From Narnia to a Space Odyssey is a provocative account of the debate and discussion between Clarke and Lewis presenting their opposing views on technology and its effects on society in a fascinating manner, unfolding throughout their prose, both fiction and non-fiction, and through their own correspondence.
Their encounter sets the stage for the dilemma we face today: Is technology the beauty that will lead us to a more utopian society, or is it the beast that endangers our humanity and spirit?
Ismeretlen szerző - The Many Voices of English
Auf der ganzen Welt entsteht Literatur in Englischer Sprache. Dieser Band enthält eine Kurzgeschichtensammlung namhafter Autorinnen und Autoren von der Kolonialzeit bis zur Gegenwart. - Eine fundierte Einführung in das Thema zeigt, wie aktuell postkoloniale Literatur heute erlebt werden kann. - Kurzbiographien führen in die Lebenbswelt und das Werk der Autorinnen und Autoren ein. - Ausführliche Worterklärungen und Erläuterungen am Fuß der Seite erleichtern das Lesen. - Ergänzendes Hintergrundmaterial zu den Kurzgeschichten bietet ein breites Spektrum an Diskussionsstoff. - Hinweise auf weiterführende Literatur und Websites dienen der Vorbereitung von Präsentationen, Essays und Referaten. - Karten veranschaulichen die Verbreitung der englischen Sprache und Kultur.
P. G. Wodehouse - Lord Emsworth and Others
Rear dust jacket notes: "A collection of stories in which familiar characters and places are reintroduced in unfamiliar circumstances, reminding us - if we need reminding - of their author's limitless powers of comic invention. In the title story - one of Wodehouse's longest and best shorter fictions - Lord Emsworth takes his revenge on his ghastly secretary, the Efficient Baxter, setting off a wave of similar reprisals at Blandings Castle with amazing results. In other tales we meet several members of the Drones Club, while the final three reunite us with the ineffable Ukridge, more of whose over-optimistic schemes for making easy money come to grief. A delightful meeting with old friends for some readers, a superb introduction to the world of Wodehouse for others."
Zadie Smith - Changing My Mind
Split into five sections - Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering - _Changing My Mind_ finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of essays-some published here for the first time-reveals Smith as a passionate and precise essayist, equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. Whether writing on Katherine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deft care to the art of criticism with a style both sympathetic and insightful. _Changing My Mind_ is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent, and funny - a gift to readers and writers both.
Charles Dickens - The Parish Clerk / A falusi tanító
Kétnyelvű kiadványainkkal elsősorban a nyelvtanulóknak kívánunk segítséget nyújtani, hogy kellemes és tanulságos módon tökéletesíthessék tudásukat. Éppen ezért kiadványaink fordításánál minél nagyobb nyelvhűségre törekszünk, bár a jó magyar stílus követelményei helyenként megkívánják, hogy kisebb-nagyobb mértékben eltérjünk a szó szerinti fordítástól. Olvasóink számára a teljesség kedvéért dőlt betűs írással jelöltük azokat a magyar szövegben található szavakat vagy szócsoportokat, amelyek az eredeti szövegben nem szerepelnek, de a magyar nyelv szellemének megfelelően a magyar szövegben elkerülhetetlenek. Számozással jelöltük viszont azokat a legfontosabb kifejezéseket, amelyek jellegzetesen hozzátartoznak a szóban forgó idegen nyelvhez, de magyarra szó szerint le nem fordíthatók. A kiadvány végén jegyzetben közöljük az ezekre vonatkozó magyarázatokat.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes emlékiratai / The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle hősét sem a krimikedvelőknek, sem az igényes lektűr rajongóinak nem kell bemutatni. S bár kiadónk a közelmúltban a szerző valamennyi Sherlock Holmes-történetét tartalmazó sorozat első kötetét jelentette meg, úgy véltük, hogy az írások hangulatát, a zseniális nyomozó gondolatmenetét leghívebben az eredeti szöveg adhatja vissza. Itt az ideje tehát, hogy a méltán népszerű detektív és hű társa, dr. Watson kalandjai közül néhányat a magyar fordítással együtt angolul is közreadjuk. Így nem csak a krimi irodalom e klasszikusának kedvelői, de az angol nyelvvel már közelebbi ismeretségben álló olvasók is nagy élvezettel forgathatják a könyvet.
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.
Sophie Hannah - The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets
Who is hiding in the bushes outside a young man's house? Why does the same stranger keep appearing in the background of a family's photographs? What makes a woman stand mesmerised by two children in a school playground, children she's never met but whose names she knows well? All will be revealed in this collection of stories.
Ismeretlen szerző - English Short Stories of the 20th Century
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Penguin Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
In four novels and fifty-six short stories, the exciting adventures of Baker Street's most famous resident Sherlock Holmes. Known and loved by generations, this shrewd amateur detective, with the faithful Dr Watson by his side, has earned his place in our national life and social history. This handsome omnibus edition stands as a lasting tribute to the indestructible sleuth and his famous creator. Includes: A Study in Scarlet; The Sign of Four; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes; The Return of Sherlock Holmes; The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Valley of Fear; His Last Bow and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.
