#1.A Happy Death Fiction by Albert Camus (1995)The French author reveals his feelings of alienation in this novel about a young man's search for the key to facing death without fear
#2.A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines Fiction by Janna Levin (2007)In a saga of genius, madness, and scientific accomplishment, a physicist obsessed with logician Kurt Gèodel and mathematician Alan Turing chronicles the lives of both men in parallel narratives that reveal each man's great achievements and sorry death.
#3.A Night of Serious Drinking Fiction by Rene Daumal (2003)In a work that presents the teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky in the form of symbolic fiction, the narrator, intoxicated after an evening of revels with friends, is taken on a journey that ranges from sublime paradises to the depths of human hells. Reprint.
#4.A Season in Hell & The Drunken Boat (Second Edition) Poetry by Arthur Rimbaud (2011)Poet Arthur Rimbaud originally distributed A Season In Hell – a personal poem of damnation as well as a plea to be released from “the examination of his own depths” – as a self-published booklet and soon afterword, at the age of nineteen, quit poetry altogether. Allen Ginsberg proclaimed Rimbaud “the first punk” – a visionary mentor to the Beats for both his recklessness and his fiery poetry. This new edition dons the original cover by Alvin Lustig and present the original French and the classic Louise Varese translation of both A Season In Hell & The Drunken Boat. Patti Smith offers her reverie of praise, “Think of me he cries – and we must – immersing ourselves…in an infinite affair.” After all, Hamlet would read Rimbaud. Includes a Rimbaud Chronology. 103p.
#5.After Nature Poetry by W.G. Sebald (2003)The author's first literary work is a beautiful and comically unsettling prose-poem meditation on the ceaseless cycles of destruction and rebirth, natural and man-made. Rendered in a flawlessly clear translation. 128p. Pap.
#6.Agua Viva Fiction by Clarice Lispector (2012)A meditation on the nature of life and time, Água Viva (1973) shows Lispector discovering a new means of writing about herself, more deeply transforming her individual experience into a universal poetry. In a body of work as emotionally powerful, formally innovative, and philosophically profound as Clarice Lispector’s, Água Viva stands out as a particular triumph.
#7.An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter Fiction by Cesar Aira (2006)Cesar Aira. The story of a moment in the life of the German artist Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). Generally admired as a master landscape painter, he was advised by Alexander von Humboldt to record the spectacular landscapes of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. This work of fiction weaves an almost surreal history around Rugendas' trips to Argentina where he strived to achieve in art the 'physiognomic totality' of Humboldt's scientific vision of the whole. A brief and dramatic visit to the pampas gives him the chance to fulfill his ambition but a strange episode interrupts the trip and irreversibly marks him for life. 87p.
#8.Ariel: The Restored Edition Poetry by Sylvia Plath (2005)This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, poet Sylvia Plath's original manuscript - including handwritten notes - and her own selection and arrangement of poems. This edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of her poem 'Ariel.' Illus., 85 facsimile pages. 256p.
#9.Astragal Fiction by Albertine Sarrazin (2013)After Julien, a small-time criminal, rescues Anne when she escapes her prison cell, he keeps her hidden while they fall in love and fear capture.
#10.At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror Horror by H. P. Lovecraft (1990)A quartet of horror masterpieces from the legendary master of the macabre includes the critically acclaimed title novella, as well as "The Shunned House," "The Dreams in the Witch-House," and "The Statement of Randolph Carter." Reissue.
#11.Brighton Rock Fiction by Graham Greene (2004)Graham Greene's chilling exposé of violence and gang warfare in the pre-war underworld is a classic of its kind. Pinkie, the teenage gangster, is devoid of compassion or human feeling, despising weakness of the spirit or of the flesh. Responsible for the razor slashes that killed Kite and also for the death of Hale, he is the embodiment of calculated evil. As a Catholic, however, he is convinced that his retribution does not lie in human hands. He is therefore not prepared for Ida Arnold, Hale's avenging angel. Ida, whose allegiance is with life, the here and now, has her own ideas about the circumstances surrounding Hale's death. For the sheer joy of it she takes up the challenge of bringing the infernal Pinkie to an earthly kind of justice.
