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Next World Novella

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Germany’s master of wit and irony now for the first time in English. Hinrich takes his existence at face value. His wife, on the other hand, has always been more interested in the after-life. Or so it seemed. When she dies of a stroke, Hinrich goes through her papers, only to discover a totally different perspective on their marriage. Thus commences a dazzling intellectual game of shifting realities. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘This novella deals with the weighty subjects of marriage and death in an impressively light manner. Shifting realities evolve with a beautiful sense of irony and wit. It is a tone that allows us to reflect - without judgment - on misunderstandings, contradictory perceptions and the transience of life.’ Meike Ziervogel ‘Inventive and deeply affecting, this remarkable fiction lingers in the mind long after the last page has been turned.’ CJ Schuler, Independent ‘A heartbreaking tale of loss.’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian ‘This is a tale of a marriage gone awry and the potential loneliness of cohabitation ... but Matthias Politycki leavens his grim tale with playful teasing of his reader's expectations.’ Rebecca K. Morrison, Times Literary Supplement ‘A teasing, testing story that makes you want to revisit and seek out those fascinating fragments you might just have missed.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post ‘Elegantly realised.’ Lucy Popescu, Independent on Sunday ‘A page-turning pleasure . . . this novella has a supreme lightness of touch . . It never feels weighed down by its own significance.’ Rosie Goldsmith, BBC LONGLISTED FOR THE INDEPENDENT FOREIGN FICTION PRIZE 2012 INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2011 GUARDIAN PAPERBACKS OF THE YEAR 2011

The Brothers

The Brothers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Asko Sahlberg
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A Shakespearean drama from icy Finland. Finland, 1809. Henrik and Erik are brothers who fought on opposite sides in the war between Sweden and Russia. With peace declared, they both return to their snowed-in farm. But who is the master? Sexual tensions, old grudges, family secrets: all come to a head in this dark and gripping saga. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘This is a historical novel in miniature form. It deals in dark passions and delivers as many twists as a 500-page epic. And if that were not enough, each character speaks in a distinct voice and expresses a unique take on reality. I’m thrilled to be publishing a book that is as Finnish as a forest in winter - but that resembles a work from the American South: William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.’ Meike Ziervogel ‘A brooding family drama that has something of the timeless quality of good soap opera.’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian ‘Intensely visual . . . A brooding, atmospheric, Scandinavian late night movie.’ Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday ‘A heart-stoppingly intense historical novel of grand scope.’ White Review ‘This short, intense novel examines concepts of home, inheritance and the connection between personal and international conflict.’ Max Liu, Times Literary Supplement LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2014

Anthem

Anthem Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ayn Rand
Editor: Library of Alexandria
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In a future world, only one man dares to think, strive, and love as an individual in the midst of a paralyzing collective humanity.

Tomorrow Pamplona

Tomorrow Pamplona Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jan Van Mersbergen
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A story about anger, aggression and the desire for intimacy by a rising star of modern Dutch literature. A professional boxer and a family man meet by chance on a journey to the Pamplona Bull Run. The boxer is fleeing an unhappy love. The father hopes to escape his dull routine. Both know that, eventually, they will have to return to the place each calls ‘home’. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘I adore the deceptive simplicity of this story. On the surface, the fast moving plot, the short sentences, the ordinary words make the text as straightforward as punches in a boxing match. But just as physical conflict stirs deep emotions, so too does this book as it focuses on a single question: how do you choose between flight and fight?’ Meike Ziervogel ‘An impressive work.’ Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail ‘As he tracks back and forth between the dual narratives, moving inexorably to the double climax, Van Mersbergen skilfully builds emotional intensity until the point when the boxer and bulls' fury are finally unleashed.’ Lucy Popescu, Independent on Sunday ‘An intriguing and intricate gem of a novel . . . Van Mersbergen’s tightly controlled prose skilfully conveys the overriding sense of repressed emotion and sheer physicality that drive a compelling and complex story.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post ‘Flawlessly translated.’ Adrian Turpin, Financial Times ‘A refreshing change from the byzantine complexities of all too many contemporary novels.’ John Oakley, New Books Magazine ‘An intense reading experience . . . Van Mersbergen tells what needs to be told and not a word more.’ De Morgen

