Moderato Cantabile

    By Marguerite Duras

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    A distressed young man murders the woman he loves in a café, watched by a large crowd. Fascinated by the crime she has witnessed, Anne Desbaresdes returns several times to the scene, forming a relationship with a man who also saw the murder, and drinking through the afternoon with him as he patientl…

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    Martin Salander

    By Gottfried Keller

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    ‘Martin Salander’, one of the Gottfried Keller’s most famous novels, traces the progress of an impoverished idealist towards becoming a self-sufficient, deeply humane individual, offering at the same time a reflection on the social and political changes of the time and a compassionate picture of a f…

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    Locus Solus

    By Raymond Roussel

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    Based, like the earlier Impressions of Africa, on uniquely eccentric principles of composition, this book invites the reader to enter a world which in its innocence and extravagance is unlike anything in the literature of the twentieth century. Cantarel, a scholarly scientist, whose enormous wealth…

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    Jealousy

    By Alain Robbe-Grillet

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    In his most famous and perhaps most typical work, Robbe-Grillet explores his principle preoccupation: the meaning of reality. The novel is set on a tropical banana plantation, and the action is seen through the eyes of a narrator who never appears in person, never speaks and never acts. He is a poin…

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    In the Labyrinth

    By Alain Robbe-Grillet

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    The Battle of Reichenfels has been fought and lost. The army is in flight. The enemy is expected to arrive in town at any moment. A soldier, carrying a parcel under his arm, is wandering through an unknown town. All the streets look the same, and he cannot remember the name of one where he was suppo…

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    Green Henry

    By Gottfried Keller

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    The story of young Henry, who struggles to fulfill his ambitions to become a successful painter and is torn between the gentle Anna and the proud and sensual Judith, is one of the most outstanding and personal Bildngsromane written in the German language. Written between 1846 and 1855, Keller’s poet…

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    Collected Poems

    By Sydney Goodsir Smith

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    The premature death of Sydney Goodsir Smith at the age of fifty-nine, while this volume of his ‘Collected Poems’ was in production, deprived the world of one of the major personalities in twentieth-century British literature. The poems included in this volume, mostly written in Scots dialect – from…

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    Cain’s Book

    By Alexander Trocchi

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    Written in America while Trocchi was working on a scow on the Hudson River, Cain’s Book is an extraordinary autobiographical account about a junky’s life, and an honest, raunchy, eye-opening trip through hell. Probably the most famous novel about drug addiction and the hazards and excitements of an…

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