I magnifici 7 capolavori della letteratura tedesca
Author: E.T.A. Hoffmann, Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Joseph Roth, Arthur Schnitzler, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Stefan Zweig
Publisher: Newton Compton Editori
GOETHE, I dolori del giovane WertherHOFFMANN, Gli elisir del diavoloKAFKA, Il processoJ. ROTH, La Marcia di RadetzkyMUSIL, I turbamenti del giovane TörlessZWEIG, Novella degli scacchiSCHNITZLER, Doppio sognoEdizioni integraliIn questo volume sono raccolti sette gioielli della letteratura tedesca. Sette opere in cui la creatività letteraria ha toccato i suoi vertici. Si parte con Goethe e I dolori del giovane Werther, romanzo epistolare simbolo dello Sturm und Drang, che anticipa temi propri del romanticismo tedesco, in cui si entra appieno, con Gli elisir del diavolo di Hoffmann, matura rappresentazione della catastrofe che minaccia l’individuo se abbandona le certezze illuministe. Si prosegue con Il processo di Kafka, storia dai tratti surreali in cui un impiegato, Josef K., viene accusato, arrestato e processato per motivi che nessuno vuole rivelargli. Nel suo capolavoro La Marcia di Radetzky, Roth dà vita a un affresco di rara forza narrativa, in cui le vicende storiche dell’Impero austro-ungarico si intrecciano a quelle umane di una famiglia fedele sostenitrice dell’imperatore. Sempre all’interno della crisi della società mitteleuropea si iscrive I turbamenti del giovane Törless di Musil, storia dei tormenti e delle scoperte che accompagnano il superamento dell’adolescenza di uno studente e dei suoi compagni di collegio. Concludono il volume Novella degli scacchi, capolavoro dell’austriaco Stefan Zweig, le cui opere furono bruciate nei roghi nazisti, e Doppio sogno di Schnitzler, quasi una favola in bilico tra sogno e realtà, resa celebre dal film di Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut.
Author: Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Suite Française is both a brilliant novel of wartime and an extraordinary historical document. An unmatched evocation of the exodus from Paris after the German invasion of 1940, and of life under the Nazi occupation, it was written by the esteemed French novelist Irène Némirovsky as events unfolded around her. This haunting masterpiece has been hailed by European critics as a War and Peace for the Second World War. Though she conceived the book as a five-part work (based on the form of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony), Irène Némirovsky was able to write only the first two parts, Storm in June and Dolce, before she was arrested in July 1942. She died in Auschwitz the following month. The manuscript was saved by her young daughter Denise; it was only decades later that Denise learned that what she had imagined was her mother’s journal was in fact an invaluable work of art. Storm in June takes place in the tumult of the evacuation from Paris in 1940, just before the arrival of the invading German army. It moves vividly between different levels of society–from the wealthy Péricand family, whose servants pack up their possessions for them, to a group of orphans from the 16th arrondissement escaping in a military truck. Némirovsky’s immense canvas includes deserting soldiers and terrified secretaries, cynical bank directors and hapless priests, egotistical writers and hardscrabble prostitutes–all thrown together in a chaotic attempt to escape the capital. Moving between them chapter by chapter, this thrilling novel describes a journey hampered and in some cases abandoned because of confusion, shelling, rumour, lack of supplies, bad luck and ordinary human weakness. Cars break down or are stolen; relatives are forgotten; friends are divided; but there are also moments of love and charity. Throughout, whether depicting saintly forbearance or the basest selfishness, Storm in June neither sweetens nor demonizes its characters; unsentimentally, with stunning perceptiveness, Némirovsky shows the complexities that mean no-one is simply a hero or villain. The second volume, Dolce, is set in the German-occupied village of Bussy. Again, Némirovsky switches seamlessly between social strata, from tenant farmers to the local aristocracy. The focus, however, is on the delicate, secret love affair between a German soldier and the French woman in whose house he has been billeted; the passion, doubts and deceits of their burgeoning relationship echo the complex mixture of hostility and acceptance felt by the occupied community as a whole. Némirovsky is amazingly sensitive in her depiction of changing, often contradictory emotions, but her attention to the personal is matched by her sharp-eyed discussion of small-town life and the politics of occupation. In this myth-dissolving book, the French villagers see the Germans as oppressive warriors, but also as handsome young men, and occupation does nothing to remedy the condescension and envy that bedevil relations between rich and poor. Quite apart from the astonishing story of its survival, Suite Française is a novel of genius and lasting artistic value. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, it is both a piercing record of its time and a humane, profoundly moving novel. From the Hardcover edition.