#12.Day out of Days: Stories Short Story by Sam Shepard (2011)A collection of 133 tales set mainly in the American West. Written with terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor, these pieces drill down through the strata of history and the everyday, into the very bedrock of American mythos. A man traveling down Highway 90 West gets trapped alone overnight inside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where he is tormented by an endless loop of Shania Twain songs. A wandering actor returns to his hometown and runs into an old friend, who recounts their teenage days of stealing cars, buying Benzedrine, and sleeping with whores in Tijuana. A Minnesota couple and their children, traveling south for vacation, are so caught up in the ordinary drama of family life that they remain oblivious to the beauty of the Yucatan peninusla. 282p.
#13.Frankenstein (Collins Classics) Horror by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (2010)Written when Mary Shelley was only nineteen-years old, this chilling tale of a young scientist’s desire to create life still resonates today. Victor Frankenstein’s monster is stitched together from the stolen limbs of the dead, and the result is a grotesque being who, rejected by his maker, sets out on a journey to wreak his revenge. In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty, and the pathway to forgiveness. 230p.
#14.Happy Prince and Other Stories Children's Classics by Oscar Wilde (1995)A beautiful, golden, jewel-studded statue and a little swallow give all they have to help the poor.
#15.Heart of Darkness and The Congo Diary Fiction by Joseph Conrad (2007)A group of white men journeys up the Congo River to invade the jungles of the Belgian Congo, in an effort to rob the natives of their ivory.
#16.Howl and Other Poems (The Pocket Poets Series, Number Four) Aaron J. by Allen Ginsberg (2001)(City Lights Pocket Poets series). Allen Ginsberg's poem, 'Howl,' landed on the shores of America's shipwrecked consciousness as a manifesto and testimony. The book, HOWL AND OTHER POEMS, was subsequently seized by U.S. customs and the San Francisco police. It was the subject of a long court trial at which a series of poets and professors persuaded the court that the book was not obscene. Ginsberg knew what was obscene, and he wrote it down in a delirious, impassioned fit of poetic reverie. It is both THE legendary and notorious poem of 20th-century American literature. Bibliography. 60p.
#17.Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Children's Classics by Louisa May Alcott (2014)Puffin in Bloom A new line of classics with gorgeously illustrated covers by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.'s lead artist, Anna Bond. Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help wondering: Will Father return home safely?
#18.Men of Mathematics: The Lives and Achievements of the Great Mathematicians from by E. T. Bell (1986)This volume accessibly explains the major mathematics, from the geometry of the Greeks through Newton's calculus and on to the laws of probability, symbolic logic, and the fourth dimension. It also presents a series of engrossing biographies of the great mathematicians - an extraordinary number of whom lived bizarre or unusual lives. Index. 590p.
#19.Moby Dick Fiction by Herman Melville (1991)w/Intro. (Bantam Classic). The most acclaimed novel of 19th-century American literature. An odyssey of adventure, madness and pure literary invention unrivalled in its scope and impact, this work's indelible story remains the all-time page-turner. 594p.
#20.No Longer Human Fiction by Osamu Dazai (1973)A young man describes his torment as he struggles to reconcile the diverse influences of Western culture and the traditions of his own Japanese heritage
#21.Peter Pan Children's Classics by J.M. Barrie (2004)Peter Pan originally appeared as a baby living a magical life among birds and fairies in J. M. Barrie's sequence of stories Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. His later role as flying boy hero of Neverland was brought to the stage in Barrie's play Peter Pan (1904), which was transformed into the novel Peter and Wendy in 1911. In a narrative filled with vivid characters, epic battles, pirates, fairies, and fantastic imagination, Peter Pan's adventures capture the spirit of childhood and of rebellion against the role of adulthood in conventional society.This edition includes the novel and the stories and reproduces the original illustrations by Francis Donkin Bradford and Arthur Rackham. In his Introduction, Jack Zipes sifts through the psychological interpretations that have engaged critics, explores the cultural and literary contexts in which we can appreciate Barrie's enduring creation, and shows why Peter Pan is fundamentally a work that urges adults to reconnect with their own imagination.
