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Conrad Joseph: Heart of Darkness and the Complete Congo Diary

Скачать книгу (размер 973 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 192) Аннотация: On a boat in the Thames estuary, Marlow tells his travelling companions of his reconnaissance expedition for a Belgian trading company to its most remote outpost in central Africa, which brought him on the trail of the elusive Kurtz, a brilliant idealist gone rogue. His account relates not only the perils he encounters on his quest, but also the deterioration of his state of mind as he is…

Dickens Charles: George Silverman's Explanation

Скачать книгу (размер 728 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 144) Аннотация: After a traumatic early childhood spent living in poverty in a Preston cellar, the suddenly orphaned George Silverman grows up convinced that he is at fault for all the misfortunes in his life. Hoodwinked by hypocritical clergymen and exploited by his employer, he finds himself forsaking love and facing professional ruin. One of Dickens's very last writings, 'George Silverman's Explanation' is a…

Green David: Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

Скачать книгу (размер 1 462 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 288) Аннотация: A journalist for National Public Radio in the US, David Greene decides to travel thousands of kilometres from Moscow to Vladivostok on the iconic Trans-Siberian line. On the train and in the many Siberian outposts he stops as he meets a wide range of ordinary Russian people — from a group of Beatles-singing babushkas to soldiers and struggling entrepreneurs — with situations arising that are at…

Hill Christian: Combat Camera: From Auntie Beeb to the Afghan Frontline

Скачать книгу (размер 1 462 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 288) Аннотация: May 2011, Afghanistan: Camp Bastion is under attack, The Sun's Defence Editor is about to catch the wrong helicopter, and a famous TV war reporter is missing half his kit and wants his trainers back. Amid the chaos, Christian Hill is preparing to lead his Combat Camera Team on the British Army's first big operation of the Helmand summer, inching through the IED-riddled fields of the notorious…

Joyce James: Ulysses

Скачать книгу (размер 4 471 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 878) Аннотация: Controversial, scandalous, erudite and funny, Ulysses is undisputedly a landmark of twentieth-century modernism. It charts one day — 16th June 1904 — in the lives of three inhabitants of Dublin, the advertising salesman Leopold Bloom, the artist Stephen Dedalus and Bloom's wife Molly. Their peregrinations, thoughts and encounters form the basis of the narrative, which becomes a celebration of all…

Kipling Rudyard: Dog Stories

Скачать книгу (размер 1 462 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 288) Аннотация: Throughout his life Rudyard Kipling was fond of dogs, and while they featured prominently in early tales such as 'The Dog Hervey' and 'Garm — a Hostage', he later came up with the innovative idea of writing a story from the perspective of a dog, resulting in the hugely successful 'Thy Servant a Dog', narrated by an Aberdeen terrier named Boots.

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: Childhood Memories and Other Stories

Скачать книгу (размер 1 462 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 288) Аннотация: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of one of the most poignant and enduringly popular novels of the twentieth century, left only a few other pieces of fiction when he died prematurely at the age of sixty. Childhood Memories and Other Stories, here presented in a new translation by Stephen Parkin and including previously deleted passages and the unpublished fragment 'Torretta', collects all…

Merezhkovsky Dmitry: Leonardo

Скачать книгу (размер 1 952 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 384) Аннотация: This evocative account of the life of the Renaissance's greatest figure traces Leonardo's early development as an artist and court figure to his final years in exile, portraying his loves and sufferings, as well as his intellectual curiosity and tireless loyalty to his ideals. But it is the background to his famous painting La Gioconda and his relationship with the mysterious Florentine woman who…

Woolf Virginia: Mrs Dalloway

Скачать книгу (размер 1 136 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 224) Аннотация: As Mrs Dalloway works on the preparations for a dinner party, her thoughts throughout the day wander from memories of the past to interrogations about the present and lead her to assess the choices she has made in life and love. Her monologue interweaves with the account of the distress, on that same day, of the shell-shocked veteran Septimus Warren Smith, whose trauma and hallucinations end in…

Austen Jane: Pride and Prejudice

Скачать книгу (размер 1 523 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 300) Аннотация: The pride of high-ranking Mr Darcy and the prejudice of middle-class Elizabeth Bennet conduct an absorbing dance through the rigid social hierarchies of early-nineteenth-century England, with the passion of the two unlikely lovers growing as their union seems ever more improbable.

