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  • 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 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 CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE
    REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE
    JULIAN OF NORWICH
    ISBN: 9780140446739
    Title: REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE
    Author: JULIAN OF NORWICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Coming from a society where women were barred from serious writing and teaching, Julian, an anchorite in the great medieval city of Norwich, nevertheless used the English vernacular of the day to describe an extraordinary series of 'showings' which she received from God.

    One of the first woman authors, Julian of Norwich produced in Revelations of Divine Love a remarkable work of revelatory insight, that stands alongside The Cloud of Unknowing and Piers Plowman as a classic of Medieval religious literature. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from Middle English by Elizabeth Spearing, with an introduction and notes by A.C. Spearing.
    After fervently praying for a greater understanding of Christ's passion, Julian of Norwich, a fourteenth-century anchorite and mystic, experienced a series of divine revelations. Through these 'showings', Christ's sufferings were revealed to her with extraordinary intensity, but she also received assurance of God's unwavering love for man and his infinite capacity for forgiveness. Written in a vigorous English vernacular, the Revelations are one of the most original works of medieval mysticism and have had a lasting influence on Christian thought.
    This edition of the Revelations contains both the short text, which is mainly an account of the 'showings' themselves and Julian's initial interpretation of their meaning, and the long text, completed some twenty years later, which moves from vision to a daringly speculative theology. Elizabeth Spearing's translation preserves Julian's directness of expression and the rich complexity of her thought. An introduction, notes and appendices help to place the works in context for modern readers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • REVERIES OF THE SOLITARY WALKER
    REVERIES OF THE SOLITARY WALKER
    ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    ISBN: 9780140443639
    Title: REVERIES OF THE SOLITARY WALKER
    Author: ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After a period of forced exile and solitary wandering brought about by his radical views on religion and politics, Jean-Jacques Rousseau returned to Paris in 1770. Here, in the last two years of his life, he wrote his final work, the Reveries. In this eloquent masterpiece the great political thinker describes his sense of isolation from a society he felt had rejected his writings - and the manner in which he has come to terms with his alienation, as he walks around Paris, gazing at plants, day-dreaming and finding comfort in the virtues of solitude and the natural world. Meditative, amusing and lyrical, this is a fascinating exploration of Rousseau's thought as he looks back over his life, searching to justify his actions, to defend himself against his critics and to elaborate upon his philosophy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RIGHTS OF MAN
    RIGHTS OF MAN
    PAINE THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780140390155
    Title: RIGHTS OF MAN
    Author: PAINE THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the great classics on democracy, Rights of Man was published in England in 1791 as a vindication of the French Revolution and a critique of the British system of government. In direct, forceful prose, Paine defends popular rights, national independence, revolutionary war, and economic growth - all considered dangerous and even seditious issues. In his introduction Eric Foner presents an overview of Paine's career as political theorist and pamphleteer, and supplies essential background material to Rights of Man. He discusses how Paine created a language of modern politics that brought important issues to the common man and the working classes and assesses the debt owed to Paine by the American and British radical traditions.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • RISE AND FALL OF ATHENS
    RISE AND FALL OF ATHENS
    PLUTARCH
    ISBN: 9780140441024
    Title: RISE AND FALL OF ATHENS
    Author: PLUTARCH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nine Greek biographies illustrate the rise and fall of Athens, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city's founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
    RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
    POLYBIUS
    ISBN: 9780140443622
    Title: RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
    Author: POLYBIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Greek statesman Polybius (c.200–118 BC) wrote his account of the relentless growth of the Roman Empire in order to help his fellow countrymen understand how their world came to be dominated by Rome. Opening with the Punic War in 264 BC, he vividly records the critical stages of Roman expansion: its campaigns throughout the Mediterranean, the temporary setbacks inflicted by Hannibal and the final destruction of Carthage. An active participant of the politics of his time as well as a friend of many prominent Roman citizens, Polybius drew on many eyewitness accounts in writing this cornerstone work of history.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ROBINSON CRUSOE
    ROBINSON CRUSOE
    DEFOE DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780141439822
    Title: ROBINSON CRUSOE
    Author: DEFOE DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe", regarded by many to be first novel in English, is also the original tale of a castaway struggling to survive on a remote desert island.

    This "Penguin Classics" is edited with an introduction and notes by John Richetti. The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, enlists the help of a native islander who he names 'Friday', and fights off cannibals and mutineers. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man', or as a moral fable. But above all is a brilliant narrative, depicting Crusoe's transformation from terrified survivor to self-sufficient master of an island. This edition contains a full chronology of Defoe's life and times, explanatory notes, glossary and a critical introduction discussing "Robinson Crusoe" as a pioneering work of modern psychological realism. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) had a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, and political pamphleteer. Over the course of his life Daniel Defoe wrote over two hundred and fifty books on economics, history, biography and crime, but is best remembered for the fiction he produced in late life, which includes "Robinson Crusoe" (1719), "Moll Flanders" (1722) and "Roxana" (1724). Defoe had a great influence on the development of the English novel and many consider him to be the first true novelist.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ROOM OF ONES OWN
    ROOM OF ONES OWN
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241387528
    Title: ROOM OF ONES OWN
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2018 New Release

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing writing on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ROOM OF ONES OWN / THREE GUINEAS
    ROOM OF ONES OWN / THREE GUINEAS
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241371978
    Title: ROOM OF ONES OWN / THREE GUINEAS
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte to the silent fate of Shakespeare's gifted (imaginary) sister and the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity. Published almost a decade later Three Guineas breaks new ground in its discussion of men, militarism and women's attitudes towards war. These two pieces reveal Virginia Woolf's fiery spirit and sophisticated wit and confirm her status as a highly inspirational essayist.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ROOM OF ONES OWN AND THE VOYAGE OUT
    ROOM OF ONES OWN AND THE VOYAGE OUT
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9781840226799
    Title: ROOM OF ONES OWN AND THE VOYAGE OUT
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'A Room of One's Own' (1929) has become a classic feminist essay and perhaps Virginia Woolf’s best known work; 'The Voyage Out' (1915) is highly significant as her first novel. Both focus on the place of women within the power structures of modern society.