#22.Pinocchio: The Tale of a Puppet Fiction by Carlo Collodi (2002)Pinocchio, a wooden puppet full of tricks and mischief, wants more than anything else to become a real boy.
#23.Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction Fiction by J.D. Salinger (1991)These two stories first appeared in The New Yorker, in 1955 and 1959, respectively. Both pieces are part of a series centered around a family of New Yorkers, the Glasses, especially the children of Les & Bessie Glass, a Jewish-Irish theatrical act. Both stories deploy the same narrator. In the first, he tells of his attempt to attend Seymour Glass's wedding; in the second, he writes movingly and at length about his feelings for his complex, mysterious brother. 213p.
#24.Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories Fiction by Ryunosuke Akutagawa (2009)Offers eighteen short stories by the Japanese master, including "The Nose," "Loyalty," and "The Life of a Stupid Man."5NjBwBT
#25.The Blind Contessa's New Machine: A Novel Fiction by Carey Wallace (2011)Unable to convince her family and desirable fiancé that she is going blind, early 19th-century Italian contessa Carolina Fantoni turns to her dreams and an eccentric local inventor when she loses her sight, inspiring the inventor's development of the first typewriter. A first novel. Reprint.
#26.The Death of Virgil Fiction by Hermann Broch (1995)Out of the last hours of the Roman poet/enchanter Virgil's life and the final stirrings of his consciousness, the Austrian writer hermann Broch fashiond one of the great works of w0th-century modernism, a book that embraces an entire world and renders it with an immediacy that is at once sensual and profound. Part historical and part prose poem, this work is walsy an intensely musical and immensely evocative meditation on the relation between life and death, the ancient and the modern. 493p.
#27.The First Man Fiction by Albert Camus (1996)A posthumously published novel by the author of The Stranger traces the life story of Jacques Cormery, a young man who rises above the losses and misfortunes of his childhood in Algeria. Reprint.
#28.The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) Fiction by Hermann Hesse (2002)Set in the 23rd century, the novel is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has, since childhood, been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requiries a synthesis of aesthetics & scientific arts - mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy - which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi(Master of the Game). 576p.
#29.The Journey to the East Fiction by Hermann Hesse (2003)H.H., a German choirmaster, is invited on an expedition with the League, a secret society whose members include Paul Klee, Mozart, and Albertus magnus. The participants traverse both space and time, encountering Noah's Art in Zurich and Don Quixote at Bremgarten. The pilgrims' ultimate destination is the East, the 'Home of the Light,' where they expect to find spiritual renewal. Yet the harmony that ruled at the outset ofthe trip soon degenerates into open conflict. Each traveler finds the rest of the group intolerable & heads off in his own direction, with H.H. bitterly blaming the others for the failure of the journey. Only later does he understand.
#30.The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, or: How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lea by Henrich Boll (2009)Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll?s powerful novel about a woman terrorized by the mediaIn an era in which journalists will stop at nothing to break a story, Henrich Böll?s The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum has taken on heightened relevance. A young woman?s association with a hunted man makes her the target of a journalist determined to grab headlines by portraying her as an evil woman. As the attacks on her escalate and she becomes the victim of anonymous threats, Katharina sees only one way out of her nightmare. Turning the mystery genre on its head, the novel begins with the confession of a crime, drawing the reader into a web of sensationalism, character assassination, and the unavoidable eruption of violence.
