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book image Afloat
Afloat
Guy de Maupassant
Maupassant
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Maupassant merges fact and fiction, dream and documentation in this seemingly simple logbook of a sailing cruise along the French Mediterranean coast. "[Afloat] has spontaneity, gaiety and freshness."—Daily Telegraph (UK)
Contributors: Douglas Parmée

book image An African in Greenland
African in Greenland
Tete-Michel Kpomassie
Kpomassie
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"Kpomassie is indisputably a man of extraordinary charm; he is also sharp and perceptive and honest?unencumbered by a sense of obligation to his hosts that might have prevented him from telling us what they are really like."— Katherine Bouton, The Nation
Contributors: Al Alvarez , James Kirkup

book image The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Chaudhuri
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The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian is an astonishing work of self-discovery and the revelation of a peerless and provocative sensibility.
Contributors: Ian Jack

book image Black Sun: The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby
Black Sun
Geoffrey Wolff
Wolff
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Black Sun is master biographer Geoffrey Wolff's picture of a brilliant and self-destructive man who sought to make his life into a work of art.

book image Conundrum
Conundrum
Jan Morris
Morris
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A pioneering memoir exploring the borders of gender and early sex-reassignment surgery.

book image Flaubert and Madame Bovary: A Double Portrait
Flaubert and Madame Bovary
Francis Steegmuller
Steegmuller
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A work of scholarship, a profound contribution to literary criticism, Flaubert and Madame Bovary is a biographical study executed with all the precision and vision of a great novel.
Contributors: Victor Brombert

book image Hindoo Holiday
Hindoo Holiday
J. R. Ackerley
Ackerley
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Hindoo Holiday is an intimate and very funny account of an exceedingly strange place, and one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century travel literature.
Contributors: Eliot Weinberger

book image A Journey Round My Skull
Journey Round My Skull
Frigyes Karinthy
Karinthy
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The author was 48 when he was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. His memoir follows him through the stages of symptom, diagnosis, and surgery. "Karinthy's book is, to my mind, a masterpiece. . . . A Journey Around My Skull, the first autobiographical description of a journey inside the brain, remains one of the very best."—Oliver Sacks, from the Introduction.
Contributors: Oliver Sacks , Vernon Duckworth Barker

book image Letters from Russia
Letters from Russia
Astolphe de Custine
Custine
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The Marquis de Custine's record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world's most fascinating and troubled countries.
Contributors: Anka Muhlstein

book image Madame de Pompadour
Madame de Pompadour
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography re-creates the spirit of eighteenth-century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery.
Contributors: Amanda Foreman

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