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book image Tyrant Banderas
Tyrant Banderas
Ramón del Valle-Inclán
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The first great twentieth-century novel of dictatorship, and an inspiration to García Márquez and Roa Bastos, Tyrant Banderas is a dark and dazzling portrayal of a mythical Latin American Republic at last revolting against the ruthless monster that has ruled it for so long.
Contributors: Alberto Manguel , Peter Bush

book image The Professor and the Siren
Professor and the Siren
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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In the last two years of his life, the Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote not only the celebrated novel The Leopard, but also composed three shorter pieces of fiction that show him to be a late-blooming master of the written word. “Lampedusa has made me realize how many ways there are of being alive.”—E. M. Forster
Contributors: Marina Warner , Stephen Twilley

book image Shakespeare's Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays, A Selection
Shakespeare's Montaigne
Michel de Montaigne
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There is no better to way to encounter Montaigne's searching, eloquent essays than as William Shakespeare did, in lyrical translation by his contemporary John Florio. Here noted Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt accompanies the texts with a learned and engaging essay, tracking Montaignian themes in such works as King Lear and The Tempest and setting his work in elegant context.
Contributors: Stephen Greenblatt , Peter Platt , John Florio

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 Great Granny Webster
Great Granny Webster
Caroline Blackwood
Blackwood
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This macabre, mordantly funny, partly auto-biographical novel reveals the gothic craziness behind the scenes in the great houses of the aristocracy, as witnessed through the unsparing eyes of an orphaned teenage girl.
Contributors: Honor Moore

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Corrigan
Caroline Blackwood
Blackwood
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With Corrigan Caroline Blackwood takes a long, hard look at our dearly beloved notions of saints and sinners, victims and villains, patrimony and present pleasure?and winks.
Contributors: Andrew Solomon

book image On the Yard
On the Yard
Malcolm Braly
Braly
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A major American novel, and arguably the finest work of literature ever to emerge from a US prison, On the Yard is a book of penetrating psychological realism.
Contributors: Jonathan Lethem

book image Hard Rain Falling
Hard Rain Falling
Don Carpenter
Carpenter
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A gripping novel of being down and out, but never down for good—a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption.
Contributors: George Pelecanos

book image A Month in the Country
Month in the Country
J. L. Carr
Carr
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In J. L. Carr's deeply charged poetic novel, Tom Birkin, a veteran of the Great War and a broken marriage, arrives in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby where he is to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church.
Contributors: Michael Holroyd

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Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi
Collodi
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This new translation of Pinocchio will forever banish the saucer-eyed Disney character from your mind (not to mention the advice-spouting Talking Cricket, whom Pinocchio squashes with a mallet in chapter 4). In his place is Collodi's greedy, charming, subversive boy-puppet and a dreamlike story that flaunts its commedia dell'arte roots.
Contributors: Umberto Eco , Rebecca West , Geoffrey Brock

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