#31.The Magic Mountain Fiction by Thomas Mann (1996)In his novel, The Magic Mountain, Nobel Prize for Literature laureate (1929) Thomas Mann uses a sanatoriuim in the Swiss Alps - a community deveoted exclusively to sickness - as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. To this hermetic yet intrigue-ridden world comes Hans Castorp, a 'perfectly ordinary' young man who arrives for a short visit and ends up staying seven years. Here, Hans will succumb both to the lure of eros and to the intoxication of ideas. One of the most acclaimed novels of twentieth entury literature. 706p.
#32.The Man Who Smiled (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) Mystery & Suspense by Henning Mankell (2007)(A Kurt Wallander Mystery). After killing a man in the line of duty, Kurt Wallander resolves to quit the Ystad police. However, a bizarre case gets under his skin. A lawyer driving home at night stops to investigate an effigy in the middle of the highway. The lawyer is hit over the head and dies. Within a week the lawyer's son is also killed. These deeply puzzling mysteries compel Wallander to remain on the force. The prime suspect is a powerful corporate mogul with a gleaming smile that Wallander believes hides the evil glee of a killer. But the same merciless individuals responsibile for the murders are now closing in on Wallander himself.
#33.The Master and Margarita Cats by Mikhail Bulgakov (2000)(Penguin Classics). Bulgakov's fantastic, funny and devastating satire on Soviet life combines two sections set in contemporary Moscow and one in ancient Jerusalem, each brimming with characters both historical and imaginary, frightful and wonderful. Written during the darkest days of Stalin's reign, the novel finally saw print in 1966/67. Notes. 412p.
#34.The Missing Head of Damasceno Monteiro Fiction by Antonio Tabucchi (2005)When a gypsy finds a headless body, young tabloid journalist Firmino is eager to report the story and discovers that the dead man was an employee at an import-export company where he stumbled upon a heroin smuggling ring.
#35.The Return of the Dancing Master Mystery & Suspense by Henning Mankell (2005)Fifty-four years after war criminals are hanged in ruined Nazi Germany, a retired police officer is found slaughtered on his farm in Sweden, leading a former colleague to investigate and to uncover the links between the death and global Neo-Nazi activity. By the author of The Dogs of Riga. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
#36.The Thief's Journal Fiction by Jean Genet (1994)Perhaps the author's most authentically autobiographical novel, 'The Thief's Journal' personifies Genet's quest for spiritual glory through the pursuit of evil. Writing in the intensely lyrical prose style that is his trademark, Genet reconstructs his early adult years - time he spent as a petty criminal and vagabond, traveling through Spain and to Antwerp, occasionally border hopping across the rest of Europe, always one step ahead of the authorities. 268p.
#37.The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead Fiction by William S. Burroughs (1994)A futuristic tale of global warfare in which a guerilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states. As fascinating as it is terrifying. Pap. 184p.
#38.The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Strand 80 by Haruki Murakami (1998)This Kafkaesque novel is many things: the story of a marriage that mysteriously collapses; a jeremiad against the superficiality of contemporary politics; an investigation of painfully suppressed memories of war; a bildungsroman about a compassionate young man's search for his own identity as well as that of his country. All of Murakami's storytelling genius - combining elements of detective fiction, deadpan humor, and metaphysical truth, and swiftly transforming commonplace realism into surreal revelation - is on full, seamless display: an alternately alienating and seductive, sublimely riveting read. 607p.
#39.Villette Fiction by Charlotte Bronte (1986)Lucy Snowe flees England and the memory of childhood tragedies, to become a teacher in a French boarding school in the town of Villette
#40.Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philo by David Edmonds (2002)The story behind the legendary confrontation between Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper, whose aggressive exchange became the stuff of instant legend. But, what really went on in that crowded room in Cambridge, England on October 25, 1946? 352p.
#41.Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics) Fiction by Emily Bronte (2012)Against a background of English moors in the eighteenth century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff.