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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

By Vladimir Nabokov

„A Lolita bizonyos értelemben túlságosan nagy regény. Úgy zúdul rá az olvasóra, mint valami kábítószer, mely erősebb, mint bármelyik, amit eddig felfedeztek vagy létrehoztak. Ugyanúgy, mint a narrátora, ellenállhatatlan és felejthetetlen” A Lolita kegyetlen könyv a kegyetlenségről." Martin Amis írta ezt Nabokov leghíresebb regényéről, mely az ötvenes évek második felében meghozta számára a világhírt: a számos – vagy inkább megszámlálhatatlan – olyan író egyike, akikre a Lolita s szintúgy a szerző többi műve, stílusa, erkölcsi szemlélete, esztétikai világnézete mély hatást gyakorolt.
A XX. századi világirodalomból nagyon kevés könyv vált annyira a kultúránk részévé – s köszön vissza a legkülönfélébb formákban könyvek lapjairól és filmek kockáiról –, mint épp a Lolita, az a regény, amelyet először, egy prűdebb korban, meg sem akartak jelentetni a merészen szexuális tartalma miatt, s amelyet sokáig mindenféle szexuális forradalmak híres-hírhedt műveivel volt szokás egy sorban emlegetni. Pedig mi sem állt távolabb a szerzőtől, mint a szexuális ösztön felszabadítására való törekvés. Nabokov művészi célja nem egy perverzió fölmagasztalása, se nem elítélése (vagy az mégis?): a mű metaforikus szinten az emberi „én” börtönéről szól – pedofil főhőse, Humbert Humbert ahhoz a majomhoz hasonlít, amelyik – létrehozta az első szénrajzot, amit állat valaha is készített; ez a vázlat a szerencsétlen pára ketrecének rúdjait ábrázolta".
A Lolita hallatlan világsikerét – két movie is készült belőle (Stanley Kubrick, illetve Adrian Lyne rendezésében), és a világirodalom legtöbbet elemzett művei közé tartozik – elsősorban hihetetlen nyelvi és gondolati gazdagságának köszönheti: minden idők egyik legnagyobb művészregénye ez, amelyet képtelenség „kiolvasni”.
Lolita, a „nimfácska” és a kiskorú szerelme miatt gyilkolni is képes Humbert Humbert története ezúttal az első magyar nyelvű Nabokov-sorozat részeként jelenik meg: nagyszerű regények sorába illeszkedik, melyek mindegyike az emberi lélek, a művészi teremtés és a nyelv végső határait kutatja.

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The Bell (Vintage Classics) by Iris Murdoch

The Bell (Vintage Classics) by Iris Murdoch

By Iris Murdoch

WITH AN creation by way of A. S. BYATT

Dora Greenfield, erring spouse, returns to dwell together with her husband in a a lay neighborhood encamped open air Imber Abbey, domestic to a mysterious enclosed order of nuns. Watched over via its religious director and the discreet authority of the clever previous Abbess, Imber courtroom is a haven for misplaced souls looking tranquility. yet then the misplaced Abbey bell, mythical image of faith and magic, is rediscovered, and hidden truths and needs are pressured into the sunshine.

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Las costumbres nacionales by Edith Wharton

Las costumbres nacionales by Edith Wharton

By Edith Wharton

L. a. familia Spragg, que se ha hecho rica en una pequeña ciudad del medio oeste, lleva dos años viviendo en Nueva York sin conseguir abrirse paso en su intrincada maraña de jerarquías sociales. Son "gente corriente" que "aún no había aprendido a avergonzarse de ello". Su hija Undine, ayudada por su encanto y extraordinaria belleza, logra hacerse un hueco en el gran mundo y despertar admiración, aunque no tarda en comprender que en él los hombres los angeles ven como "materia de pura carne". Persiguiendo los angeles respetabilidad, se casa con Ralph Marvell, miembro de uno de los más distinguidos clanes de los angeles vieja Nueva York, pero habrá de descubrir que no siempre el buen nombre y el dinero van en el mismo lote. Poco dispuesta a renunciar a ninguna de las dos cosas, el matrimonio se convierte para ella en una carrera, como los negocios o las tierras lo son para los hombres. Un atildado conde francés y un enérgico especulador norteamericano l. a. esperan en el accidentado -a veces trágico- camino de su ascensión. Las costumbres nacionales (1913), una de las obras maestras de Edith Wharton, es una trepidante y magnífica novela sobre el matrimonio, el prestige y el dinero, y el papel que le está reservado a una mujer en cada uno de sus ámbitos. Su dilema, expuesto no sólo con ingenio sino con suma inteligencia, es el de si se puede tener una ethical para los negocios y otra para los angeles vida privada, y qué ocurre cuando una mujer debe considerar su vida privada como una empresa.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens's ultimate, unfinished novel is in lots of methods his so much fascinating. A hugely atmospheric story of homicide, The secret of Edwin Drood foreshadows either the detective tales of Conan Doyle and the nightmarish novels of Kafka.

