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  • 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRAS CUBAS
    POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRAS CUBAS
    DE ASSIS JOAQUIM MARIA MACHADO
    ISBN: 9780143135036
    Title: POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRAS CUBAS
    Author: DE ASSIS JOAQUIM MARIA MACHADO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2020 New Release

    A revelatory new translation of the playful, incomparable masterpiece of one of the greatest black authors in the Americas

    The mixed-race grandson of ex-slaves, Machado de Assis is not only Brazil's most celebrated writer but also a writer of world stature, who has been championed by the likes of Philip Roth, Susan Sontag, Allen Ginsberg, John Updike, and Salman Rushdie. In his masterpiece, the 1881 novel The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas (translated also as Epitaph of a Small Winner), the ghost of a decadent and disagreeable aristocrat decides to write his memoir. He dedicates it to the worms gnawing at his corpse and, in 160 brief chapters, tells of his failed romances and halfhearted political ambitions, serves up harebrained philosophies, and complains with gusto from the depths of his grave. Wildly imaginative, wickedly witty, and ahead of its time, the novel has been compared to the work of everyone from Cervantes to Sterne to Joyce to Nabokov to Borges to Calvino, and has influenced generations of writers around the world.

    This new English translation is the first to include extensive notes providing crucial historical and cultural context and also includes excerpts from previous versions of the novel never before published in English.


    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99
    Price: $14.99
  • PROPHET
    PROPHET
    GIBRAN KAHLIL
    ISBN: 9780141187013
    Title: PROPHET
    Author: GIBRAN KAHLIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published in the 1920s, The Prophet, Gibran's hugely popular guide to living, has sold millions of copies worldwide and is the most famous work of religious fiction of the twentieth century.

    Gibran's Prophet speaks of many things central to daily life: love, marriage, death, beauty, passion, eating, work and play. The spiritual message he imparts, of finding divinity through love, blends eastern mysticism, religious faith and philosophy with simple advice.

    The Prophet became the bible of 1960s culture and was credited with founding the New Age movement, yet it still continues to inspire people around the world today.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    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
  • PURPLE CLOUD
    PURPLE CLOUD
    SHIEL
    ISBN: 9780141196428
    Title: PURPLE CLOUD
    Author: SHIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dark, desolate and fantastical, The Purple Cloud was a pioneer in the genre of apocalyptic novels, and the first great science fiction work of the twentieth century. It inspired authors such as H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. The Purple Cloud tells the grandly bleak story of Adam Jeffson- the first man to reach the North Pole and the last man left alive on earth. A sweet-smelling, deadly cloud of poisonous gas has devastated the world, and as Jeffson travels the stricken globe in search of human life, he slowly succumbs to madness, and unleashes fire and destruction on his planet. John Sutherland's introduction discusses M. P. Shiel's dissolute life, the originality of his book and its place within the context of 'last man' novels. This edition also includes a chronology, notes and further reading.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    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 Black 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 Black 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
  • REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
    REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
    BURKE EDMUND
    ISBN: 9780140432046
    Title: REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
    Author: BURKE EDMUND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Presenting a scathing attack on the French revolution's attitudes to existing institutions, property and religion, this work makes a cogent case for upholding inherited rights and established customs. It argues for piecemeal reform rather than revolutionary change, and deplores the influence the revolution might have in Britain.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • REPUBLIC
    REPUBLIC
    PLATO
    ISBN: 9780141442433
    Title: REPUBLIC
    Author: PLATO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Rowe

    'We set about founding the best city we could, because we could be confident that if it was good we would find justice in it' Republic, Plato's masterwork, was first enjoyed 2,400 years ago and remains one of the most widely-read books in the world- as a foundational work of Western philosophy, and for the richness of its ideas and virtuosity of its writing.

    Presented as a dialogue between Plato's teacher Socrates and various interlocutors, it is an exhortation to philosophy, inviting its readers to reflect on the choices to be made if we are to live the best life available to us. This complex, dynamic work creates a picture of an ideal society governed not by the desire for money, power or fame, but by philosophy, wisdom and justice.

    Christopher Rowe's accurate and enjoyable new translation remains faithful to the many variations of the Republic's tone, style and pace. This edition also contains a chronology, further reading, an outline of the work's main arguments and an introduction discussing Plato's relationship with Socrates, and the Republic's style, ideas and historical context.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RESURRECTION
    RESURRECTION
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9780140424638
    Title: RESURRECTION
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Serving on the jury at a murder trial, Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov is devastated when he sees the prisoner - Katyusha, a young woman he seduced and abandoned years before. As Dmitri faces the consequences of his actions, he decides to give up his life of wealth and luxury to devote himself to rescuing Katyusha, even if it means following her into exile in Siberia. But can a man truly find redemption by saving another person? Tolstoy's most controversial novel, Resurrection (1899) is a scathing indictment of injustice, corruption and hypocrisy at all levels of society. Creating a vast panorama of Russian life, from peasants to aristocrats, bureaucrats to convicts, it reveals Tolstoy's magnificent storytelling powers. Anthony Briggs' superb new translation preserves Tolstoy's gripping realism and satirical humour. In his introduction, Briggs discusses the true story behind Resurrection, Tolstoy's political and religious reasons for writing the novel, his gift for characterization and the compelling psychological portrait of Dmitri.

    This edition also includes a chronology, notes and a summary of chapters. Translated with an introduction and notes by ANTHONY BRIGGS

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RETURN OF THE SPIRIT
    RETURN OF THE SPIRIT
    AL-HAKIM TAWFIQ
    ISBN: 9780143133971
    Title: RETURN OF THE SPIRIT
    Author: AL-HAKIM TAWFIQ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The celebrated, revolutionary novel from a pioneering Egyptian writer Tawfiq al-Hakim, now for the first time in Penguin Classics with a foreword by Egyptian writer Alaa Al-Aswany

    First published in Arabic in 1933, Egyptian playwright and novelist Tawfiq Al-Hakim's Return of the Spirit follows a patriotic young Egyptian and his extended family as they grapple with the events leading up to the 1919 Egyptian revolution. Though often cited as an apprenticeship novel in the vein of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with a touch of failed romance a la Goethe's Sorrow of Young Werther, Al-Hakim's classic is most recognized for being a trailblazing political novel that illustrates the way one man's spiritual awakening ties to a political awakening of a nation. While enthusiasm for the book was stifled in the mid-20th century due to a shift in Egyptian government rule, the 2011 Tahrir revolution in Egypt caused it to be examined anew as a strong expression of nationalist solidarity and an expose of the heritage-stripping power of Western colonialism that resonates with 21st-century Egyptians. Return of the Spirit is considered Al-Hakim's most important novel despite writing more plays than novels, and his adept understanding of class and culture within Egyptian society has cemented his place as one of the country's most celebrated writers and cultural critics.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
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