. Clytemnestra's crime is repaid in The Choephori when her outraged son Orestes kills both her and her lover. The Eumenides then follows Orestes as he is hounded to Athens by the Furies' law of vengeance and depicts Athene replacing the bloody cycle of revenge with a system of civil justice. Written in the years after the Battle of Marathon, The Oresteian Trilogy affirmed the deliverance of democratic Athens not only from Persian conquest, but also from its own barbaric past.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ORLANDO
    ORLANDO
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9781853262395
    Title: ORLANDO
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Virginia Woolf's 'Orlando' "The longest and most charming love letter in literature", playfully constructs the figure of Orlando as the fictional embodiment of Woolf's close friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West. Spanning three centuries, the novel opens as Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabeth's England, awaits a visit from the Queen and traces his experience with first love as England under James I lies locked in the embrace of the Great Frost.

    At the midpoint of the novel, Orlando, now an ambassador in Constantinople, awakes to find that he is a woman, and the novel indulges in farce and irony to consider the roles of women in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    As the novel ends in 1928, a year consonant with full suffrage for women, Orlando, now a wife and mother, stands poised at the brink of a future that holds new hope and promise for women.

    Wordsworth Classics presents this new edition, proclaimed by Woolf's contemporary Rebecca West as 'a poetic masterpiece of the first rank,' restoring Woolf's original photographs and index, and with an introduction and notes by Merry M. Pawlowski, US scholar in Modernist and Woolf studies.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • ORLANDO
    ORLANDO
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241371961
    Title: ORLANDO
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Orlando has always been an outsider . . .

    His longing for passion, adventure and fulfilment takes him out of his own time. Chasing a dream through the centuries, he bounds from Elizabethan England amd imperial Turkey to the modern world.

    Will he find happiness with the exotic Russian Princess Sasha? Or is the dashing explorer Shelmerdine the ideal man? And what form will Orlando take on the journey - a nobleman, traveller, writer? Man or . . . woman?

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • PARADES END
    PARADES END
    FORD FORD MADOX
    ISBN: 9780241372548
    Title: PARADES END
    Author: FORD FORD MADOX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With a new Introduction by Julian Barnes.

    Ford's masterly story of destruction and regeneration follows the progress of Christopher Tietjens as his world is shattered by the Great War. In four volumes - Some Do Not..., No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up and The Last Post - Parade's End traces the psychological damage inflicted by battle, the collapse of England's secure Edwardian values and the new age, embodied by Tietjens' beautiful, selfish wife Sylvia. It is an elegy for the war dead and the passing of a way of life, and a work of amazing subtlety and profundity.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • PARADISE LOST
    PARADISE LOST
    MILTON JOHN
    ISBN: 9780140424393
    Title: PARADISE LOST
    Author: MILTON JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Paradise Lost Milton produced a poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man. Written when Milton was in his fifties - blind, bitterly disappointed by the Restoration and briefly in danger of execution - Paradise Lost's apparent ambivalence towards authority has led to intense debate about whether it manages to 'justify the ways of God to men' or exposes the cruelty of Christianity.

    John Leonard's revised edition of Paradise Lost contains full notes, which elucidate Milton's biblical, classical and historical allusions and discuss his vivid, highly original use of language and blank verse.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • PARISIAN AFFAIR AND OTHER STORIES
    PARISIAN AFFAIR AND OTHER STORIES
    DE MAUPASSANT GUY
    ISBN: 9780140448122
    Title: PARISIAN AFFAIR AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: DE MAUPASSANT GUY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set in the Paris of society women, prostitutes and small-minded bourgeousie, and the isolated villages of rural Normandy that de Maupassant knew as a child, the thirty-three tales in this volume are among the most darkly humorous and brilliant short stories in nineteenth-century literature. They focus on the relationships between men and women, as in the poignant fantasy of 'A Parisian Affair', between brothers and sisters, and between masters and servants. Through these relationships, Maupassant explores the dualistic nature of the human character and his stories reveal both nobility, civility and generosity, and, in stories such as 'At Sea' and 'Boule de Suif', vanity, greed and hypocrisy. Maupassant's stories repeatedly lay humanity bare with deft wit and devastating honesty.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PENGUIN BOOK OF ENGLISH SONG : Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden
    PENGUIN BOOK OF ENGLISH SONG : Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden
    STOKES RICHARD [ED]
    ISBN: 9780141982540
    Title: PENGUIN BOOK OF ENGLISH SONG : Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden
    Author: STOKES RICHARD [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Poetry and music have been associated with each other from the very beginning. The Penguin Book of English Song draws together a great variety of English poetry (including Irish, Scots and Welsh writers) that has reached a wider audience through the magic of music. Richard Stokes's rich anthology of verse stretches from the 14th century to the 20th, collecting poems that have inspired musical settings by one hundred English poets, along with a treasure trove of illuminating notes and marginalia about their lives, work and, often, their approach to music.

    Stokes gathers together in a single volume a huge amount of information about English song that will assist musicians in performing these works, and enlighten all those enthusiasts who delight in the fusion of words and music that has produced countless moments of incandescent magic.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PENGUIN BOOK OF HELL
    PENGUIN BOOK OF HELL
    BRUCE SCOTT G
    ISBN: 9780143131625
    Title: PENGUIN BOOK OF HELL
    Author: BRUCE SCOTT G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the Hebrew Bible's shadowy realm of Sheol to twenty-first-century visions of Hell on earth, The Penguin Book of Hell takes us through three thousand years of eternal damnation. Along the way, you'll take a ferry ride with Aeneas to Hades, across the river Acheron; meet the Devil as imagined by a twelfth-century Irish monk--a monster with a thousand giant hands; wander the nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, in which gluttons, liars, heretics, murderers, and hypocrites are made to endure crime-appropriate torture; and witness the debates that raged in Victorian England when new scientific advances cast doubt on the idea of an eternal hereafter. Drawing upon religious poetry, epics, theological treatises, stories of miracles, and accounts of saints' lives, this fascinating volume of hellscapes illuminates how Hell has long haunted us, in both life and death.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • PENGUIN BOOK OF JAPANESE SHORT STORIES
    PENGUIN BOOK OF JAPANESE SHORT STORIES
    RUBIN JAY [ED]
    ISBN: 9780241311905
    Title: PENGUIN BOOK OF JAPANESE SHORT STORIES
    Author: RUBIN JAY [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This fantastically varied and exciting collection celebrates the great Japanese short story, from its modern origins in the nineteenth century to the remarkable works being written today. Short story writers already well-known to English-language readers are all included here - Tanizaki, Akutagawa, Murakami, Mishima, Kawabata - but also many surprising new finds. From Yuko Tsushima's 'Flames' to Yuten Sawanishi's 'Filling Up with Sugar', from Shin'ichi Hoshi's 'Shoulder-Top Secretary' to Banana Yoshimoto's 'Bee Honey', The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories is filled with fear, charm, beauty and comedy.

    Curated by Jay Rubin, who has himself freshly translated several of the stories, and introduced by Haruki Murakami, this book will be a revelation to its readers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • PENGUIN BOOK OF JAPANESE VERSE : From the Earliest Times to the Present
    PENGUIN BOOK OF JAPANESE VERSE : From the Earliest Times to the Present
    BOWNAS GEOFFREY / THWAITE ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780141190945
    Title: PENGUIN BOOK OF JAPANESE VERSE : From the Earliest Times to the Present
    Author: BOWNAS GEOFFREY / THWAITE ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The sea dark, The call of the teal Dimly white'

    The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse contains over 700 poems from the third century to the twentieth, including both tanka ('short poem') and haiku, and covering such classic themes as nature, love, partings and time. Displaying the full wit, sadness and subtlety of Japanese poetry, this collection also illustrates the continued popularity of the poetic form in Japan. Introducing the more complex 'New-Style' verse, the anthology offers a complete picture of Japan and its culture through the centuries. Geoffrey Bownas's and Anthony Thwaite's accessible translation are accompanied by two introductions, placing the poems in their linguistic and historical context.

    This anthology is broad in scope and content and includes a chronology, appendices and notes.

    Translated with introductions by GEOFFREY BOWNAS and ANTHONY THWAITE

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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