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  • 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ON WRITING HISTORY : From Herodotus to Herodian
    ON WRITING HISTORY : From Herodotus to Herodian
    ISBN: 9780141393575
    Title: ON WRITING HISTORY : From Herodotus to Herodian
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    My historian is to be this kind of man- fearless, above bribery, free, a friend of frank speech and truth, one who calls figs figs and a trough a trough'

    What is history and how should it be written? How does it differ from other forms of writing? What responsibility does the historian bear? This new anthology of writings from the ancient world, when the study of history was just beginning, explores these questions and many more. It ranges from longer pieces, such as the complete essays 'On Thucydides' by Dionysus, 'On the Malice of Herodotus' by Plutarch and the witty 'How to Write History' by Lucian, to key shorter writings by Polybius, Cicero, Xenophon and Pliny the Younger, brought together here in fresh new translations.

    Edited and Translated by John Marincola

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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 Black 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • ORWELL AND POLITICS
    ORWELL AND POLITICS
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241417980
    Title: ORWELL AND POLITICS
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    This comprehensive collection brings together the best of George Orwell's powerful political essays and journalism with his timeless satire on totalitarianism, Animal Farm. They show the vast range of his political interests, with articles expressing his views on subjects from corrupt political language to the oppressive British Empire; his masterly wartime Socialist polemic; 'The Lion and the Unicorn'; a wry review of Mein Kampf; a defence of Nineteen Eight-Four; and extracts from his controversial list of 'Crypto-communists'.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • ORWELL AND THE DISPOSSESSED
    ORWELL AND THE DISPOSSESSED
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241418000
    Title: ORWELL AND THE DISPOSSESSED
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    This volume brings together Orwell's powerful writings of his personal experiences of poverty and life outside mainstream society. The complete texts of Down and Out in Paris and London is included.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • ORWELL IN SPAIN
    ORWELL IN SPAIN
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241418017
    Title: ORWELL IN SPAIN
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    The volume collects together, for the first time ever, Orwell's writings on his experience of the Spanish Civil War - the chaos at the Front, the futile young deaths for what became a confused cause, the antique weapons and the disappointment many British Socialists felt on arriving in Spain to help. Orwell in Spain includes the complete text of Homage to Catalonia.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • ORWELLS ENGLAND
    ORWELLS ENGLAND
    ORWELL GEORGE
    ISBN: 9780241418024
    Title: ORWELLS ENGLAND
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    Much of George Orwell's best writing, brought together in this comprehensive collection, is concerned with England, a country that he found both endearing and frustrating.In the brilliantly perceptive The English People, he lists the national characteristics as 'suspicion of foreigners, sentimentality about animals, hypocrisy, exaggerated class distinctions, and an obsession with sport'. The Road to Wigan Pier, his blistering account of poverty in the north of England, and his essays on class and the horrors of life at private school violently attack what he famously called 'the most class-ridden country under the sun'. Yet other writings here also ruminate on the merits of cricket, gardening, roast dinners, pubs, cups of tea and seaside postcards, showing Orwell's attitude to Englishness in all its lively complexity.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PENGUIN BOOK OF EXORCISMS
    PENGUIN BOOK OF EXORCISMS
    ISBN: 9780143135470
    Title: PENGUIN BOOK OF EXORCISMS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    A Penguin Classic

    The belief in invisible, malevolent demons that haunt and possess human beings dates back thousands of years-as far as religion itself. And for just as long, exorcists have performed elaborate rituals to cast out the devil and other evil spirits. Today, exorcism is as popular as ever, with a majority of Americans believing in demonic possession and exorcists fielding more and more requests.

    The Penguin Book of Exorcisms brings together accounts of demonic banishments through the ages and throughout the world, including newly translated primary sources and testimonies that have until now been hidden away in library vaults. From the exorcism of an Egyptian princess to a previously unpublished account that calls into question the famous Anna Ecklund case to a nineteenth-century account of a Russian man possessed by a "werewolf demon," these terrifying, astonishing, and informative texts reveal the messy and ambiguous nature of exorcisms and demonstrate how our beliefs have evolved over time. Whether you're a demonology expert or your knowledge comes only from blockbuster horror movies like The Exorcist or Hereditary, this is one book you'll want to have in your possession.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
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