My Last Kiss
Author: Bethany Neal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?In Bethany Neal's My Last Kiss, Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss—the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died—is a blur. Now, Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn't a suicide as everyone assumes. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend. If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she'll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made—good and bad—that led to her last kiss.
I magnifici 7 capolavori della letteratura erotica
Author: Guillaume Apollinaire, John Cleland, Alfred De Musset, Donatien-Alphonse-François de Sade, Denis Diderot, E.T.A. Hoffmann
Publisher: Newton Compton Editori
DIDEROT, Thérèse PhilosopheCLELAND, Fanny Hill. Memorie di una donna di piacereSADE, La filosofia nel boudoirHOFFMANN, Suor MonikaMUSSET, GamianiANONIMO, La mia vita segretaAPOLLINAIRE, Le undicimila vergheSaggio introduttivo e cura di Riccardo ReimEdizioni integraliSette fra i più celebri romanzi condannati per secoli a giacere dimenticati negli “inferni” delle biblioteche, sette libri “maledetti” e sovversivi appartenenti a quel filone sotterraneo (ma assolutamente non “minore”) che conobbe i suoi momenti aurei soprattutto nella Francia da Luigi XIV a Luigi XVI, nell’Inghilterra vittoriana e nella Germania del XIX secolo; libri in cui il corpo diviene libero e provocatorio protagonista, facendosi beffe di ogni ipocrisia, sfidando a viso aperto il potere e il bigottismo, svelando – spesso con caustica ironia – l’altra faccia della medaglia, il lato oscuro e rimosso della società. Dai fremiti di Diderot con Thérèse Philosophe al celeberrimo Fanny Hill di John Cleland, dalle efferatezze della Filosofia nel boudoir di Sade agli “eccessi” diffamatori di Musset (che scrisse Gamiani contro George Sand), dalle piccanti confessioni di un Anonimo vittoriano alle grottesche, deliranti scurrilità delle Undicimila verghe di Apollinaire, il lettore riscoprirà pagine che ancora oggi sorprendono per la loro forza e la loro totale irriverenza.
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Publisher: Newton Compton Editori
I pilastri della società, Casa di bambola, Spettri, Un nemico del popolo, La casa dei Rosmer, La donna del mare, Hedda GablerIntroduzione e presentazioni di Giovanni AntonucciAntologia critica e note di Lucio ChiavarelliCon un saggio di James JoyceEdizioni integraliPirandello considerava Ibsen non solo il creatore del teatro moderno, ma anche il maggiore drammaturgo mai esistito dopo Shakespeare. Se è vero che Ibsen è stato il più alto interprete dei drammi individuali e sociali dell’Ottocento, è altrettanto vero che egli ha anticipato, quasi profeticamente, la condizione esistenziale e «il male di vivere» dell’uomo del Novecento. Oggi Ibsen ci coinvolge profondamente, oltre che per la sua grandezza di drammaturgo, per la capacità che hanno i suoi testi di rispondere alle domande di fondo del nostro tempo.«Eri molto carino con me: ma la nostra casa non è stata altro che un luogo di ricreazione. La mia vita! Con mio padre, una bambola-figlia; con te, una bambola-moglie. E i nostri figli, le mie bambole. Mi divertivo quando giocavi con me, come loro si divertono quando giocano con me. Ecco cos’è la nostra unione, Torvald.» Henrik IbsenNacque a Skien, in Norvegia, nel 1828. Nel 1850 pubblicò il suo primo testo, Catilina. L'anno dopo fu nominato direttore artistico del Norske Theater di Bergen e nel 1857 del teatro di Kristiania. Nel 1864 si trasferì in Italia, dove scrisse le sue prime opere importanti: Brand e Peer Gynt. Con Casa di bambola, nel 1880, ottenne un successo internazionale, confermato in seguito dagli altri suoi capolavori. Morì a Kristiania nel 1906.
