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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

book image The Pure and the Impure
Pure and the Impure
Colette
Colette
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The Pure and the Impure stands out as one of modern literature's subtlest reckonings not only with the varieties of sexual experience, but with the always unlikely nature of love.
Contributors: Judith Thurman , Herma Briffault

book image Pinocchio
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

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 The New Life
New Life
Dante Alighieri
Dante
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The New Life is the masterpiece of Dante's youth, an account of his love for Beatrice, the girl who was to become his lifelong muse, and of her tragic early death.
Contributors: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

book image The Ten Thousand Things
Ten Thousand Things
Maria Dermout
Dermout
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The Ten Thousand Things is an entranced vision of a far-off place that is as convincingly real and intimate as it is exotic, a book that is at once a lament and an ecstatic ode to nature and life.
Contributors: Hans Koning

book image Grief Lessons (Paperback): Four Plays by Euripides
Grief Lessons
Euripides
Euripides
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"Why does tragedy exist? Because you are full of rage. Why are you full of rage? Because you are full of grief." Celebrated contemporary poet and classicist Anne Carson presents new translations of four plays by Euripides.
Contributors: Anne Carson

book image Prisoner of Love
Prisoner of Love
Jean Genet
Genet
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Genet's final masterpiece, written and rewritten on his deathbed, is a lyrical and philosophical voyage to the bloody intersection of oppression, terror, and desire at the heart of the contemporary world.
Contributors: Ahdaf Soueif , Barbara Bray

book image The Bog People: Iron Age Man Preserved
Bog People
P.V. Glob
Glob
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Conceived as a kind of a detective story, this classic of archaeological history—out of print for over thirty years—is a fascinating account of the religion, culture, and daily life of the Iron Age in Europe.
Contributors: Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Paul T. Barber , Rupert Bruce-Mitford

book image Life and Fate
Life and Fate
Vasily Grossman
Grossman
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An epic tale of World War II that interweaves a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia.
Contributors: Robert Chandler