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  • 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 RĂȘnal, 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 Black 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 Black 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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
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