Author: Irene Nemirovsky
Publisher: Vintage Canada
In 1929, 26-year-old Irène Némirovsky shot to fame in France with the publication of her first novel David Golder. At the time, only the most prescient would have predicted the events that led to her extraordinary final novel Suite Française and her death at Auschwitz. Yet the clues are there in this astonishingly mature story of an elderly Jewish businessman who has sold his soul. Golder is a superb creation. Born into poverty on the Black Sea, he has clawed his way to fabulous wealth by speculating on gold and oil. When the novel opens, he is at work in his magnificent Parisian apartment while his wife and beloved daughter, Joy, spend his money at their villa in Biarritz. But Golder’s security is fragile. For years he has defended his business interests from cut-throat competitors. Now his health is beginning to show the strain. As his body betrays him, so too do his wife and child, leaving him to decide which to pursue: revenge or altruism? Available for the first time since 1930, David Golder is a page-turningly chilling and brilliant portrait of the frenzied capitalism of the 1920s and a universal parable about the mirage of wealth. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Wilkie Collins
Publisher: Sheba Blake Publishing
If you can't get enough of classic British mystery novels, dive into this spine-tingling tale of mistaken identity penned by Wilkie Collins, the author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone. The tale, told partly through letters and documents, recounts the intertwined lives and fates of two distant cousins who both happen to bear the name 'Allan Armadale.'
Author: Irene Nemirovsky
A stunning novel about mothers and daughters, about vengeance, and an aging, still beautiful woman on trial for shooting her lover. In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place. Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she remains striking, elegant, cold. She is accused of shooting dead her much-younger lover. As the witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relives fragments of her past: her childhood, her absent father, her marriage, her turbulent relationship with her daughter, her decline, and then the final irrevocable act. With the depth of insight and pitiless compassion we have come to expect from the acclaimed author of Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky shows us the soul of a desperate woman obsessed with her lost youth.
After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on a ship. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship is fully provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing. As Roberto explores the different cabinets in the hold, he remembers chapters from his youth: Ferrante, his imaginary evil brother; the siege of Casale, that meaningless chess move in the Thirty Years' War in which he lost his father and his illusions; and the lessons given him on Reasons of State, fencing, the writing of love letters, and blasphemy. In this fascinating, lyrical tale, Umberto Eco tells of a young dreamer searching for love and meaning; and of a most amazing old Jesuit who, with his clocks and maps, has plumbed the secrets of longitudes, the four moons of Jupiter, and the Flood.
Pierre Hardelot breaks off his engagement to a wealthy heiress to marry Agnes Florent, the daughter of the local brewer, setting off a family feud which lasts for thirty years, as their village is first destroyed by World War I and then threatened again with the coming of World War II.
A Rose For Emily
Author: William Faulkner
Publisher: Harper Collins
Miss Emily Grierson is a newly departed spinster who led a mysterious life in relative isolation. Although regarded as a touch eccentric, it is only after her death, when a decidedly shocking discovery is found in her house, that the people of Jefferson, Yoknapatawapha County realize just how strange Emily’s truly life was. Although primarily known for his novels, William Faulkner wrote in a variety of formats, including plays, poetry, essays, screenplays, and short stories, many of which are highly acclaimed and anthologized. Like his novels, many of Faulkner’s short stories are set in fictional Yoknapatawapha County, a setting inspired by Lafayette County, where Faulkner spent most of his life. His first short story collection, These 13 (1931), includes many of his most frequently anthologized stories, including "A Rose for Emily", "Red Leaves" and "That Evening Sun." HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library.
Author: Arrigo Boito
Publisher: Trieste Publishing
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