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  • 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 Black 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PENGUIN BOOK OF MERMAIDS
    PENGUIN BOOK OF MERMAIDS
    BACCHILEGA CRISTINA
    ISBN: 9780143133728
    Title: PENGUIN BOOK OF MERMAIDS
    Author: BACCHILEGA CRISTINA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Among the oldest and most popular mythical beings, mermaids--in all their alluring, mysterious glory--and other merfolk have captured the imagination since long before Ariel sold her voice to a sea witch in the beloved Disney film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." As far back as the eighth century B.C., sailors in Homer's Odyssey stuffed wax in their ears in order to resist the Sirens, who lured men to their watery deaths with song. More than two thousand years later, the gullible New York public lined up to witness a mummified "mermaid" specimen that the enterprising showman P. T. Barnum swore was real. The Penguin Book of Mermaids is a treasury of such tales about merfolk and water spirits from different cultures, ranging from Scottish selkies to Hindu water-serpents to Chilean sea fairies. With incisive commentary that explores the undercurrents of these stories, it shows us how public perceptions of this popular mythical hybrid--at once a human and a fish--illuminate issues of gender, sexuality, spirituality, and ecology throughout history.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • 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
  • PENGUIN HENRY LAWSON SHORT STORIES
    PENGUIN HENRY LAWSON SHORT STORIES
    LAWSON HENRY
    ISBN: 9780143180128
    Title: PENGUIN HENRY LAWSON SHORT STORIES
    Author: LAWSON HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the great observers of Australian life, Henry Lawson has become part of our national psyche, and his short stories and verse have come to affect how we view our own country. Yet at his best Lawson transcends even the very bush, the very outback, the very up-country, the very pub or selector's hut he conveys...

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black 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 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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