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  • SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
    SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9780141441047
    Title: SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When Dr Philip Raven, an intellectual working for the League of Nations, dies in 1930 he leaves behind a powerful legacy an unpublished 'dream book'. Inspired by visions he has experienced for many years, it appears to be a book written far into the future- a history of humanity from the date of his death up to 2105. The Shape of Things to Come provides this 'history of the future', an account that was in some ways remarkably prescient - predicting climatic disaster and sweeping cultural changes, including a Second World War, the rise of chemical warfare, and political instabilities in the Middle East. Foretelling an era of war, plague and political chaos, this remains on of the greatest of all works of social prophecy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SHIKHANDI : And other Queer Tales they dont tell you
    SHIKHANDI : And other Queer Tales they dont tell you
    PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    ISBN: 9789383074846
    Title: SHIKHANDI : And other Queer Tales they dont tell you
    Author: PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Patriarchy asserts men are superior to women Feminism clarifies women and men are equal Queerness questions what constitutes male and female Queerness isn’t only modern, Western or sexual, says mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik. Take a close look at the vast written and oral traditions in Hinduism, some over two thousand years old, and you will find tales of: Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver a devotee’s child Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend and many more . . . Playful and touching—and sometimes disturbing—these stories when compared with tales of the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh, the Greek Ganymede, the biblical Sodom or the Chinese ‘cut sleeve’ Emperor reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness. Devdutt Pattanaik’s new book builds on profound ideas that our ancestors shared but which we have rarely inherited. This book has content for mature audiences. Discretion advised.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SHOOTING PARTY
    SHOOTING PARTY
    CHEKHOV ANTON
    ISBN: 9780140448986
    Title: SHOOTING PARTY
    Author: CHEKHOV ANTON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Shooting Party, Chekhov's only full-length novel, centres on Olga, the pretty young daughter of a drunken forester on a country estate, and her fateful relationships with the men in her life. Adored by Urbenin, the estate manager, whom she marries to escape the poverty of her home, she is also desired by the dissolute Count Karneyev and by Zinovyev, a magistrate, who knows the secret misery of her marriage. When an attempt is made on Olga's life in the woods, it seems impossible to discover the perpetrator in an impenetrable web of deceit, lust, loathing and double-dealing. One of Chekhov's earliest experiments in fiction, The Shooting Party combines the classic elements of a gripping mystery with a story of corruption, concealed love and fatal jealousy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
    SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
    ODONOGHUE BERNARD
    ISBN: 9780140424539
    Title: SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
    Author: ODONOGHUE BERNARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Composed during the fourteenth century in the English Midlands, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight describes the events that follow when a mysterious green-coloured knight rides into King Arthur's Camelot in deep mid-winter. The mighty knight presents a challenge to the court- he will allow himself to be struck by one blow, on the condition that he will be allowed to return the strike on the following New Year's Eve. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge, decapitating the stranger - only to see the Green Knight seize up his own severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out and honour their pact. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Gawain is among the greatest Middle English poems- a tale of magic, chivalry and seduction.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $9.95

    Price: $9.95
  • SITA : An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana
    SITA : An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana
    PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    ISBN: 9780143064329
    Title: SITA : An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana
    Author: PATTANAIK DEVDUTT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is significant that the only character in Hindu mythology, a king at that, to be given the title of ekam-patni-vrata, devoted to a single wife, is associated with the most unjust act of abandoning her in the forest to protect family reputation. This seems a deliberate souring of an uplifting narrative. Ram's refusal to remarry to produce a royal heir adds to the complexity. The intention seems to be to provoke throught on notions of fidelity, property and self-image.

    And so the mythologist and illustrator Devdutt Pattaanik retells the Ramayana, drawing attention to the many oral, visual and written retellings composed in different times, in different places, by different poets, each one trying to solve the puzzle in its own unique way.

    This book approaches Ram by speculating on Sita: her childhood with her father, Janaka, who hosted sages mentioned in the Upanishads; her stay in the forest with her husband, who had to be a celibate ascetic while she was in the prime of her youth; her interactions with the women of Lanka, recipes she exchanged, emotions they shared; her connection with the earth, her mother, and with the trees, her sisters; her role as the Goddess, the untamed Kali as well as the demure Gauri, in transforming the stoic prince of Ayodhya into God.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $14.99
  • SKETCHES FROM A HUNTERS ALBUM
    SKETCHES FROM A HUNTERS ALBUM
    TURGENEV IVAN
    ISBN: 9780140445220
    Title: SKETCHES FROM A HUNTERS ALBUM
    Author: TURGENEV IVAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Turgenev s first major prose work is a series of twenty-five Sketches: the observations and anecdotes of the author during his travels through Russia satisfying his passion for hunting.