As in lots of of Dickens's maximum novels, the gulf among visual appeal and fact drives the motion. Set within the likely risk free cathedral city of Cloisterham, the tale speedily darkens with a feeling of drawing close evil. valuable to the plot is John Jasper: in public he's a guy of integrity and benevolence; in inner most he's an opium addict. And whereas seeming to grin at the engagement of his nephew, Edwin Drood, he's, actually, ate up by means of jealousy, pushed to terrify the boy's fiancée and to devise the homicide of Edwin himself. even though The secret of Edwin Drood is one in all its author's darkest books, it additionally bustles with an unlimited roster of memorable--and delightfully named--minor characters: Mrs. Billikins, the landlady; the silly Mr. Sapsea; the domineering philanthropist, Mr. Honeythunder; and the mysterious Datchery. numerous makes an attempt were remodeled the years to accomplish the radical and resolve the secret, yet even in its unfinished country it's a gripping and haunting masterpiece.

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A Tiger for Malgudi (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by R. K. Narayan

A Tiger for Malgudi (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by R. K. Narayan

By R. K. Narayan

A venerable tiger, previous and toothless now, seems again over his existence from cubhood and early days roaming wild within the Indian jungle. Trapped right into a depressing circus profession as 'Raja the magnificent', he's then offered into motion pictures (co-starring with a beefy Tarzan in a leopard epidermis) until eventually, discovering the human international too brutish and bewildering, he makes a dramatic bid for freedom.

R.K. Narayan's tale combines Hindu mysticism with ripe Malgudi comedy, viewing human absurdities during the eyes of a wild animal and revealing how, fairly abruptly, Raja reveals candy companionship and peace.

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An Organizer's Tale: Speeches (Penguin Classics) by Cesar Chavez

An Organizer's Tale: Speeches (Penguin Classics) by Cesar Chavez

By Cesar Chavez

The first significant number of writings via civil rights chief Cesar Chavez

the most very important civil rights leaders in American heritage, Cesar Chavez used to be an organization believer within the ideas of nonviolence, and he successfully hired peaceable strategies to additional his reason. via his efforts, he helped in achieving dignity, reasonable wages, merits, and humane operating stipulations for thousands of farm staff. This vast number of Chavez's speeches and writings chronicles his development and improvement as a pace-setter, and comprises formerly unpublished fabric. From speeches to unfold the observe of the Delano Grape Strike to testimony prior to the home of Representatives concerning the dangers of insecticides, Chavez communicated in transparent, direct language and encouraged humans far and wide with an unflagging dedication to his beliefs.

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Amerika: The Missing Person (A New Translation Based on the by Franz Kafka

Amerika: The Missing Person (A New Translation Based on the by Franz Kafka

By Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka's diaries and letters recommend that his fascination with the United States grew out of a wish to become independent from from his local Prague, no matter if merely in his mind's eye. Kafka died prior to he might end what he wish to name his "American novel,: yet he in actual fact entitled it Der Verschollene ("The lacking Person") in a letter to his fiancee, Felice Bauer, in 1912. Kafka all started writing the unconventional that fall and wrote till the final accomplished bankruptcy in 1914, yet in wasn't until eventually 1927, 3 years after his dying, that Amerika--the name that Kafka's pal and literary executor Max Brod gave his edited model of the incomplete manuscript--was released in Germany by means of Kurt Wolff Verlag. An English translation by way of Willa and Edwin Muir was once released in nice Britain in 1932 and within the usa in 1946.

Over the final thirty years, a global staff of Kafka students has been engaged on German-language serious variants of all of Kafka's writings, going again to the unique manuscripts and notes, correcting transcription error, and elimination Brod's editorial and stylistic interventions to create texts which are as shut as attainable to the way in which the writer left them.

