Variété I et II

By Paul Valéry

"De ces essais que l'on va peut-être lire, il n'en est element qui ne soit l'effet d'une circonstance, et que l'auteur eût écrit de son propre mouvement. Leurs objets ne sont pas de lui ; même leur étendue parfois lui fut donnée.

Presque toujours surpris, au début de son travail, de se trouver engagé dans un ordre d'idées inaccoutumé, et placé brusquement dans quelque état inattendu de son esprit, il lui fallut, à chaque fois, retrouver nécessairement le naturel de sa pensée. Toute l'unité de cette Variété ne consiste que dans ce même mouvement."

Paul Valéry.

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The Twyborn Affair (Vintage Classics)

By Patrick White

Eddie Twyborn is bisexual and lovely, the son of a pass judgement on and a drunken mom. along with his androgynous hero - Eudoxia/Eddie/Eadith Twyborn - and during his look for identification, for self-affirmation and love in its many kinds, Patrick White takes us into the ambiguous landscapes, sexual, mental and non secular, of the human situation.

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A Route To Modernism: Hardy, Lawrence, Woolf

By Rosemary Sumner

The query "What is modernism?" has provoked extreme severe dialogue. A path to Modernism explores this question; it makes a speciality of the unusual and unsafe trip taken through Hardy, Lawrence, and Woolf in the direction of unknown areas of the brain and the universe. In a dialogue of those novelists, either separately and on the subject of each other, a thorough reconsideration of modernism is constructed. This ebook exhibits a hypothetical educate of Hardy, Lawrence, and Woolf no longer following an present music yet tunneling underneath surfaces, following routes that are "spasmodic, fragmentary," occasionally setting out like a rocket into the cosmos.

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Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (Reader's Guides)

By Julian W Connolly

Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov is definitely one of many maximum works of worldwide literature. With its dramatic portrayal of a Russian relatives in difficulty and its severe research into the basic questions of human life, the radical has had an enormous impression on writers and thinkers throughout a wide diversity of disciplines, from psychology to non secular and political philosophy. This proposed reader's advisor has significant targets: to aid the reader comprehend where of Dostoevsky's novel in Russian and international literature, and to light up the writer's compelling and intricate inventive imaginative and prescient. The plot of the unconventional facilities at the homicide of the patriarch of the Karamazov kin and the next try and detect which of the brothers bears accountability for the homicide, yet Dostoevsky's final pursuits are way more thought-provoking. Haunted by means of the query of God's life, Dostoevsky makes use of the nature of Ivan Karamazov to invite what sort of God may create a global within which blameless youngsters need to endure, and he was hoping that his whole novel would supply the reply. The layout of Dostoevsky's paintings, within which one personality poses questions that different characters needs to attempt to solution, presents a stimulating foundation for reader engagement. Having taught college classes on Dostoevsky's paintings for over two decades, Julian W. Connolly attracts upon sleek and conventional techniques to the unconventional to provide a reader's consultant that stimulate the reader's curiosity and gives a springboard for additional mirrored image and study.

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A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes

By Witold Gombrowicz, Benjamin Ivry

Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), novelist, essayist, and playwright, used to be the most vital Polish writers of the 20 th century. A candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, he was once defined through Milan Kundera as “one of the nice novelists of our century” and via John Updike as “one of the profoundest of the overdue moderns.”
Gombrowicz’s works have been thought of scandalous and subversive by way of the ruling powers in Poland and have been banned for almost 40 years. He spent his final years in France instructing philosophy; this publication is a chain of reflections in accordance with his lectures.
Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six “one-hour” essays and addresses Marxism in a shorter “fifteen-minute” piece. The text—a small literary gem packed with sardonic wit, very good insights, and provocative criticism—constructs the philosophical lineage of his work.

