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  • 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black 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 Black 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 Black 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ROOM WITH A VIEW
    ROOM WITH A VIEW
    FORSTER E M
    ISBN: 9780141183299
    Title: ROOM WITH A VIEW
    Author: FORSTER E M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Visiting Florence with her cousin Charlotte as a chaperone, Lucy Honeychurch meets the unconventional, lower-class Mr Emerson and his son, George. Upon her return to England, Lucy becomes engaged to the supercilious Cecil Vyse, but she finds herself increasingly torn between the expectations of the world and the yearnings of her heart.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • 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 Black 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RUSSIAN SHORT STORIES FROM PUSHKIN TO BUIBA
    RUSSIAN SHORT STORIES FROM PUSHKIN TO BUIBA
    CHANDLER ROBERT [ED]
    ISBN: 9780140448467
    Title: RUSSIAN SHORT STORIES FROM PUSHKIN TO BUIBA
    Author: CHANDLER ROBERT [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the reign of the Tsars in the early 19th century to the collapse of the Soviet Union and beyond, the short story has long occupied a central place in Russian culture. Included are pieces from many of the acknowledged masters of Russian literature - including Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Solzhenitsyn - alongside tales by long-suppressed figures such as the subversive Kryzhanowsky and the surrealist Shalamov. Whether written in reaction to the cruelty of the bourgeoisie, the bureaucracy of communism or the torture of the prison camps, they offer a wonderfully wide-ranging and exciting representation of one of the most vital and enduring forms of Russian literature.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RUSSIAN THINKERS
    RUSSIAN THINKERS
    BERLIN ISAIAH
    ISBN: 9780141442204
    Title: RUSSIAN THINKERS
    Author: BERLIN ISAIAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Few, if any, English-language critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin about Russian thought and culture. Russian Thinkers is his unique meditation on the impact that Russia's outstanding writers and philosophers had on its culture. In addition to Tolstoy's philosophy of history, which he addresses in his most famous essay, 'The Hedgehog and the Fox,' Berlin considers the social and political circumstances that produced such men as Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Belinsky, and others of the Russian intelligentsia, who made up, as Berlin describes, 'the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world.'

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SAGA OF THE VOLSUNGS
    SAGA OF THE VOLSUNGS
    BYOCK JESSE (TRANS)
    ISBN: 9780140447385
    Title: SAGA OF THE VOLSUNGS
    Author: BYOCK JESSE (TRANS)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Based on Viking Age poems, "The Saga of the Volsungs" combines mythology, legend and sheer human drama. At its heart are the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer who acquires magical knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries. Yet it is also set in a very human world, incorporating strands from the oral narratives of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman Empire. One of the great books of world literature, the saga is an unforgettable tale of princely jealousy, unrequited love, greed and vengeance. With its cursed treasure of the Rhine, sword reforged and magic ring of power, it was a major influence for writers including William Morris and J. R. R. Tolkein and for Wagner's Ring cycle.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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