Contrary to conventional wisdom, the novel did not originate in 18th-century England, nor even with Don Quixote, but is coeval with civilization itself. After an introduction, in which the author defends innovative, demanding novelists against their conservative critics, this book relaxes into a world tour of the premodern novel.
When Giuseppe finds a green violin washed up in New York docks, somehow he KNOWS it will change his life. The very same day, Hannah, a maid at a local hotel, gets a strange new mistress. Across the square, Frederick, a clockmaker's apprentice, hides an amazing gift. Soon they are swept away in an epic adventure.
In these short stories, Julie Orringer's characters struggle mightily against the engulfing forces that threaten to overtake us all. All of them finally learn, gloriously if at great cost, how to breathe underwater.
What would you sacrifice for someone you've loved forever - told in seven parts and spanning ten centuries, a cleverly constructed, beautifully crafted love story with elements of thriller and the supernatural.
Born to the sound of one of the very earliest experimental wireless stations, Serge finds himself steeped in a weird world of transmissions, whose very air seems filled with cryptic and poetic signals of all kinds. When personal loss strikes him in his adolescence, this world takes on a darker and more morbid aspect.
Francis Jay, a nineties person, embarks on a quest to find one of the greatest philosophers and thinkers of the modern age, the elusive Dr Bazlo Criminale. From European congress to congress, from woman to woman, from muse to muse he pursues the doctor, while the truth is slowly revealed.
1874, and Matthew Lidgard is 22 and recently orphaned. A fisherman by trade, he works on a fishing smack in Grimsby, jumping ship when he finds its owner is corrupt and manipulative. Rescued by the mysterious Elizabeth, he joins her and her brother in duping his old boss in a quest for freedom.
Fans of the legendary Batman will clamor for this replica of the ultimate weapon in the superhero's legendary arsenal: The Batmobile. Kit includes a replica of Batman's famed Batmobile and a full-color 48-page book about the Batmobile through the ages.
Autobots ...Roll Out! This collectible kit includes a miniature bust of the iconic and powerful leader Optimus Prime, with eyes that light up and a sound feature that plays seven of his classic lines! Also included is a 48-page book with quotes and illustrations from the 1980s animation.
July 1910: a gruesome discovery has been made at 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Camden. Buried in the cellar are the remains of Cora Crippen, former music-hall singer and wife of Dr Hawley Crippen. But Crippen and his mistress have disappeared, and a full-scale hunt for them has begun. An evocation of the true story behind this famous case.
The "Spy vs Spy" series has been a pop culture phenomenon since its establishment in 1960 by Antonio Prohias. Long before "Inspector Gadget", there was "Spy versus Spy". This Kit includes: two spy figurines, one white and one black 32-page booklet with 28 "Spy vs Spy" comics from "MAD Magazine".
Decades after the Second World War, a retired German airforce pilot returns to the English village where he was responsible for many deaths. A wish to confront his demons reveals a shocking encounter with faces from the past.
Tim Cahill has clambered up Mount Roraima in the Guyana highlands, dined on baked turtle lung in the desolate northeast of Australia and harvested poisonous sea snakes in the Philippines. Here, he writes about these close encounters, giving new meaning to the expression "going to extremes".
From the wastes of Antarctica to the blazing oil fields of Kuwait, and from an evening of demonic possession in Bali to a session on Guatemala's Throne of Terror, "Pecked to Death by Ducks" is a grand tour of the earth's remote, exotic and dismal places.
This is a readable account of Irish history in the first quarter of the 20th century. Drawing on the most recent scholarship on this period, the author presents a balanced narrative, with a useful historiographical section at the end of each chapter.
In these six stories George Mackay Brown leads us back along the sweep of Orkney's past and beyond even that to the remoteness of fable. He reveals the timelessness of the lived moment and the constants of island life in the harvest of sea and land and the compulsions of voyage and homecoming.
This novel, by the author of "Oscar and Lucinda", tells the story of a man who, recovering from death, is convinced that he is in hell. For the first time in his life, Harry Joy sees the world as it really is, and takes up a notebook to explore and note down the true nature of the Underworld.
The phone call that dragged George Smiley, once acting Chief of the Circus, from his bed, was a plea to return to active service. But only to bury the case, not to solve it. John le Carre is the author of "The Spy who came in from the Cold" and "A Small Town in Germany".
Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster in 1938. For fans of the ultimate Super Hero, this kit includes a Superman figurine, pin of the famed "S" symbol in gunmetal and silver, and 48-page book on Superman featuring full-color illustrations.
With unforgettable characters and a message that is meaningful to both children and adults, "The Wizard of Oz" is arguably the most beloved film. This title includes a keepsake of Dorothy's famous ruby slippers.
* Provides an indispensable companion to Harrison and Wooda s classic volume Art in Theory 1900--1990. * Extends to a startling degree the canon of nineteenth--century art theory. * Offers for the first time English translations of material from foreign sources, comprising a third of the entire volume.
Arranged into five themes, this book includes over forty projects that are presented in terms of their innovation and uniqueness, tapping into the current trend and passion for eco-design, and appealing to a broad readership as well as architectural practitioners.
Two years after its disastrous opening in 1896, "The Seagull" was successfully revived at the Moscow Art Theatre. Checkhov's self-mocking description of the play was: "A comedy - 3F, 6M, four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love".
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes, six Hispanic and six English-language authors have each contributed a previously unpublished story in tribute to these giants of world literature. With Ben Okri, Deborah Levy, Kamila Shamsie, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli and others, introduced by Salman Rushdie.
In a tiny flat in Bombay Imelda Mendes - Em to her family - is by turns flamboyant, maniacally affectionate and cruelly candid. Her husband - Augustine, the 'Big Hoom' - and two children must endure her 'microweathers': swings from searing joy to brooding malevolence. And here is the story of how this family of four came to be.
An historical novel of high adventure set in the South West of England during the turbulent time of Monmouth's rebellion (1685). It is also a love story told through the life of the young farmer John Ridd, as he grows to manhood determined to right the wrongs in his land, and to win the heart and hand of the beautiful Lorna Doone.