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  • BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
    BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
    ISBN: 9780140447583
    Title: BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    While Buddhism has no central text such as the Bible or the Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of Buddha. This rich anthology brings together works from a broad historical and geographical range, and from languages such as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha's past lives, a discussion of the qualities and qualifications of a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of Enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast nature of the Buddhist tradition.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • BURROW AND OTHER STORIES
    BURROW AND OTHER STORIES
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241372593
    Title: BURROW AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by Michael Hofmann.

    'They come, you hear the scratch of their claws just below you in the ground, and already you are lost.'

    Strange beasts, night terrors, absurd bureaucrats and sinister places abound in this collection of stories by Franz Kafka. Some are less than a page long, others more substantial; all were unpublished in his lifetime. These matchless short works range from the gleeful miniature horror 'Little Fable' to the off-kilter humour of 'Investigations of a Dog', and from the elaborate waking nightmare of 'Building the Great Wall of China' to the creeping unease of 'The Burrow', where a nameless creature's labyrinthine hiding place turns into a trap of fear and paranoia.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    LONDON JACK
    ISBN: 9780140186512
    Title: CALL OF THE WILD WHITE FANG AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: LONDON JACK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The biting cold and the aching silence of the far North become an unforgettable backdrop for Jack London's vivid, rousing, superbly realistic wilderness adventure stories featuring the author's unique knowledge of the Yukon and the behavior of humans and animals facing nature at its cruelest.

    Includes Batard, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Love of Life



    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $15.99
    Price: $15.99
  • CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    VOLTAIRE FRANCOIS-MARIC
    ISBN: 9780140455106
    Title: CANDIDE OR OPTIMISM
    Author: VOLTAIRE FRANCOIS-MARIC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world. And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • CASTLE
    CASTLE
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241372579
    Title: CASTLE
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by J. A. Underwood with an Introduction by Idris Parry.

    'K., he said, had taken the rousing from sleep, the interrogation, and the obligatory threat of explusion from the country with a very bad grace'

    The Castle is the story of K., the unwanted land surveyor who is never to be admitted to the Castle nor accepted in the village, and yet cannot go home. As he experiences certainty and doubt, hope and fear, and reason and nonsense, K.'s struggles in the absurd, labyrinthine world where he finds himself seem to reveal an inexplicable truth about existence. Kafka began The Castle in 1922 and it was never finished, yet this, the last of his great novels, feels strangely complete.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CATILINES WAR / THE JUGURTHINE WAR / HISTORIES
    CATILINES WAR / THE JUGURTHINE WAR / HISTORIES
    SALLUST
    ISBN: 9780140449488
    Title: CATILINES WAR / THE JUGURTHINE WAR / HISTORIES
    Author: SALLUST
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sallust (86–c. 35 bc) is the earliest Roman historian of whom complete works survive, a senator of the Roman Republic and younger contemporary of Cicero, Pompey and Julius Caesar. His Catiline’s War tells of the conspiracy in 63 bc led by L. Sergius Catilina, who plotted to assassinate numerous senators and take control of the government, but was thwarted by Cicero. Sallust’s vivid account of Roman public life shows a Republic in decline, prey to moral corruption and internal strife.

    In The Jugurthine War he describes Rome’s fight in Africa against the king of the Numidians from 111 to 105 bc, and provides a damning picture of the Roman aristocracy.

