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Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke, M.D. Herter Norton (Translator)
0393310396
August 2004
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Book Review
It would take a deeply cynical heart not to fall in love with Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. At the end of this millennium, his slender book holds everything a student of the century could want: the unedited thoughts of (arguably) the most important European poet of the modern age. Rilke wrote these 10 sweepingly emotional letters in 1903, addressing a former student of one of his own teachers. The recipient was wise enough to omit his own inquiries from the finished product, which means that we get a marvelously undiluted dose of Rilkean aesthetics and exhortation.

The poet prefaced each letter with an evocative notation of the city in which he wrote, including Paris, Rome, and the outskirts of Pisa. Yet he spends most of the time encouraging the student in his own work, delivering a sublime,...



The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Franz Kafka
1593080298
July 2003
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Book Description
Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Franz Kafka is now one of the world’s most widely read and discussed authors. His nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man’s anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This vision is most fully realized in Kafka’s masterpiece, “The Metamorphosis,” a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature. Bringing together some of Kafka’s finest work, this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author’s artistry. “The Judgment,” which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough, and “The Stoker,” which became the first chapter of his novel Amerika, are here included. These two, along...


Cassell Military Classics
James Lucas
0304358541
Apr 2001
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Book Description
The daring and skill of the highly trained men who spearheaded the German assaults in the blitzkrieg of 1940 proved to an alarmed world a new dimension had opened in the science of warfare. They dropped from the air, seizing and overwhelming key invasion points--most spectacularly during the invasion of Crete in 1941. Through interviews with many of the leading members of the Fallschirmjaeger units and formations that survived the war, a well-known military historian offers a fascinating and dramatic account of these elite forces.


Literary and Philosophical Essays
Montaigne
0766181855
Jan 2004
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Book Description
1910. Contents: By Montaigne: That We Should Not Judge of Our Happiness Until After Our Death; That to Philosophize is to Learn How to Die; Of the Institution and Education of Children; Of Friendship; Of Books. By Charles Augustin Sainte Beuve: Montaigne; What is a Classic? By Ernest Renan: The Poetry of the Celtic Races; By Cotthold Ephraim Lessing: The Education of the Human Race; By J.C. Friedrich Von Schiller: Letters Upon the Aesthetic Education of Man; By Immanuel Kant: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, and Transition From Popular Moral Philosophy to the Metaphysic of Morals; By Giuseppe Mazzini: Byron and Goethe.


Nausea (New Directions Paperbook)
Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander
0811201880
June 1969
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Book Description
Winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature. Jean-Paul Sartre, philosopher, critic, novelist and dramatist, hold a position of singular eminence in the world of French letters. Among readers and critics familiar with the whole of Sartre's work, it is generally recognized that his earliest novel, Le Nausée (first published in 1938), is his finest and most significant. It is unquestionably a key novel of the Twentieth Century and a landmark in Existentialist fiction.Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogues his every feeling and sensation about the world and people around him. His thoughts culminate in a pervasive, overpowering feeling of nausea which "spread at the bottom of the viscous puddle, at the...


The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Franz Kafka
1593081804
October 2004
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Joseph and His Brothers
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods (Translator)
1400040019
May 10, 2005
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Review
“This excellent new translation by John E. Woods is a cause for celebration: first, because Joseph and His Brothers is in fact a great novel that will now be discovered by a new generation of readers; and second, because Woods himself is to be credited with an extraordinary achievement . . . Woods tackles the challenges of Mann’s wide-ranging diction with exuberance . . . Mann has finally found his ideal English translator.” –New Republic, Ruth Franklin

Book Description
This remarkable new translation of the Nobel Prize-winner’s great masterpiece is a major literary event.

Thomas Mann regarded his monumental retelling of the biblical story of Joseph as his magnum opus. He conceived of the four parts–The Stories of Jacob,...


The Prince
Machiavelli
0766181898
Jan 2004
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Book Description
1910. Contents: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli; The Life of Sir Thomas More by William Roper; Utopia by Sir Thomas More; Ninety-five Theses; Address to the Christian nobility of the German Nations Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate; Concerning Christian Liberty by Martin Luther.


Grimm's Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Brothers Grimm
1593080565
November 2003
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The Complete Stories
Franz Kafka
0805210555
November 14, 1995
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Book Review
How many writers get their own adjective? The work of this terminally alienated master narrator of the subconscious demanded a new descriptor; I guess they gave up and just settled on "Kafkaesque." But if you ever wonder what the original Kafkaesque work was, take a look here. The book contains all of Kafka's short and longer stories -- everything but his three novels. Most of these stories weren't even published during the author's lifetime. The widely-anthologized The Metamorphosis is here, wherein Gregor Samsa awakes from uneasy dreams to find himself insectoidally transformed, as are equally lovely pieces like A Hunger Artist, A Country Doctor and A Little Woman.

