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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 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 Monsieur Proust
Monsieur Proust
Céleste Albaret
Albaret
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This lovely book is as close as we can come to meeting Proust in person.
Contributors: André Aciman , Barbara Bray

book image Moura: The Dangerous Life of the Baroness Budberg
Moura
Nina Berberova
Berberova
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In this legendary biography, an unusual labor of love, Berberova paints a portrait of the ultimate survivor, a woman who made her life a triumph of fiction.
Contributors: Marian Schwartz, Richard D. Sylvester

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Mouchette
Georges Bernanos
Bernanos
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First published as Nouvelle Histoire de Mouchette in 1937, this French classic is the basis for Robert Bresson's cult film.
Contributors: Fanny Howe , J.C. Whitehouse

book image War and the Iliad
War and the Iliad
Simone Weil, Rachel Bespaloff
Bespaloff
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These essays do more than prove the permanent relevance of Homer's great poem. They analyze the logic of war itself, and explore how intoxicating violence defines the human condition.
Contributors: Christopher Benfey , Hermann Broch , Mary McCarthy

book image The Book of My Life
Book of My Life
Girolamo Cardano
Cardano
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At once picaresque adventure and campus comedy, curriculum vitae and last will, The Book of My Life is an extraordinary Renaissance self-portrait.
Contributors: Anthony Grafton , Jean Stoner

book image Asleep in the Sun
Asleep in the Sun
Adolfo Bioy Casares
Casares
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Bioy Casares's strange, sly novel may be read as a fable of modern politics or as a meditation on the elusive parameters of the self. Above all, it is an almost scarily perfect comic turn, as well as a pure delight.
Contributors: James Sallis , Suzanne Jill Levine

book image Moravagine
Moravagine
Blaise Cendrars
Cendrars
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At once truly appalling and appallingly funny, Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch—except that it is a lot more entertaining to read.
Contributors: Paul La Farge , Alan Brown

book image Peasants and Other Stories
Peasants and Other Stories
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov
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"No one understood as clearly and finely as Anton Chekhov the tragedy of life's trivialities, no one before him showed men with such merciless truth the terrible and shameful picture of their life in the dim chaos of bourgeois everyday existence." —Maxim Gorky
Contributors: Edmund Wilson , Constance Garnett

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