The Testament of Mary: A Novel

By Colm Toibin

“Tóibín is at his lyrical most sensible during this attractive and bold paintings” (The manhattan occasions booklet Review) that portrays Mary as a solitary older lady nonetheless trying to comprehend the occasions that develop into the narrative of the recent testomony and the root of Christianity—shortlisted for the 2013 guy Booker Prize.

In the traditional city of Ephesus, Mary lives by myself, years after her son’s crucifixion. She has no real interest in participating with the authors of the Gospel, who're her keepers. She doesn't agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his loss of life used to be “worth it”; nor that the “group of misfits he collected round him, males who couldn't glance a lady within the eye,” have been holy disciples.

Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she didn't remain on the foot of the pass until eventually her son died—she fled, to save lots of herself), and her judgment of others is both harsh. This girl whom we all know from centuries of work and scripture because the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mom of Christ turns into a sad heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Tóibín’s travel de strength of mind's eye and language is a portrait so vibrant and convincing that our photograph of Mary should be ceaselessly remodeled.

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Sister Carrie

Appeared by way of many critics because the maximum novel on city lifestyles ever composed, Sister Carrie tells the tale of Caroline Meeber, an 18-year-old from rural Wisconsin whose new existence in Chicago takes her on an fantastic trip from the despairing depths of commercial exertions to the fantastic heists of popularity and stardom. Representing the transition from the heavy moralizing of the Victorian period to the realism of recent literature, Sister Carrie continues to be a literary milestone that examines the human and all its flaws.

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The Cambridge Introduction to T. S. Eliot (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

By John Xiros Cooper

T. S. Eliot isn't just the most vital poets of the 20 th century; as literary critic and commentator on tradition and society, his writing remains to be profoundly influential. each pupil of English needs to interact together with his writing to appreciate the process sleek literature. This ebook offers the correct creation to key facets of Eliot's lifestyles and paintings, in addition to to the broader contexts of modernism within which he wrote. John Xiros Cooper explains how Eliot used to be prompted via the highbrow weather of either twentieth-century Britain and the United States, and the way he grew to become a key cultural determine on either side of the Atlantic. the ongoing controversies surrounding his writing and his inspiration also are addressed. With an invaluable consultant to extra examining, this can be the main informative and obtainable advent to T. S. Eliot.

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Vestido de novia

By Socorro Venegas

Cuando aparentemente han quedado atrás los angeles viudez y el dolor de los angeles pérdida, cuando el luto ha sido superado por una vida en l. a. que hay un nuevo esposo y un hijo, una mujer es confrontada con los cabos sueltos de su pasado al recibir una extraña oferta: alguien quiere comprar el nicho donde descansan las cenizas de Aldo, su primer marido. En las sadly de las mariposas que cazaba de niña regresan augurios y presentimientos que dejó pasar, señales de lo poco que ese matrimonio duraría, como el vestido de novia que eligió de colour negro. «Quizá desde niña, cuando seguía a esas mariposas, ya period una viuda en estado larvario». ¿Qué dijo el amado antes de morir? ¿Pesan esas palabras tanto como sus cenizas? Poco a poco, Laura irá descubriendo aristas desconocidas de Aldo. Le escribirá al coleccionista de Islandia con quien él intercambiaba botellas en miniatura de distintos licores y encontrará en él a un corresponsal de l. a. desgracia con quien llegará a ver lo que no quiso reconocer nunca: Aldo anhelaba l. a. muerte.

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Nostromo (Oxford World's Classics)

By Joseph Conrad

One of many maximum political novels in any language, Nostromo reenacts the institution of recent capitalism in a distant South American province locked among the Andes and the Pacific. within the harbor city of Sulaco, a vibrant forged of characters is stuck up in a civil conflict to make a decision even if its fabulously prosperous silver mine, funded by way of American funds yet owned via a third-generation English immigrant, should be preserved from the arms of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of everybody, and Nostromo, the principled foreman of the mine, is verified to the limit.
Conrad's evocation of Latin America--its grand landscapes, the ferocity of its politics, and the tenacity of people swept up in imperial ambitions--has by no means been bettered. This version encompasses a new creation with clean historic and interpretative views, in addition to precise explanatory notes which pay designated awareness to the literary, political, historic, and geographical allusions and implications of the unconventional. A map, a chronology of the narrative, a thesaurus of overseas phrases, and an appendix reprinting the serial finishing all supplement what's certain to be the definitive variation of this vintage work.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main actual textual content plus a wealth of alternative important beneficial properties, together with professional introductions through top specialists, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional learn, and masses more.

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Noir: A Novel

By Robert Coover

With impeccable ability, Robert Coover, one in all America's pioneering postmodernists, has became the vintage detective tale inside-out. right here Coover is on the best of his shape; and Noir is a real page-turner-wry, absurd, and desolate.

you're Philip M. Noir, inner most Investigator. A mysterious younger widow hires you in finding her husband's killer-if he used to be killed. Then your customer is killed and her physique disappears-if she was once your customer. Your look for clues takes you thru all degrees of town, from elegant lounges to lowlife dives, from jazz bars to a wealthy intercourse kitten's bed room, from yachts to the morgue. "The Case of the Vanishing Black Widow" unfolds over 5 days aboveground and 3 or 4 in smugglers' tunnels, although flashback and anecdote, and expands time into anything a lot better. you do not consistently get the comic story, notwithstanding most folk imagine what is taking place is beautiful humorous.

