Praise of Folly

    By Desiderius Erasmus

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    The goddess Folly gives a speech, praising herself and explaining how much humanity benefits from her services, from politicians to philosophers, aristocrats, schoolteachers, poets, lawyers, theologians, monarchs and the clergy. At the same time, her discourse provides a satire of Erasmus’s world, p…

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    Three Drops of Blood and Other Stories

    By Sadeq Hedayat

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    This collection of short stories, previously unpublished in English, displays the disturbing and evocative force of Hedayat’s writing, and confirms his place in the literary canon. They depict a world of revelation, uncanny similarity, grotesquery and insanity. The title story, Three Drops of Blood,…

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    The Withering World

    By Sándor Márai

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    Although he is now mostly remembered as a novelist, it is as a poet and translator of poetry that Sándor Márai – the acclaimed author of Embers and Conversations in Bolzano – first made his name in the literary world. This collection, the first and only edition of Márai’s poems in the English langua…

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    Don Quixote

    By Miguel de Cervantes

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    When an ageing, impoverished nobleman decides to style himself “Don Quixote” and embarks upon a series of daring endeavours, it is clear that his ability to distinguish between reality and the fantasy world of literary romance has broken down. His exploits turn into comic misadventures, in which eve…

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    The Three-Cornered Hat

    By Pedro Antonio de Alarcon

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    Based on a famous Spanish folk tale and set in rural Andalusia, “The Three-Cornered Hat” recounts the tribulations of a lecherous local magistrate as he attempts to have his way with the miller’s beautiful but devoted wife, with unforeseen and hilarious consequences. Alarcon’s astute blend of slapst…

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    Journey by Moonlight

    By Antal Szerb

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    Travelling to Italy on their honeymoon, Erszi and Mihály are ready to take in all the beauties and pleasures of the country. But when they reach Venice, it is clear that Mihály prefers to roam around the back alleys and the canals on his own, and as they continue their journey through the Bel Paese…

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    A Game of Chess and Other Stories

    By Stefan Zweig

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    When it is discovered that the reigning world chess champion, Mirko Czentovic, is on board a cruiser heading for Buenos Aires, a fellow passenger challenges him to a game. Czentovic easily defeats him, but during the rematch a mysterious Austrian, Dr B., intervenes and, to the surprise of everyone,…

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    Four Plays

    By Copi

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    This collection brings together four of Copi’s best-known works for stage: Eva Perón, The Homosexual, The Four Twins and Loretta Strong. Set on the borderline of reality and delirium, and featuring such charismatic icons as Eva Perón and Greta Garbo, they are imbued with Copi’s trademark racy wit an…

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