Haruki Murakami - Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Japan's most widely-read and controversial writer, author of A Wild Sheep Chase, hurtles into the consciousness of the West with this narrative about a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters--not to mention Bob Dylan and Lauren Bacall.
Virginia Woolf - The Waves
The Waves (1931) is Virginia Woolf's most experimental and saturated piece of writing. During the process of composition its self-awareness was prefigural. That is to say, its production of sound, figure, and language were ahead of the author's conscious intention to the extent that she was – famously – obliged to go stumbling after her own seemingly autonomous voice. In one sense, then, The Waves obviously represents a high-Modernist breaking and remaking of novelistic form. But in another sense it is really the acme of a certain kind of rhetoric in which Woolf was long practised and in which she had achieved great facility; and it takes that sort of fluency about as far as Woolf would have wished to go. The Waves consists of soliloquies spoken by the book's six characters: Bernard, Susan, Rhoda, Neville, Jinny, and Louis. Also important is Percival, the seventh character, though readers never hear him speak through his own voice. The monologues that span the characters' lives are broken up by nine brief third-person interludes detailing a coastal scene at varying stages in a day from sunrise to sunset.
George Orwell - 1984 (angol)
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
Don DeLillo - Underworld
Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life; she is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence. Underworld is a story of men and women together and apart, seen in deep, clear detail and in stadium-sized panoramas, shadowed throughout by the overarching conflict of the Cold War. It is a novel that accepts every challenge of these extraordinary times — Don DeLillo's greatest and most powerful work of fiction.
Paul Auster - Man in the Dark
Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident. Plagued by insomnia, he tries to push back thoughts of things he would prefer to forget - his wife’s recent death and the horrific murder of his granddaughter’s boyfriend, Titus - by telling himself stories. He imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself. In this other America the twin towers did not fall, and the 2000 election results led to secession, as state after state pulled away from the union, and a bloody civil war ensued. Brill gradually opens up to his granddaughter, recounting the story of his marriage and confronting the grim reality of Titus’s death. Man in the Dark is a novel of our time, a book that forces us to confront the blackness of night whilst also celebrating the existence of ordinary joys in a brutal world.
Gertrude Stein - The Making of Americans
In _The Making of Americans_, Gertrude Stein sets out to tell "a history of a family's progress", radically reworking the traditional family saga novel to encompass her vision of personality and psychological relationships. As the history progresses over three generations, Stein also meditates on her own writing, on the making of _The Making of Americans_, and on America.
Kazuo Ishiguro - The Unconsoled
Ryder, a renowned pianist, arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give. But then as he traverses a landscape by turns eerie and comical - and always strangely malleable, as a dream might be - he comes steadily to realise he is facing the most crucial performance of his life. Ishiguro's extraordinary study of a man whose life has accelerated beyond his control was met on publication by consternation, vilification - and the highest praise.
Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood
When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world of uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, loss and desire - to a time when an impetuous young woman called Midori marches into his life and he has to choose between the future and the past.
Kurt Vonnegut - Az ötös számú vágóhíd / Slaughterhouse-Five
6., kétnyelvű ünnepi kiadás Van okunk ünnepelni. Kerek negyven esztendeje, 1969-ben jelent meg első ízben ez a méretében szerény, irodalomtörténeti jelentőségét illetően azonban korszakos mű. A szerző, ez a "tisztavérű" német, 1944-ben, alig huszonkét évesen az amerikai hadsereg felderítőjeként német hadifogságba esett a belga hadszintéren. Drezdába vitték. Az ékszerdoboz-szépségű barokk kórházvárost a brit légierő nem sokkal a második világháború befejezése előtt porig égette. Bosszúból. Coventryért, Londonért. Néhány óra alatt százharmincötezer ember, csupa öreg, gyermek, asszony és hadirokkant égett szénné. Katona egy sem akadt köztük. Vonnegutnak és társainak jutott a feladat, hogy a közparkokban hatalmas piramisokat építsenek a hullákból, és elhamvasszák őket. Tömegmészárlásról alighanem teljes képtelenség katartikus, ráadásul mulatságos könyvet írni. A szerző maga huszonöt éven át kísérletezett vele, mire végül megszületett a nevezetes "Dezda-kötet", s általa a világméretű Vonnegut-kultusz. 1969 óta millió és millió példány fogyott el a könyvből. Az írót nemcsak a hazájában, de az egész bolygón afféle prófétaként tisztelik. A groteszk, az abszurd, a fekete humor apostola ő. Meghalt, mégis elevenebben hat, mint valaha. E kétnyelvű kötet főhajtás a megrendítő erejű alkotás és Kurt Vonnegut géniusza előtt.