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English Poetry and Old Norse Myth: A History

By Heather O'Donoghue

English Poetry and outdated Norse fable: A History lines the effect of outdated Norse fantasy -- tales and poems concerning the typical gods and goddesses of the pagan North, resembling Odin, Thor, Baldr and Freyja -- on poetry in English from Anglo-Saxon instances to the current day. Especial care is taken to figure out the proper shape within which those poets encountered the mythic fabric, in order that the e-book lines a parallel heritage of the sluggish dissemination of previous Norse mythic texts.

Very many significant poets have been encouraged by means of outdated Norse fantasy. a few, for example the Anglo-Saxon poet of Beowulf, or a lot later, Sir Walter Scott, used previous Norse mythic references to lend dramatic color and obvious authenticity to their presentation of Northern previous. Others, like Thomas grey, or Matthew Arnold, tailored outdated Norse mythological poems and tales in methods which either replied to and helped to shape the literary tastes in their personal occasions. nonetheless others, corresponding to William Blake, or David Jones, remodeled and included celebrated components of Norse fable - valkyries weaving the fates of fellows, or the good international Tree Yggdrasill on which Odin sacrificed himself - as own symbols of their personal poetry. This e-book additionally considers much less known literary figures, exhibiting how a shockingly huge variety of poets in English engaged in person methods with previous Norse fantasy. English Poetry and previous Norse fantasy: A History demonstrates how attitudes in the direction of the pagan mythology of the north swap over the years, yet finds that poets have consistently famous outdated Norse delusion as an essential component of the literary, political and ancient legacy of the English-speaking world.

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I Am No One: A Novel

By Patrick Flanery

A enchanting novel approximately reminiscence, privateness, worry, and what occurs whilst our earlier catches up with us.

After a decade dwelling in England, Jeremy O'Keefe returns to manhattan, the place he has been employed as a professor of German heritage at long island college. notwithstanding cozy in his new existence, and chuffed to be close to his daughter once more, Jeremy maintains to think the quiet pangs of loneliness. jogging in the course of the urban at evening, it truly is as if he may perhaps disappear and not anyone could even notice.

But quickly, Jeremy's lifestyles starts off taking unusual turns: bins containing documents of his on-line job are brought to his residence, a tender guy appears following him, and his aged mom gets nameless cell calls slandering her son. Why, he wonders, may a person are looking to watch him so heavily, and, much more scary, why may they alert him to the truth that he was once being watched? 

As Jeremy takes inventory of the entanglements that marked his years in another country, he wonders if he has unwittingly dedicated a criminal offense so severe that he may well quickly be confronted together with his personal denaturalization. relocating in the direction of a shattering reassessment of what it potential to be unfastened in a time of ever extra intrusive surveillance, Jeremy is pressured to invite himself no matter if he's 'no one', as he believes, or a traitor not only to his state yet to all people round him.

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Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture

By Jane Kingsley-Smith

Cupid grew to become a well-liked determine within the literary and visible tradition of post-Reformation England. He served to articulate and debate the hot Protestant thought of wish, inspiring a depressing model of affection tragedy within which Cupid kills. yet he was once additionally implicated in different controversies, because the item of idolatrous, Catholic worship and as an adversary to girl rule: Elizabeth I's encounters with Cupid have been a vital function of her image-construction and altered subtly all through her reign. masking a wide selection of fabric akin to work, trademarks and jewelry, yet focusing typically on poetry and drama, together with works by way of Sidney, Shakespeare, Marlowe and Spenser, Kingsley-Smith illuminates the Protestant fight to classify and keep an eye on hope and the ways that Cupid disrupted this technique. An unique viewpoint on early sleek wish, the booklet will entice an individual attracted to the literature, drama, gender politics and paintings historical past of the English Renaissance.

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Innocent Birds

A village is sort of a degree that keeps an identical surroundings all through all of the acts of the play. The actors come and move, and stroll back and forth, with gestures that their passions reasonable or foul use them to . . . a rustic village has a manner every so often of clearing out all its population in a single rush, as if it have been grown bored with that specific mix of human destinies, and shakes itself freed from them as a tree could do of unwelcome leaves..' The motion of T.F. Powys' blackly soaking up, deeply attribute blameless Birds unfolds within the English croft of Madder, an ostensibly sleepy and settled milieu the place the local community, still, are at risk of performing on impulses and urges that experience the facility to deliver themselves (and others) to smash. 'There is Mr. Bugby, who buys "The Silent lady" as a result of sinister twist of fate that successive keepers of that tavern have been rapidly widowed. there's Maud Chick, an imbecile woman longing to have a toddler, whom Mr. Bugby avoids after one adventure; and Polly Wimple, prim pass over Pettifer's maid whom he doesn't stay away from, to her nice fee. A cormorant, faraway from the ocean, that flaps and roosts arbitrarily at nightfall at any time when whatever particularly morbid or malicious is set to happen, is an apt metaphor for a shadowy flight of the author's mind's eye . . . ' Time, June 1926

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