Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious word play, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust.
'The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which...' Halas & Bachelor studio's classic and controversial 1954 animation of Animal Farm , George Orwell's chilling fable of idealism betrayed, was the first ever British animated feature film. This landmark illustrated edition of Orwell's novel was first published alongside it, and features the original line drawings by the film's animators, Joy Batchelor and John Halas.
Those who inhabit Last Exit to Brooklyn are unforgettable: Harry, the strike leader, who during his weeks of power discovers something of his true nature; Tralala, who rejects the only love she is offered and sinks swiftly to the lowest level of prostitution; Georgette, the 'hip queer' with pathetic aspirations to culture; Abraham, the 'cool ass' black stud, with his girls, his 'bigass' Cadillac, and his undernourished family; the debris of American civilisation, for whom the author ultimately makes us feel a profound compassion. Last Exit to Brooklyn was found obscene at the Old Bailey in November 1967, a decision which was reversed by a historic Appeal Court judgement in July 1968. Now this 'honest and terrible book', as Anthony Burgess describes it in his Introduction to this new edition, can take its rightful place as one of the major books of our time.
Plexus is the second volume of the scandalous trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion , Henry Miller's major life work Exploring one man's desperate desire for freedom, Plexus is the central volume of Henry Miller's scandalous semi-autobiographical trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion . It finds him in the midst of his stormy marriage to the volatile, duplicitous Mona, and joyfully quitting his dreary job for a hand-to-mouth existence in Brooklyn, as he takes his first steps towards becoming a writer.
An official tie-in edition of Philip K. Dick's dazzling speculative novel to accompany the new TV series, executive produced by Ridley Scott. Philip K. Dick's acclaimed cult novel gives us a horrifying glimpse of an alternative world - one where the Allies have lost the Second World War. In this nightmare dystopia the Nazis have taken over New York, the Japanese control California and the African continent is virtually wiped out. In a neutral buffer zone in America that divides the world's new rival superpowers, lives the author of an underground bestseller. His book offers a new vision of reality - an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis powers were defeated - giving hope to the disenchanted. Does 'reality' lie with him, or is his world just one among many others? 'The most brilliant science fiction mind on any planet' Rolling Stone 'Dick's finest book, and one of the very best science fiction novels ever published' Eric Brown
Abe Ravelstein est un brillant professeur de l'université de Chicago qui peut se targuer d'avoir formé tous les hommes qui comptent dans le monde politique.
Il a vécu sur un grand pied - largement au-dessus de ses moyens. Son ami Chick, le narrateur, lui a suggéré d'exposer sa philosophie politique dans un livre destiné au grand public. A sa propre surprise, Ravelstein s'exécute et devient millionnaire. Durant un séjour à Paris destiné à célébrer ce succès, il incite Chick à écrire un livre sur lui et tous deux échangent des pensées sur la mort, la philosophie et l'histoire, les amours et les amis, et des anecdotes du passé.
A leur retour dans le Midwest, Ravelstein succombe au sida tandis que Chick frôle la mort de peu. Le dernier roman de Saul Bellow est un voyage, tantôt sombre, tantôt férocement drôle, à travers l'amour et la mémoire ; c'est un hymne à l'amitié et à la vie.
Tish is nineteen, and pregnant. Her lover Fonny, father of her child, is in jail accused of rape. The two families struggle win justice for Fonny.
22 novembre 1963, assassinat du président kennedy. faute d'élucidation crédible, le mystère est resté total et le drame est entré dans la légende américaine. don delillo a puisé dans la vérité historique tous les éléments d'un fantastique roman policier - agents secrets, activistes de droite et de gauche, mafiosi, stripteaseuses, trafiquants de drogue, cia, fbi, kgb, fidel castro... et un coupable désigné nommé oswald, né sous le signe de la balance (libra, en anglais), meurtrier idéal assassiné à son tour devant les caméras du monde entier. de ce personnage mystérieux, delillo a fait l'antihéros d'un roman saisissant qui prouvera une fois de plus que l'intuition d'un grand romancier peut nous emmener plus loin sur le chemin de la vérité que bien des enquêtes. né à new york en 1936, écrivain reconnu dans le monde entier, don delillo a reçu les plus prestigieuses distinctions dont the national book award et the pen / faulkner award. il a également obtenu the jérusalem prize 1999 pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre ainsi que the howells medal of the american academy of arts and letters pour son roman, outre-monde. la plus grande partie de l'oeuvre de don delillo est publiée en france par actes sud.
