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  • THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA
    THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140441185
    Title: THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary and subversive thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most famous and influential work. It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor. With blazing intensity and poetic brilliance, Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religiouspieties or meek submission, but in an all-powerful life force: passionate, chaotic & free.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD
    TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD
    ISBN: 9780140455267
    Title: TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The most graceful English translation of this masterpiece of world literature - prepared with the participation of the Dalai Lama and eminent contemporary masters of this tradition appointed by the Dalai Lama

    One of the greatest works created by any culture and one of the most influential of all Tibetan Buddhist texts in the West, The Tibetan Book of the Dead has had a number of distinguished translations, but strangely all of these have been partial abridgements. Now the entire text has not only been made available in English but in a translation of quite remarkable clarity and beauty. A comprehensive guide to living and dying, The Tibetan Book of the Dead contains exquisitely written guidance and practices related to transforming our experience in daily life, on the processes of dying and the after-death state, and on how to help those who are dying. As originally intended this is as much a work for the living, as it is for those who wish to think beyond a mere conventional lifetime to a vastly greater and grander cycle.

    'Extraordinary ... this work will be a source of inspiration and support to many' His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • TIME MACHINE
    TIME MACHINE
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9780141439976
    Title: TIME MACHINE
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid- in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity - the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
    TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241371954
    Title: TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To the Lighthouse is at once a vivid impressionistic depiction of a family holiday, and a meditation on marriage, on parenthood and childhood, on grief, tyranny and bitterness. For years now the Ramsays have spent every summer in their holiday home in Scotland, and they expect these summers will go on forever; but as the First World War looms, the integrity of family and society will be fatally challenged. The novel's use of stream of consciousness, reminiscence and shifting perspectives gives it an intimate, poetic essence, and at the time of publication in 1927 it represented an utter rejection of Victorian and Edwardian literary values.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • TRAVELS
    TRAVELS
    POLO MARCO
    ISBN: 9780241253052
    Title: TRAVELS
    Author: POLO MARCO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The roofs are a blaze of scarlet and green and blue and yellow and every other colour; they are so splendidly and skilfully varnished that they shimmer like crystal'

    Marco Polo's remarkable account of his travels from Venice to the Beijing court of the emperor Khubilai Khan and around Asia captured the imaginations of thirteenth-century Europeans, revealing the East to them for the first time. From the spice forests of Sumatra to the Sea of Japan, this elusive, astonishing work describes palaces the size of cities, bejewelled kings, 'paper money', pearl fishers, yogi and naked warriors in vivid, immediate detail. Now in a fresh, authoritative translation, it remains one of the most influential travel books of all time.

    Translated and with an introduction and notes by Nigel Cliff



    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE
    TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE
    HUME DAVID
    ISBN: 9780140432442
    Title: TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE
    Author: HUME DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most significant works of Western philosophy, Hume's Treatise was published in 1739-40, before he was thirty years old. A pinnacle of English empiricism, it is a comprehensive attempt to apply scientific methods of observation to a study of human nature, and a vigorous attack upon the principles of traditional metaphysical thought. With masterly eloquence, Hume denies the immortality of the soul and the reality of space; considers the manner in which we form concepts of identity, cause and effect; and speculates upon the nature of freedom, virtue and emotion. Opposed both to metaphysics and to rationalism, Hume's philosophy of informed scepticism sees man not as a religious creation, nor as a machine, but as a creature dominated by sentiment, passion and appetite.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • TREATISE ON TOLERATION
    TREATISE ON TOLERATION
    VOLTAIRE
    ISBN: 9780241236628
    Title: TREATISE ON TOLERATION
    Author: VOLTAIRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A new translation of Voltaire's Treatise on Toleration, one of the most important essays on religious tolerance and freedom of thought

    A powerful, impassioned case for the values of freedom of conscience and religious tolerance, Treatise on Toleration was written after the Toulouse merchant Jean Calas was falsely accused of murdering his son and executed on the wheel in 1762. As it became clear that Calas had been persecuted by 'an irrational mob' for being a Protestant, the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire began a campaign to vindicate him and his family. The resulting work, a screed against fanaticism and a plea for understanding, is as fresh and urgent today as when it was written.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • TRIAL
    TRIAL
    KAFKA FRANZ
    ISBN: 9780241372562
    Title: TRIAL
    Author: KAFKA FRANZ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated with an introduction by Idris Parry.

