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by Franz Kafka , 1925
The terrifying tale of Joseph K, who is 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 totalitarian regimes.
The Torrents of Spring
by Ivan Turgenev - The Macmillan Company , 1897
This literary work, as an unhappy love story, is often understood by readers as a description of Turgenev's own failure in finding romantic love. The story is partly autobiographical with the main character Sanin representing Turgenev himself.
by Marcel Proust - eBooks@Adelaide , 2012
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.
Strong as Death
by Guy de Maupassant - eBooks@Adelaide , 2012
Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassant is the love story of a lower class painter who is in love with a countess. As she grows older she fears the artist will fall in love with her beautiful daughter. The fear of growing old is timeless...
Death in Venice
by Thomas Mann - Archive.org , 1912
A symbol-laden story of aestheticism and decadence, Mann's best-known novella exemplifies the author's regard for Sigmund Freud's writings on the unconscious. Gustav von Aschenbach is a revered author whose work is known for its formal perfection.
A Simple Soul
by Gustave Flaubert - eBooks@Adelaide , 2010
A story of one woman's apparently fruitless existence. The protagonist, a hardworking, good-hearted, poor and uneducated woman named Felicite, is said to have been modeled after a maid employed by Flaubert's family during his childhood.
by Ivan Turgenev - eBooks@Adelaide , 2010
Tells the story of a superfluous man, weak of will, brimming with indecisive frustration, and yet tormented by ideals. Rudin is made impotent by the dissonance of honoring the older generations while at the same time embracing a new bold epoch.
by Thomas Mann - Grosset & Dunlap , 1909
'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.
The Charterhouse of Parma
by Stendhal - Feedbooks , 1839
The story of the young Italian nobleman Fabrice del Dongo and his adventures from his birth in 1798 to his death in 1829. Fabrice's early years are spent in his family's castle on Lake Como, while most of the novel is set in a fictionalized Parma.
Ecstasy: A Study of Happiness
by Louis Couperus - Dodd, Mead and Company , 1919
This delicate story is Louis Couperus' third novel. At the time when it was written, the author was a leading member of the 'sensitivist' school of Dutch novelists; and the reader will discover that the story possesses an elusive charm of its own.
The Red and the Black
by Stendhal - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
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.
Life and Death
by Henryk Sienkiewicz - Little, Brown, and Company , 1904
Legends and stories written by a Polish journalist and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Henryk Sienkiewicz: Life and Death - A Hindu Legend; Is He the Dearest One? A Legend of the Sea; The Cranes; The Judgment of Peter and Paul on Olympus.
by Anatole France - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
Anatole France spares no one in this satire about the life and death of the Penguin empire. Describing the founding and subsequent fall of the empire, this story pokes fun at the Church, military, courts and every political movement known to man.
The Revolt of the Angels
by Anatole France - Dodd, Mead and Company , 1914
Beneath the shadow of St. Sulpice the ancient mansion of the d'Esparvieu family rears its austere three stories between a moss-grown fore-court and a garden hemmed in, as the years have elapsed, by ever loftier and more intrusive buildings.
The Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
For more than a century and a half, Dream of the Red Chamber has been recognized in China as the greatest of its novels, a Chinese Romeo-and-Juliet love story and a portrait of one of the world's great civilizations. Translated by H. Bencraft Joly.
by Leo Tolstoy - Pennsylvania State University , 2000
The story of a nobleman's attempt to redeem himself for the suffering his youthful philandering caused a peasant girl. Tolstoy's vision of redemption achieved through loving forgiveness, and his condemnation of violence dominate the novel.
by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol - Pennsylvania State University , 2001
Dead Souls, first published in 1842, is the great prose classic of Russia. "The Russian novel" began its career with this masterpiece by Gogol, and practically all the Russian masterpieces that have come since have grown out of it.
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Pennsylvania State University , 2005
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 Giovanni Boccaccio - eBooks@Adelaide , 2007
Set against the background of the Black Death of 1348, the hundred linked tales in Boccaccio's masterpiece are peopled by nobles, knights, doctors, students, artists, peasants, servants, thieves, gamblers, lovers, both faithful and faithless.
The Arabian Nights' Entertainments
by Richard Burton - eBooks@Adelaide , 2004
A collection of stories collected over many centuries by various authors in various countries across the Arab World. Burton's translation brought to the English world the legendary tales Shahrazad told King Shahryar in order to remain alive.
by Leo Tolstoy - eBooks@Adelaide , 2004
One of the greatest love stories in world literature, not so much a work of art as a piece of life. Desperate to find truth and meaning in her life, Anna defies the conventions of society and leaves her husband and son to live with her lover.
by Franz Kafka - Project Gutenberg , 2005
Metamorphosis is the story of a man who transformed overnight into a giant insect, becomes an object of disgrace, an alienated man. A harrowing meditation on feelings of guilt, isolation and inadequacy. One of the most influential fiction books.
by Gustave Flaubert - Brentano's , 1010
Tragic novel and a great portrayal of infidelity. Gustave Flaubert wrote the story of Emma Bovary, a wife unfulfilled and bored by motherhood and marriage. She embarks upon a number of affairs in search of passion and excitement.
by Hermann Hesse - Project Gutenberg , 2001
Hermann Hesse's classic novel delighted and inspired generations of readers and thinkers. Set in a place far removed from the Germany, the novel synthesizes disparate religions and philosophies. Book about friendship, love, work, and fatherhood.
by Miguel De Cervantes - eBooks@Adelaide , 2006
The story of Don Quixote de la Mancha, a country gentleman who has read so many stories of chivalry that he descends into fantasy and becomes convinced he is a knight-errant. Together with his squire Sancho Panza he sets out in search of adventure.
by Pedro Alberto Vera - Lulu.com , 2005
A novel of Puerto Rican independence. On the last moments of a presidency, a lame duck president triggers what would become the end of the American presence in Puerto Rico. Unknown to the Americans, Puerto Rico has become oil-rich.
by Pedro Alberto Vera - Lulu.com , 2006
The Republic of Puerto Rico is strong, and it is setting into motion a plan that will give it control of the Caribbean. The Americans are worried, but there is nothing that can be done as long as the Puerto Ricans continue their friendly policies.