Stone in a Landslide

Stone in a Landslide Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Maria Barbal
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The Catalan modern classic, first published in 1985, now in its 50th edition, for the first time in English. The beginning of the 20th century: 13-year-old Conxa leaves her home village in the Pyrenees to work for her childless aunt. After years of hardship she finds love with Jaume - a love that will be thwarted by the Spanish Civil War. Approaching her own death, Conxa looks back on a life in which she has lost everything except her own indomitable spirit. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘I fell in love with Conxa's narrative voice, its stoic calmness and the complete lack of anger and bitterness. It's a timeless voice, down to earth and full of human contradictory nuances. It's the expression of someone who searches for understanding in a changing world but senses that ultimately there may be no such thing.’ Meike Ziervogel ‘Sparse and haunting.’ Katy Guest, Independent ‘The compression is so deft, the young narrator's voice so strong, so particular, her straightforward evocation of the hard labour and rare pleasures of mountain life . . . so vibrant, that it makes me want to take scissors to everything else I read.’ Richard Lea, Guardian ‘A Pyrenean life told in a quietly effective voice.’ Daniel Hahn, Independent ‘There is an understated power in Barbal’s depiction of how the forces of history can shape the life of the powerless.’ Adrian Turpin, Financial Times ‘A masterpiece of world literature and a shining example of the virtuosity of elegant and concise prose.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post ‘Air-tight believability.’ Matthew Tree, Times Literary Supplement ​ INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2010 FOYLES BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2010

Sea of Ink

Sea of Ink Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Richard Weihe
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ISBN: 1908670061
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A beautiful novella in 50 short chapters and 10 pictures about the life of Bada Shanren, the most influential Chinese painter of all times. In 1626, Bada Shanren is born into the Chinese royal family. When the old Ming Dynasty crumbles, he becomes an artist, committed to capturing the essence of nature with a single brushstroke. Then the rulers of the new Qing Dynasty discover his identity and Bada must feign madness to escape. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘Fact and fiction arrive at a perfect union in this exquisite novella. A beautiful story about the quiet determined pursuit of inspiration, this is a charming and uplifting book. After reading it, I looked at the world a little differently.’ Meike Ziervogel ‘The book is 110 pages (and 11 of those are pictures), but - much like one of Shanren's paintings - contains far more than its small compass might suggest.’ Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday ‘Delicate and moving.’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent ‘Intriguing, elegant, awesome in its precision and uplifting in its sheer beauty, this is a book to read, enjoy... and then read again.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post ‘The author’s cool, succinct prose and use of short chapters enhance the meditative nature of this beguiling story, which interweaves art theory, history, metaphysics and narrative.’ Shelf Unbound ‘A powerful, poetic book. A two-hour enchantment.’ Kulturspiegel

Reader for Hire

Reader for Hire Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Raymond Jean
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ISBN: 1908670231
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A beautiful homage to the art of reading - light and funny. A celebration of the union of sensuality and language. Marie-Constance loves reading and possesses an attractive voice. So, one day she decides to put an ad in the local paper offering her services as a paid reader. Her first client, a paralysed teenager, is transformed by her reading of a Maupassant short story. Marie-Constance’s fame spreads and soon the rich, the creative and the famous clamour for her services. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘The premise of the story is brilliant: a woman who loves reading aloud acquires - without realizing - power over others. What’s true for her clients becomes real for you, the reader of this book. As you turn the pages, think of Marie-Constance as the personification of ‘reading’ itself. And I promise you an experience you will never forget.’Meike Ziervogel ‘A clever, funny, and humane work that champions the power of literature.’David Mills,Sunday Times 'An entertaining, sensuous and, above all, fun outing into the converging worlds of reading, language and sexuality.'Pam Norfolk,Lancashire Evening Post 'Reader for Hiremight be the perfect book - written with an elegance whose validity it also questions.'Joanna Walsh,The National 'An excellent new translation of a novel . . . written with a lightness of touch.'Harry Ritchie,Daily Mail ‘A beautiful love declaration to the art of reading. A book that will make you want to read more books.’Cosmopolitan

