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The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Franz Kafka
1593080298
July 2003
Paperback
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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...


Disinherited Mind
Erich Heller
0156261006
Mar 1975
(Paperback) - Expanded Ed.
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Book Description
Heller examines the sense of values embodied in the works of key German writers and thinkers from Goethe to Kafka, particularly the consciousness of life's depreciation.


The Orientalist : Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life
Tom Reiss
0812972767
March 14, 2006
Paperback
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Reiss persistently peeled away layers of fact and fiction to recount a remarkable life. He was also lucky: his subject’s elusiveness made ferreting out truth difficult, but Reiss discovered six of Nussimbaum’s notebooks in the possession of his last editor. Critics agree that The Orientalist fascinates from both a biographical and cultural perspective-it’s rich in exotic settings and characters, from an Austrian baroness to a former Hollywood starlet. Despite its charm, the book has some faults. Reiss seems to have included every piece of information he encountered, from historical anecdotes to ornate set pieces. Some factual errors, the book’s brisk pace, and the lack of maps may confuse readers. Still, The Orientalist is excellent look into the reinvention of self during one of...


Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke, M.D. Herter Norton (Translator)
0393310396
August 2004
Paperback
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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
1593081804
October 2004
Hardcover
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The Politics of the Unpolitical
Grodon A. Craig
0195094999
May 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
In a book written during the First World War, Thomas Mann wrote that political activity was alien to the German spirit and that "in fact the political element was absent from the German concept of education." The Politics of the Unpolitical demonstrates the essential unreliability of this
generalization by focusing on the political activity of ten of Germany's most widely respected writers in the period from the French Revolution to the founding of the Bismarck Reich in 1871.
Gordon A. Craig's book shows how Goethe, Schiller, Heinrich von Kleist, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Holderlin, and Heine were fascinated by the political issues of their day and reacted either by entering public service or threw themselves into efforts to change society for the better. In his study of ten
of Germany's most important...


Grimm's Fairy Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Brothers Grimm
1593080565
November 2003
Paperback
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Nausea (New Directions Paperbook)
Jean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander
0811201880
June 1969
Paperback
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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...


Writing Weimar
David R. Midgley
0198151799
Apr 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Writing Weimar shows how German literature between 1918 and 1933 is related both to the politics of the time and to longer-term cultural developments. Individual chapters discuss the dominant trends in particular literary genres and the significance of the term Neue Sachlichkeit, as well as
the literary representation of the city, technology, and the First World War.


Imitation of Christ
Thomas A Kempis
0375700188
March 1998
Paperback
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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...


A Handbook on Old High German Literature
J. Knight Bostock
0198153929
Apr 1985
Hardcover
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Joseph and His Brothers
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods (Translator)
1400040019
May 10, 2005
Hardcover
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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 Oxford Companion to German Literature
Garland Garland
0198158963
July 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
This new edition of Mary and Henry Garland's classic Oxford Companion to German Literature substantially revises and extends its coverage, making an invaluable reference work available to a new generation of readers. Designed to be a reliable source of information on the whole sweep of
literature from German-speaking countries from the eighth century onwards, the Companion now comes right up to the mid-1990s, including such recent works as Gunter Grass's controversial novel about the unification of East and West Germany, Ein weites Feld (1995). The entries, arranged in a single
alphabetical sequence, cover authors and their major works, as well as historical, intellectual, and cultural backgrounds. For this new edition much of the original material has been thoroughly reworked in the light of up-to-date...


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.


The Complete Stories
Franz Kafka
0805210555
November 14, 1995
Paperback
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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.

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


Mein Kampf
Adolf Hitler
0395925037
September 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
The angry ranting of an obscure, small-party politician, the first volume of Mein Kampf was virtually ignored when it was originally published in 1925. Likewise the second volume, which appeared in 1926. The book details Hitler's childhood, the "betrayal" of Germany in World War I, the desire for revenge against France, the need for lebensraum for the German people, and the means by which the National Socialist party can gain power. It also includes Hitler's racist agenda and his glorification of the "Aryan" race. The few outside the Nazi party who read it dismissed it as nonsense, not believing that anyone could--or would--carry out its radical, terrorist programs. As Hitler and the Nazis gained power, first party members and then the general public were pressured to buy the book. By the time Hitler became chancellor of the...


Under the Greenwood Tree (Penguin Classics)
Thomas Hardy, Tim Dolin (Editor)
0140435530
February 1, 1999
Paperback
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The Doppelganger
Andrew Webber
0198159048
July 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
Ever since its literary coinage in Jean Paul's novel, Siebenka (1796), the concept of Doppelganger has had significant influence upon representations of the self in German literature. This study charts the development of the double from its origins in the Romantic period, through its more
marginal, but nonetheless significant, manifestations in the post-Romantic culture, to its revival at the fin-de-siecle and transfer to the silent screen.


Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse
0553208845
December 1981
Mass Market Paperback
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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...


A Companion to Wagner's Parsifal (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture)
William Kinderman (Editor), Katherine R. Syer (Editor)
1571132376
July 29, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
This collection of essays makes a major contribution to Parsifal interpretation.... A must read for all Parsifalians. OPERA TODAY

Book Description
Richard Wagner's Parsifal remains an inexhaustible yet highly controversial work. This "stage consecration festival play," as the composer described it, represents the culmination of his efforts to bring medieval myth and modern music together in a dynamic relationship. Wagner's engagement with religion--Buddhist as well as Christian--reaches a climax here, as he seeks through artistic means "to rescue the essence of religion by perceiving its mythical symbols . . . according to their figurative value, enabling us to see their profound, hidden truth through idealized representation." The contributors to this collection break fresh ground in...


Contemporary Women's Writing in German
Brigid Haines
0198159676
July 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Brigid Haines and Margaret Littler draw on the latest developments in feminist theory to explore contemporary German women writers' representations of female subjectivity. Bridging the gap between critical theory and women's writing in German, this book provides in-depth, fully contextualized
readings of six key texts.


Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse (Translator)
081120068X
January 1, 1951
Paperback
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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...


Erzahlungen auf Deutsch (Short Stories in German): New Penguin Parallel Text
Ernst Zillekens (Editor)
0140265422
December 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This new volume of eight short stories with parallel English translations offers students of German at all levels the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of contemporary literature. The majority of these stories have been written in the past decade and reflect a rich diversity of styles and themes. Complete with notes, the stories make excellent reading in either language.

About the Author
Ernst Zillekens teaches German at Charterhouse in Godalming, Surrey.


The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature 1749 - 1939
Ritchie Robertson
0198186312
Aug 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book is an erudite literary study of the uneasy position of the Jews in Germany and Austria from the first pleas for Jewish emancipation during the Enlightenment to the eve of the Holocaust. Drawing on a wide range of literary texts, Ritchie Robertson offers a close examination of
attempts to construct a Jewish identity suitable for an increasingly secular world. No other study by a single author deals with German-Jewish relations so comprehensively and over such a long period of literary history.


The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature
Mererid Puw Davies
0199242755
Apr 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Bluebeard," in which women are slaughtered by a monstrous husband and their bodies hidden in a horrible chamber, is the most hair-raising of tales; yet with its happy ending, it also has a utopian force. This book, the first such full-length study in any language, considers Bluebeard texts as
a seismograph of gender politics and of the process of civilization from seventeenth-century France to 1990s Germany, in a broad range of canonical and non-canonical texts.


The Sagas of Icelanders : Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition (World of the Sagas)
Various (Introduction), et al
0141000031
March 1, 2001
Paperback
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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...


All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
0449213943
June 1995
Mass Market 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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Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy for the Future
Friedrich Nietzsche
048629868X
October 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
One of the most popular of the 19th-century philosophers refines his previously expressed ideal of the superman in a fascinating examination of human values and morality. This inexpensive, unabridged edition of one of Nietzsche’s most important works offers a rich sampling of the philosopher’s influential school of thought. Publisher’s Introduction.


Framing a Novelist : Arno Schmidt Criticism 1970-1994 (Literary Criticism in Perspective)
Robert Weninger
1571130608
January 18, 1996
Hardcover
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Review
A long overdue overview of the research on Schmidt, written by one who was significant in setting standards for that research. GERMANISTIK

Book Description
Recognised as one of post-war Germany's most idiosyncratic and notorious novelists, Arno Schmidt (1914-1979) was both an eccentric literary innovator and provocative literary historian. Although his works make no concessions to the general reader, Schmidt has proved astonishingly popular, challenging the assumptions of many critics that he was a quixotic elitist devoid of a wider audience. This volume is the only study in either English or German to chart the field of Schmidt criticism comprehensively since 1970. Focusing on the ways in which critics have attempted to `frame' their subject, and taking modern literary theory into...


The Child's View of the Third Reich in German Literature ' the Eye Among the Blind '
Debbie Pinfold
0199245657
Oct 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book considers how and why German authors have used the child's viewpoint to present the Third Reich. Authors as diverse as Gunter Grass, Siegfried Lenz, and Christa Wolf have all used this perspective, and this raises the question as to why it is such a popular means of confronting the
Third Reich. This study asks whether it is an evasive strategy, a means of gaining new insights into the era, or a means of discovering a new language. This raises issues central to the post-war German aesthetic.

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