    Also included in this volume are the major surviving extracts from Sallust’s now fragmentary Histories, depicting Rome after the death of the dictator Sulla.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA
    CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA
    STENDHAL
    ISBN: 9780140449662
    Title: CHARTERHOUSE OF PARMA
    Author: STENDHAL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Headstrong and naïve, the young Italian aristocrat Fabrizio del Dongo is determined to defy the wrath of his right-wing father and go to war to fight for Napoleon. He stumbles on the Battle of Waterloo, ill-prepared, yet filled with enthusiasm for war and glory. Finally heeding advice, Fabrizio sneaks back to Milan, only to become embroiled in a series of amorous exploits, fuelled by his impetuous nature and the political chicanery of his aunt Gina and her wily lover. Judged by Balzac to be the most important French novel of its time, The Charterhouse of Parma is a compelling novel of extravagance and daring, blending the intrigues of the Italian court with the romance and excitement of youth.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHRONICLES OF THE CRUSADES
    CHRONICLES OF THE CRUSADES
    JOINVILLE AND VILLEHARDOUIN
    ISBN: 9780140449983
    Title: CHRONICLES OF THE CRUSADES
    Author: JOINVILLE AND VILLEHARDOUIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'I will not for any price leave the kingdom of Jerusalem to be lost, since I came to conquer and defend it'The Conquest of Constantinople by Geoffrey of Villehardouin and The Life of Saint Louis by John of Joinville are eye-witness accounts of going to war in the service of God. In the first years of the thirteenth century Villehardouin served as an envoy in the Fourth Crusade, at the very heart of a campaign that veered from its aim of conquering Muslim Egypt to the sacking of Greek Orthodox Constantinople. Half a century later, Joinville accompanied the French king, Louis IX, on crusade to Egypt and the Near East. The Chronicles of the Crusades are invaluable first-hand narratives of these campaigns and provide vivid insights into the characters and beliefs of the crusaders. This edition has a new clear, accessible translation form the Old French by Caroline Smith, and introduction on the history of the crusades and the different approaches of the two authors, a chronology, maps, further reading, appendices of extra material, a glossary, notes and indexes.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CIVIL WARS
    CIVIL WARS
    APPIAN
    ISBN: 9780140445091
    Title: CIVIL WARS
    Author: APPIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Taken from Appian's Roman History, the five books collected here form the sole surviving continuous historical narrative of the era between 133 and 35 BC - a time of anarchy and instability for the Roman Empire. A masterly account of a turbulent epoch, they describe the Catiline conspiracy; the rise and fall of the First Triumvirate; the murder of Julius Caesar; the formation of the Second Triumvirate by Antonius, Octavian and Lepidus; and brutal civil war. A compelling depiction of the decline of the Roman state into brutality and violence, The Civil Wars portrays political discontent, selfishness and the struggle for power - a struggle that was to culminate in a titanic battle for mastery over the Roman Empire, and the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by Octavian in 31 BC. John Carter's modern translation conveys the compelling style of the original. His extensive introduction provides an in-depth assessment of Appian as historian and places the work in context.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CLOUD OF UNKNOWING AND OTHER WORKS
    CLOUD OF UNKNOWING AND OTHER WORKS
    ISBN: 9780140447620
    Title: CLOUD OF UNKNOWING AND OTHER WORKS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Contains The Cloud of Unknowing, The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, The Book of Privy Counselling, and An Epistle on Prayer. Against a tradition of devotional writings which focussed on knowing God through Christ's Passion and his humanity, these texts describe a transcendent God who exists beyond human knowledge and human language. These four texts are at the heart of medival mystical theology in their call for contemplation, calm, and above all, love, as the way to understand the Divine.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COLLECTED STORIES
    COLLECTED STORIES
    MANSFIELD KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9780141441818
    Title: COLLECTED STORIES
    Author: MANSFIELD KATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ALI SMITH

    Katherine Mansfield's clear, sparkling and perceptive short stories revolutionized the genre, and this collection represents the whole range of her writing. Moving, resonant, full of light and colour, they range from short sharp studies to longer, richer tales, encompassing her three major volumes Bliss, The Garden Party and In a German Pension, and fifteen tantalizing fragments of unfinished stories published after her tragic death, including 'Honesty', an intriguing tale of two bachelors, and 'The Doves' Nest', an exquisite story of a widowed mother and her daughter in the Riviera who receive a mysterious gentleman caller. Graceful, delicate and quietly devastating, they observe apparently trivial incidents to create sensitive, often painful revelations of her characters' inner lives.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • COMPLETE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN ENGLISH
    COMPLETE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN ENGLISH
    VERMES GEZA
    ISBN: 9780141197319
    Title: COMPLETE DEAD SEA SCROLLS IN ENGLISH
    Author: VERMES GEZA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'He will heal the wounded and revive the dead and bring good news to the poor'

    The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Judaean desert between 1947 and 1956 was one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time. These extraordinary manuscripts appear to have been hidden in the caves at Qumran by the Essenes, a Jewish sect in existence before and during the time of Jesus. Written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, the scrolls have transformed our understanding of the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and the origins of Christianity.