    'Somebody must have laid false information against Josef K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong'

    Josef K., an ordinary bank clerk, is accused of a crime he did not commit, whose nature is never revealed to him. As he tries to defend his innocence amid a labyrinthine world of anonymous bureaucrats, stifling courtrooms and casual brutality, he becomes increasingly uncertain of his fate and spirals towards destruction. Kafka's gripping, unnerving parable about the nature of terror and the futility of human life is at once nightmarish and chillingly real.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • TURN OF THE SCREW AND OTHER GHOST STORIES
    TURN OF THE SCREW AND OTHER GHOST STORIES
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9780141389752
    Title: TURN OF THE SCREW AND OTHER GHOST STORIES
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'There had been a moment when I believed I recognised, faint and far, the cry of a child; there had been another when I found myself just consciously starting as at the passage, before my door, of a light footstep'

    'I see ghosts everywhere', wrote Henry James, who retained a fascination with the supernatural and sensational throughout his writing career. This new collection brings together eight of James's tales exploring the uncanny, including his infamous ghost story, 'The Turn of the Screw', a work saturated with evil, in which a fraught governess becomes obsessed that malicious spirits are menacing the children in her care. The other masterly works here include 'The Jolly Corner', 'Owen Wingrave' and further tales of visitations, premonitions, madness, grief and family secrets, where the living are just as mysterious and unknowable as the dead.

    With an introduction and notes by Susie Boyt
    General Editor Philip Horne

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TWELVE CAESARS
    TWELVE CAESARS
    SUETONIUS / GRAVES ROBERT (TRAN)
    ISBN: 9780140455168
    Title: TWELVE CAESARS
    Author: SUETONIUS / GRAVES ROBERT (TRAN)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An essential primary source on Roman history, Suetonius' The Twelve Caesars is a fascinating achievement of scholarship covering a critical period in the Empire. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Latin by Robert Graves, author of I, Claudius, revised with an introduction and notes by James B. Rives.

    As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives of the men who wielded absolute power over Rome, from the foundation of the empire under Julius Caesar and Augustus, to the decline into depravity and civil war under Nero and the recovery that came with his successors. A masterpiece of observation, anecdote and detailed physical description, The Twelve Caesars presents us with a gallery of vividly drawn - and all too human - individuals.

    James B. Rives has sensitively updated Robert Graves's now classic translation, reinstating Latin terms and updating vocabulary while retaining the liveliness of the original. This edition contains a new chronology, further reading, glossaries, maps, notes and an introduction discussing Suetonius' life and works.

    Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus was probably born in AD69 - the famous 'year of the four Emperors'. From the letters of Suetonius' close friend Pliny the Younger we learn that he practiced briefly at the bar, avoided political life, and became chief secretary to the Emperor Hadrian (AD117-38). Suetonius seems to have lived to a good age and probably died around the year AD140.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
    TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
    VERNE JULES
    ISBN: 9780141394930
    Title: TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
    Author: VERNE JULES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Immediately a long tentacle reached in through the opening like a snake, and a score of others waved about above it'

    At first they think it is a giant sea monster - a vast black object, menacing the oceans and causing panic over the world. Yet when Professor Aronnax joins an expedition to hunt down the creature, he and his two companions discover it is a giant submarine, the Nautilus. Captured and held prisoner on board by its captain, Nemo - unpredictable, enigmatic, exiled from humanity - they have no choice but to travel the underwater depths with him, encountering coral reefs, polar ice, the city of Atlantis and a terrifying giant squid that tries to drag the Nautilus down into the deep. Combining thrilling adventure with scientific facts and a wonder at the natural world, Jules Verne's most enduringly popular novel is brought to life in David Coward's vivid new translation.