The Last Summer

The Last Summer Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ricarda Huch
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A psychological thriller by the pioneering German writer Ricarda Huch. A novel of letters from the last century – but one with an astonishingly modern feel. Now for the first time in English.. Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. To counter student unrest, the governor of St Petersburg closes the state university. Soon afterwards he arrives at his summer residence with his family and receives a death threat. His worried wife employs a young bodyguard, Lju, to protect her husband. Little does she know that Lju sides with the students – and the students are plotting an assassination. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: 'I came upon this novel in the original German a year ago. And I loved it. It’s a proper epistolary novel. Even though written more than 100 years ago, it feels as relevant now as then. The Last Summer asks how people can be trapped by an ideology? A topical story. An enjoyable read. A gem.'Meike Ziervogel, publisher ‘I was gripped by this remarkable short novel, a cavalcade of individual voices emerge with great freshness from the shadow of revolution. It is both a work of its time, and a timeless work.’ Imogen Robertson 'She is the First Lady of Germany. No, she is probably the First Lady of Europe.’ Thomas Mann ‘The very model of the stylish female troublemaker... a social revolutionary in the deepest sense.’ Clive James

The Looking-Glass Sisters

The Looking-Glass Sisters Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gøhril Gabrielsen
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ISBN: 1908670258
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A tragic love story about two sisters who cannot live with or without each other. Far out on the plains of northern Norway stands a house. It belongs to two middle-aged sisters. They seldom venture out and nobody visits. The older needs nursing and the younger keeps house. Then, one day, a man arrives... Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘This is a tragedy about a woman who yearns for love but ends up in a painfully destructive conflict with her sister. It is also a story about loneliness – both geographical and psychological. Facing the prospect of a life without love, we fall back into isolating delusions at exactly the moment when we need to connect.’Meike Ziervogel ‘It’s a liberating feeling when you get a completely original story in your hands.’Dagbladet ‘Raw and dark and wonderfully different from anything else.’Dag og Tid ‘Innovative and sensuous.’Bergens Tidende

The Blue Room

The Blue Room Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Hanne Ørstavik
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ISBN: 1908670185
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A novel about a mother-daughter relationship that will send a chill down your spine. Johanne is a young woman in her twenties who lives with her mother. When she falls in love with Ivar, she finally feels ready to leave home. The couple plan a trip to America. But the morning of her departure, Johanne wakes up to find the door locked. Can she overcome her fears? Will she shout for help? Will she climb out of her fourth floor window? Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘Everyone who has read Fifty Shades of Grey should read this book. Why? The Blue Room holds up a mirror to a part of the female psyche that yearns for submission. The story shows how erotic fantasies are formed by the relationship with our parents. It then delves further to analyse the struggle of women to separate from their mothers - a struggle that is rarely addressed in either literature or society.’ Meike Ziervogel ‘A masterpiece of unreliable narration.’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian ‘A highly unusual, coolly daring psychological thriller that explores emotional pain and indifference with an unsettling detachment.’ Eileen Battersby, Irish Times ‘A work of chilling, masterly control.’ Laura Profumo, Times Literary Supplement ‘Nothing is certain, no motive is clear and no person is above suspicion in Ørstavik’s perfectly pitched, tightly stitched and captivating brain-teaser.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post ‘Ørstavik treats the everyday and existential with intensity.’ Max Liu, Independent ‘Psychologically astute and deftly translated . . . A brilliant examination of a woman struggling to own her sexuality, to break free from the guilt and forge her own identity.’ Lucy Popescu, Tablet GUARDIAN PAPERBACKS OF THE YEAR 2014

The Man I Became

The Man I Became Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Peter Verhelst
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ISBN: 1908670274
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An impressively entertaining tale about the frailty of human civilisation by the leading Flemish writer Peter Verhelst, now for the first time in English. Warning: This story is narrated by a gorilla. He is plucked from the jungle. He learns to chat and passes the ultimate test: a cocktail party. Eventually he is moved to an amusement park, where he acts in a play about the history of civilisation. But as the gorilla becomes increasingly aware of human frailties, he must choose between his instincts and his training, between principles and self-preservation. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: This is Peirene's first book narrated by an ape. Animal fables are usually not my thing. It needed Belgian deadpan humour to convince me otherwise. Mixing Huxley's Brave New Worldwith Orwell's Animal Farm, the fast-paced plot leaves behind images that play in your mind long after you have closed the book.Meike Ziervogel Simple, but wonderful and impassioned.De Standaard“br> .A heart-warming novella in bleak times. Humo

