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release date: Sep 14, 2012
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Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era
The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman.

Miyamoto Musashi was the child of an era when Japan was emerging from decades of civil strife. Lured to the great Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 by the hope of becoming a samurai--without really knowing what it meant--he regains consciousness after the battle to find himself lying defeated, dazed and wounded among thousands of the dead and dying. On his way home, he commits a rash act, becomes a fugitive and brings life in his own village to a standstill--until he is captured by a weaponless Zen monk.

The lovely Otsu, seeing in Musashi her ideal of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, but he is recaptured and imprisoned. During three years of solitary confinement, he delves into the classics of Japan and China. When he is set free again, he rejects the position of samurai and for the next several years pursues his goal relentlessly, looking neither to left nor to right.

Ever so slowly it dawns on him that following the Way of the Sword is not simply a matter of finding a target for his brute strength. Continually striving to perfect his technique, which leads him to a unique style of fighting with two swords simultaneously, he travels far and wide, challenging fighters of many disciplines, taking nature to be his ultimate and severest teacher and undergoing the rigorous training of those who follow the Way. He is supremely successful in his encounters, but in the Art of War he perceives the way of peaceful and prosperous governance and disciplines himself to be a real human being

He becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and been touched by. And, inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.

Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the Way of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely. Full of gusto and humor, it has an epic quality and universal appeal.

The novel was made into a three-part movie by Director Hiroshi Inagai. For more information, visit the Shopping area
release date: Dec 02, 2008
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War and Peace (Vintage Classics)

From the award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov comes this magnificent new translation of Tolstoy's masterwork.

War and Peace broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men.

A s Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature.

release date: Dec 01, 2016
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From Sand and Ash

Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church.

But Eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe. With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all.

release date: Jan 02, 2018
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We Were the Lucky Ones: A Novel
Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a sweeping novel spanning six years and five continents and a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds
 
“Love in the face of global adversity? It couldn't be more timely.” —Glamour
 
It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.
 
As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.
 
An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.
release date: Oct 10, 2014
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Knickerbocker Classics)

"I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed." - William Shakespeare

Arm yourself with this volume from the Knickerbocker Classic series, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, including 16 comedies, 10 histories, 12 tragedies and all the poems and sonnets of the world's most influential writer. This collection includes poems and plays that were not included in Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623 to make one complete, authentic collection. For Shakespeare fans worldwide, this stunning gift edition has a full cloth binding, foil blocking on the spine, ribbon marker, and is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare contains essential reading like Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Henry V alongside many lesser-known gems for a complete Shakespearean education.

release date: Nov 23, 2011
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Major Works of Charles Dickens (Great Expectations / Hard Times / Oliver Twist / A Christmas Carol / Bleak House / A Tale of Two Cities)
2012 is the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of our greatest and most important novelists, Charles Dickens. To celebrate we're publishing six of his works in this exclusive and sumptuous boxed set of lavish, clothbound editions, designed by Penguin's own award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith. Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.
release date: Apr 15, 2008
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The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel's trilogy offers insights on mankind's attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.

by: Various
release date: Nov 24, 2015
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Little Black Classics Box Set (Penguin Little Black Classics)
A stunning collection of all 80 exquisite Little Black Classics from Penguin

This spectacular box set of the 80 books in the Little Black Classics series showcases the many wonderful and varied writers in Penguin Black Classics. From India to Greece, Denmark to Iran, the United States to Britain, this assortment of books will transport readers back in time to the furthest corners of the globe. With a choice of fiction, poetry, essays and maxims, by the likes of Chekhov, Balzac, Ovid, Austen, Sappho and Dante, it won't be difficult to find a book to suit your mood. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of the Penguin Classics list - from drama to poetry, from fiction to history, with books taken from around the world and across numerous centuries.

