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  • After Empireby Michael Gorra

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 22.50

    In After Empire Michael Gorra explores how three novelists of empire?Paul Scott, V. S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie?have charted the perpetually drawn and perpetually blurred boundaries of identity left in the wake of British imperialism. Arguing against a model of cultural identity based on race, Gorra begins with Scott's portrait, in The Raj... more...

  • The Bells in Their Silenceby Michael Gorra

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 27.95

    Nobody writes travelogues about Germany. The country spurs many anxious volumes of investigative reporting--books that worry away at the "German problem," World War II, the legacy of the Holocaust, the Wall, reunification, and the connections between them. But not travel books, not the free-ranging and impressionistic works of literary nonfiction... more...

  • The Portable Conradby Joseph Conrad; Michael Gorra

    Penguin Publishing Group 2007; US$ 22.00

    A great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a critic of empire and analyst of globalization, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, an unparalleled observer of the moments in which people are stripped of their illusions-Joseph Conrad is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This revised edition of The Portable Conrad features... more...

  • The Guideby R. K. Narayan; Michael Gorra

    Penguin Publishing Group 2006; US$ 16.00

    For the centennial of his birth, R. K. Narayan's most celebrated novel Formerly India's most corrupt tourist guide, Raju?just released from prison?seeks refuge in an abandoned temple. Mistaken for a holy man, he plays the part and succeeds so well that God himself intervenes to put Raju's newfound sanctity to the test. Narayan's most celebrated... more...

  • Maniby Patrick Leigh Fermor; Michael Gorra

    New York Review Books 2011; US$ 15.95

    The Mani, at the tip of Greece?s?and Europe?s?southernmost promontory, is one of the most isolated regions of the world. Cut off from the rest of the country by the towering range of the Taygetus and hemmed in by the Aegean and Ionian seas, it is a land where the past is still very much a part of its people?s daily lives. Patrick Leigh Fermor,... more...

  • On Being Blueby William H. Gass; Michael Gorra

    New York Review Books 2014; US$ 14.00

    On Being Blue is a book about everything blue?sex and sleaze and sadness, among other things?and about everything else. It brings us the world in a word as only William H. Gass, among contemporary American writers, can do.   Gass writes: Of the colors, blue and green have the greatest emotional range. Sad reds and melancholy yellows are difficult... more...

  • The Aspern Papers and Other Talesby Henry James; Michael Gorra

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 15.98

    A wonderful new collection of Henry James's short stories about the relationship between art and life, edited by Michael Gorra. This volume gathers seven of the very best of Henry James's short stories, all exploring the relationship between art and life. In 'The Aspern Papers', a critic is determined to get his hands on a great poet's papers hidden... more...

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