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  • The Sword of Ambitionby Luke Yarbrough; Uthman b. Ibrahim al-Nabulusi; Sherman 'Abd al-Hakim Jackson

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 40.00

    The Sword of Ambition belongs to a genre of religious polemic written for the rulers of Egypt and Syria between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries. Unlike most medieval Muslim polemic, the concerns of this genre were more social and political than theological. Leaving no rhetorical stone unturned, the book?s author, an unemployed Egyptian... more...

  • Infernoby Dante; Allen Mandelbaum

    Random House Publishing Group 2004; US$ 6.95

    In this superb translation with an introduction and commentary by Allen Mandelbaum, all of Dante's vivid images--the earthly, sublime, intellectual, demonic, ecstatic--are rendered with marvelous clarity to read like the words of a poet born in our own age. more...

  • The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fictionby Lex Williford; Michael Martone

    Touchstone 2012; US$ 21.00

    Fifty remarkable short stories from a range of contemporary fiction authors including Junot Diaz, Amy Tan, Jamaica Kincaid, Jhumpa Lahiri, and more, selected from a survey of more than five hundred English professors, short story writers, and novelists. Contributors include Russell Banks, Donald Barthelme, Rick Bass, Richard Bausch, Charles Baxter,... more...

  • The Prophetby Kahlil Gibran

    The Floating Press 1923; US$ 7.95

    A prophet has is about to board a ship home after 12 years in exile, when he is stopped by a group of people. His teachings to them, discussing love, marriage, crime, freedom and law among many other aspects of everyday life, form the 26 poetic essays of Gibran's work. The work has been a bestseller since its first publication. more...

  • Selected Short Storiesby Rabindranath Tagore; William Radice

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    Poet, novelist, painter and musician, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is the grand master of Bengali culture. Written during the 1890s, the stories in this selection brilliantly recreate vivid images of Bengali life and landscapes in their depiction of peasantry and gentry, casteism, corrupt officialdom and dehumanizing poverty. Yet Tagore is first... more...

  • The Ways of White Folksby Langston Hughes

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.95

    In these acrid and poignant stories, Hughes depicted black people colliding--sometimes humorously, more often tragically--with whites in the 1920s and '30s. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • The Right Way to Do Wrongby Harry Houdini; Teller

    Melville House 2012; US$ 15.00

    One of the most intriguing and recognized figures of the twentieth century conducts a masterclass in subversion Originally published in 1906,  The Right Way to Do Wrong  was a masterclass in subversion conducted by the world?s greatest illusionist. It collected Hou­dini?s findings, from interviews with criminals and police officers, on the most... more...

  • Politics and the English Languageby George Orwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 2.80

    'Politics and the English Language' is widely considered Orwell's most important essay on style. Style, for Orwell, was never simply a question of aesthetics; it was always inextricably linked to politics and to truth.'All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.When the general... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Homerby Robert Fowler

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 28.00 US$ 22.96

    This work examines the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey and their subsequent reception. more...

  • The Ink Dark Moonby no Komachi Ono; Izumi Shikibu; Jane Hirshfield; Mariko Aratani

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 16.00

    These translated poems were written by 2 ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment. more...