Products tagged with 'PENGUIN CLASSICS'
This dreamlike meditation on being young and alone in Paris is a feverish work of nerves, angst and sublime beauty from one of the twentieth century's greatest poets.
From the moment Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya in 1914 to manage a coffee plantation, her heart belonged to Africa. Drawn to the intense colours and ravishing landscapes, Karen Blixen spent her happie
One of the most moving accounts of being a boy ever written, My Childhood is a both wonderful and harrowing memoir - and one of the great works of Russian literature.
A novel of desperate yearning and vanished adolescence, the story of Meaulnes and his restless search for a lost, enchanted world has the atmosphere of a dream and the purity of a fairy tale.
'Out of the hideously scarred soil of Flanders rose black, splintered trunks of trees'
In one of the greatest war memoirs ever written, an ordinary German soldier recalls the horror and bloodlust
An aspiring young Berlin actress turns the tables on her lustful middle-aged admirer, in Nabokov's deadpan, deliciously cruel story of hopeless infatuation and horribly inventive revenge.
'The way I need you is a loneliness I cannot bear'
Making its twenty-three-year-old author an overnight literary sensation, this story of isolated, lost lives intersecting in a small town in the A
A blameless girl and her monstrous relatives clash over love and money in Balzac's matchless portrayal of greed in a French provincial town.
Inspiring, brilliantly written, cantankerous and funny - Walden is both a very specific story about one man's attempt to live the simple life in the wilderness, and the great, founding text both for
Two lovers must face tyrants, war, riots, plague and famine as they struggle to be together, in this teeming panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life - the original historical novel.
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'He scampered over rooftops, swam in deep water, leapt from balconies.'
Set in the vanished world of the shtetl of nineteenth-century eastern Europe, this spellbinding fable tells the story of Yas
A gripping, intensely atmospheric story of love, espionage and betrayal in wartime Shanghai, Lust, Caution is accompanied here by four more shimmering tales of Chinese life.
'It was a dark night, with only occasional scattered lights glittering like stars on the plain'
The aviator and author of The Little Prince describes vast, otherworldly landscapes, crash landings
Saved, rescued, fished-up, half-drowned, out of the deep, dark river, dry clothes, hair shampooed and set...
Set in a 1930s Paris of shabby hotel rooms, seedy bars and drunken encounters, Jean Rhy
In Soviet Moscow, God is dead, but the devil - to say nothing of his retinue of demons, from a loudmouthed, gun-toting tomcat, to the fanged fallen angel Koroviev - is very much alive. As death and d
In the only novel Conrad set in London, The Secret Agent communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded
Set in a crumbling Spanish mansion, this gloriously comic and gothic novel follows the fortunes of an innocent young priest as he enters a world of moral decadence, sexual intrigue and corruption.
'Now, ill-lit, almost in darkness, the windows of the houses shuttered, the water dank, the scene appeared altogether different, neglected, poor, and the long narrow boots moored to the slippery step
On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their da
A coiffured con man travels across Russia's rural backwaters, buying the souls of dead serfs from their owners to make his fortune, in Gogol's exuberant, bravura masterwork: the greatest comedy in Ru
'The hideous, then unfamiliar shriek of the air-raid sirens sang out over London.'
Upper-class rogues, bohemians, dowagers, socialites, bureaucrats and delinquent evacuees prepare for England to c
This humane, moving masterpiece of families, love, duels, heartache, failure and the clash between generations caused a scandal in nineteenth-century Russia with its portrayal of youthful nihilism.
The great Victorian scientist's heroic adventures across South-East Asia, from Singapore to the wilds of New Guinea, encountering head-hunters, jungles, birds of paradise and new discoveries that wou
All the world was mad around her and she herself, agonized, took on the complexion of a mad woman; of a woman very wicked.
In 'the saddest story I have ever heard', a naive American abroad unfolds
Following a Parisian philosophy teacher through the cafés and bars of Montparnasse over two days in the sweltering summer of 1938, Sartre's searing novel explores what it truly means to be free.
'40,000 francs, which lay before him in a heap of gold and banknotes.'
Written in twenty-six days to pay off Dostoyevsky's own roulette debts, The Gambler is a graphic psychological study of addic
A rapturous work of savage beauty, Willa Cather's 1913 tale of a pioneer woman who tames the wild, hostile lands of the Nebraskan prairie is also the story of what it means to be American.
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'Twenty-three dagger thrusts went home as he stood there. Caesar did not utter a sound...'
This vivid, racy account of the men who wielded absolute power over ancient Rome - including maniacs, tyr
'The eyes that glanced at me shone with a pale-green light'
A crazed vivisectionist engineers a new super-breed of monstrous 'Beast Men' on a remote Pacific island, in H. G. Wells's Victorian scie
'Even bigger than Japan is the inside of your head. Don't ever surrender yourself - not to Japan, not to anything'
A shy, unworldly young student has his eyes opened to Tokyo's bustling metropolis