by Franz Kafka
Number of pages: 160
The terrifying tale of Joseph K, a respectable functionary in a bank, who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. A nightmare vision of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes.
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by Marcel Proust - eBooks@Adelaide
A mature man recalls the details of his commonplace existence as a sensitive and intuitive boy in Combray. For a time, the story is narrated through his younger mind in dream-like prose. Considered to be one of the twentieth century's major novels.
by Thomas Mann - Grosset & Dunlap
'Royal Highness' is an early Mann work that might be an excellent introduction to those who are interested in his work. The novel is witty, the story flows naturally and it is much less sombre than many of his later works.
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Goethe's most complex and profound work, Faust was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over 60 years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. Translated into English by Bayard Taylor.
by Stendhal - eBooks@Adelaide
A brilliant portrait of one of the most ruthlessly charming heroes in literature, The Red and the Black chronicles the rise and fall of Julian Sorel. Born into the peasantry, Sorel connives his way into the highest Parisian aristocratic circles.