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Africa's Tarnished Name, Chinua Achebe

Electrifying essays on the history, complexity, diversity of a continent, from the father of modern ..

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An Advertisement for Toothpaste, Ryszard Kapuscinski

The great journalist of conflict in the Third World finds an even stranger and more exotic society i..

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Create Dangerously, Albert Camus

Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up fo..

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Dark Days, James Baldwin

Drawing on Baldwin's own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, these sea..

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Daydream and Drunkenness of a Young Lady, Clarice Lispector

Tales of desire and madness from this giant of Brazilian literature.Penguin Modern: fifty books cele..

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Death the Barber, William Carlos Williams

Filled with bright, unforgettable images, the deceptively simple work of William Carlos Williams re..

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Fame, Andy Warhol

The legendary sixties New York pop artist Andy Warhol's hilarious and insightful vignettes and aphor..

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Food, Gertrude Stein

From apples to artichokes, these glittering, fragmented, painterly portraits of food by the avant-ga..

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Four Russian Short Stories, Gazdanov & Others

' "Another hour gone. But I'm not afraid. There's only one thing I regret: that I've lived for so ma..

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Glittering City, Cyprian Ekwensi

Untrustworthy, charming Fussy Joe spins stories and breaks hearts in this rollicking story set in th..

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I Have More Souls Than One, Fernando Pessoa

'But no, she's abstract, is a birdOf sound in the air of air soaring,And her soul sings unencumbered..

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Investigations of a Dog, Franz Kafka

How does a dog see the world? How do any of us? In this playful and enigmatic story of a canine phil..

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Lance, Vladimir Nabokov

Three great stories--The Aurelian, Signs and Symbols and Lance--the last both a deris..

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Leaving the Yellow House, Saul Bellow

At once harsh and tender, expansive and acutely funny, this is the story of an elderly and self-dest..

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Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr.

This landmark missive from one of the greatest activists in history calls for direct, non-violent re..

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Letter to My Mother, Georges Simenon

Simenon explores the complexity of parent child relationships and the bitterness of things left unsa..

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Madame du Deffand and the Idiots, Javier Marías

Five sparkling, irreverent brief portraits of famous literary figures (including libertines, eccentr..

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New York City in 1979, Kathy Acker

'INTENSE SEXUAL DESIRE IS THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD'A tale of art, sex, blood, junkies and who..

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Notes on Camp, Susan Sontag

These two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between 'hig..

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Notes on Nationalism, George Orwell

'The general uncertainty as to what is really happening makes it easier to cling to lunatic beliefs'..

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Of Dogs and Walls, Yuko Tsushima

In these two stories, which have never before been translated into English, Tsushima shows how memor..

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Penguin Modern Box Set -100%

Penguin Modern Box Set

This box set of the 50 books in the new Penguin Modern series celebrates the pioneering spirit of t..

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Piers of the Homeless Night, Jack Kerouac

Soaring, freewheeling snapshots of life on the road across America, from the Beat writer who inspire..

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Television Was a Baby Crawling Toward That Deathchamber, Allen Ginsberg

Profane and prophetic verses about sex, death, revolution and America by the great icon of Beat poet..

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The Black Ball, Ralph Ellison

'If he only knew what it was, he would fix it; he would kill this mean thing that made Mama feel so ..

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The Breakthrough, Daphne Du Maurier

Dispatch the maimed, the old, the weak, destroy the very world itself, for what is the point of life..

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The Cracked Looking-Glass, Katherine Anne Porter

A passionate, unfulfilled woman considers her life and her marriage in this moving novella by one of..

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The Custard Heart, Dorothy Parker

'She felt a cozy solidarity with the big company of the voluntary dead.'Wise-cracking and heartbrea..

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The Dialogue of Two Snails, Federico García Lorca

Beautiful, brutal, strange and lovely: this is Lorca reborn, in a selection of previously unpublishe..

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The Distance of the Moon, Italo Calvino

Time is a catastrophe, perpetual and irreversible.'Science and fiction interweave delightfully in th..

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The Duke in His Domain, Truman Capote

This mesmerizing profile of an insecure, vulnerable young Marlon Brando, brooding in a Kyoto hotel d..

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The End, Samuel Beckett

'They didn't seem to take much interest in my private parts which to tell the truth were nothing to ..

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The Finger, William S. Burroughs

He felt a sudden deep pity for the finger joint that lay there on the dresser, a few drops of blood ..

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The Garden of Forking Paths, Jorge Luis Borges

Fantastical tales of mazes, puzzles, lost labyrinths and bookish mysteries, from the unique imaginat..

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The Gigolo, Françoise Sagan

A middle-aged woman breaks with her handsome young lover; a placid husband is suspected of infidelit..

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The Great Hunger, Patrick Kavanagh

By turns comical, grouchy and exalted, and including his tragic masterpiece 'The Great Hunger', some..

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The Haunted Boy, Carson McCullers

These moving stories by one of the great masters of Southern gothic portray love, sorrow and our sea..

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The Legend of the Sleepers, Danilo Kiš

Sleepers awake in a remote cave and the ancient mystic Simon Magus attempts a miracle, in these two ..

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The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House, Audre Lorde

From the self-described 'black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet', these soaring, urgent essays on the..

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The Missing Girl, Shirley Jackson

' "Of course, no one would want to say anything about a girl like this that's missing..." ..

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The Problem that Has No Name, Betty Friedan

The pioneering Betty Friedan here identifies the strange problem plaguing American housewives, and e..

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The Red Tenda of Bologna, John Berger

A dreamlike meditation on memory, food, paintings, a fond uncle and the improbable beauty of Bologna..

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The Skeleton's Holiday, Leonora Carrington

'Ring for your maid, and when she comes in we'll pounce upon her and tear off her face. I'll wear he..

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The Survivor, Primo Levi

A selection of poetry from the author of If this is a Man and The Periodic Table.Peng..

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The Three Electroknights, Stanislaw Lem

'What use to a being that lives beneath a sun are jewels of gas and silver stars of ice?'From a gian..

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The Veiled Woman, Anaïs Nin

'What did she expect of him? What was her quest? Did she have an unfulfilled desire?'Transgressive d..

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The Vigilante, Mr John Steinbeck

One of America's greatest writers explores mob violence, voyeurism and betrayal in these unforgettab..

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Three Japanese Short Stories, Ryunosuke Akutagawa

'Oh the cruelty of time, that destroys all things!'Beguiling, strange and hair-raising tales from ea..

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Till September Petronella, Jean Rhys

In stories that span the course of a lifetime - from childhood in the Caribbean to adolescent modell..

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Why Do You Wear a Cheap Watch?, Hans Fallada

Tales of low-lifes and grifters trying to make ends meet in pre-War Germany.Penguin Modern: fifty bo..

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Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer, Wendell Berry

The great American poet, novelist and environmental activist argues for a life lived slowly.Penguin ..

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