    Translated with an introduction and notes by David Coward

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS / THE ANTI CHRIST
    TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS / THE ANTI CHRIST
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140445145
    Title: TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS / THE ANTI CHRIST
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In these two devastating works, Nietzsche offers a sustained and often vitriolic attack on the morality and the beliefs of his time, in particular those of Hegel, Kant and Schopenhauer. Twilight of the Idols is a 'grand declaration of war' on reason, psychology and theology that combines highly charged personal attacks on his contemporaries with a lightning tour of his own philosophy. It also paves the way for The Anti-Christ, Nietzsche's final assault on institutional Christianity, in which he identifies himself with the 'Dionysian' artist and confronts Christ: the only opponent he feels worthy of him. In his introduction Michael Tanner discusses the themes of Nietzsche's argument and places the works in their historical and philosophical context.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • UPANISHADS
    UPANISHADS
    ISBN: 9780140441635
    Title: UPANISHADS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Upanishads, the earliest of which were composed in Sanskrit between 800 and 400 bce by sages and poets, form part of the Vedas - the sacred and ancient scriptures that are the basis of the Hindu religion.

    Each Upanishad, or lesson, takes up a theme ranging from the attainment of spiritual bliss to karma and rebirth, and collectively they are meditations on life, death and immortality. The essence of their teachings is that truth can by reached by faith rather than by thought, and that the spirit of God is within each of us - we need not fear death as we carry within us the promise of eternal life.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • UTILITARIANISM AND OTHER ESSAYS
    UTILITARIANISM AND OTHER ESSAYS
    MILL JOHN STUART / BENTHAM JEREMY
    ISBN: 9780140432725
    Title: UTILITARIANISM AND OTHER ESSAYS
    Author: MILL JOHN STUART / BENTHAM JEREMY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the most important nineteenth-century schools of thought, Utilitarianism propounds the view that the value or rightness of an action rests in how well it promotes the welfare of those affected by it, aiming for 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number'. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was the movement's founder, as much a social reformer as a philosopher. His greatest interpreter, John Stuart Mill (1806-73), set out to humanize Bentham's pragmatic Utilitarianism by balancing the claims of reason and the imagination, individuality and social well-being in essays such as 'Bentham', 'Coleridge' and, above all, Utilitarianism. The works by Bentham and Mill collected in this volume show the creation and development of a system of ethics that has had an enduring influence on moral philosophy and legislative policy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • UTOPIA
    UTOPIA
    MORE THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780141442327
    Title: UTOPIA
    Author: MORE THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Thomas More's Utopia is a masterpiece of Renaissance political philosophy, responsible for introducing the term 'utopia' and spawning an entire genre of 'utopian' and 'dystopian' literature. This Penguin Classics edition is a major new translation from the Latin by Dominic Baker-Smith, and includes an introduction and notes on the text.

    'Even if you can't eradicate harmful ideas or remedy established evils, that's no reason to turn your back on the body politic'

    In Utopia, Thomas More gives us a traveller's account of a newly-discovered island where the inhabitants enjoy a social order based on natural reason and justice, and human fulfilment is open to all. As the traveller, Raphael, describes the island to More, a bitter contrast is drawn between this rational society and the custom-driven practices of Europe. So how can the philosopher try to reform his society? In his fictional discussion, More takes up a question first raised by Plato and which is still a challenge in the contemporary world. In the history of political thought few works have been more influential than Utopia, and few more misunderstood.

    Dominic Baker-Smith's introduction examines the conflicting voices and perspectives of More's masterpiece and relates them to the European context of his time. This new edition also includes a chronology, notes, appendices, glossary and suggested further reading.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • VANITY FAIR
    VANITY FAIR
    THACKERAY WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780141439839
    Title: VANITY FAIR
    Author: THACKERAY WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion Amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin, devoted to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure. This edition follows the text of Thackeray's revised edition of 1853, John Carey's introduction identifies Vanity Fair as a landmark in the development of European Realism, and as a reflection of Thackeray's passionate love for another man's wife.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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