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  • What Is the Whatby Dave Eggers

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    New York Times Notable Book New York Times Bestseller What Is the What is the epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children ?the so-called Lost Boys?was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers,... more...

  • Flatlandby Edwin Abbott Abbott

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions , though written in 1884, is still considered useful in thinking about multiple dimensions. It is also seen as a satirical depiction of Victorian society and its hierarchies. A square, who is a resident of the two-dimensional Flatland, dreams of the one-dimensional Lineland. He attempts to convince the monarch... more...

  • Moby Dickby Herman Melville

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95

    The itinerant sailor Ishmael begins a voyage on the whaling ship Pequod whose captain, Ahab, wishes to exact revenge upon the whale Moby-Dick, who destroyed his last ship and took his leg. As they search for the savage white whale, Ishmael questions all aspects of life. The story is woven in complex, lyrical language and uses many theatrical forms,... more...

  • Iceland's Bellby Halldor Laxness; Philip Roughton

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.95

    Sometimes grim, sometimes uproarious, and always captivating, Iceland?s Bell by Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness is at once an updating of the traditional Icelandic saga and a caustic social satire. At the close of the 17th century, Iceland is an oppressed Danish colony, suffering under extreme poverty, famine, and plague. A farmer and accused cord-thief... more...

  • Runawayby Alice Munro

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 15.95

    WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013 The incomparable Alice Munro?s bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises, from the title story about a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband, to three stories... more...

  • The Wives of Henry Oadesby Johanna Moran

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    When Henry Oades accepts an accountancy post in New Zealand, his wife, Margaret, and their children follow him to exotic Wellington. But while Henry is an adventurer, Margaret is not. Their new home is rougher and more rustic than they expected?and a single night of tragedy shatters the family when the native Maori stage an uprising, kidnapping Margaret... more...

  • Frankensteinby Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; M. K. Joseph

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 4.99 US$ 4.29

    Shelley's suspenseful and intellectually rich gothic tale confronts some of the most important and enduring themes in all of literture?the power of human imagination, the potential hubris of science, the gulf between appearance and essence, the effects of human cruelty, the desire for revenge and the need for forgiveness, and much more. ABOUT THE... more...

  • The Dollby Boleslaw Prus; David Welsh; Stanislaw Baranczak

    New York Review Books 2011; US$ 19.95

    Boleslaw Prus is often compared to Chekhov, and Prus?s masterpiece might be described as an intimate epic, a beautifully detailed, utterly absorbing exploration of life in late-nineteenth-century Warsaw, which is also a prophetic reckoning with some of the social forces?imperialism, nationalism, anti-Semitism among them?that would soon convulse Europe... more...

  • Mildred Pierceby James M. Cain

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.95

    Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter. Out of these elements, Cain creates... more...

  • Tapestry of Spiesby Stephen Hunter

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 7.99

    Stephen Hunter has chosen the backdrop of the chaotic and cruel Spanish Civil War to weave a classic tale of espionage and counterespionage. Julian Raines was one of the first Englishmen to volunteer for the international brigade in Spain. The British Secret Service suspect that the flamboyant Raines was recruited for the KGB by the Bolsheviks during... more...