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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

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He: Shorter Writings of Franz Kafka (riverrun editions)

He: Shorter Writings of Franz Kafka (riverrun editions)

Author: Franz Kafka, Joshua Cohen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

'Being asked to write about Kafka is like being asked to describe the Great Wall of China by someone who's standing just next to it. The only honest thing to do is point.' Joshua Cohen, from his preface to He: Shorter Writings of Franz Kafka This is a Kafka emergency kit, a congregation of the brief, the minor works that are actually major. Joshua Cohen has produced a frame that refuses distinctions between what is a story, a letter, a workplace memo and a diary entry, also including popular favourites like The Bucket Rider, The Penal Colony and The Burrow. Here we see Kafka's preoccupations in writing about animals, messiah variations, food and exercise, each in his signature style. Cohen's selection emphasises the stately structure of utterly coherent logic, within an utterly incoherent illogical world, showing how Kafka harnessed the humblest grammar to metamorphic power until the predominant effect ceases to be the presence of an unreliable narrator, but the absence of the universe's only reliable narrator. Who is God.

So Big

So Big

Author: Edna Ferber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2020

Riceyman Steps

Riceyman Steps

Author: Arnold Bennett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2020

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Legend Classics)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Legend Classics)

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2020

Lady Susan, Sanditon and The Watsons

Lady Susan, Sanditon and The Watsons

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2020

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

Author: Thomas Hardy, Judith John Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

A stunning new edition with deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The unabridged text is accompanied by a Glossary of Victorian and Literary terms produced for the modern reader. Thomas Hardy's perennially popular and oft-adapted fourth novel, Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), was also hugely successful in his day. Following the intertwining lives of its characters, we watch as independent and free-spirited Bathsheba Everdene makes various false starts with her infatuated neighbour William Boldwood and the dashing soldier Sergeant Troy (who is also involved with the tragic Fanny Robin), before finally accepting that her heart lies with faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak. It truly deserves its designation as one of the greatest love stories of all time. The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author: Judith John, Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

A stunning new edition with deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The unabridged text is accompanied by a Glossary of Victorian and Literary terms produced for the modern reader. Mischievous and smart, Tom Sawyer, is one of American literature's most beloved literary characters. Originally published in 1876, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer chronicles the exploits of Tom and his friends - including Twain's other lovable rogue, Huckleberry Finn - as they witness a murder, play at being pirates along the Mississippi River, hunt for treasure and even attend their own funeral. Inspired by Twain's own boyhood, this spirited classic is full of hi-jinks, not to mention a good deal of suspense. The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Judith John, Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

A stunning new edition with deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The unabridged text is accompanied by a Glossary of Victorian and Literary terms produced for the modern reader. One of the most beloved and influential books in American literature, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a comic yet incisive portrait of 19th century America. Told from the perspective of Huck Finn, a good-hearted if wayward thirteen-year-old, it vividly recounts his adventures as he escapes his abusive home and embarks on a journey down the Mississippi River along with Jim, a runaway slave. Through the eyes of Huck, and particularly his relationship with Jim, Twain confronts the hypocrisy of a society that clings to slavery and entrenched racial prejudice while claiming to be the land of the free. The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library.

Charles Dickens Five Novels

Charles Dickens Five Novels

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

This is a collection of five of Dickens' best-known novels: Oliver Twist , A Christmas Carol , David Copperfield , Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities . This volume of fiction that truly captures the Victorian era will make an artful addition to any home library. Many readers know Victorian England through the writings of Charles Dickens. Not only did Dickens put a face to the era through his memorable characters, he also captured the spirit of his age in entertaining fiction spun from its social concerns and historical events. Prolific, energetic and committed to social change, no other novelist of the time did as much as Charles Dickens to rally his readers to action and no other writer at any time has created such an extraordinary collection of well-loved novels. This exquisitely designed leatherbound edition has distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark.

Bleak House

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2020

Richard Carstone and Ada Clare are wards of the court in the interminable case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, which has gone on for so long that it has become a subject of mirth in legal circles and a source of great profit to those professionally engaged in it. The pair fall in love and marry, but the weak and feckless Richard slowly comes under the spell of the promised riches of the legal dispute. Jarndyce and Jarndyce has also drawn in a diverse array of other characters, from baronets to crossing-sweepers, as well as one of the novel's narrators, the moralistic Esther Summerson. Yet, while the lawsuit drags ever onwards, greater mysteries unfold, including murder, blackmail and love. Dominated by the oppressive force of Chancery, and considered by many to be both Dickens' greatest work and the finest novel of the Victorian age, Bleak House is a dark, complex and intricately plotted mystery that culminates in one of the great chases of the detective genre.

Jane Austen Boxed Set

Jane Austen Boxed Set

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Author: Hermann Hesse, John Peacock Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Told in a simple mythical style, the story of Siddhartha is an inspirational classic by Hermann Hesse, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold-foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is translated from German by Hilda Rosner with an introduction by John Peacock. Siddhartha, the son of a wealthy Brahmin, is unable to find peace within his own religion and community so sets off on his travels through India in search of enlightenment. First he spends time with a group of ascetics called Samanas. For a while he embraces their doctrine and rejects all worldly goods. When he hears about a man called Gotama the Buddha he leaves the Samanas. However Buddhist teaching disappoints him and he realizes that self-discovery must come from his own experiences. He rejects the spiritual life, takes a lover and becomes a rich merchant. But after some years, dissatisfied with materialism, he takes off again in search of the spiritual peace he longs for.