    The essay lays bare the woman artist’s struggle for a voice, since throughout history she has been denied the social and economic independence assumed by men. Woolf’s prescription is clear: if a woman is to find creative expression equal to a man’s, she must have an independent income, and a room of her own. This is both an acute analysis and a spirited rallying cry; it remains surprisingly resonant and relevant in the 21st century.

    The novel explores these issues more personally, through the character of Rachel Vinrace, a young woman whose "voyage out" to South America opens up powerful encounters with her fellow-travellers, men and women. As she begins to understand her place in the world, she finds the happiness of love, but also sees its brute power. Woolf has a sharp eye for the comedy of English manners in a foreign milieu; but the final undertow of the novel is tragic as, in some of her finest writing, she calls up the essential isolation of the human spirit.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • ROOTS OF YOGA
    ROOTS OF YOGA
    ISBN: 9780241253045
    Title: ROOTS OF YOGA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first collection of its kind: a compendium of source texts on yoga, translated, introduced and edited by two of the foremost yoga scholars in the world

    'Yoga is to be known through yoga. Yoga arises from yoga. One who is vigilant by means of yoga delights in yoga for a long time'

    Yoga is hugely popular around the world today, yet until now little has been known of its roots. This book collects, for the first time, core teachings of yoga in their original form, translated and edited by two of the world's foremost scholars of the subject. It includes a wide range of texts from different schools of yoga, languages and eras: among others, key passages from the early Upanisads and the Mahabharata, and from the Tantric, Buddhist and Jaina traditions, with many pieces in scholarly translation for the first time. Covering yoga's varying definitions across systems, models of the esoteric and physical bodies, and its most important practices, such as posture, breath control, sensory withdrawal and meditation, Roots of Yoga is a unique and essential source of knowledge.

    Translated and edited with an introduction by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
    RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
    KHAYYAM OMAR
    ISBN: 9780140443844
    Title: RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
    Author: KHAYYAM OMAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Revered in eleventh-century Persia as an astronomer, mathematician and philosopher, Omar Khayyam is now known first and foremost for his Ruba'iyat. The short epigrammatic stanza form allowed poets of his day to express personal feelings, beliefs and doubts with wit and clarity, and Khayyam became one of its most accomplished masters with his touching meditations on the transience of human life and of the natural world. One of the supreme achievements of medieval literature, the reckless romanticism and the pragmatic fatalism in the face of death means these verses continue to hold the imagination of modern readers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RUSSIAN EMIGRE SHORT STORIES FROM BUNIN TO YANOVSKY
    RUSSIAN EMIGRE SHORT STORIES FROM BUNIN TO YANOVSKY
    KARETNYK BRYAN [ED]
    ISBN: 9780241299739
    Title: RUSSIAN EMIGRE SHORT STORIES FROM BUNIN TO YANOVSKY
    Author: KARETNYK BRYAN [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    A landmark anthology that will introduce many extraordinary, unknown Russian writers to an English-language readership for the first time.

    'I remember Moscow in disarray-the smoke and fire of explosions above the cupolas, the glint of the Kremlin eagles shining out of the black night, the flashing of crosses and towers'

    Fleeing amid the chaos of the 1917 revolutions and subsequent Civil War, many Russian writers went on to settle in Paris, Berlin and elsewhere. In exile, they worked as taxi drivers, labourers and film extras, and wrote some of the most brilliant and imaginative works of Russian literature. This new collection includes stories by the most famous émigré writers, such as Vladimir Nabokov and Ivan Bunin, and introduces powerful lesser known voices, some of whom have never been available in English before. Exploring displacement, loss and new beginnings, these pieces also return obsessively to the Russia that has been left behind - whether as dream or nightmare.

    Edited by Bryan Karetnyk

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RUSSIAN MAGIC TALES : FROM PUSHKIN TO PLATONOV
    RUSSIAN MAGIC TALES : FROM PUSHKIN TO PLATONOV
    CHANDLER ROBERT [ED]
    ISBN: 9780141442235
    Title: RUSSIAN MAGIC TALES : FROM PUSHKIN TO PLATONOV
    Author: CHANDLER ROBERT [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'She turned into a frog, into a lizard, into all kinds of other reptiles and then into a spindle.'

    In these tales, young women go on long and difficult quests, wicked stepmothers turn children into geese and tsars ask dangerous riddles, with help or hindrance from magical dolls, cannibal witches, talking skulls, stolen wives, and brothers disguised as wise birds. Half the tales here are true oral tales, collected by folklorists during the last two centuries, while the others are reworkings of oral tales by four great Russian writers: Alexander Pushkin, Nadezhda Teffi, Pavel Bazhov and Andrey Platonov.

    In his introduction to these new translations, Robert Chandler writes about the primitive magic inherent in these tales and the taboos around them, while in the afterword, Sibelan Forrester discusses the witch Baba Yaga. This edition also includes an appendix, bibliography and notes.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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