Jamwal and Nisha fall in love while waiting for a traffic light to turn green in Delhi…thus begins one of the 15 short stories Jeffrey Archer has gathered from around the globe during the past five years in this, his sixth collection, of enthralling short stories.
From Germany comes Masterpiece, the tale of a priceless oil painting that has remained in the same family for over 200 years, until…
To the Channel Islands, and Members Only, where a golf ball falls out of a Christmas cracker and a young man’s life will never be the same again…
To Italy, where a young man trying to book a hotel room ends up in bed with the receptionist, unaware that she…
To England, where, in High Heels, a woman explains to her husband why a pair of designer shoes couldn’t have gone up in flames because…
Some of these stories will make you laugh. Others will bring you to tears. And once again, every one of them will keep you spellbound.
Jack London - The White Silence / A fehér csend
A kétnyelvű olvasókönyvek eredeti, átdolgozatlan irodalmi szövegeket tartalmaznak és magyar műfordításaikat. Az angol szöveg alatt szereplő szómagyarázatok és a szemközti oldalon közölt magyar fordítás a nyelvtanulók számára lehetővé teszik a szöveg szótárazás nélküli, folyamatos olvasását. A szómagyarázatokat, az egyes fordítási megoldásokat elemző kommentárokat és az angol és a magyar szövegben kiemelt, egymásra utaló kifejezéseket a nyelvtanulók sokféleképpen hasznosíthatják: a könyv fejleszti a szókincset, javítja a szövegértési készséget, és segítséget nyújt fordítási problémák megoldásához.
Rohinton Mistry - Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag
Firozsha Baag is an apartment building in Bombay. Its ceilings need plastering and some of the toilets leak appallingly, but its residents are far from desperate, though sometimes contentious and unforgiving. In these witty, poignant stories, Mistry charts the intersecting lives of Firozsha Baag, yielding a delightful collective portrait of a middle-class Indian community poised between the old ways and the new. "A fine collection...the volume is informed by a tone of gentle compassion for seemingly insignificant lives."—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
P. G. Wodehouse - The Man with Two Left Feet
The Man With Two Left Feet, and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on March 8, 1917 by Methuen & Co., London, and in the United States in 1933 by A.L. Burt and Co., New York. All the stories had previously appeared in periodicals, usually the Strand in the UK and the Red Book magazine or the Saturday Evening Post in the US. It is a fairly miscellaneous collection — most of the stories concern relationships, sports and household pets, and do not feature any of Wodehouse's regular characters; one, however, "Extricating Young Gussie", is notable for the first appearance in print of two of Wodehouse's best-known characters, Jeeves and his master Bertie Wooster (although Bertie's surname isn't given and Jeeves's role is very small), and Bertie's fearsome Aunt Agatha.
Ray Bradbury - The Toynbee Convector
A superlative new collection of twenty-two stories by the author of "The Martian Chronicles" includes the continuating saga of H.G. Well's time traveller and his Toynbee Convector, a ghost on the Orient Express, and a bored man who creates his own genuine Egyptian mummy
Roberto Bolaño - The Return
A stunning collection of short stories - mostly dealing with the sex trade - by the late Chilean master and author of The Savage Detectives. The Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories that seem to tell what Bolano called “the secret story,” “the one we’ll never know.” Bent on returning to haunt you, Bolano’s tales might concern the unexpected fate of a beautiful ex-girlfriend, or soccer, witchcraft, or a dream of meeting the poet Enrique Lihn:they always surprise. Consider the title story: a young partygoer collapses in a Parisian disco and dies on the dance floor. Just as his soul is departing his body,it realizes strange happenings are afoot around his now dead body — and what follows next defies the imagination (except Bolano’s own).
Roberto Bolaño - The Insufferable Gaucho
As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolano's short stories is that they can do the "work of a novel." The Insufferable Gaucho contains tales bent on returning to haunt you. Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled yet somehow haywire, a Bolano story might concern an elusive plagiarist or an elderly lawyer giving up city life for an improbable return to the family estate, now gone to wrack and ruin. Bolano's stories have been applauded as "bleakly luminous and perfectly calibrated" (Publishers Weekly) and "complex and provocative" (International Herald Tribune), and as Francine Prose said in The New York Times Book Review, "something extraordinarily beautiful and (at least to me) entirely new." Two fascinating essays are also included
P. G. Wodehouse - The Heart of a Goof
"Golf is the Great Mystery. Like some capricious goddess, it bestows favors with what would appear an almost fat-headed lack of method and discrimination." These words, uttered by "The Oldest Member," set the stage for a romp around the greens only Wodehouse could have conjured up. In nine stories Wodehouse describes not only the fates of the goofs who have allowed golf "to eat into their souls like some malignant growth" but also the impact of the so-called game on courtship, friendship, and business relationships. This volume includes "The Heart of a Goof," "High Stakes," "Keeping in with Vosper," "Chester Forgets Himself," "The Magic Plus Fours," "The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh," "Rodney Fails to Qualify," "Jane Gets off the Fairway," and "The Purfication of Rodney Spelvin."