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Nabokov's Pale Fire: The Magic of Artistic Discovery

By Brian Boyd

Pale Fire is looked by way of many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. the radical has been hailed as probably the most amazing early examples of postmodernism and has develop into a recognized attempt case for theories approximately examining due to the obvious impossibility of finding out among a number of extensively diversified interpretations. Does the booklet have narrators, because it first appears to be like, or one? How a lot is myth and what kind of is truth? Whose fable and whose truth are they? Brian Boyd, Nabokov's biographer and hitherto the key proponent of the concept that Pale Fire has one narrator, John color, now rejects this place and offers a brand new and startlingly varied resolution that may completely shift the character of severe debate at the novel. Boyd argues that the ebook does certainly have narrators, color and Charles Kinbote, yet finds that Kinbote had a few unusual and hugely astonishing assist in writing his sections. In gentle of this interpretation, faded Fire now seems to be surprisingly much less postmodern--and extra attention-grabbing than ever.

In offering his arguments, Boyd indicates how Nabokov designed Pale Fire for readers to make brilliant discoveries on a primary examining or even extra astonishing discoveries on next readings by way of following conscientiously ready clues in the novel. Boyd leads the reader step by step in the course of the publication, progressively revealing the profound courting among Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. If Nabokov has generously deliberate the radical to be obtainable on a primary interpreting and but to include successive vistas of shock, Boyd argues, the reason is, he thinks a deep generosity lies at the back of the inexhaustibility, complexity, and secret of the realm. Boyd additionally exhibits how Nabokov's curiosity in discovery springs partially from his paintings as a scientist and student, and attracts comparisons among the approaches of readerly and medical discovery.

This is a profound, provocative, and compelling reinterpretation of 1 of the best novels of the 20th century.

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Sherwood Anderson: Collected Stories: Winesburg, Ohio / The Triumph of the Egg / Horses and Men / Death in the Woods / Uncollected Stories (Library of America #235)

By Sherwood Anderson

Within the wintry weather of 1912, Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941) all at once left his workplace and spent 3 days wandering in the course of the Ohio geographical region, a sufferer of “nervous exhaustion.” Over the following couple of years, forsaking his family members and his company, he resolved to turn into a author. Novels and poetry undefined, however it used to be with the tale assortment Winesburg, Ohio that he came across his excellent shape, remaking the yankee brief tale for the trendy period. Hart Crane, one of many first to acknowledge Anderson’s genius, speedy hailed his accomplishment: “America should still learn this ebook on her knees.” Here––for the 1st time in one volume––are all of the collections Anderson released in the course of his lifetime: Winesburg, Ohio (1919), The Triumph of the Egg (1921), Horses and males (1923), and Death in the Woods (1933), besides a beneficiant collection of tales left uncollected or unpublished at his dying. Exploring the hidden recesses of small city existence, those haunting, understated, usually sexually frank tales pivot on likely quiet moments whilst lives swap, futures are recast, and pasts come to reckon. They reworked the tone of yank storytelling, inspiring writers like Hemingway, Faulkner, and Mailer, and defining a convention of midwestern fiction that incorporates Charles Baxter, editor of this quantity.

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Modernist Literature: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

By Peter Childs

Literary modernism within the British Isles and the us will be defined because the flourishing of avant-garde literature before everything of the 20 th century however it might be obscure how and why various poems, novels, and authors are thought of on the subject of this complicated time period. Modernist Literature either bargains an historic review and explains the contours of literary modernism by means of taking the reader throughout the significant figures and texts, focusing really at the center years of 1900-1930 but additionally on reflection to Modernism's precursors and past to its legacy. targeting the British Isles yet masking vital American authors and referencing a much broader variety of texts, Modernist Literature is written in a transparent, obtainable sort that makes it an crucial creation to the topic.

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Molloy

By Samuel Beckett

Molloy, the 1st of the 3 masterpieces which represent Samuel Beckett’s recognized trilogy, seemed in French in 1951, seven months later via Malone Dies (Malone meurt) and years later by means of The Unnamable (L’Innommable). Few works of latest literature were so universally acclaimed as vital to their time and to our knowing of the human experience.

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