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  • The Gnosticsby Jacques Lacarriere

    Peter Owen Publishers 2014; US$ 11.99

    Gnostics have always sought to ?know? rather than to accept dogma and doctrine, often to their peril. This inquiry into Gnosticism examines the character, history, and beliefs of a brave and vigorous spiritual quest that originated in the ancient Near East and continues into the present day. Lawrence Durrell writes, ?This is a strange and original... more...

  • The Same Riverby Jaan Kaplinski

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    The first English translation of a major European literary figure and Nobel Prize nominee's most significant work of prose to date, this tense, cerebral, fascinating novel is the perfect introduction to Kaplinski   A semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman, set in the early 1960s, this novel narrates the efforts of Kaplinski's youthful alter... more...

  • The Seven Churchesby Milo? Urban

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    A bloody, atmospheric modern classic of crime literature and one of the most haunting and terrifying thrillers to come out of Europe in recent years   Written in the spirit of the sensational murder story and combined with a rich Gothic atmosphere, this tale, now translated into 11 languages, traces the steps of a killer through the seven cathedrals... more...

  • Empire of the Sikhsby Patwant Singh; Jyoti M. Rai

    Peter Owen Publishers 2013; US$ 14.99

    The definitive biography of Ranjit Singh, contemporary of Napoleon and one of the most powerful and charismatic Indian rulers of his age Ranjit Singh has been largely written out of accounts of the subcontinent's past by recent Western historians, yet he had an impact that lasts to this day. He unified the warring chiefdoms of the Punjab into an... more...

  • Philosophers Behaving Badlyby Nigel Rodgers; Mel Thompson

    Peter Owen Publishers 2004; US$ 16.99

    An engaging and often hilarious survey of the far-from-fusty extra-curricular activities of some of philosophy?s finest practitioners   Philosophers Behaving Badly examines the lives of eight great philosophers—Rousseau, whose views on education and the social order seem curiously at odds with his own outrageous life; Schopenhauer and Nietzsche,... more...

  • Circus Mania!by Douglas McPherson

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    A history of the circus from its origins in the Roman times, through its establishment in Western Europe, and to the modern day circus—absolutely diverse and captivating   Circuses have existed since Roman times, but centuries later, the circus world has never been more diverse and captivating, the global success of Cirque du Soleil testament... more...

  • Birdbrainby Johanna Sinisalo

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    From the author of the critically acclaimed Troll , the new novel from Johanna Sinisalo is full of her trademark style, surreal invention, and savage humor   Set in Australasia, this is the story of a young Finnish couple who have embarked on the hiking trip of a lifetime, with Heart of Darkness as their only reading matter. Conrad?s dark... more...

  • The Dreaming Sexby Mike Ashley

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    Rare jewels of Victorian fiction highlight the fantastic contributions made by women writers in the early development of science fiction A selection of early science fiction short stories by women are collected  here, along with an introduction exploring the contributions women made in the early development of the field—in particular the different... more...

  • Pity for The Guyby John Paul Davis

    Peter Owen Publishers 2010; US$ 14.99

    The first fully-rounded portrait of the man behind the Gunpowder Plot   For hundreds of years Guy Fawkes has been portrayed as perhaps too extreme a figure—a rabid, bloodthirsty Catholic who not only tried to bomb British Parliament but threatened the English way of life. This biography reveals that he was much more than an evil, shadowy conspirator... more...

  • Seeds of Fictionby Bernard Diederich; Richard Greene; Pico Iyer

    Peter Owen Publishers 2012; US$ 14.99

    A major new biography of Graham Greene with extensive new material; exclusive, never-before-seen photographs of Greene on his travels; and full family cooperation An essential read for fans of literary biography, this book finally and fully illuminates a pivotal episode in Graham Greene's life and career in the kind of detail that will sate any... more...