Fitzgerald F.Scott: All the Sad Young Men

Скачать книгу (размер 1 064 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 210) Аннотация: Published a year after The Great Gatsby, this short-story collection showcases many of the celebrated novel's themes, as well as its unique writing style. Two of the most famous tales, the beautifully elegiac 'The Rich Boy' and 'Winter Dreams', deal with wealthy protagonists — the old-money Anson Hunter and the self-made man Dexter Green — as they come to terms with lost love; while 'Absolution',…

Fitzgerald S.: Tales of the Jazz Age

Скачать книгу (размер 1 401 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 276) Аннотация: Part of Alma Classics Fitzgerald's mini-series. Lavishly produced edition with flaps and b&w plates. A collection of early short stories which helped make Fitzgerald's name, Tales of the Jazz Age combines period pieces — the most notable of which is the novella-length 'May Day' — with more fanciful creations, such as the fantastical 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', recently made into a…

Turgenev: Smoke

Скачать книгу (размер 1 299 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 256) Аннотация: New translation of one of the most celebrated novels by the author of Fathers and Children. On his way back to Russia after some years spent in the West, Grigory Mikhailovich Litvinov, the son of a retired official of merchant stock, stops over in Baden-Baden to meet his fiancee Tatyana. However, a chance encounter with his old flame, the manipulative Irina — now married to a general and a…

Gogol Nikolai: Petersburg Tales

Скачать книгу (размер 973 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 192) Аннотация: Written in the 1830s and early 1840s, these comic stories tackle life behind the cold and elegant facade of the Imperial capital from the viewpoints of various characters, such as a collegiate assessor who one day finds that his nose has detached itself from his face and risen the ranks to become a state councillor ('The Nose'), a painter and a lieutenant whose romantic pursuits meet with…

Tolstoy Leo: The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Скачать книгу (размер 728 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 144) Аннотация: The judge Ivan Ilyich Golovin has spent his life in the pursuit of wealth and status, devoting himself obsessively to work and often neglecting his family in the process. When, after a small accident, he fails to make the expected recovery, it gradually becomes clear that he is soon to die. Ivan Ilyich then starts to question the futility and barrenness of his previous existence, realizing to his…

Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov: The Fatal Eggs

Скачать книгу (размер 809 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 160) Аннотация: Professor Persikov, an eccentric zoologist, stumbles upon a new light ray that accelerates growth and reproduction rates in living organisms. In the wake of a plague that has decimated the country's poultry stocks, Persikov's discovery is exploited as a means to correct the problem. As foreign agents, the state and the Soviet media all seize upon the red ray, matters get out of hand.

Bulgakov Mikhail: Notes on a Cuff and Other Stories

Скачать книгу (размер 973 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 192) Аннотация: Written between 1920 and 1921 while Bugakov was working in a hospital in the remote Caucasian outpost of Vladikavkaz, Notes on a Cuff is a series of journalistic sketches which show the young doctor trying to embark on a literary career among the chaos of war, disease, politics and bureaucracy.

Turgenev Ivan: Virgin Soil

Скачать книгу (размер 1 625 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 320) Аннотация: Turgenev's final novel, Virgin Soil traces the destinies of several middle-class revolutionaries who seek to «go to the people» by working on the land and instilling democratic ideas in the countryside's locals. They include the daydreaming impoverished young tutor Nezhdanov — employed by the liberal councillor Sipyagin and his vain and beautiful wife Valentina — the naive young radical Maryanna…

Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov: Black Snow

Скачать книгу (размер 1 136 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 224) Аннотация: After being saved from a suicide attempt by a literary editor, the journalist and failed novelist Sergei Maxudov has a book suddenly accepted for stage adaptation at a prestigious venue and finds himself propelled into Moscow's theatrical world. In a cut-throat environment tainted by Soviet politics, censorship and egomania — epitomized by the arrogant and incompetent director Ivan Vasilyevich —…

Scott F. Fitzgerald: Babylon Revisited and Other Stories

Скачать книгу (размер 1 299 Kb , формат fb2, страниц 256) Аннотация: Set in the year after the 1929 crash and incorporating many autobiographical elements, 'Babylon Revisited' tells the story of the widower Charlie Wales, a reformed alcoholic and successful businessman returning to Paris to convince his in-laws to give him back the daughter he abandoned. As the old haunts of the city he used to carouse in seem more and more alien to him, he finds himself assailed…