With an identical professional stability of precision and nuance that marked his award-winning translation of The fort, Mark Harman now restores the humor and particularity of language in his translation of the severe variation of Der Verschollene. here's the tale of younger Karl Rossman, who, following an incident regarding a housemaid, is banished by means of his mom and dad to the United States. With unquenchable optimism and within the corporation of 2 comic-sinister partners, he throws himself into misadventure, finally heading in the direction of Oklahoma, the place a profession within the theater beckons. notwithstanding we will by no means understand how Kafka deliberate to finish the unconventional, Harman's significant translation permits us to understand, as heavily as attainable, what Kafka did decide to the page.

Franz Kafka used to be born in Prague in 1883 and died of tuberculosis in a health facility close to Vienna in 1924. He labored such a lot of his grownup lifestyles on the employee twist of fate assurance corporation for the dominion of Bohemia in Prague. just a couple of of his writings have been released in the course of his lifetime; such a lot seemed posthumously.

Mark Harman, a local of Dublin who has written commonly approximately sleek German and Irish literature, is a professor of German and English at Elizabeth collage in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. His translation of The citadel got the fashionable Language Association's first Lois Roth Award in 1998.

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Epistole. vol.I by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Epistole. vol.I by Marcus Tullius Cicero

By Marcus Tullius Cicero

L. a. vita di Marco Tullio Cicerone, il più grande intellettuale e filosofo latino della tarda Repubblica, è scandita da un’incessante produzione di scritti: dialoghi e trattati filosofici sui più svariati argomenti, orazioni, opere di retorica. Nelle aule dei tribunali, non aveva rivali, e ancora oggi i suoi scritti incarnano il canone degli studi classici. Ma Cicerone visse in un’epoca difficile. Conobbe tre grandi guerre civili, quella tra Mario e Silla, los angeles congiura di Catilina e infine le tensioni che si crearono a Roma al pace di Giulio Cesare. Venne esiliato, si vide espropriare i beni da avversari politici, e perse le sue ricchezze e l. a. sua famiglia. Più ancora che i suoi dialoghi e le sue orazioni, sono le lettere che scrisse al suo amico Tito Pomponio Attico tra il sixty eight e il forty four a.C. a contenere le più affascinanti riflessioni del filosofo sull’attualità, sulla storia e sulla sua vita personale, negli anni che videro il crollo della Repubblica romana e l. a. tormentata e cruenta nascita dell’Impero. Questo primo quantity raccoglie le lettere scritte tra il sixty eight e il forty nine a.C., ovvero negli anni che precedettero il colpo di stato di Giulio Cesare. Cicerone racconta all’amico, che visse in line with un certo periodo advert Atene (e sempre si tenne lontano dai pubblici uffici), della propria carriera politica, dei propri rapporti con Pompeo, dei segreti e degli scandali dell’aristocrazia romana, ma anche della gioia consistent with los angeles nascita del figlio Marco, e di questioni familiari e finanziarie.

Le Epistole advert Attico ci permettono di conoscere un Cicerone “privato”, straordinariamente moderno nel suo sforzo di essere al pace stesso marito, padre e uomo politico, in una Roma in bilico tra guerra e speed, tra repubblica, dittatura e monarchia.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Barnes & Noble Library of by Charles Dickens

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Barnes & Noble Library of by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

Did Edwin Drood easily vanish into the evening on Christmas Eve, or used to be he murdered with a black silk shawl by means of his uncle Jasper? Or used to be he very likely performed in with a jogging stick, brandished via one Neville Landless?

It has simply been a number of months in view that John Jasper, the choirmaster at Cloisterham Cathedral, bought a trip from his nephew Edwin. Edwin is considering finishing his prepared engagement to Rosa Bud. The ignored bride-to-be, besides the fact that, has different admirers: Rosa’s terrifying choirmaster, the exact same uncle Jasper, and her ally Helena’s risky dual, Neville Landless. With either John and Neville toting attainable homicide guns to a Christmas Eve dinner, Dickens’ maximum unsolved secret heats up fast.

Alas, The secret of Edwin Drood used to be left unfinished at Dickens’ dying in 1870, compelling generations of readers to rummage between shadowy clues—and a wide forged of sinister and comedian characters—to deduce Edwin’s killer for themselves. If, that's, Dickens ever meant him to be murdered at all.

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