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1 REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST

1 REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST

Author: PROUST, MARCEL
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Here are the first two volumes of Proust's monumental achievement, Swann's Way and Within a Budding Grove. The famous overture to Swann's Way sets down the grand themes that govern In Search of Lost Time as the narrator recalls his childhood in Paris and Combray, exquisite memories, long since passed--his mother's good-night kiss, the water lilies on the Vivonne, his love for Swann's daughter Gilberte--spring vividly into being. In Within a Budding Grove--which won the Prix Goncourt in 1919, bringing the author instant fame--the narrator turns from his childhood recollections and begins to explore the memories of his adolescence. As his affections for Gilberte grow dim, the narrator discovers a new object of attention in the bright-eyed Albertine. Their encounters unfold by the shores of Balbec. One of the great works of Western literature, now in the new definitive French Pleiade edition translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin.

1984

1984

Author: ORWELL, GEORGE
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1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. "1984" is still the great modern classic "negative Utopia" - a startling original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny this novel's power, its hold on the imagination of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions - a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
1Q84

1Q84

Author: MURAKAMI, HARUKI
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"Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves." --The New York Times Book Review

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 --"Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question." Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's--1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

2 REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST 2

2 REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST 2

Author: PROUST, MARCEL
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Translation of: A la recherche du temps perdu.
2666

2666

Author: BOLANO, ROBERTO
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A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER

THE POSTHUMOUS MASTERWORK FROM ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL MODERN WRITERS (JAMES WOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of SantaTeresa--a fictional Juárez--on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.

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3 REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST 3

Author: PROUST, MARCEL
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Translation of: A la recherche du temps perdu.
7 TATTOOS: A MEMOIR IN THE FLESH

7 TATTOOS: A MEMOIR IN THE FLESH

Author: TRACTENBERG, PETER
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In the tradition of The Basketball Diaries -- a startling account of a life lived on the edge

Sulfurously funny and intellectually provocative, 7 Tattoos is a journey without maps through the labyrinth of a human soul. There are only a few landmarks as guideposts: the ones carved on the author's own flesh. Each section of this innovative book is the story of one of Peter Trachtenberg's tattoos, as well as a daring, intelligent exploration of the themes that each tattoo evokes: death, sacrilege, primitivism, rebellion, atonement, sadomasochism, and downfall. 7 Tattoos introduces us to a man responding ingeniously and emotionally to the harrowing events of his life: funerary rites in Borneo, heroin addiction on Manhattan's Lower East Side, the deathwatches of both his parents. Though it features deft portraits of famous tattoo artists like Spider Webb, Trachtenberg's book is not about tattoos; rather it is an arsenal of ideas fired off with great emotional power. At once memoir, wild anthropology, and meditation on love, faithlessness, and faith, this stunningly original book redefines what a literary memoir can be.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Author: DICKENS, CHARLES
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Few readers need introduction to Charles Dickens's great Christmas classic of Ebenezer Scrooge, his dastardly treatment of his employees and family, and his "ba-humbug" attitude towards Christmas--all changed by a nightmarish sleep of visions of past, present, and future.

Although numerous other editions of this book are in print, few are as lovely as the Green Integer edition, edited from the original 1843 edition and corrected by Douglas Messerli. The book will be available for Christmas 2001.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Author: BURGESS, ANTHONY
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In Anthony Burgess's influential nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, a teen who talks in a fantastically inventive slang that evocatively renders his and his friends' intense reaction against their society. Dazzling and transgressive, A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil and the meaning of human freedom. This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition, and Burgess's introduction, "A Clockwork Orange Resucked."

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A COOL MILLION AND THE DREAM LIFE OF BALSO SNELL

Author: WEST, NATHANIEL
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Nathanael West was only thirty-seven when he died in 1940, but his depictions of the sometimes comic, sometimes horrifying aspects of the American scene rival those of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. A Cool Million, written in 1934, is a satiric Horatio Alger story set in the midst of the Depression. The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1931) was described by one critic as "a fantasy about some rather scatological adventures of the hero in the innards of the Trojan horse."