Nexus is the third volume of the scandalous trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion , Henry Miller's major life work The exhilarating final volume of Henry Miller's semi-autobiographical trilogy, Nexus follows his last months in New York. Trapped in a bizarre menage-a-trois with his fiery wife Mona and her lover Stasia, he finds his life descending into chaos. Finally, betrayed and exhausted, he decides to leave America and sail for Paris, to discover his true vocation as a writer.
Au lendemain de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, Laurent Newman est un New-Yorkais bon teint, descendant d'une famille anglaise dont les racines remontent au XIXe siècle. Il est cadre à la direction du personnel dans la même société depuis une quinzaine d'années. Un jour, il est réprimandé par son chef pour avoir engagé une secrétaire " à l'air juif ", erreur qu'il impute à la mauvaise vue de Newman. Laurent achète donc sa première paire de lunettes. Celles-ci font ressortir son nez. Tout d'un coup sa vie bascule... On le prend pour un juif. Pressions, brimades, agressions, la spirale de la haine se met en place, Newman perd son travail et échappe de peu à un lynchage. D'autant qu'une sorte de " front " antisémite sévit dans son voisinage. Gertrude, sa femme, le pousse à adhérer au " front ". Newman refuse. De fait, peu à peu, il s'identifie davantage aux victimes qu'aux agresseurs. En se concentrant sur la subjectivité, les doutes et les émotions contrastées de son personnage, Arthur Miller livre un premier roman fascinant sur la confusion des sentiments, de l'identité et sur l'expérience des préjugés, ceux dont on est victime et ceux qu'on abrite en soi. Il annonce également la tonalité de ses futurs chefs-doeuvre : veine humaniste et acuité psychologique.
In 1963 John le Carre published his third book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold . Written over a period of about five weeks in response to the fear and ugliness of the Berlin Wall, its bitter, devastating story crystallised the doubts and moral dilemmas of the time. It altered irrevocably our understanding of the Cold War, the shape of the spy novel, and John le Carre's writing career, propelling him to international fame.
"Dubliners" brings us moments from the lives of the men and women who inhabit James Joyce's Dublin, from truants, seducers, gossips and politicians to sentimental aunts, cunical patriots and struggling musicians. it is a gromy city full of cynicism and disappointment, yet with moments of rare epiphany that bring people and their hopes vividly to life.
Alex Leamas is tired. It's the 1960s, he's been out in the cold for years, spying in Berlin for his British masters, and has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last - but only after one final assignment.
He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, Leamas's mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done.
In le Carré's breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining.
First published in 1957, this book attempts to tackle the conflict between homosexual and heterosexual love. It tells of David, a young man awakening to his true homosexual nature, through a relationship with a barman named Giovanni, as he awaits his fiancee's arrival from Spain.
'The ultimate Camp statement: it's good because it's awful.' These two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture, and made Susan Sontag a literary sensation. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
Jim has fallen into a job at one of the new red brick universities. A moderately successful future beckons as long as Jim can survive a madrigal-singing weekend, deliver a lecture on "merrie England" and resist Christine, the girlfriend of Professor Welch's son, Bertrand.
Lady Constance Chatterley is trapped in a loveless marriage to a man who is impotent. Oppressed by her dreary life, she is drawn to Mellors the gamekeeper. Breaking out against the constraints of society she yields to her instinctive desire for him and discovers the transforming power of physical love which leads them both towards fulfillment.