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  • 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 Black 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 Black 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
  • SECRET AGENT
    SECRET AGENT
    CONRAD JOSEPH
    ISBN: 9780141441580
    Title: SECRET AGENT
    Author: CONRAD JOSEPH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded by Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, and ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho. His masters instruct him to discredit the anarchists in a humiliating fashion, and when his evil plan goes horribly awry, Verloc must deal with the repercussions of his actions.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SECRET HISTORY
    SECRET HISTORY
    PROCOPIUS
    ISBN: 9780140455281
    Title: SECRET HISTORY
    Author: PROCOPIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A trusted member of the Byzantine establishment, Procopius was the Empire's official chronicler, and his History of the Wars of Justinian proclaimed the strength and wisdom of the Emperor's reign. Yet all the while the dutiful scribe was working on a very different - and dangerous - history to be published only once its author was safely in his grave. The Secret History portrays the 'great lawgiver' Justinian as a rampant king of corruption and tyranny, the Empress Theodora as a sorceress and whore, and the brilliant general Belisarius as the pliable dupe of his scheming wife Antonina. Magnificently hyperbolic and highly opinionated, The Secret History is a work of explosive energy, depicting holy Byzantium as a hell of murder and misrule.



    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • SELECTED POEMS - C P CAVAFY
    SELECTED POEMS - C P CAVAFY
    CAVAFY C P
    ISBN: 9780141185613
    Title: SELECTED POEMS - C P CAVAFY
    Author: CAVAFY C P
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cavafy is one of the most singular and poignant voices of twentieth-century European poetry, conjuring a magical world through lyrical evocations of remembered passions, imagined monologues and dramatic retellings of his native Alexandria's ancient past. Figures from antiquity speak with telling interruptions from the author in such poems as You did not understand, while precise moments of history are seen with a sense of foreboding, as in Ides of March and Nero's Deadline. And in poems that draw on his own life and surroundings, Cavafy recalls illicit trysts or glimpses of beautiful young men in One Night and The Café Entrance, and creates exquisite miniatures of everyday life in Of the Shop.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SELECTED POEMS - WILLIAM BLAKE
    SELECTED POEMS - WILLIAM BLAKE
    BLAKE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780140424461
    Title: SELECTED POEMS - WILLIAM BLAKE
    Author: BLAKE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Writer and religious rebel, William Blake (1757 1827) sowed the seeds for Romanticism in his innovative poems concerning faith and the visions that inspired him throughout his life. Whether describing his own spirituality, the innocence of youth or the corruption caused by mankind, his writings depict a world in which spirits dominate and the mind is the gateway to Heaven.

    This collection of his greatest works spans his entire poetic life from the early, exquisite lyrics of Poetic Sketches to his Songs of Innocence and Experience, and is a compelling exploration of good and evil. Together, they illuminate a self-made realm that has fascinated artists and poets as diverse as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Yeats, and Ginsberg.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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