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  • To Liveby Yu Hua

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    From the author of Brothers and China in Ten Words : this celebrated contemporary classic of Chinese literature was also adapted for film by Zhang Yimou. This searing novel, originally banned in China but later named one of that nation’s most influential books, portrays one man’s transformation from the spoiled son of a landlord to a kindhearted... more...

  • Flatlandby Edwin Abbott Abbott

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95 US$ 3.44

    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...

  • David Copperfieldby Charles Dickens

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95 US$ 3.44

    David Copperfield is considered to be Charles Dickens's most autobiographical novel. He said of it: "Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield." It is a Bildungsroman, a tale which follows the development into maturity of its narrator, David Copperfield. The Russian greats... more...

  • Emmaby Jane Austen

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 3.95 US$ 3.44

    Emma stands a little apart from Jane Austen's other novels. It is perhaps the most self-aware, socially critical and ironic of all her works. Her protagonist, Emma Woodhouse, is a beautiful, rich girl who is also spoiled, proud and blinded by her own situation in life. She begins to understand herself and life a little better when her romantic schemes... more...

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Storiesby Leo Tolstoy; Richard Pevear; Larissa Volokhonsky

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.95

    A vibrant translation of Tolstoy’s most important short fiction by the award-winning translators of War and Peace .   Here are eleven masterful stories from the mature author, some autobiographical, others moral parables, and all told with the evocative power that was Tolstoy’s alone.  They include “The Prisoner of the Caucasus,” inspired by Tolstoy's... more...

  • Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacherby R. K. Narayan

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 27.00

      R. K. Narayan (1906—2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. The four novels collected here, all written during British rule, bring colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of literary realism.   Swami and Friends introduces... more...

  • The Portrait of a Ladyby Henry James

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 4.99 US$ 4.34

    The Portrait of a Lady is perhaps Henry James' greatest novel. It tells the story of Isabel Archer, a young American heiress who "affronts her destiny". Dealing with one of James' recurrent themes, the American in Europe, and the differences between the two cultures, The Portrait of a Lady is a tale of the conspiracy to separate Isabel... more...

  • Clarissaby Samuel Richardson

    ReadHowYouWant 2009; US$ 4.99

    One of the greatest novels of European literature, “Clarissa” is an indisputable masterpiece. Set in 18th-century England. A rich, complex and unique novel written in the form of letters. Richardson delves into the hearts and minds of his characters, their motives and intentions, consequently giving a glimpse of the complex human psyche.... more...

  • Of Human Bondageby W. Somerset Maugham

    The Floating Press 1915; US$ 3.99 US$ 3.47

    A nine year old boy's mother dies shortly after the death of his father. He is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in a small East-Anglian village, where his uncle is vicar. This uncle holds the boy's significant inheritance for him until he comes of age, giving him unlimited power over the boy. The novel is considered a masterpiece, and is... more...

  • Uncle Tom's Childrenby Richard Wright

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 9.99

    Set in the American Deep South, each of the powerful novellas collected here concerns an aspect of the lives of black people in the post-slavery era, exploring their resistance to white racism and oppression. Originally published in 1938, Uncle Tom's Children was the first book from Richard Wright, who would continue on to worldwide fame as the... more...