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Journey to Armenia & Conversation About Dante
Journey to Armenia & Conversation About Dante

Osip Mandelstam

At once a travel narrative, an allegorical journey, a withering comment on State-Building, a humanist philosophy of life, a preparation for death and a prophecy of resurrection (both for Armenia and for himself). This edition also includes the companion-piece, ‘Conversation about Dante’.

My Prizes
My Prizes

Thomas Bernhard

My Prizes is a brilliantly mordant memoir of the background and circumstances of nine literary prizes awarded to Austrian novelist and enfant terrible, Thomas Bernhard, between 1963 and 1980, followed by some of the speeches he delivered on those occasions

Table-Talk & Recollections
Table-Talk & Recollections

Samuel Rogers Christopher Ricks

A poet and banker who knew everybody, Samuel Rogers (1763-1865) was a brilliant recorder of things said by his famous and powerful contemporaries, from Edmund Burke to Talleyrand, from Charles James Fox to the Duke of Wellington.

Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland
Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland

Lavinia Greenlaw William Morris

The great Victorian William Morris was fascinated by Iceland, which inspired him to write one of the masterpieces of travel literature. Poet Lavinia Greenlaw follows in his footsteps, combining excerpts from his Icelandic writings with her own eye-witness response to the country and creates a highly original meditation – part memoir, part prose poem, part criticism, part travelogue.

Mourning Diary
Mourning Diary

Roland Barthes

The French critic Roland Barthes has guru status among literary theorists. This private diary opens the door onto his strange personal world, recording, day-by-day, the impact of bereavement as he struggled to live without the most important person in his life: his mother. Introduced by Professor Michael Wood.

The Foreigner: Two Essays On Exile
The Foreigner: Two Essays On Exile

Richard Sennett

Sennett explores displacement through two vibrant historical moments: mid-19th century Paris and the Jewish Ghetto of Renaissance Venice uncovering surprising consequences.

Cataract
Cataract

John Berger Selçuk Demirel

What happens when an art critic loses some of his sight to cataracts? What wonders are glimpsed once vision is restored? In this impressionistic essay written in the spirit of Montaigne, John Berger, whose treatises on seeing have shaped cultural and media studies for four decades, records the effects of cataract removal operations on each of his eyes.

The Portable Paradise
The Portable Paradise

Jonathan Keates

Prize-winning author Jonathan Keates has a secret passion: collecting vintage guidebooks. These Victorian volumes contain an entire archeology of cultural loss and longing as Keates takes us on a poignant, enlightening, and at times hilarious tour of that mysterious country, the past.

Thoughts of Sorts
Thoughts of Sorts

Georges Perec David Bellos

Thoughts of Sorts is a unique collection of philosophical riffs on Georges Perec’s obsession with lists, puzzles, catalogues, and taxonomies.

Words of Fire: Selected essays of Ahad Ha’am
Words of Fire: Selected essays of Ahad Ha’am

Ahad Ha’am

Ahad Ha’am (the pen name of Asher Ginzberg) is mainly remembered as the ‘father of cultural Zionism’. But there was much more to the man and his thought. These essays, laced with a withering wit, show him to have been a brilliant exponent of the art of the essayist. Moreover, as the introduction by Brian Klug explains, his ideas have a direct relevance today, not least in confronting the future of Israel and Palestine.

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