Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Tales and Poems
All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms. Edgar Allan Poe self-published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, in 1827. In 1830, Poe embarked on a career as a writer and began contributing reviews and essays to popular periodicals. He also wrote sketches and short fiction and in 1833 published his only completed novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Over the next five years he established himself as a master of the short story form through the publication of "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Tell-tale Heart" and other well-known works. In 1841, he wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," generally considered the first modern detective story. The publication of The Raven and Other Poems in 1845 brought him additional fame as a poet.
Ismeretlen szerző - Poe és követői
Edgar Allan Poe, mint annyi mindennek az irodalomban, a borzongató történeteknek is egyik modern kori hőse. Rémtörténetei sok-sok apró, realisztikus részlettől válnak tapinthatóan valószerűvé, de úgy, hogy a kísérteties atmoszféra az első mondattól az utolsóig megmarad. Poe ezzel műfajt teremtett, melynek aztán számtalan követője akadt. Az újabb írók Poe-ig nyúlnak vissza. E kötet 11 elbeszélése a Poe-tól Dickensen, Stevensonon és Conan Doyle-on át Lovecraftig és Stephen Kingig ívelő irodalmi vonulatot mutatja. Az írások a szerzők születési éve szerinti sorrendben sorakoznak, így a műfaj íratlan szabályainak a stílusban, megformálásban való változása is követhető. A gyűjtemény kétnyelvű.
Colin Mochrie - Not Quite the Classics
Colin Mochrie, a man known worldwide for working without a script, has penned a collection of stories destined to make its own mark in the literary community. Borrowing from a well-known improve game, Mochrie takes the first and last lines from familiar classics and reimagines everything in between. With the same engaging humour he exhibits on stage, television, and film, he takes the reader in bizarre and hilarious new directions, using the original writer's words as a launch and landing point. Imagine A Tale of Two Cities in which Wile E. Coyote gets his revenge on the Road Runner, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat with zombies, or The Night Before Christmas with a time travelling twist. Imagine Sherlock Holmes devising a foolproof method for eliciting laughter and then taking the stage at a Victorian comedy club in Old London. This inspired collection is comical, quirky, and clever classic Mochrie.
Roald Dahl - Over to You
Roald Dahl's ten early stories arise from his experiences as a wartime fighter pilot. They probe the minds of men living nightmares behind the nervy bonhomie of Ops room and Mess; men sent on one mission too many into chilling countries of the mind.
Alice Munro - Open Secrets
In these eight tales, Munro evokes the devastating power of old love suddenly recollected. She tells of vanished schoolgirls and indentured frontier brides and an eccentric recluse who, in the course of one surpassingly odd dinner party, inadvertently lands herself a wealthy suitor from exotic Australia. And Munro shows us how one woman's romantic tale of capture and escape in the high Balkans may end up inspiring another woman who is fleeing a husband and lover in present-day Canada.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - Further Chronicles of Avonlea
Nestled between the ocean and the hills of Prince Edward Island is a road that leads to the house where a girl named Anne grew up, Green Gables, and to the wonderful place called Avonlea. In this second volume of heartwarming tales a Persian cat plays an astonishing part in a marriage proposal . . . a ghostly appearance in a garden leads a woman to the fulfillment of her youthful dreams . . . a young girl risks losing her mother to find the father she never knew . . . and a foolish lie threatens to make an unattached woman the town's laughingstock when an imaginary lover comes to town for real! Filled with warmth, humor, and mystery, these unforgettable stories re-create the enchanting world of Avonlea.
Charles Bukowski - Tales of Ordinary Madness
In these tales of ordinary madness, Charles Bukowski ingeniously mixes high and low culture, from prostitutes and the philosophy of Kant to despair and classical music, to create his modern dystopia. Inspired by D.H. Lawrence, John Fante and Hemingway, Bukowski’s writing is passionate, extreme and relentlessly realistic. These are angry yet tender, humorous and haunting portrayals of life in the underbelly of America. Charles Bukowski was one of America’s best-known and most prolific writers. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), Women (1978), and Pulp (1994) all available from Virgin Books.
Alice Munro - Who Do You Think You Are?
Rose and her stepmother, Flo, live in Hanratty - across the bridge from the "good" part of town. Rose, alternately fascinated and appalled by the rude energy of the people around her, grows up nursing her hope of outgrowing her humble beginnings and plotting an escape to university. Rose makes her escape and thinks herself free. But Hanratty's question - Who Do You Think You Are? - rings in her ears during her days in Vancouver, mocks her attempts to make her marriage successful, and haunts her new career. In these stories of Rose and Flo, Alice Munro explores the universal story of growing up - Rose's struggle to accept herself tells the story of our lives.
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
Charles Dickens - A sírásó / The Sexton
Részlet a könyvből: Egy ódon apátsági városban, réges-régen - olyan régen, hogy a történetnek igaznak kell lennie, mivelhogy már dédapáink is föltétlenül hittek benne - mint sekrestyés és sírásó ügyködött a temetőben valami Grub Gábor. Abból, hogy valaki sekrestyés-sírásó és állandóan a halandóság jelképei környezik, semmiképp nem következik még az, hogy neki mogorva és búskomor embernek kell lennie; a halotthordók például a világ legvidámabb fickói; én meg egyszer abban a szerencsében részesültem, hogy bizalmas viszonyban lehettem egy temetésrendezővel, aki megánéletében és hivatalán kívül olyan furcsa és tréfás kis legény volt, hogy mindig beleséülés nélkül cirpegte el - vigye el az ördög - dalát, vagy lélegzetvétel nélkül hörpintette ki egy jókora pohár tartalmát. Ám, bár ezekkel az előzményekkel ellentétben áll, mégis úgy áll a dolog, hogy Grub Gábor kaján, bakafántos, komor fráter - mogorva és magános ember vala, aki senkifiával nem társalkodott, csak önmagával és egy ócska fonottas üveggel, amely beleillett kámzsája bő, mély zsebébe - és aki minden vidám arcra, amely mellette elment, olyan mélységes sanda, gonosz és morcos pillantást vetett, hogy aki csak útjába vetődött, bajosan menekült valami rossz érzéstől.