Dance by the Canal

Dance by the Canal Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kerstin Hensel
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ISBN: 1908670398
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A tragicomic satire from the heart of East Germany. Gabriela grows up in the East German town of Leibnitz. Her father is a famous surgeon, her mother a respected society hostess. The girl, however, struggles to fulfil their expectations. She shows no talent as a violinist and, worse, she fails to choose the right friends at school. When her father falls out of favour with the communists, Gabriela drops out of school. Eventually she ends up living beneath a canal bridge. Then the Wall falls. Can Gabriela seize a second chance in the new, united, Germany? Why Peirene chose to publish this book: 'When I pass homeless women, I look into their faces and wonder: why her and not me? I sense that maybe our differences are not as great as I would like to believe. Dance by the Canal tells the story of a woman who fails to find her place in society - neither in communist GDR nor in the capitalist West. Her refusal to conform to the patriarchal structures of both societies forces her into ever-increasing isolation. This book will make you think.' Meike Ziervogel, publisher at Peirene Press 'An intense story... grotesque, macabre, poetic.'Neues Deutschland 'An authentic story of East Germany.' Die Ost-West-Wochenzeitung '30 years of East German history narrated with laconic irony.' Die Zeit

White Hunger

White Hunger Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Aki Ollikainen
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ISBN: 1908670215
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What does it take to survive? This is the question posed by the extraordinary Finnish novella that has taken the Nordic literary scene by storm. 1867: a year of devastating famine in Finland. Marja, a farmer’s wife from the north, sets off on foot through the snow with her two young children. Their goal: St Petersburg, where people say there is bread. Others are also heading south, just as desperate to survive. Ruuni, a boy she meets, seems trustworthy. But can anyone really help? Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘Like Cormac McCarthy’sThe Road, this apocalyptic story deals with the human will to survive. And let me be honest: There will come a point in this book where you can take no more of the snow-covered desolation. But then the first rays of spring sun appear and our belief in the human spirit revives. A stunning tale.’Meike Ziervogel ‘White Hungeris Aki Ollikainen’s debut work, but it is written with the control of someone who has mastered the form.’Nicholas Lezard,Guardian ‘Such a powerful, honest and thought-provoking story deserves an audience far beyond the shores of Scandinavia.’Pam Norfolk,Lancashire Evening Post ‘Impossible not to respond to its raw, unsparing drama.’Elizabeth Bucan,Daily Mail ‘A tale of epic substance compacted into a mere seven-score pages.’Ben Paynter,Los Angeles Review of Books

Her Father's Daughter

Her Father's Daughter Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marie Sizun
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A taut and subtle family drama from France. A little girl lives happily with her mother in war-torn Paris. She has never met her father, a prisoner of war in Germany. But then he returns and her mother switches her devotion to her husband. The girl realizes that she must win over her father to recover her position in the family. She confides a secret that will change their lives. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘This is a poetic story about a girl’s love for her father. Told from the girl’s perspective, but with the clarity of an adult’s mind, we experience her desire to be noticed by the first man in her life. A rare examination of the bonds and boundaries between father and daughter.’ Meike Ziervogel ‘A delicate, discreet novel. Like its little heroine. Impressive.’ Sud Ouest Dimanche ‘Sizun’s beautifully controlled and simple story captures the surprisingly clear gaze of a little girl who discovers how adults excel in the art of concealment.’ Le Nouvel Observateur ‘This story brings to mind, like a slap in the face, our forgotten childhood memories. We remember the way adults fail to hear the tiny cries of the heart.’ Marie Claire

Maybe This Time

Maybe This Time Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alois Hotschnig
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ISBN: 0956284094
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A spellbinding short story collection by one of Austria’s most critically acclaimed authors. A man becomes obsessed with observing his neighbours. A large family gathers for Christmas only to wait for the one member who never turns up. An old woman lures a man into her house where he finds dolls resembling himself as a boy. Mesmerizing and haunting stories about loss of identity in the modern world. Why Peirene chose to publish this book: ‘I love Kafka and here we have a Kafkaesque sense of alienation - not to mention narrative experiments galore! Outwardly normal events slip into drama before they tip into horror. These oblique tales exert a fascinating hold over the reader.’ Meike Ziervogel ‘Clever and enticing.’ Alexander Starritt, Times Literary Supplement ‘Not since Julio Cortázar's game of Hopscotch . . . has an author so daringly undertaken to challenge the reader.’ Amanda Hopkinson, Independent ‘It is . . . very refreshing to be confronted by stories which so firmly refuse to yield to conventional interpretation.’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian ‘This award-winning collection by the Austrian writer Alois Hotschnig drew comparisons with Kafka. But Hotschnig’s quietly terrifying voice is all his own.’ Jane Shilling, Daily Mail ‘Intriguing and powerful.’ Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post GUARDIAN PAPERBACKS OF THE YEAR 2011

