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  • PENGUIN BOOK OF RUSSIAN POETRY
    PENGUIN BOOK OF RUSSIAN POETRY
    CHANDLER ROBERT [ED]
    ISBN: 9780141198309
    Title: PENGUIN BOOK OF RUSSIAN POETRY
    Author: CHANDLER ROBERT [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'There are such easy ways to leave this life, to burn to an end without pain or thought, but a Russian poet has no such luck'

    Whether romantic, realistic, surreal, mocking or blackly comic, poetry has been at the heart of Russian life and culture for centuries. This new anthology presents the best of Russian verse, from the 'Golden Age' of Pushkin and his contemporaries, through the symbolist Alexander Blok and Soviet-era subversives such as Osip Mandelstan and Anna Akhmatova, and on to lesser-known and modern works. The poems are presented in stunning modern translations by Robert Chandler and many others, with individual introductions to each poet, opening up the world of Russian poetry to English readers for the first time.

    Edited by Robert Chandler, Boris Dralyuk and Irina Mashinski
    With introductory notes by Robert Chandler and Boris Dralyuk



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $27.99
    Price: $27.99
  • PERSIAN EXPEDITION
    PERSIAN EXPEDITION
    XENOPHON
    ISBN: 9780140440072
    Title: PERSIAN EXPEDITION
    Author: XENOPHON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Persian Expedition, Xenophon, a young Athenian noble who sought his destiny abroad, provides an enthralling eyewitness account of the attempt by a Greek mercenary army - the Ten Thousand - to help Prince Cyrus overthrow his brother and take the Persian throne. When the Greeks were then betrayed by their Persian employers, they were forced to march home through hundreds of miles of difficult terrain - adrift in a hostile country and under constant attack from the unforgiving Persians and warlike tribes. In this outstanding description of endurance and individual bravery, Xenophon, one of those chosen to lead the retreating army, provides a vivid narrative of the campaign and its aftermath, and his account remains one of the best pictures we have of Greeks confronting a 'barbarian' world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PERSUASION
    PERSUASION
    AUSTEN JANE
    ISBN: 9780141439686
    Title: PERSUASION
    Author: AUSTEN JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen's last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

    In her introduction, Gillian Beer discusses Austen's portrayal of the double-edged nature of persuasion and the clash between old and new worlds. This edition also includes a new chronology and full textual notes.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • PHAEDRUS
    PHAEDRUS
    PLATO
    ISBN: 9780140449747
    Title: PHAEDRUS
    Author: PLATO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. This new translation is accompanied by an introduction, further reading, and full notes on the text and translation that discuss the structure of the dialogue and elucidate issues that might puzzle the modern reader.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY INTO THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL
    PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY INTO THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL
    BURKE EDMUND
    ISBN: 9780140436259
    Title: PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY INTO THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL
    Author: BURKE EDMUND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Intends to propound the author's theory that the sublime and the beautiful should be regarded as wholly separate states - the first, an experience inspired by fear and awe, the second an expression of pleasure and serenity. This work offers an account of our sensory, imaginative and judgmental processes and their relation to artistic appreciation.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
    PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
    WILDE OSCAR
    ISBN: 9780141439570
    Title: PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
    Author: WILDE OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life, indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence.
    The Picture of Dorian Gray was a succes de scandale. Early readers were shocked by its hints at unspeakable sins, and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. This definitive edition includes a selection of contemporary reviews condemning the novel's immorality, and the introduction to the first Penguin Classics edition by Peter Ackroyd.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • PLUTARCH ON SPARTA
    PLUTARCH ON SPARTA
    PLUTARCH
    ISBN: 9780140449433
    Title: PLUTARCH ON SPARTA
    Author: PLUTARCH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Plutarch's vivid and engaging portraits of the Spartans and their customs are a major source of our knowledge about the rise and fall of this remarkable Greek city-state between the sixth and third centuries BC. Through his Lives of Sparta's leaders and his recording of memorable Spartan Sayings he depicts a people who lived frugally and mastered their emotions in all aspects of life, who also disposed of unhealthy babies in a deep chasm, introduced a gruelling regime of military training for boys, and treated their serfs brutally. Rich in anecdote and detail, Plutarch's writing brings to life the personalities and achievements of Sparta with unparalleled flair and humanity.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • POEMS
    POEMS
    CATULLUS CAIUS VALERIUS
    ISBN: 9780140449815
    Title: POEMS
    Author: CATULLUS CAIUS VALERIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most versatile of Roman poets, Catullus wrote verse of an almost unparalleled diversity and stylistic agility, from the brevity of the epigram to the sustained elegance of the elegy. This collection contains all of Catullus' extant work and includes his lyrics to the notorious Clodia Metelli – married, seductive and corrupt – charting the course from rapturous delight in a new affair to the torment of love gone sour; poems to his young friend Iuventius; and longer verse, such as the extraordinary tale of Attis, a Greek youth who castrates himself in a fit of religious ecstasy. Ranging from the tender, moving and passionate to the vicious and even obscene, these are poems of astonishingly modern force and content.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • POOR FOLK AND OTHER STORIES
    POOR FOLK AND OTHER STORIES
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140445053
    Title: POOR FOLK AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With their penetrating psychological insight and their emphasis on human dignity, respect and forgiveness, Dostoyevsky's early short stories contain the seeds of the themes that came to his major novels.

    Poor Folk, the author's first great literary triumph, is the story of a tragic relationship between an impoverished copy clerk and a young seamstress, told through their passionate letters to each other. In The Landlady Dostoyevsky portrays a dreamer hero who is captivated by a curious couple and becomes their lodger. Mr Prokharchin, inspired by a true story, is a sly comedy centring on an eccentric miser, and Polzunkov is a powerful character sketch which, in common with the other tales in this volume, questions the very nature of existence.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PORTRAIT OF A LADY
    PORTRAIT OF A LADY
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9780141441269
    Title: PORTRAIT OF A LADY
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy her freedom, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. Then she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • PRINCE
    PRINCE
    MACHIAVELLI NICCOLO
    ISBN: 9780141442259
    Title: PRINCE
    Author: MACHIAVELLI NICCOLO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'If a ruler wants to survive, he must learn to stop being good'

    As a diplomat in turbulent fifteenth-century Florence, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469 - 1527) knew how quickly political fortunes could rise and fall. The Prince, his tough-minded, pragmatic handbook on how power really works, made his name notorious and has remained controversial ever since. How can a leader be strong and decisive, yet still inspire loyalty in his followers? When is it necessary to break the rules? Is it better to be feared than loved? Examining regimes and their rulers the world over and throughout history, from Roman Emperors to renaissance Popes, from Hannibal to Cesare di Borgia, Machievalli answers all these questions in a work of realpolitik that still has shrewd political lessons for today.

    Tim Parks's acclaimed contemporary translation renders Machiavelli's no-nonsense original as alarming and enlightening as when it was first written. His introduction discusses Machiavelli's life and reputation, and explores the historical background to the work.

    'A gripping work, and a gripping translation' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99
    Price: $14.99
  • PROSE EDDA
    PROSE EDDA
    STURLUSON SNORRI
    ISBN: 9780140447552
    Title: PROSE EDDA
    Author: STURLUSON SNORRI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the great storybooks of the middle ages: a master storyteller from the thirteenth century recounts classic tales of Icelandic mythology along with a lesson to young poets on the importance of learning, respecting, and continuing traditional Icelandic poetic styles.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PROTAGORAS AND MENO
    PROTAGORAS AND MENO
    PLATO
    ISBN: 9780140449037
    Title: PROTAGORAS AND MENO
    Author: PLATO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Exploring the question of what exactly makes good people good, Protagoras and Meno are two of the most enjoyable and accessible of all of Plato's dialogues. Widely regarded as his finest dramatic work, the Protagoras, set during the golden age of Pericles, pits a youthful Socrates against the revered sophist Protagoras, whose brilliance and humanity make him one the most interesting and likeable of Socrates' philosophical opponents, and turns their encounter into a genuine and lively battle of minds. The Meno sees an older but ever ironic Socrates humbling a proud young aristocrat as they search for a clear understanding of what it is to be a good man, and setting out the startling idea that all human learning may be the recovery of knowledge already possessed by our immortal souls.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RAINBOW
    RAINBOW
    LAWRENCE D H
    ISBN: 9780141441382
    Title: RAINBOW
    Author: LAWRENCE D H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The novel (1915) chronicles the lives of three generations of the Brangwen family over a period of more than 60 years, setting them against the emergence of modern England.

    The central figure of ursula becomes the focus of Lawrence's examination of relationships and the conflicts they bring, and the inextricable mingling of the physical and the spiritual. Suffused with biblical imagery, The Rainbow addresses searching human issues in a setting of precise and vivid detail.

    When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow, Lydia Lensky, and adopts her daughter Anna as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupts between them.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RAMAYANA : A Shortened Modern Prose Version Of The Indian Epic
    RAMAYANA : A Shortened Modern Prose Version Of The Indian Epic
    NARAYAN R K
    ISBN: 9780143039679
    Title: RAMAYANA : A Shortened Modern Prose Version Of The Indian Epic
    Author: NARAYAN R K
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Ramayana is, quite simply, the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling 'Almost every individual living in India,' writes R. K. Narayan in the Introduction to this new interpretation, 'is aware of the story of The Ramayana. Everyone of whatever age, outlook, education or station in life knows the essential part of the epic and adores the main figures in it - Rama and Sita. Every child is told the story at bedtime . . . The Ramayana pervades our cultural life.' Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki, probably around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless variant versions in different languages. Here, drawing his inspiration from the work of an eleventh-century Tamil poet called Kamban, Narayan has used the talents of a master novelist to recreate the excitement and joy he has found in the original. It can be enjoyed and appreciated, he suggests, for its psychological insight, its spiritual depth and its practical wisdom - or just as a thrilling tale of abduction, battle and courtship played out in a universe thronged with heroes, deities and demons.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • RED AND THE BLACK
    RED AND THE BLACK
    STENDHAL
    ISBN: 9780140447644
    Title: RED AND THE BLACK
    Author: STENDHAL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charting the rise and fall of an ambitious young social climber in a cruel, monarchical society, Stendhal's The Red and the Black is translated with an introduction and notes by Roger Gard in Penguin Classics.

    Handsome, ambitious Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins. Soon realizing that success can only be achieved by adopting the subtle code of hypocrisy by which society operates, he begins to achieve advancement through deceit and self-interest. His triumphant career takes him into the heart of glamorous Parisian society, along the way conquering the gentle, married Madame de Rênal, and the haughty Mathilde. But then Julien commits an unexpected, devastating crime - and brings about his own downfall. The Red and the Black is a lively, satirical portrayal of French society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed and ennui, and Julien - the cold exploiter whose Machiavellian campaign is undercut by his own emotions - is one of the most intriguing characters in European literature.

    Roger Gard's fine translation remains faithful to the natural, conversational tone of the original, while his introduction elucidates the complexities of Julien's character. This edition also contains a chronology, further reading and an appendix on Stendhal's use of epigraphs.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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