Roberto Bolaño - Last Evenings on Earth
"The melancholy folklore of exile," as Roberto Bolaño once put it, pervades these fourteen haunting stories. Bolaño's narrators are usually writers grappling with private (and generally unlucky) quests, who typically speak in the first person, as if giving a deposition, like witnesses to a crime. These protagonists tend to take detours and to narrate unresolved efforts. They are characters living in the margins, often coming to pieces, and sometimes, as in a nightmare, in constant flight from something horrid. In the short story Silva the Eye, Bolaño writes in the opening sentence: "It's strange how things happen, Mauricio Silva, known as The Eye, always tried to escape violence, even at the risk of being considered a coward, but the violence, the real violence, can't be escaped, at least not by us, born in Latin America in the 1950s, those of us who were around 20 years old when Salvador Allende died." Set in the Chilean exile diaspora of Latin America and Europe, and peopled by Bolano's beloved "failed generation," the stories of _Last Evenings on Earth_ have appeared in The New Yorker and Grand Street.
Ilona Andrews - Yasmine Galenorn - Allyson James - Jeanne C. Stein - Hexed
Four of the bestselling names in romance and fantasy come together in this collection of thrilling novellas featuring powerful women who know how to handle a hex or two.
Naszádi Anikó - Nyiss ki! / Open me!
25 önálló történet, ami egy-egy szálon mégis összefügg azáltal, hogy aki az egyik történetben mellékszereplőként jelenik meg, az a másik történetben főhősként tér vissza. 25 írás angol interpretációja. A kötet kétnyelvűsége lehetőséget nyújt azok számára, akik eddig nem mertek idegen nyelvű kötetet a kezükbe venni nyelvi bizonytalanságuk miatt. 25 illusztráció, mely öt különböző művész keze munkáját dicséri. Vannak köztük fiatal, feltörekvő képzőművészek, és vannak olyanok, akik az iskolában tanítják, hogyan fejezzük érzelmeinket a művészeten keresztül. 25 éves a szerző. Írásainak összetevői: csipetnyi erotika, egy marék ármány, leheletnyi szenvedély, egy nagy kanál szerelem, gondolatnyi fantasy, egy ujjnyi véres valóság titkokkal megfűszerezve, cseppnyi humor-aromával meghintve, majd egy késhegynyi gyilkosság drámával felöntve, bűnnel és bűnhődéssel megszórva. Ha mindezt összeadjuk, 100% olvasmányélményt kapunk!
Roald Dahl - Taste and Other Tales (Penguin Readers)
Some people's lives may seem dull and quiet, but occasionally circumstances drive them to lies, deceit, revenge or extraordinary ideas. Master of black comedy, Dahl gives us eight stories with devilish twists.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Penguin Book of Australian Short Stories
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Return of Sherlock Holmes / His Last Bow
Criminals beware! Sherlock Holmes is back! Ten years after his supposed death at the Reichenbach falls, the famous detective returns to Baker Street in London and is ready to commence work once more, unravelling a series of baffling cases. Arthur Conan Doyle provides a rich and fascinating set of mysteries to challenge his sleuth in the new stories. As before, Watson is the superb narrator, and the magic remains unchanged and undimmed. This fascinating volume also includes the collection _His Last Bow_. In the title story, we are told how Sherlock Holmes is brought out of retirement to help the government fight the German threat at the approach of the First World War. Here are two sparkling sets of stories featuring the greatest detective of them all.
Ismeretlen szerző - Fifty Great American Short Stories
A brilliant, far-reaching collection of stories from Washington Irving to John Updike. The Classic Stories Edgar Allan Poe’s _Ms. Found in a Bottle_, Bret Harte’s _The Outcasts of Poker Flat_, Sherwood Anderson’s _Death in the Woods_, Stephen Vincent Benét’s _By the Waters of Babylon_ The Great Writers Melville, James, Dreiser, Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, McCullers The Little-Known Masterpieces Edith Wharton’s _The Dilettante_, Finley Peter Dunne’s _Mr. Dooley on the Popularity of Fireman_, Charles M. Flandrau’s _A Dead Issue_, James Reid Parker’s _The Archimandrite's Niece_
Ray Bradbury - The October Country
The October Country is a 1955 collection of twenty macabre short stories by Ray Bradbury. It reprints fifteen of the twenty-seven stories of his 1947 collection Dark Carnival, and adds four more of his stories previously published elsewhere.
William Hope Hodgson - Carnacki the Ghost-Finder
Detective stories in which the great Thomas Carnacki investigates the supernatural using scientific tools, such as photography, and tools that are augmented by theories of the supernatural, such as the electric pentacle, which uses vacuum tubes to repel supernatural forces.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Six Other Stories
Full grown with a long, smoke-coloured beard, requiring the services of a cane and fonder of cigars than warm milk, Benjamin Button is a very curious baby indeed. And, as Benjamin becomes increasingly youthful with the passing years, his family wonders why he persists in the embarrassing folly of living in reverse. In this imaginative fable of ageing and the other stories collected here - including "The Cut-Glass Bowl" in which an ill-meant gift haunts a family's misfortunes, "The Four Fists" where a man's life shaped by a series of punches to his face, and the revelry, mobs and anguish of "May Day" - F. Scott Fitzgerald displays his unmatched gift as a writer of short stories.
G. K. Chesterton - Selected Stories
В книгу классика английской литературы Гилберта Кийта Честертона (1874-1936) включены рассказы из лучших сборников писателя: "Летучие звезды", "Вещая собака", "Неприличный наряд полковника Крейна", "Сломанная шляпа" и др. Вступительная статья Е.Гусева "Искусство рассказа Г.К.Честертона" на русском языке. Издание дополнено комментариями. На английском языке.