The story of a guard dog in a Siberian labor camp, an honest, noble, and loyal servant of the state, reveals the effects of tyranny on the souls of both prisoners and prison guards.
Author: Georgiĭ Vladimov
Publisher: Melville House
Unavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as “one of the defining literary texts of the post-Stalin period.” (The Guardian) Set in a remote Siberian depot immediately following the demolition of one of the gulag’s notorious camps and the emancipation of its prisoners, Faithful Ruslan is an embittered cri de coeur from a writer whose circumstances obliged him to resist the violence of arbitrary power. “Every writer who writes anything in this country is made to feel he has committed a crime,” Georgi Vladimov said. Dissident, he said, is a word that “they force on you.” His mother, a victim of Stalin’s anti-Semitic policy, had been interred for two years in one of the camps from which Vladimov derived the wrenching detail of Faithful Ruslan. The novel circulated in samizdat for more than a decade, often attributed to Solzhenitsyn, before its publication in the West led to Vladimov’s harassment and exile. A starving stray, tortured and abandoned by the godlike “Master” whom he has unconditionally loved, Ruslan and his cadre of fellow guard dogs dutifully wait for the arrival of new prisoners—but the unexpected arrival of a work party provokes a climactic bloodletting. Fashioned from the perceptions of an uncomprehending animal, Vladimov’s insistently ironic indictment of the gulag spirals to encompass all of Man’s inexplicable cruelty. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Georgi Vladimov
Publisher: Melville House
First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Author: Neil Cornwell
Category: Literary Criticism
Reproduction of the original: Niels Lyhne by Jens Peter Jacobsen
Author: Jens Peter Jacobsen
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Fyodor Sologub's classic novel exploring issues of social class and position, professional envy, paranoia, and marital politics. Ardalyon Borisitch Peredonov, a teacher, dreams of elevating his station to become an inspector by the intervention of a princess. Plagued by his covetous pursuit of promotion, he suffers paranoid hallucinations, manifesting as a creature of the shadows. Acclaimed for its delving of the Russian psyche and exploration of the Russian concept of poshlost (banality), The Little Demon (also known as The Petty Demon) is a classic of literature.
Author: Fyodor Sologub
Publisher: Independently Published
Describes the Pink Gang, an Indian women's grassroots vigilante group, 20,000-members strong, who fight for women's rights throughout the country and highlights the stories of the women they have helped and the tactics they used. 10,000 first printing.
Author: Amana Fontanella-Khan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Social Science
First published in English in 2007 under title: The history of terrorism: from antiquity to al Qaeda.
From Antiquity to ISIS
Author: Gérard Chaliand,Arnaud Blin
Publisher: Univ of California Press
A classic prescient work of pre-WWII literature by a major Weimar author about a young used car salesman. In search of another means to live the high life, he decides to travel from Berlin to Madrid to see the World's Fair - and hopefully meet a beautiful, rich woman who can provide for his every whim. The Eternal Philistine is a highly stylised and at times raucously funny tale of the almost absurd: a dark satiric look at Europe on the brink of Fascism, seen from all levels of society.
An Edifying Novel in Three Parts
Author: Ödön von Horváth
Publisher: Melville House
Sail off on a fantastical journey with Baron Munchausen, the jocular title character of this whimsical tale from Rudolf Erich Raspe. The book is based on the exploits of a real-life German baron whose stories about the battles in which he fought as a member of the Russian army included details such as riding on a cannonball and flying to the moon. The book was also the basis of a 1988 film adaptation.
Author: Rudolf Erich Raspe
Publisher: The Floating Press
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Hugo von Hoffmannsthal made his mark as a poet, as a playwright, and as the librettist for Richard Strauss’s greatest operas, but he was no less accomplished as a writer of short, strangely evocative prose works. The atmospheric stories and sketches collected here—fin-de-siècle fairy tales from the Vienna of Klimt and Freud, a number of them never before translated into English—propel the reader into a shadowy world of uncanny fates and secret desires. An aristocrat from Paris in the plague years shares a single night of passion with an unknown woman; a cavalry sergeant meets his double on the battlefield; an orphaned man withdraws from the world with his four servants, each of whom has a mysterious power over his destiny. The most influential of all of Hofmannsthal’s writings is the title story, a fictional letter to the English philosopher Francis Bacon in which Lord Chandos explains why he is no longer able to write. The “Letter” not only symbolized Hofmannsthal’s own turn away from poetry, it captured the psychological crisis of faith and language which was to define the twentieth century.
And Other Writings
Author: Hugo Von Hofmannsthal
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Category: Literary Collections
A furious homage to the homeless and a lyrical meditation on language and experience. You will be led to a place you haven't been, from where few stories come. You will be led by King, a dog (or is he?) to a wasteland beside the motorway called Saint Valery.
Author: John Berger
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Hope McNeill and her beloved pug, Max, help Manhattan D.A. Ben Brown search for a 19th-century painting that goes missing from the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a party, in this follow-up to Pug Hill. Original. 40,000 first printing.
Author: Alison Pace
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group