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  • Fraulein Else
    Fraulein Else (English, Paperback) Arthur Schnitzler

    While staying with her aunt at a fashionable spa, Else receives an unexpected telegram from her mother, begging her to save her father from debtor's jail. The only way out, it seems, is to approach an elderly acquaintance in order to borrow money from him. Through this telegram, Else is forced into the reality of a world entirely at odds with her romantic imagination ? with horrific consequences....

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  • A Short Life of Pushkin
    A Short Life of Pushkin (English, Paperback) Robert Chandler

    A short yet fascinating account of Russia's most celebrated writer....

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  • The Pendragon Legend
    The Pendragon Legend (English, Paperback) Antal Szerb

    At an end-of-the London season soiree, the young Hungarian scholar-dilettante Janos Batky is introduced to the Earl of Gwynedd, a reclusive eccentric who is the subject of strange rumours. Invited to the family seat, Pendragon Castle in North Wales, Batky receives a mysterious phone-call warning him not to go.

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  • The Man in a Hurry
    The Man in a Hurry (English, Paperback) Paul Morand

    A feverish classic from one of the modern masters of French proseNo one can keep up with Pierre Niox, the speediest antiques dealer in Paris - although not necessarily the most competent. As he dashes about at a dizzying pace, his impatience becomes too much to bear for those around him: his manservant, his only friend and even his cat abandon him. He begins to find that while he is racing through...

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  • The Allure of Chanel
    The Allure of Chanel (English, Paperback) Paul Morand

    Coco Chanel invited Paul Morand to visit her in St Moritz at the end of the Second World War when he was given the opportunity to write her memoirs; his notes of their conversations were put away in a drawer and only came to light one year after Chanel's death. Through Morand's transcription of their conversations, Chanel tells us about her friendship with Misia Sert, the men in her life - Boy...

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  • The New Sorrows of Young W. (English, Paperback) Ulrich Plenzdorf

    'I was just a regular idiot, a nutcase, a show-off and all that. Nothing to cry about. Seriously'Edgar W., teenage dropout, unrequited lover, unrecognized genius - and dead - tells the story of his brief, spectacular life.It is the story of how he rebels against the petty rules of communist East Germany to live in an abandoned summer house, with just a tape recorder and a battered copy of Goethe's...

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  • Things Look Different in the Light & Other Stories
    Things Look Different in the Light & Other Stories (English, Paperback) Medardo Fraile, Ali Smith

    Among these wonderful, blackly comic tales from the Spanish master of the short story, an office queen falls from her throne, a tartan shirt holds the threads of a man's life, a simple dictation test results in glimpsed mortality, and a case of mistaken identity finally pays off. Taking in love, family, war, food and the unforgettable view of the world from childhood, these rich, charming stories...

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  • Laura
    Laura (English, Paperback) George Sand

    While working for his uncle, Alexis Hartz is introduced to Laura who shares his scientific interests, and in particular his fascination for crystals. To his amazement Laura has discovered a way to enter this alluring world and together they travel the vast and glittering landscape. But it cannot last forever.

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  • Love in a Bottle
    Love in a Bottle (English, Paperback) Antal Szerb

    Hungarian Antal Szerb is best known in the West as the author of three extraordinary novels, most notably Journey by Moonlight (1937), and a highly entertaining study of the Ancient Regime in France: The Queen's Necklace (1942). This selection of his stories and novellas, set variously in mythical times and in the London and Paris of the twenties and thirties, reflects his love of life and the...

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  • A Life
    A Life (English, Paperback) Italo Svevo

    A Life is the gruelling tale of the frustrated existence of a bank clerk with a poetic soul. The artistic aspirations of the protagonist and the emptiness of his daily life become tragic in the great divide between what he wants and what he actually has and gets. Alfonso the bank clerk wants to be a poet and seems to be falling in love with Annetta, the vain and arrogant daughter of his boss. But...

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  • Laura
    Laura (English, Paperback) George Sand

    While working for his uncle, Alexis Hartz is introduced to Laura who shares his scientific interests, and in particular his fascination for crystals. To his amazement Laura has discovered a way to enter this alluring world and together they travel the vast and glittering landscape. But it cannot last forever....

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