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The only available collection that brings together all of Kafka's...


Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Friedrich Nietzsche
1593082789
December 2005
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From AudioFile
God is dead, and the superman is nigh! Nietzsche couched this ultimate expression of his philosophy (1883-91), not as a closely reasoned treatise, but as the passionate utterances of an ancient Persian prophet, Zarathustra, couched in a pseudo-biblical German. In this recording, brief glosses introduce sections of the text, while bits of the Strauss tone poem of the same name bridge major transitions. The narrators speak clearly and with comprehension, but they're stuffy; whereas, the book is anything but. Y.R. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Considered by many to be the most important philosopher of modern times, Friedrich Nietzsche...


Early German Classics from the Fourth to the Fifteenth Century
F. Max Muller
1417947586
Sept 2004
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Book Description
1858. A German Reading-Book containing extracts arranged chronologically with Biographical notices, translations and notes. Max Muller, famous linguist and editor of The Sacred Books of the East series (which provided the foundational documents for the new discipline known as the comparative science of religions) has collected extracts from German writers, beginning with Ulfilas in the fourth and ending with Jean Paul Friedrich Richter in the nineteenth century, with the purpose of illustrating a course of Lectures on the History of the German Language and Literature delivered at Oxford. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.


German Cooking: The Complete Guide to Preparing Classic and Modern German Cuisine, Adapted for the American Kitchen
Marianna Olszewska Heberle
1557882517
September 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
The fall of the Berlin Wall. The joining of East and West. "All of this has stirred ethnic fervor in the hearts of anyone with even a slight German background and has instilled those same individuals with the deesire to learn more about their cultural heritage." Leaving aside the possible chill wrought by the thought of Germans stirring their ethnic fervor, this is basically just a cookbook. It offers all the echt German dishes: Hasenpfeffer, Black Forest Cherry Cake, Heaven & Earth (made with potatoes and apples), two types of Sauerbraten, three kinds of potato salad, five herring recipes as well as some dishes more closely associated with the old Austro-Hungarian empire, like goulashes and Wiener schnitzel. At its best, the German cooking here is very gemutlich, like Sweet Dumplings with cherry sauce, Eggs in...


Storm of Steel (Penguin Classics)
Ernst J¿nger, Michael Hofmann (Translator)
0142437905
May 4, 2004
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
On the day Germany declared war in 1914, 19-year-old Ernst Jünger enlisted. He fought with an infantry company -- the 73rd Hanoverians -- for the next four years and participated in some of the most famous and bloody battles of all time: the Somme, Cambrai, Passchendaele. He also carried out reconnaissance missions, trained commandos and nearly every day saw his comrades die. He was either shot or severely wounded by shrapnel a half-dozen times but always recovered to fight again. By the end of the war Jünger had risen to the rank of captain and had been given, among other honors, the Iron Cross, First Class. Finally, on Sept. 22, 1918, the Kaiser bestowed on him the order of "pour le Mérite." Despite its French name, this is Germany's highest award for valor, and...


German French and Italian Song Classics
Horatio Parker
1417990538
May 2005
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Under the Greenwood Tree (Penguin Classics)
Thomas Hardy, Tim Dolin (Editor)
0140435530
February 1, 1999
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The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Vol. II
Kuno Francke
1419163523
June 2004
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All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
0449213943
June 1995
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From AudioFile
Muller's straightforward, simple delivery underscores the horror and hopelessness depicted in Remarque's powerful WWI novel. Germany's Iron Youth, represented by Paul Baumer and his friends, begin the war as teenagers sure of the justice of their cause and the glory that will be theirs. When these young men are confronted with trench warfare, dying in hellish agony, Paul must face the reality in which he finds himself and prepare for the world to which he will return, irrevocably changed. Reading with a calm, quiet sureness, which heightens the soul-destroying nightmare of Paul's ordeal, Muller's stunning performance demonstrates the reason for his huge following. Recommended by many high schools, this is a must for young adults. S.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse (Translator)
081120068X
January 1, 1951
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Book Review
In the shade of a banyan tree, a grizzled ferryman sits listening to the river. Some say he's a sage. He was once a wandering shramana and, briefly, like thousands of others, he followed Gotama the Buddha, enraptured by his sermons. But this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own soul. Born the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence, and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of a wandering ascetic. Still, true happiness evaded him. Then a life of pleasure and titillation merely eroded away his spiritual gains until he was just like all the other "child people," dragged around by his desires. Like Hermann Hesse's other creations of struggling young men, Siddhartha has a good dose of European angst and stubborn...