David Herbert Lawrence - Sons and Lovers
Drawing on his own childhood and adolescence, Lawrence depicts the early married life of the Morels - the father a hardworking, hard-drinking Nottinhamshire coal miner, the mother a refined woman of middle-class aspirations. Born into the family battle, their son Paul Morel initially takes his mother's part, until in adolescence he meets and falls in love with a young girl, Miriam, and discovers a new conflict of loyalties. Sons and Lovers portrays the sexual and emotional struggle of Paul Morel, caught between the women he attempted to love, and in it D. H. Lawrence transforms autobiography into art.
J. D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
This book contains two wonderful stories about members of the Glass family by the author of _The Catcher in the Rye._ The first story takes place in downtown New Haven during the weekend of 'the Yale game' and follows Franny Glass on a date with her collegiate boyfriend. The second focuses on Zooey Glass, a somewhat emotionally toughened genius. As his younger sister Franny hits an emotional crisis in her parents' Manhattan living room, Zooey comes to her aid, offering love, understanding, and words of sage advice.
Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse
This novel is an extraordinarily poignant evocation of a lost happiness that lives on in the memory. For years now the Ramsays have spent every summer in their holiday home in Scotland, and they expect these summers will go on forever. In this, her most autobiographical novel, Virginia Woolf captures the intensity of childhood longing and delight, and the shifting complexity of adult relationships. From an acute awareness of transcience, she creates an enduring work of art.
Peter Ackroyd - The Lambs of London
Mary Lamb is confined by the restrictions of domesticity: her father is losing his mind, her mother watchful and hostile, and their maidservant, Tizzy, elderly and infirm. The great solace of her life is her brother Charles - but he feels equally constrained by the drudgery of his work at the East India Company, taking refuge in drink while spreading his wings as a writer. Sometimes, in the evenings, they study together. Mary reads what Charles reads. So it is no surprise that Mary should fall for the bookseller's son, seventeen-year-old antiquarian William Ireland, from whom Charles has purchased a book. But this is no ordinary book - it once belonged to William Shakespeare himself. And William Ireland, with his green eyes and his red hair, it's no ordinary young man... _The Lambs of London_ brilliantly creates an urban world of scholars and entrepreneurs, actors and theatre managers, a world in which a clever son will stop at nothing to impress his showman father, and no one knows quite what to believe. Can Mary Lamb - vulnerable, sheltered, idealistic - survive such an introduction to the many frailities of human nature? Ingenious and vividly alive, _The Lambs of London_ is a poignant, gripping novel of betrayal and deceit, a masterly re-enactment of London life which keeps the reader guessing until the end.
James Joyce - Ulysses (angol)
Ulysses has been labelled dirty, blasphemous and unreadable. In a famous 1933 court decision, Judge John M. Woolsey declared it an emetic book – although he found it not quite obscene enough to disallow its importation into the United States – and Virginia Woolf was moved to decry James Joyce’s ‘cloacal obsession’. None of these descriptions, however, do the slightest justice to the novel. To this day it remains the modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even (in its own way) suspenseful. And despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, Ulysses is also a compulsively readable book. Even the verbal vaudeville of he final chapters can be navigated with relative ease, as long as you’re willing to be buffeted, tickled, challenged and (occasionally) vexed by Joyce’s astonishing command of the English language.
Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Cormac McCarthy sets his new novel, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct, starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-encompassing, and marauding bands of cannibals roam the environment with pieces of human flesh stuck between their teeth. If this sounds oppressive and dispiriting, it is. McCarthy may have just set to paper the definitive vision of the world after nuclear war, and in this recent age of relentless saber-rattling by the global powers, it's not much of a leap to feel his vision could be not far off the mark nor, sadly, right around the corner. Stealing across this horrific (and that's the only word for it) landscape are an unnamed man and his emaciated son, a boy probably around the age of ten. It is the love the father feels for his son, a love as deep and acute as his grief, that could surprise readers of McCarthy's previous work. McCarthy's Gnostic impressions of mankind have left very little place for love. In fact that greatest love affair in any of his novels, I would argue, occurs between the Billy Parham and the wolf in The Crossing. But here the love of a desperate father for his sickly son transcends all else. McCarthy has always written about the battle between light and darkness; the darkness usually comprises 99.9% of the world, while any illumination is the weak shaft thrown by a penlight running low on batteries. In The Road, those batteries are almost out--the entire world is, quite literally, dying--so the final affirmation of hope in the novel's closing pages is all the more shocking and maybe all the more enduring as the boy takes all of his father's (and McCarthy's) rage at the hopeless folly of man and lays it down, lifting up, in its place, the oddest of all things: faith. --Dennis Lehane
Herman Melville - Moby Dick (angol)
Moby-Dick, written in 1851, recounts the adventures of the narrator Ishmael as he sails on the whaling ship Pequod under the command of Captain Ahab. Ishmael believes he has signed onto a routine commission aboard a normal whaling vessel, but he soon learns that Captain Ahab is not guiding the Pequod in the simple pursuit of commerce but is seeking one specific whale, Moby-Dick, a great while whale infamous for his giant proportions and his ability to destroy the whalers that seek him. Captain Ahab's wooden leg is the result of his first encounter with the whale, when he lost both leg and ship. But Captain Ahab is bent on revenge and he intends to get Moby-Dick. Ahab demonstrates erratic behavior from the very beginning and his eccentricities magnify as the voyage progresses. As the novel draws to a conclusion, the Pequod encounters the whaling ship Rachel. The Rachel's captain asks Ahab to help him in a search and rescue effort for his whaling-crew that went missing the day before - and the captain's son is among the missing. But when Ahab learns that the crew disappeared while tangling with Moby-Dick he refuses the call to aid in the rescue so that he may hunt Moby-Dick instead. The encounter with Moby-Dick brings a tragic end to the affair. Ishmael alone survives, using his friend Queequeg's coffin as a flotation device until he is ironically rescued by the Rachel, which has continued to search for its missing crew. The novel is not only a great American classic, but is also heralded as one of greatest novels in the English language.
William Faulkner - The Sound and the Fury
A novel which describes the dissolution of the once aristocratic Compson family in the American South, told through the eyes of three of its members. In different ways they prove unable to deal with either the responsibility of the past or the imperatives of the present.
Kurt Vonnegut - Hocus Pocus
Ingram. A small, exclusive college in upstate New York is nestled along the frozen shores of Lake Mohiga . . . and directly across from a maximum-security prison. The two institutions manage to coexist peacefully, until 10,000 prisoners break out and head directly for the college.
Edgar Allan Poe - Meghökkentő történetek / Unexpected Stories
Edgar Allan Poe a XIX. század elején megerősödő amerikai irodalom első klasszikus alakja. Novellái - ő a modern amerikai novella megteremtője - bármennyire kalandos is legyen a cselekményük, rövid, zárt történetek. Szerkezetük racionális, céltudatos. Lényegük a csattanó, a meghökkentés. Az érdekfeszítő cselekmény minden fordulata mérnöki pontossággal e felé halad, minden elem e legvégső hatásnak van alávetve. Az író a tudatosság esztétikáját vallja, csapongó, meghökkentő novelláiban is fokozott jelentőséget nyer az ész munkája. Poe hosszú ideje ismert és népszerű hazánkban, műveit már a múlt század utolsó harmadában sokan fordították, de igazi prózaírói sikerét Babits Mihály és Pásztor Árpád klasszikussá vált fordításkötetei hozták meg. Az író művészetében a fantasztikum és a ráció különös keveréke vonzotta őket. A kétnyelvű kötetben elsősorban a prózában is költői Poe-val találkozunk, a vizionárius, romantikus művésszel, kísérteties tájak és helyzetek lázas álmodójával. Személyes lidércnyomások elevenednek meg az elbeszélésekben: az elevenen eltemetett tetszhalott (Az elsietett temetés), az alkoholmámorban elkövetett esztelen-oktalan gyilkosság (A perverzió démona), a végzet elől való menekülés képtelensége (Az Usher-ház vége), de megjelenik a komikus-fantasztikum (Az elveszett lélegzet) és a szorongásos álom talán legmeghökkentőbb példája: A vörös halál álarca. Az elbeszélések maradandó hatásának titka, hogy Poe nem elsősorban a hátborzongató elemek mesteri elrendezésével és fokozásával keresi a hatást, hanem a költői eszközökkel megteremtett atmoszférával.
Don DeLillo - The Body Artist
“DeLillo’s most affecting novel yet...A dazzling, phosphorescent work of art.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.” —Malcolm Jones, Newsweek “A metaphysical ghost story about a woman alone…intimate, spare, exquisite.” —Adam Begley, The New York Times Book Review “A brilliant new novel....Don DeLillo continues to think about the modern world in language and images as quizzically beautiful as any writer.” — San Francisco Chronicle