The Gambler

Autore: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Editore: BookRix
ISBN: 3736802560
Grandezza: 60,39 MB
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The Gambler is a short novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky about a young tutor in the employment of a formerly wealthy Russian general. The novella reflects Dostoyevsky's own addiction to roulette, which was in more ways than one the inspiration for the book: Dostoyevsky completed the novella under a strict deadline to pay off gambling debts. The first-person narrative is told from the point of view of Alexei Ivanovich, a tutor working for a Russian family living in a suite at a German hotel. The patriarch of the family, The General, is indebted to the Frenchman Des Grieux and has mortgaged his property in Russia to pay only a small amount of his debt. Upon learning of the illness of his wealthy aunt, "Grandmother", he sends streams of telegrams to Moscow and awaits the news of her demise. His expected inheritance will pay his debts and gain Mademoiselle De Cominges's hand in marriage. One day while Polina and Alexei are on a walk they see a Baron and Baroness. Polina dares him to insult the aristocratic couple and he does so with little hesitation. This sets off a chain of events that details Madame de Cominges's interest in the General and gets Alexei fired as tutor of the General's children. Shortly after this, Grandmother shows up and surprises the whole party of debtors and indebted. She tells them all that she knows all about the General's debt and why the French man and woman are waiting around the suite day after day. She leaves the party of death-profiteers by saying that none of them are getting any of her money. She then asks Alexei to be her guide around the town famous for its healing waters and infamous for its casino where the tables are stacked with piles of gold; she wants to gamble. Alexei starts to gamble to survive. One day he passes Mr. Astley on a park bench in Bad Homburg and has a talk with him. He finds out from Astley that Polina is in Switzerland and actually does love him. Astley gives him some money but shows little hope that he will not use it for gambling. Alexei goes home dreaming of going to Switzerland the next day and recollects what made him win at the roulette tables in the past.

Heaven And Hell

Autore: Jon Kalman Stefansson
Editore: MacLehose Press
ISBN: 1623651077
Grandezza: 72,96 MB
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Jon Kalman Stefansson is the winner of the Icelandic Prize for Literature and has been nominated three times for the Nordic Council Prize for Literature. Heaven and Hell, is a perfectly formed, vivid and timeless story, lyrical in style, and as intense a reading experience as the forces of the Icelandic landscape themselves. Der Spiegel said it was "like an oyster--a glinting treasure in a rough shell." In a remote part of Iceland, a boy and his friend Barour join a boat to fish for cod. A winter storm surprises them out at sea and Barour, absorbed in "Paradise Lost", succumbs to the ferocious cold and dies. Distraught from the murky circumstances of Barour's death, the boy leaves the village, intending to return the book to its original owner. The extreme hardship and danger of the journey is of little consequence to him--he has already resolved to join his friend in death. But once in the town he immerses himself in the stories and lives of its inhabitants, and decides that he cannot be with his friend just yet.

The Eagles Brood

Autore: Jack Whyte
Editore: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780812551402
Grandezza: 27,25 MB
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In a colony known as Camulod, populated with the descendants of those brave Romans who forged a new way of life for Celt and Roman after the Roman legions departed Britain, Caius Merlyn Britannicus and his cousin, Uther Pendragon, confront a vicious crime that threatens to separate them. Reprint.

The Sorcerer Metamorphosis

Autore: Jack Whyte
Editore: Forge Books
ISBN: 1466822236
Grandezza: 36,15 MB
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Throughout the widely praised Camulod Chronicles, Merlyn Britannicus has been driven by one sacred dream--to see Britain united under one just, powerful king. In The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis, it is time for the Sorcerer to fulfill his promise--to present the battle-proven Arthur as the Riothamus, the High King of Britain. When Arthur miraculously withdraws the Sword of Kingship from the stone in which it is set, he proves himself the true and deserving king--sworn to defend the Christian faith against invaders, and to preserve Britain as a powerful, united force. The Sorcerer has fulfilled his promise. The King is crowned, Britain is united--and the face of history and legend is forever changed. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Wall Of The Sky The Wall Of The Eye

Autore: Jonathan Lethem
Editore: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156032483
Grandezza: 69,13 MB
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A collection of short science fiction from the noted author of The Fortress of Solitude, who transcends the boundaries of traditional science fiction, includes his trademark tales that combine elements of mystery and the thriller with the unknown in such works as "The Happy Man," "Vanilla Dunk," and "Forever, Said the Duck." Reprint.

Netochka Nezvanova

Autore: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Editore: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141936290
Grandezza: 44,34 MB
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Netochka Nezvanova - a 'Nameless Nobody' - tells the story of a childhood dominated by her stepfather, Efimov, a failed musician who believes he is a neglected genius. The young girl is strangely drawn to this drunken ruin of a man, who exploits her and drives the family to poverty. But when she is rescued by an aristocratic family, the abuse against Netochka's delicate psyche continues in a more subtle way, condemning her to remain an outsider - a solitary spectator of a glittering society. Conceived as part of a novel on a grand scale, Netochka Nezvanova remained incomplete after Dostoyevsky was exiled to Siberia for 'revolutionary activities' in 1849. With its depiction of the suffering, loneliness, madness and sin that affect both rich and poor in St Petersburg, it contains the great themes that were to dominate his later novels.

Poor Folk And Other Stories

Autore: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Editore: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141907827
Grandezza: 46,27 MB
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With their penetrating psychological insight and their emphasis on human dignity, respect and forgiveness, Dostoyevsky's early short stories contain the seeds of the themes that came to his major novels. Poor Folk, the author's first great literary triumph, is the story of a tragic relationship between an impoverished copy clerk and a young seamstress, told through their passionate letters to each other. In The Landlady Dostoyevsky portrays a dreamer hero who is captivated by a curious couple and becomes their lodger. Mr Prokharchin, inspired by a true story, is a sly comedy centring on an eccentric miser, and Polzunkov is a powerful character sketch which, in common with the other tales in this volume, questions the very nature of existence.

Kangaroo

Autore: D. H. Lawrence
Editore: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521007115
Grandezza: 78,51 MB
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A critical edition of Kangaroo, D. H. Lawrence's eighth novel, set in Australia.

Shivaji

Autore: James W. Laine
Editore: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195141269
Grandezza: 55,69 MB
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"James Laine traces the origin and development of the Shivaji legend from the earliest sources to the contemporary accounts of the tale."--Jacket.

Augustus

Autore: Allan Massie
Editore:
ISBN: 9780340412244
Grandezza: 19,88 MB
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Augustus was the founder of the Roman Empire, adopted son of Julius Caesar, friend and later foe of Mark Antony, patron of Horace and Virgil. Frank and forceful, this putative autobiography tells his story from the assassination of Caesar, through his military, political and personal struggles to his final days as Emperor in everything but name.