The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Vol. III
Kuno Francke
1419163531
June 2004
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Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
0553213695
January 1979
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Kuper has adapted short works by Kafka into comics before, but here he tackles the most famous one of all: the jet-black comedy that ensues after the luckless Gregor Samsa turns into a gigantic bug. The story loses a bit in translation (and the typeset text looks awkward in the context of Kuper's distinctly handmade drawings). A lot of the humor in the original comes from the way Kafka plays the story's absurdities absolutely deadpan, and the visuals oversell the joke, especially since Kuper draws all the human characters as broad caricatures. Even so, he works up a suitably creepy frisson, mostly thanks to his drawing style. Executed on scratchboard, it's a jittery, woodcut-inspired mass of sharp angles that owes a debt to both Frans Masereel (a Belgian woodcut artist who worked around Kafka's time) and MAD...


The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Vol. IV
Kuno Francke
141916354X
June 2004
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Book Description
Long ages ago there lived in the far west a guileless youth. He was very good, but at the same time peculiar beyond measure. He constantly grieved over nothing at all, always went about alone and silent, sat down by himself whenever the others played and were happy, and was always thinking about strange things. Woods and caves were his favorite haunts, and there he talked constantly with birds and animals, with rocks and trees--naturally not a word of sense, nothing but stuff silly enough to make one die a-laughing.

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Long ages ago there lived in the far west a guileless youth. He was very good, but at the same time peculiar beyond measure. He constantly grieved over nothing at all, always went about alone and silent, sat down by himself whenever the others...


Selected Writings (Eckhart, Meister) (Penguin Classics)
Meister Eckhart, Oliver Davies (Introduction)
0140433430
March 1, 1995
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German


Grimm's Fairy Tales (Collector's Library)
Brothers Grimm
0760757763
August 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Beautiful classic book with reddish-maroon cover with gold lettering and edging, and ribbon marker. Includes Wonderful gift. No dustjacket as issued. Includes Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Fundevogel, Hansel & Gretel, Goose Girl, Adventures of Chanticleer & Parlet & others.


Imitation of Christ
Thomas A Kempis
0375700188
March 1998
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Book Review
The Thomas à Kempis fan club includes St. Ignatius, Thomas Merton, Thomas More, and even Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. (She reads a chapter of The Imitation of Christ every night before sleep.) Imitation has exerted immense influence on Christian worship, ethics, and church structure, because it gives specific yet broad-minded guidance about the central task of Christian life--learning to live like Jesus. Better to read this book a little here and there, now and then, than to try gobbling it cover to cover. Imitation is no triumph of orderly thinking, but it's a great monument and incentive to deep living. --Michael Joseph Gross

Book Description
Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This...


The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Kuno Francke
1421930633
Dec 2005
Hardcover
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The Sagas of Icelanders : Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition (World of the Sagas)
Various (Introduction), et al
0141000031
March 1, 2001
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From Library Journal
The Icelandic Sagas are among the masterpieces of world literature whose composition stretches from about the year 1000 to 1500. Presenting the adventures of Norse and Viking heroes, the sagas are told with ritual simplicity and a realism that anticipate the modern novel. This volume offers nine full sagas and six tales, all new translations by various hands and all part of The Complete Sagas of the Icelanders, also edited by Thorsson. Published to mark the 1000th anniversary of Leif Ericksson's voyage to North America, as told in the Vinland Sagas, this selection includes (along with the Vinland Sagas) the famous Egil's Saga and that of Gisli Sursson. The volume also offers a preface by novelist Jane Smiley and a scholarly introduction by Robert Kellogg of the University of Virginia. Wonderful for anyone...


Faust: Part One (Oxford World's Classic)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, David Luke
0192835955
October 22, 1998
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Book Description
This new translation, in rhymed verse, of Goethe's Faust--one of the greatest dramatic and poetic masterpieces of European literature--preserves the essence of Goethe's meaning without resorting either to an overly literal, archaic translation or to an overly modern idiom. It remains the
nearest "equivalent" rendering of the German ever achieved.


The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Kuno Francke
1421930641
Dec 2005
Paperback
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All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
0449911497
September 1996
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Muller's straightforward, simple delivery underscores the horror and hopelessness depicted in Remarque's powerful WWI novel. Germany's Iron Youth, represented by Paul Baumer and his friends, begin the war as teenagers sure of the justice of their cause and the glory that will be theirs. When these young men are confronted with trench warfare, dying in hellish agony, Paul must face the reality in which he finds himself and prepare for the world to which he will return, irrevocably changed. Reading with a calm, quiet sureness, which heightens the soul-destroying nightmare of Paul's ordeal, Muller's stunning performance demonstrates the reason for his huge following. Recommended by many high schools, this is a must for young adults. S.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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