    His album is filled with moving insights into the lives of those he encounters peasants and landowners, doctors and bailiffs, neglected wives and bereft mothers each providing a glimpse of love, tragedy, courage and loss, and anticipating Turgenev s great later works such as First Love and Fathers and Sons. His depiction of the cruelty and arrogance of the ruling classes was considered subversive and led to his arrest and confinement to his estate, but these sketches opened the minds of contemporary readers to the plight of the peasantry and were even said to have led Tsar Alexander II to abolish serfdom.


    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SLEEPER AWAKES
    SLEEPER AWAKES
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9780141441061
    Title: SLEEPER AWAKES
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A troubled insomniac in 1890s England falls suddenly into a sleep-like trance, from which he does not awake for over two hundred years. During his centuries of slumber, however, investments are made that make him the richest and most powerful man on Earth. But when he comes out of his trance he is horrified to discover that the money accumulated in his name is being used to maintain a hierarchal society in which most are poor, and more than a third of all people are enslaved. Oppressed and uneducated, the masses cling desperately to one dream that the sleeper will awake, and lead them all to freedom.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SORCERERS APPRENTICE : An Anthology of Magical Tales
    SORCERERS APPRENTICE : An Anthology of Magical Tales
    ZIPES JACK
    ISBN: 9780691172651
    Title: SORCERERS APPRENTICE : An Anthology of Magical Tales
    Author: ZIPES JACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" might conjure up images of Mickey Mouse from the Disney film Fantasia, or of Harry Potter. As this anthology reveals, however, "sorcerer's apprentice" tales - in which a young person rebels against, or complies with, an authority who holds the keys to magical powers - have been told through the centuries, in many languages and cultures, from classical times to today. This unique and beautifully illustrated book brings together more than seventy sorcerer's apprentice stories by a plethora of writers, including Ovid, Sir Walter Scott, and the Brothers Grimm. From Goethe's "The Pupil in Magic" to A. K. Ramanujan's "The Guru and His Disciple," this expansive collection presents variations of a classic passed down through countries and eras.


    Readers enter worlds where household objects are brought to life and shape-shifting occurs from human to animal and back again. We meet two types of apprentice: "The Humiliated Apprentice," a foolish bumbler who wields magic ineffectively and promotes obedience to authority; and "The Rebellious Apprentice" who, through ambition and transformative skills, promotes empowerment and self-awareness. In an extensive introduction, esteemed fairy-tale scholar Jack Zipes discusses the significance and meaning of the apprentice stories, the contradictions in popular retellings, and the importance of magic as a tool of resistance against figures who abuse their authority. Twenty specially commissioned black-and-white illustrations by noted artist Natalie Frank bring the stories to visual life. The Sorcerer's Apprentice enlightens and entertains readers with enduring, spellbinding tales of sorcery that have been with us through the ages.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $74.99

    Price: $74.99
  • SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
    SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
    GOETHE
    ISBN: 9780140445039
    Title: SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
    Author: GOETHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A key work in the German 'Sturm und Drang' movement, Johann Goethe's autobiographical epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther is a defining moment in early Romanticism, which has influenced writers from Mary Shelley to Thomas Mann.


    Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Charlotte. Although he realises that she is to marry Albert, he is unable to subdue his passion and his infatuation torments him to the point of despair. The first great 'confessional' novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther draws both on Goethe's own unrequited love for Charlotte Buff and on the death of his friend Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem. The book was an immediate success, and a cult rapidly grew up around it, resulting in numerous imitations as well as violent criticism and suppression on the grounds of its apparent support of suicide. Goethe's sensitive exploration of the mind of an artist at odds with society and ill-equipped to cope with life is now considered the first great tragic novel of European literature.

    This edition includes notes and an introduction by Michael Hulse, who explores the origins of the novel in the author's life and examines its impact on European culture.

    Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Although he directed the German State Theatre, dabbled in the occult and worked on scientific theories in evolutionary botany, Goethe is best remembered for his great works The Sorrows of Young Werther and Faust, and his part in the 18th century 'Sturm and Drang' movement.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • STEPPE AND OTHER STORIES 1887-91
    STEPPE AND OTHER STORIES 1887-91
    CHEKHOV ANTON
    ISBN: 9780140447859
    Title: STEPPE AND OTHER STORIES 1887-91
    Author: CHEKHOV ANTON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Steppe and Other Stories 1887-91 is a collection that reveals Anton Chekhov's evolution from a novice writer to a master of short narrative form. This Penguin Classics edition is translated by Ronald Wilks with an introduction by Donald Rayfield.
    This collection of Chekhov's finest early writing is headlined by 'The Steppe', which established his reputation, telling the unforgettable tale of a boy's journey to a new school in Kiev, travelling through majestic landscapes towards an unknown destiny. 'Gusev' depicts an ocean voyage, where the sea takes on a terrifying, primeval power; 'The Kiss' portrays a shy soldier's failed romantic encounter; and in 'The Duel' two men's enmity ends in farce. Haunting and highly atmospheric, all the stories in this volume show a writer emerging from the shadow of his masters - great Russian writers such as Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev and Nikolai Gogol - and discovering his own voice. They also illustrate Chekhov's genius for evoking the natural world and exploring inner lives.
    This is the first of three chronological volumes of Chekhov's short stories in Penguin Classics. Ronald Wilks's delicate translation is accompanied by a chronology and explanatory notes. This edition also contains an introduction and annotated bibliography by internationally renowned Chekhov scholar Donald Rayfield.
    Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was born in Taganrog, a port on the sea of Azov. In 1879 he travelled to Moscow, where he entered the medical faculty of the university, graduating in 1884. During his university years, he supported his family by contributing humorous stories and sketches to magazines. He published his first volume of stories, Motley Tales, in 1886, and a year later his second volume In the Twilight, for which he received the Pushkin Prize. Today his plays, including 'Uncle Vanya', 'The Seagull', and 'The Cherry Orchard' are recognised as masterpieces the world over.
    If you enjoyed The Steppe, you might like Chekhov's The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, also available in Penguin Classics.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SYMPOSIUM
    SYMPOSIUM
    PLATO
    ISBN: 9780140449273
    Title: SYMPOSIUM
    Author: PLATO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.


    Plato's retelling of the discourses between Socrates and his friends on such subjects as love and desire, truth and illusion, spiritual transcendence and the qualities of a good ruler, profoundly affected the ways in which we view human relationships, society and leadership - and shaped the whole tradition of Western philosophy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TALE OF GENJI
    TALE OF GENJI
    SHIKUBU MURASAKI
    ISBN: 9780393353396
    Title: TALE OF GENJI
    Author: SHIKUBU MURASAKI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Murasaki Shikibu, born into the middle ranks of the aristocracy during the Heian Period (794-1185 CE), wrote The Tale of Genji-widely considered the world's first novel-during the early years of the eleventh century.

    Expansive, compelling, and sophisticated in its representation of ethical concerns and aesthetic ideals, Murasaki's tale came to occupy a central place in Japan's remarkable history of artistic achievement and is now recognized as a masterpiece of world literature. The Tale of Genji is presented here in a flowing new translation for contemporary readers, who will discover in its depiction of the culture of the imperial court the rich complexity of human experience that simultaneously resonates with and challenges their own.

    Washburn sets off interior monologues with italics for fluid reading, embeds some annotations for accessibility and clarity, and translates poetry into English triplets to create prosodic equivalents of the original.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $35.95

    Price: $35.95
  • TALE OF TWO CITIES
    TALE OF TWO CITIES
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780141439600
    Title: TALE OF TWO CITIES
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine. This edition uses the text as it appeared in its first serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens's vision, and includes the original illustrations by H.K. Browne ('Phiz'). Richard Maxwell's introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE
    TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE
    LAMB CHARLES AND MARY
    ISBN: 9780141441627
    Title: TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE
    Author: LAMB CHARLES AND MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This famous retelling of twenty of Shakespeare's plays by Charles and Mary Lamb has delighted generations of adults as well as children and provides entertaining and informative introductiond to these great works.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TALES FROM THE DECAMERON
    TALES FROM THE DECAMERON
    BOCCACCIO GIOVANNI
    ISBN: 9780141191331
    Title: TALES FROM THE DECAMERON
    Author: BOCCACCIO GIOVANNI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'That night the abbess was enjoying the company of a priest, whom she often arranged to be transported to her room in a chest' Bawdy, hilarious, tragic and surprising, Boccaccio's fourteenth-century masterpiece the Decameron is a collection of stories told by a group of young people taking refuge from plague-ridden Florence. This selection brings together the Decameron's most celebrated tales of secret lovers, cuckolded husbands, lascivious priests, smart women, practical jokes, wise lessons and strange twists of fate, brought to life in an accessible new translation which preserves all the humour and verve of Boccaccio's storytelling. Translated with an introduction by Peter Hainsworth

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TAO TE CHING
    TAO TE CHING
    TZU LAO
    ISBN: 9780140441314
    Title: TAO TE CHING
    Author: TZU LAO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Traditionally attributed to Lao Tzu, an older contemporary of Confucius (551 - 479 BC), it is now thought that the work was compiled in about the fourth century BC. An anthology of wise sayings, it offers a model by which the individual can live rather than explaining the human place in the universe. The moral code it encourages is based on modesty and self-restraint, and the rewards reaped for such a life are harmony and flow of life.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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