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Title: The Odyssey of Homer

The most eloquent translation of Homer's Odyssey into modern English.
Author(s): Richmond Lattimore
ISBN 13: 9780061244186
Pages: 400
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Title: For Whom the Bell Tolls


In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mountains of Spain, it tells of loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. In his portrayal of Jordan's love for the beautiful Maria and his superb account of El Sordo's last stand, in his brilliant travesty of La Pasionaria and his unwillingness to believe in blind faith, Hemingway surpasses his achievement in The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms to create a work at once rare and beautiful, strong and brutal, compassionate, moving, and wise. "If the function of a writer is to reveal reality," Maxwell Perkins wrote Hemingway after reading the manuscript, "no one ever so completely performed it." Greater in power, broader in scope, and more intensely emotional than any of the author's previous works, it stands as one of the best war novels of all time.

This masterpiece of time and place tells a profound and timeless story of courage and commitment, love and loss, that takes place over a fleeting 72 hours. Drawing on Hemingway's own involvement in the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bell Tolls reflects his passionate feelings about the nature of war and the meaning of loyalty.

Author(s): Ernest Hemingway
ISBN 13: 9780684803357
Pages: 480
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Title: Beloved

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethes new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
Author(s): Toni Morrison
ISBN 13: 9781400033416
Pages: 321
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Title: Neuland

Dori's father has gone travelling in South America and, suffering from some kind of breakdown, following the death of his wife, he goes missing. Dori sets out to find him, leaving his wife and young son at home in Israel. Inbar is escaping from her life - from the grief that she can't shake after her brother's death, from the boyfriend she doesn't love - and impulsively sets out for South America...
Author(s): Eshkol Nevo
ISBN 13: 9780701187781
Pages: 624
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Title: To the End of the Land

Fleeing to Galilee in despair when her son voluntarily rejoins the Israeli army, Ora drags along estranged family friend Avram, a tortured former POW to whom she relates her experiences of motherhood against a backdrop of constant war and ...
Author(s): David Grossman
ISBN 13: 9780307476401
Pages: 651
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Title: Suite Francaise

A story of life in France under the Nazi occupation includes two parts--"Storm in June," set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied village rife with resentment, resistance, and collaboration.
Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
ISBN 13: 9781400044733
Pages: 395
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Title: The Unbearable Lightness of Being

A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful loverthese are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel. In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by fortuitous events, a world in which everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence, we feel "the unbearable lightness of being" not only as the consequence of our pristine actions but also in the public sphere, and the two inevitably intertwine.
Author(s): Milan Kundera
ISBN 13: 9780060932138
Pages: 320
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Title: Les Cerfs-Volants

A French village boy falls in love with an aristocratic Polish girl on the eve of the second world war. The protagonist joins the French Resistance, but the biggest resistance to tyranny lies in his loyalty to his lost love. Lovers should be able to wait, and to hope, and most of all to remember. And so, the boy waits for the return of his lover, just as he waits for the return of his beloved France, even while the Nazi flag is hanging from the windows.
Author(s): Romain Gary
ISBN 13: 9782070374670
Pages: 366
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Title: 1984 (Everyman's Library)

Author(s): George Orwell
ISBN 13: 9780679417392
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