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Alberta and Jacob$12.65
Combining mastery of style and characterization with brilliant descriptive writing, this powerful story of a young woman’s rebellion is universally regarded as one of the greatest novels to come from Scandinavia, and is without doubt one of the greatest bildungsromans ever written.
Published shortly after the First World War and before Siddharta and Steppenwolf, Demian marks a significant turning point in Hesse’s literary career. It is the first time Hermann Hesse used the novel overtly as a means to explore ideas of the self, the meaning and purpose of existence, as well as his own ideas and interpretations of theosophy and Eastern Philosophy. As such it is ranked among the finest of his works.
Gold: The Marvellous History Of General John Augustus Sutter$11.41
Cendrars spent fifteen years translating Sutter’s life-story into fiction, departing (often radically) from the known historical facts to reshape the story of one of the great American pioneers with the pure gold of his own imagination. Originally published in 1924, Gold is a work of breathless pace, fantastic humour and soaring invention: an extraordinary story extraordinarily told.
Narcissus and Goldmund$13.79
Narcissus is a teacher at Mariabronn, a monastery in medieval Germany, and Goldmund his favourite pupil. While Narcissus remains detached from the world in prayer and meditation, Goldmund runs away from the monstery in pursuit of love. Thereafter he lives a picaresque wanderer’s life, his amatory adventures resulting in pain as well as ecstasy. His eventual reunion with Narcissus brings into focus the diversity between artist and thinker, Dionysian and Apollonian.
Dušan Šarotar takes the reader on a deeply reflective yet kaleidoscopic journey from northern to southern Europe.
Siddhartha is a short novel about the life and spiritual journey of one man in ancient India, seemingly a simple tale told in a simple, lyrical style. But together with an uncanny empathy for his characters and often awe-inspiring human insight, Hesse displays mastery of the profoundest themes: the reader attains total immersion in a truly gripping quest for enlightenment, making this one of the great literary experiences.
The Birds sings with the quiet and poetic intensity expected of one of the greatest Scandinavian writers of all time, Tarjei Vesaas. And this is one of his greatest books.
The Hundred Days$12.69
A poignant look at Napoleon’s seemingly triumphant return to Paris from exile in March 1815. The story of Napoleon’s last grasp at glory is framed both through the eyes of the Emperor himself and infatuated young washerwoman working in the imperial palace. Before long, one hundred days have elapsed and war and truth have crushed the lofty dreams of both Napoleon and those who idolized him.
The Lady and the Little Fox Fur$11.33
Driven to despair, a lady discovers peace of mind by forming a strange and touching relationship with the everyday objects of the city. Written with the same passion and stunningly observed attention to detail as La Bâtarde, it is a perfectly formed minor masterpiece.
The Man Who Planted Trees$8.80
The classic and best-selling eco-parable.