Bret Harte - A vörösvágási idill / The Idyll of Red Gulch
Francis Bret Harte (1839-1902.) Bret Harte kalandos uton jutott az irodalomhoz. Albanyban született, de már gyermekkorában elkerült Kaliforniába, hol előbb mint tanitó, aranyásó, szedő, újságíró és pénzügyi tisztviselő működött. Első munkái a hatvanas években jelentek meg; különös feltűnést keltettek kaliforniai novellái, melyekben az aranyásók zordon és kalandos életét mutatta be. Népies rajzai, jellemképei nagy hatással voltak az európai irodalomra, így nálunk Mikszáthra. Élete végén a kaliforniai egyetem tanára lett, majd Németországban és Angliában konzulkodott. Ugyanitt halt is meg. Nevezetesebb művei: Tales of the Argonauts (Az argonauták meséi. Novellák az aranyásók életéből. Ebből való az itt közölt elbeszélés.) The Story of a Mine (Egy bánya története) Jeff Brigg's Love (J. B. szerelme) Conclensed novels (Sűrített regények; tulajdonképpen híres nagy regények rövidre fogott paródiái.) Költeményei is figyelemre méltók.
H. P. Lovecraft - The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories
One of the masters of 'weird fiction', H. P. Lovecraft expanded the vast boundaries of the horror genre with his vividly imagined stories of exotic and fantastical otherworlds, nightmarish dreamscapes or the supernatural terrors lurking beneath the surface of small-town America. The shadow of New England's witch-hunting past hangs over many of the tales, as in 'The Shunned House' and 'The Dreams in the Witch House', in which malevolent spectres return to haunt the region. Others, such as 'Far Beyond' and 'The Shadow Out of Time', depict the catastrophic results when cosmic channels of time and space are opened, while stories such as 'Polaris' and 'The Doom that Came to Sarnath' portray the downfall os mythical civilizations.
H. P. Lovecraft - The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
Howard Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. This new Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master's tales-from his early short stories "Under the Pyramids" (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and "The Music of Erich Zann" (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works, "The Dunwich Horror," The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and At the Mountains of Madness. The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each story.
Ismeretlen szerző - Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." --H. P. LOVECRAFT, "Supernatural Horror in Literature" Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His chilling mythology established a gateway between the known universe and an ancient dimension of otherworldly terror, whose unspeakable denizens and monstrous landscapes -dread Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, the Plateau of Leng, the Mountains of Madness - have earned him a permanent place in the history of the macabre. In Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, a pantheon of horror and fantasy's finest authors pay tribute to the master of the macabre with a collection of original stories set in the fearsome Lovecraft tradition.
Alice Munro - Too Much Happiness
Short-story collections continue to be the bane of the publishing world - as Alice Munro herself puts it in a story here, they seem to 'diminish the book's authority, making the author seem like somebody who is just hanging on to the gates of literature, rather than safely settled inside'. Well, the septuangenarian Munro is undoubtedly safely inside; widely considered among the best in the business, earlier this year she won the International Man Booker prize. This latest collection is, as you might expect from the mocking tenor of the title, largely concerned with the elusive nature of happiness, a state of mind that, amid the chaotic everyday inhabited by Munro's characters, is impossible to fathom or control. It starts horrifically, with a woman in therapy following the murder of her three children by her demented husband. Just when you think there can be no possible relief, Munro throws in a deft, final redemptive sentence that's the equivalent of opening a window on a stifling, locked-up-room. Many stories reverberate with the aftershock of some grotesque or traumatic childhood event, from the son who falls down a ravine in Deep-Holes and the consequences this has for his mother, to the woman in Child's Play who is forced to acknowledge the guilt she has refused to bear for the death of a fellow pupil at summer camp. Munro's prose is surprisingly rangy, almost giving the impression of artlessness, yet there's nothing remotely careless about these effortless composition that run so dangerously close to real life and which, like touching an electric fence, jolt you violently alive. (Claire Allfree)
Margaret Atwood - Wilderness Tips
Here are brilliantly rendered stories that explore themes of loss and discovery, of the gap between youthful dreams and mature reality, of how we connect with others and with the sometimes hidden part of ourselves. In each of these tales Margaret Atwood deftly illuminates the single instant that shapes a whole life: in a few brief pages we watch as characters progress through the passions of youth into the precarious complexities of middle age. By superimposing the past on the present Atwood paints interior landscapes shaped by time, regret and life's lost chances, endowing even the banal with a sense of mystery. Richly layered and disturbing, poignant at times and scathingly witty at others, the stories in Wilderness Tips take us into the strange and secret places of the heart and inform the familiar world in which we live with truths that cut to the bone.
Alice Munro - The Moons of Jupiter
In these piercingly lovely and endlessly surprising stories by one of the most acclaimed current practitioners of the art of fiction, many things happen: there are betrayals and reconciliations, love affairs consummated and mourned. But the true events in The Moons Of Jupiter are the ways in which the characters are transformed over time, coming to view their past selves with an anger, regret, and infinite compassion that communicate themselves to us with electrifying force.