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The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge

Rainer Maria Rilke

'There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.'

This dreamlike meditation on being young and alone in Paris is a feverish work of nerves, angst and sublime beauty from one of the twentieth century's greatest poets.

A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

O Pioneers!

Willa Cather

'She had felt as if her heart were hiding down there, somewhere, with the quail and the plover and all the little wild things that crooned or buzzed in the sun...'

A rapturous work of savage beauty, Willa Cather's 1913 tale of a pioneer woman who tames the wild, hostile lands of the Nebraskan prairie is also the story of what it means to be American.

A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

Walden

Henry Thoreau

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

Inspiring, brilliantly written, cantankerous and funny - Walden is both a very specific story about one man's attempt to live the simple life in the wilderness, and the great, founding text both for the environmental movement and the entire counter-culture

A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

The Call of Cthulhu

H. P. Lovecraft

'What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise...'

Mad, macabre tales of demonic spirits, hideous rites, ancient curses and alien entities lurking beneath the surface of rural New England, from the man who created the modern horror story.

A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

My Childhood

Maxim Gorky

'I could hear the frost crackling outside. Greenish moonbeams shone through windows covered with patterns of ice...'

One of the most moving accounts of being a boy ever written, My Childhood is a both wonderful and harrowing memoir - and one of the great works of Russian literature.

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The Betrothed

Alessandro Manzoni (and others)

'I pity this house; the curse of God is hanging over it'

Two lovers must face tyrants, war, riots, plague and famine as they struggle to be together, in this teeming panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life - the original historical novel.

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The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad

'The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket.'

Set in an Edwardian London underworld of terrorist bombers, spies, grotesques and fanatics, Conrad's dark, unsettling masterpiece asks if we ever really know others, or ourselves.

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The Malay Archipelago

Alfred Russel Wallace

'I slept very comfortably with half a dozen smoke-dried human skulls suspended over my head'

The great Victorian scientist's heroic adventures across South-East Asia, from Singapore to the wilds of New Guinea, encountering head-hunters, jungles, birds of paradise and new discoveries that would change the world.

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Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf

'Sally stopped; picked a flower; kissed her on the lips.'

On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax in Woolf's great novel of time, memory, war and the city.


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Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka

'I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.'

Featuring an ordinary man who wakes up to find himself turned into a giant cockroach, Kafka's masterpiece of unease and black humour, Metamorphosis, is brought together here with the best of his short stories.

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The Master And Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov (and others)

'Manuscripts don't burn'

This ribald, carnivalesque satire - featuring the Devil, true love and a gun-toting cat - was written in the darkest days of the Soviet Union and became an underground sensation.

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The Lost Estate

Henri Alain-Fournier

'He too began to chase the great pierrot through the corridors of the château...'

A novel of desperate yearning and vanished adolescence, the story of Meaulnes and his restless search for a lost, enchanted world has the atmosphere of a dream and the purity of a fairy tale.

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The Rainbow

D H Lawrence

'So Ursula became the child of her father's heart.'

The Rainbow tells the story of three generations of the Brangwen family and their struggles with each other and themselves. Beautiful, strange and with a power all its own, The Rainbow redefined the English novel.

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A Parisian Affair

Guy de Maupassant

'Nowhere could she discover the dens of iniquity about which she had dreamed...'

Sparkling, darkly humorous tales of high society, playboys, courtesans, peasants, sex and savagery in nineteenth-century France, from the father of the short story.

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The House of Ulloa

Emilia Pardo Bazán

'Then he saw the barrel of a gun aimed dead on target - not at him, as he might have expected, but at the clergyman's back.'

Set in a crumbling Spanish mansion, this gloriously comic and gothic novel follows the fortunes of an innocent young priest as he enters a world of moral decadence, sexual intrigue and corruption.

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The Cossacks and Hadji Murat

Leo Tolstoy

'He said that Shamil had ordered Hadji Murat to be taken dead or alive....'

Two masterly Russian tales of freedom, fighting and great warriors in the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, inspired by Tolstoy's years as a soldier living amid the Cossack people.

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Fathers and Sons

Ivan Turgenev (and others)

'Aristocracy, liberalism, progress, principles...useless words! A Russian doesn't need them'

This humane, moving masterpiece of families, love, duels, heartache, failure and the clash between generations caused a scandal in nineteenth-century Russia with its portrayal of youthful nihilism.

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The Beast Within

Émile Zola

'The train ran on without a driver, on and on, like some mindless, unseeing beast...'

One of Zola's darkest and most violent works - a tense thriller of political corruption and a graphic exploration of the criminal mind, as a murder is committed on the new railways of the Second Empire.

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Out of Africa

Karen Blixen

'When you have caught the rhythm of Africa, you find that it is the same in all her music.'

In one of the most passionate memoirs ever written, Karen Blixen recalls running a farm in Africa at the start of the twentieth century, and the love affair that changed her life.

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The Good Soldier Švejk

Jaroslav Hasek (and others)

'Listen, Švejk, are you really God's prize oaf?'
'Humbly report, sir,' Švejk answered solemnly. 'I am!'

Drunkard, malingerer, oaf and possible genius - the story of Czech soldier Svejk and his misadventures in the First World War is one of the most hilarious and subversive satires on war ever written.

A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.