The Little Black Classics Box Set includes:

·         The Atheist's Mass (Honoré de Balzac)
·         The Beautifull Cassandra (Jane Austen)
·         The Communist Manifesto (Fredrich Engels and Karl Marx)
·         Cruel Alexis (Virgil) 
·         The Dhammapada (Anon)
·         The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon (Aesop)
·         The Eve of St Agnes (John Keats)
·         The Fall of Icarus (Ovid)
·         The Figure in the Carpet (Henry James)
·         The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows (Rudyard Kipling)
·         Gooseberries (Anton Chekhov)
·         The Great Fire of London (Samuel Pepys)
·         The Great Winglebury Duel (Charles Dickens)
·         How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher's Dog (Johann Peter Hebel)
·         How Much Land Does A Man Need? (Leo Tolstoy)
·         How To Use Your Enemies (Baltasar Gracián)
·         How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing (Michel de Montaigne)
·         I Hate and I Love (Catullus)
·         Il Duro (D. H. Lawrence)
·         It was snowing butterflies (Charles Darwin)
·         Jason and Medea (Apollonius of Rhodes)
·         Kasyan from the Beautiful Mountains (Ivan Turgenev)
·         Leonardo da Vinci (Giorgio Vasari)
·         The Life of a Stupid Man (Ryunosuke Akutagawa)
·         Lips Too Chilled (Matsuo Basho)
·         Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Oscar Wilde)
·         The Madness of Cambyses (Herodotus
·         The Maldive Shark (Herman Melville)
·         The Meek One (Fyodor Dostoyevsky
·         Mrs Rosie and the Priest (Giovanni Boccaccio)
·         My Dearest Father (Wolfgang Mozart)
·         The Night is Darkening Round Me (Emily Brontë)
·         The nightingales are drunk (Hafez)
·         The Nose (Nikolay Gogol)
·         Olalla (Robert Louis Stevenson)
·         The Old Man in the Moon (Shen Fu), Miss Brill (Katherine Mansfield)
·         The Old Nure's Story (Elizabeth Gaskell) 
·         On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts (Thomas De Quincey)
·         On the Beach at Night Alone (Walt Whitman)
·         The Reckoning (Edith Wharton)
·         Remember, Body… (C. P. Cavafy)
·         The Robber Bridegroom (Brothers Grimm)
·         The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue (Anon)
·         Sindbad the Sailor
·         Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
·         Socrates' Defence (Plato)
·         Speaking of Siva (Anon)
·         The Steel Flea (Nikolai Leskov)
·         The Tell-Tale Heart (Edgar Allan Poe)
·         The Terrors of the Night (Thomas Nashe)
·         The Tinder Box (Hans Christian Andersen)
·         Three Tang Dynasty Poets (Wang Wei)
·         Trimalchio's Feast (Petronius)
·         To-morrow (Joseph Conrad), Of Street Piemen (Henry Mayhew)
·         Traffic (John Ruskin)
·         Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls (Marco Polo)
·         The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Around the Whole Globe (Richard Hakluyt)
·         The Wife of Bath (Geoffrey Chaucer)
·         The Woman Much Missed (Thomas Hardy)
·         The Yellow Wall-paper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)
·         Wailing Ghosts (Pu Songling)
·         Well, they are gone, and here must I remain (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
release date: Nov 07, 2017
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Madonna in a Fur Coat
Available in English for the first time, this best-selling Turkish classic of love and alienation in a changing world captures the vibrancy of interwar Berlin.
 
A shy young man leaves his home in rural Turkey to learn a trade and discover life in 1920s Berlin. There, amidst the city’s bustling streets, elegant museums, passionate politics, and infamous cabarets, a chance meeting with a beautiful half-Jewish artist transforms him forever. Caught between his desire for freedom from tradition and his yearning to belong, he struggles to hold on to the new life he has found with the woman he loves.
 
Emotionally powerful, intensely atmospheric, and touchingly profound, Madonna in a Fur Coat is an unforgettable novel about new beginnings, the relentless pull of family ties, and the unfathomable nature of the human soul. First published in 1943, this novel, with its quiet yet insistent defiance of social norms, has been topping best-seller lists in Turkey since 2013.
release date: Oct 19, 2014
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The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition

When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book, are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezsö.

From "The Frog King" to "The Golden Key," wondrous worlds unfold―heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique―they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms' later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes's introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms' prefaces and notes.

A delight to read, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.

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