Sue Townsend - Number Ten
"Townsend has a rare gift wickedly funny."-Kirkus Reviews (starred) "It's not pretty, it's not subtle, but it's wickedly funny and skewers London's prime-time players."-Columbus Dispatch "It's a good thing British subjects are no longer beheaded for treason, or Sue Townsend's head would roll . . . outrageously cutting."-Newsday "[Townsend] is a national treasure."-The New York Times Book Review Edward Clare, PM of England, doesn't know the price of a liter of milk. Worse, he's admitted it on national television. The public that ushered him to a landslide election has turned against him. Edward decides the only way to get closer to the men and women on the street is to travel the country dressed in drag. Leaving his high-powered, ambitious wife to attend to things in his absence, he sets out. In this comic romp Sue Townsend sends up, roasts, hoists and generally petards the once and future prime ministers as only she can. Sue Townsend is celebrated as the author of the bestselling Adrian Mole series, read by millions, as well as the #1 British bestseller, The Queen and I. She lives in Leicester, England.
Neil Gaiman - Fragile Things
Let me tell you a story. No, wait, one's not enough. I'll begin again... Let me tell you stories of the months of the year, of ghosts and heartbreak, of dread and desire. Of after-hours drinking and unanswered phones, of good deeds and bad days, of trusting wolves and how to talk to girls. There are stories within stories, whispered in the quiet of the night, shouted above the roar of the day, and played out between lovers and enemies, strangers and friends. But all, all are fragile things made of just 26 letters arranged and rearranged to form tales and imaginings which will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.
Angela Carter - Burning Your Boats
As well as her novels, Angela Carter published four wonderful collections of short stories during her lifetime, and cintributed to several anthologies. In _Burning Your Boats_ all her stories are gathered together in one essential, darkly erotic collection.
Tony Parsons - On Life, Death and Breakfast
The bestselling author of MAN AND BOY turns his acute eye and pen to the biggest personal issues that face us -- as well as the annoying grit in the eye of everyday life. In this dazzling collection of essays, Tony Parsons reveals why, long before he became a bestselling novelist, he was an award-winning journalist. All facets of modern life are captured here - viewed from the sometimes outrageous, often controversial, and wildly entertaining perspective of our outspoken commentator. Men and women. Straying and staying. The sound of real guns and the fashion for fake breasts. What we should do about gobby yobs, junk sex and performance anxiety. Where cars and football went wrong. The myth of the mid-life crisis. The heartbreak of saying goodbye to your parents. Why Bobby Moore's smile holds the key to the universe. How true love and learning to box can save the modern male. Life, death and even a bit of breakfast! All of it served up with a side of common sense, lightly-buttered passion and lashings of hilarity.
Nick Hornby - Housekeeping vs. the Dirt
In this latest collection of essays following The Polysyllabic Spree, critic and author Nick Hornby continues the feverish survey of his swollen bookshelves, offering a funny, intelligent, and unblinkered account of the stuff he's been reading. Ranging from the middlebrow to the highbrow (with unrepenting dips into the lowbrow), Hornby's dispatches from his nightstand table serve as useful guides to contemporary letters, with revelations on contemporary culture, the intellectual scene, and English football, in equal measure.
Philip Pullman - A Word or Two About Myths
From time to time someone comes up with the idea that there are only seven stories in the world. Or only three, or only eleven, or whatever. Or else they claim to have discovered that every different story is a variant of one basic story, such as Cinderella, or the quest for the Holy Grail. And they find no lack of listeners, because our interest in how stories work and in what sort of stories there could be is almost as powerful as our appetite to hear them told. We could argue about it for ever, and our pleasure would never pall. But what is certain is that writers and novelists and poets, people who have a visceral need to tell stories, find themselves coming back again and again to those narrative shapes and forms and structures we call myths. There’s something sensuous about the attraction they hold, something almost physically satisfying about their shapes; we like to run them through our minds, we like to stroke their contours, we like to arrange the light so that it brings out their features and throws interesting and form-revealing shadows. A myth is intoxicating, because it is something other than just a story. In one way, it’s the very opposite of poetry. Robert Frost said that poetry is what gets lost in translation: we could say that a myth is a story that is not lost, or harmed, or diminished as it sheds the skin of one language and assumes that of another, because, as C. S. Lewis pointed out, a myth is a story whose power is independent of its telling. Our first experience of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice would affect us just as strongly in whatever version we came across it, because it’s the shape of the events that contains the power, and not merely the language. This is a fact designed to keep writers humble; the brilliance and dash of our sentences are of little importance beside the events we try to describe. It’s a reminder that most of our readers still regard our words as a window and not as a surface: they want to see through them to the great and tragic forms acting out the passionate drama of the story. The cosmic events the characters repeat in this driven and compulsive way are far more interesting than our prose style. Nevertheless, each new writer does bring something never seen before to a story that might have been told a thousand times. It might never have been seen from quite this angle, it might never have been suffused with quite this emotional tone; the intelligence that plays over the events might never have glittered with quite this silvery wit. This is what makes the telling, and retelling, and retelling of myths such an endlessly refreshing struggle, such a demanding privilege, such a humbling joy. (This essay was written specially for The Myths series and is only available in the original hardback box set.)
Nick Hornby - Otherwise Pandemonium
Every book tells a story ... And the 70 titles in the Pocket Penguins series are emblematic of the renowned breadth and quality that formed part of the original Penguin vision in 1935 and that continue to define our publishing today. Together, they tell one version of the unique story of Penguin Books. Nick Hornby's books have found millions of readers around the globe since publication of _Fever Pitch_ in 1992. Accessible, relevant and deeply passionate, his work embodies the 'good books for all' spirit of the original Penguins and in doing so gives a literary voice to the needs, concerns and preoccupations of everyday life. _Otherwise Pandemonium_ features two Hornby stories, one of which was written specifically for this volume.
Noel Streatfeild - The Day Before Yesterday - Firsthand Stories of Fifty Years Ago
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