    This acclaimed translation by Geza Vermes, the world's leading Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, has established itself as the classic version of these texts. This revised seventh edition contains a new foreword, amendments and a fully updated bibliography.

    'No translation of the scrolls is either more readable or more authoritative than that of Vermes' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'Excellent, up-to-date . . . will enable the general public to read the non-biblical scrolls and to judge for themselves their importance' The New York Times Book Review

    Translated and edited with an in

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • COMPLETE ESSAYS
    COMPLETE ESSAYS
    DE MONTAIGNE MICHEL / SCREECH [TRAN
    ISBN: 9780140446043
    Title: COMPLETE ESSAYS
    Author: DE MONTAIGNE MICHEL / SCREECH [TRAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1572 Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and thinking. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'assays', inspired by ideas he found in the books of his library and his own experience. He discussed subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. But, above all, Montaigne studied himself as a way of drawing out his own inner nature and that of men and women generally. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature, and provide an engaging insight into a wise Renaissance mind, which continue to give pleasure and enlightenment to modern readers.

    With its extensive introduction and notes, M. A. Screech's edition of Montaigne is widely regarded as the most distinguished of recent times.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    ATTAR FARID UD-DIN
    ISBN: 9780140444346
    Title: CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
    Author: ATTAR FARID UD-DIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The paths of God are intricate and strange' Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism - a system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hoopoe. With eloquence and insight, however, the hoopoe calms their fears, using a series of riddling parables to provide guidance in the search for spiritual truth. By turns witty and profound, worldly and spiritual, The Conference of the Birds transforms deep belief into magnificent poetry. This edition has been updated to include translations of the poem's Prologue and Epilogue for the first time. A new introduction by Dick Davis outlines Attar's life and beliefs, discusses the poem's themes and influence, and places it in the context of Medieval literature.


    Translated by AFKHAM DARBANDI and DICK DAVIS With a new introduction by DICK DAVIS

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CONFESSION AND OTHER RELIGIOUS WRITINGS
    CONFESSION AND OTHER RELIGIOUS WRITINGS
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9780140444735
    Title: CONFESSION AND OTHER RELIGIOUS WRITINGS
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Describing Tolstoy's crisis of depression and estrangement from the world, A Confession (1879) is an autobiographical work of exceptional emotional honesty. By the time he was fifty, Tolstoy had already written the novels that would assure him of literary immortality; he had a wife, a large estate and numerous children; he was 'a happy man' and in good health - yet life had lost its meaning. In this poignant confessional fragment, he records a period of his life when he began to turn away from fiction and aesthetics, and to search instead for 'a practical religion not promising future bliss, but giving bliss on earth'.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CONFESSIONS
    CONFESSIONS
    ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    ISBN: 9780140440331
    Title: CONFESSIONS
    Author: ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Widely regarded as the first modern autobiography, The Confessions is an astonishing work of acute psychological insight. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) argued passionately against the inequality he believed to be intrinsic to civilized society. In his Confessions he relives the first fifty-three years of his radical life with vivid immediacy - from his earliest years, where we can see the source of his belief in the innocence of childhood, through the development of his philosophical and political ideas, his struggle against the French authorities and exile from France following the publication of Emile.

    Depicting a life of adventure, persecution, paranoia, and brilliant achievement, The Confessions is a landmark work by one of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment, which was a direct influence upon the work of Proust, Goethe and Tolstoy among others.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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