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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 Hundred Daysby Joseph Roth

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 9.99

    In the first English edition in 70 years of a lost classic by one of the great 20th century writers, Napoleon is seen from the point of view of a woman with whom his life is quietly intermingled   The story of Napoleon's last snatch at glory is framed both through the eyes of Bonaparte and his infatuated young laundress named Angelina—with rather... 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...

  • The Darker Sexby Mike Ashley

    Peter Owen Publishers 2009; US$ 9.99

    Ghosts, precognition, suicide, and the afterlife are all themes in these thrilling stories by Britain and America's greatest Victorian women, proving their talent for creating dark, sensational, and horrifying tales of the supernatural. This anthology showcases some of the best and most representative work by female writers during this period, including... more...

  • Guiltyby Anna Kavan

    Peter Owen Publishers 2007; US$ 8.99

    Set in an unspecified but eerily familiar time and landscape, this is the story of Mark, a protagonist who struggles against the machinations of a hostile society and bureaucracy. Suffering at first from the persecution of his father as a conscientious objector, his life quickly comes under the control of the Machiavellian Mr. Spector, an influential... 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...

  • Doubting Thomasby Atle Naess

    Peter Owen Publishers 2013; US$ 12.99

    Coming somewhere between Peter Ackroyd and Perfume , Doubting Thomas is an innovative and fascinating novel about the renowned Italian painter Caravaggio. The plot centers around the events of a May evening in Rome in 1606, when Caravaggio was challenged to a duel and killed a man. Who was this man Caravaggio? What happened on that fateful night?... 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...

  • This Way to the Revolutionby Erin Pizzey

    Peter Owen Publishers 2011; US$ 14.99

    First full biography of an international figure, recently in the news after her successful libel case against Andrew Marry, who described her as a terrorist in The Making of Modern Britain Internationally famous for starting one of the first women's refuges in the modern world, Erin Pizzey is a controversial but hugely-respected activist... more...