Winter World: A Mercenary's Union Novella

Winter World: A Mercenary's Union Novella Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sean Gallatin
Editor: Paper Gold Publishing
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The Mercenary's Union has a contract for Adar. Out among the frontier worlds he and his crew will turn a profit if they work it right. On a world with a long winter a warrior woman is on the hunt for the person who destroyed her home and committed murder. Her Goddess expects something of her which Adar will be a party to if they both live. Yselda always heeds the Goddess.

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Mitchell
Editor: Vintage Canada
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By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is playful. In this groundbreaking novel, an influential favorite among a new generation of writers, Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity. Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history. But the story doesn’t end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky. As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon. Praise for Cloud Atlas “[David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”—The New York Times Book Review “One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is—and should be—read by any student of contemporary literature.”—Dave Eggers “Wildly entertaining . . . a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”—People “The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet—not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds.”—Michael Chabon “Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent.”—The Washington Post Book World “Thrilling . . . One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step.”—Boston Sunday Globe “Grand and elaborate . . . [Mitchell] creates a world and language at once foreign and strange, yet strikingly familiar and intimate.”—Los Angeles Times

Seducing the Girl Next Door: A novella

Seducing the Girl Next Door: A novella Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Inara Scott
Editor: Entangled: Indulgence
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When Jenna Kellington was fourteen, her first high school boyfriend—her first love—moved away. Now a divorced mom, she never expected to see Simon Hastings again...until a business trip to China brings them face-to-face, and their connection explodes beyond her wildest fantasies. When he was young, Simon swore he would never be like his father, moving from place to place and never settling down. As a billionaire venture capitalist, however, he's every bit the wanderer, never tying himself down. Seeing Jenna again reminds him of who he once was, even as their old spark intensifies into very adult desire. With every touch, every caress, Simon teaches Jenna how to let go. To own her own pleasure. He wasn't supposed to fall in love. Neither was she...

Flatland

Flatland Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Edwin A. Abbott
Editor: OUP Oxford
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'Upward, yet not Northward.' How would a creature limited to two dimensions be able to grasp the possibility of a third? Edwin A. Abbott's droll and delightful 'romance of many dimensions' explores this conundrum in the experiences of his protagonist, A Square, whose linear world is invaded by an emissary Sphere bringing the gospel of the third dimension on the eve of the new millennium. Part geometry lesson, part social satire, this classic work of science fiction brilliantly succeeds in enlarging all readers' imaginations beyond the limits of our 'respective dimensional prejudices'. In a world where class is determined by how many sides you possess, and women are straight lines, the prospects for enlightenment are boundless, and Abbott's hypotheses about a fourth and higher dimensions seem startlingly relevant today. This new edition of Flatland illuminates the social and intellectual context that produced the work as well as the timeless questions that it raises about the limits of our perception and knowledge. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William Golding
Editor: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571267386
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William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a dystopian classic: 'exciting, relevant and thought-provoking' (Stephen King). When a group of schoolboys are stranded on a desert island, what could go wrong? 'One of my favorite books - I read it every couple of years.' (Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games) A plane crashes on a desert island. The only survivors are a group of schoolboys. By day, they discover fantastic wildlife and dazzling beaches, learning to survive; at night, they are haunted by nightmares of a primitive beast. Orphaned by society, it isn't long before their innocent childhood games devolve into a savage, murderous hunt ... 'Stands out mightily in my memory ... Such a strong statement about the human heart.' (Patricia Cornwell) 'Terrifying and haunting.' (Kingsley Amis) 'Beautifully written, tragic and provocative.' (E. M. Forster) ONE OF THE BBC'S ICONIC 'NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD' What readers are saying: 'Every real human being should read this ... This is what we are.' 'It's brilliant, it's captivating, it's thought provoking and brutal and for some, its truly terrifying.' 'It can be read and re-read many times, and every time something new will appear.' 'There is a reason why this is studied at school ... Excellent read.' 'This is one of the few books I've read that I keep on my Kindle to read again.' 'I revisit this every few years and it's always fresh and impressive ... One of the best books I've ever read.'