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Aaronovitch, Whispers Under Ground. Aaronovitch, Ben. Whispers Under Ground. London, Gollancz, 2012. 14 cm x 21.5 cm. 418 pages. Original Softcover. Excellent condition, like new. Fine out of print book.

Third novel in the Rivers of London series, follows the murder investigation of an American student stabbed to death at Baker Street, with a supernatural twist. Features returning character Police Constable Peter Grant. (Source:

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  About, Edmont. Die Spielhölle in Baden-Baden. (Trente et Quarante). Aus dem Französischen übersetzt von August Baumeister. Leipzig, Reclam, o.J. ca.1895. Kl.-8°. 192 Seiten. Originale, dekorative Broschur. Guter bis sehr guter Zustand. Universal-Bibliothek 4465-4466.

Keywords: Günstige Bücher, Literatur, Literature, World Literature

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Afanas'ev, Russian Fairy Tales. Afanas'ev, Aleksandr. [Ed]. Russian Fairy Tales. Translated by Norbert Guterman. Illustrated by Alexander Alexeieff. New York, Pantheon Books, 1980. 15 x 23.5cm. 662 pages, with black and white illustrations. Original softcover. Sunning to spine, wear to edges, spine joint beginning to loosen, otherwise good condition. Some text annotations. [The Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library].

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, this collection of nearly two hundred tales curated by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal the fascinating, centuries-old Russian storytelling tradition. We meet both universal fairy-tale figures—thieves and heroes, kings and peasants, beautiful damsels and terrifying witches, enchanted children and crafty animals—and such uniquely Russian characters as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird. [Pantheon Books]

Keywords: Cape Clear Chuck Kruger Collection, Chuck Kruger Collection, Fairy Tales, Folk history, Folk Stories, Folklore, Russia, Russian Culture

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Agate, Noblesse Oblige: Another Letter to Another Son. Agate, James. Noblesse Oblige: Another Letter to Another Son. London, Home & Van Thal Ltd., 1944. 12.5 x 19cm. 32 pages. Original hardcover with gilt lettering. Some signs of external wear, slightly foxed but otherwise in very good condition.

James Agate was a British diarist and critic. In the period between the wars, he was one of Britain's most influential theatre critics. He was a journalist on the staff of The Manchester Guardian (1907–14) and was drama critic for The Saturday Review (1921–23), and The Sunday Times (1923–47). Agate's diaries and letters, published in a series of nine volumes under the title of Ego, are a record of the British theatre of his era and also of his non-theatrical interests, including sports, social gossip and his private preoccupations with his health and precarious finances. In addition to drama criticism he wrote about the cinema and English literature for London newspapers, and published three novels, translated a play and had it staged in London, albeit briefly, and regularly brought out collections of his theatre essays and reviews. 'Noblesse Oblige' was written as a reply to Osbert Sitwell's A Letter to my Son, about advice to a son in time of war. [wikipedia]

Keywords: Britain, British Author, Diaries, Letters, World War II

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Alegria, The Golden Serpent. Alegria, Ciro / de Onis, Harriet. The Golden Serpent. New York / Toronto, Farrar & Rinehart, 1943. 13 cm x 19.5 cm. 242 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following chapters: Old Matias's Story / La Escalera / Days That Try the Soul / The Return of Don Osvaldo / The Outlaw / We Stay Because We Are Men etc.

"Ciro Alegría Bazán (November 4, 1909 - February 17, 1967) was a Peruvian journalist, politician, and novelist. Born in Huamachuco District, he exposed the problems of the native Peruvians while learning about their way of life. This understanding of how they were oppressed was the focus for his novels. He attended classes at the University of Trujillo, and worked briefly as a journalist for the newspaper El Norte.

In 1930 Alegría joined the Aprista movement, dedicated to social reform as well as improving the welfare of native Peruvians. He was imprisoned several times for his political activities before finally being exiled to Chile in 1934.

He remained in exile in both Chile and later the United States up until 1948. Later, he taught at the University of Puerto Rico, and wrote about the Cuban revolution while in Cuba. His most well known novel, Broad and Alien is the World (1941) or El mundo es ancho y ajeno, won the Latin American Novel Prize in 1941, and brought him international attention. It depicts an Andean community, living in the Peruvian highlands. The book was later published in the United States and has been reprinted many times, in multiple languages.

Alegría returned to Peru in 1957. He joined President Fernando Belaúnde Terry's party (Acción Popular) and was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1963. He died unexpectedly in Lima, Peru on February 17, 1967. After his death, his widow published many of his essays and reports he had written for various newspapers. He was 58 years old." (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Military History, World War I, World War One

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Der Werwolf Alexis, Wilibald (d.i. W. Häring). Der Werwolf. Vaterländischer Roman. Leipzig, Reclam, [1900]. 8°. 479 Seiten. Originale , dekorative Broschur. Minimal angerändert. Oberes Kapital etwas stärker bestossen. Reclams Universal-Bibliothek ; Nr 4301-4304. 80 Pfennig.

Keywords: Günstige Bücher, Literatur, Literature, World Literature

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Alfred, Hogan's Goat. Alfred, William. Hogan's Goat. First Edition. New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1966. 15 x 22 cm. 145 pages. Original Hardcover in original dustjacket. In protective Mylar. Price clipped. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear.

William Alfred (August 16, 1922 – May 20, 1999) was a playwright and Professor of English literature at Harvard University. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Alfred served in the Army tank corps in World War II, received a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1948, and received an M.A. in English from Harvard in 1949. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1954 and that year joined its faculty, becoming a full professor in 1963. Alfred was a specialist in early English literature. He was chairman of Harvard's Standing Committee on Dramatics for many years, and he taught a course in playwriting. His lyrical play, Hogan's Goat, about turn-of-the-century Brooklyn-Irish politics, had a long and successful off-Broadway run in 1966 and provided a breakout role for actress Faye Dunaway, who became a lifelong friend of Alfred's. Other works included Agamemnon, The Curse of an Aching Heart (also starring Dunaway), Nothing Doing, and Cry for Us All, a musical adaptation of Hogan's Goat. In 1980 he was named Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of the Humanities. William Alfred was the recipient of the New York Drama Desk Award (for Hogan's Goat) and served on the poetry panels of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award committees. He was a member of the Medieval Academy of America, the Modern Language Association, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild. In addition to his plays, he was the author of a book of poems, The Annunciation Rosary, and a translation of Beowulf. Though he was acclaimed and beloved both in academe and in the theater, Alfred said he often had misgivings about dividing his time between the two. "I feel a kind of double guilt," he said in a Harvard University Gazette profile of May 27, 1999, a sense that the dual nature of his professional life hadn't left him enough time for either side. But he clearly had an enormous influence on students who went on to careers in theater and film, including actors Tommy Lee Jones '68, Stockard Channing '65, John Lithgow '67, and director Timothy Mayer '66. Jones called Alfred "my best teacher, ever." Alfred enjoyed long friendships with a number of accomplished actors, and with writers such as Gertrude Stein, Archibald MacLeish, Robert Lowell, and Seamus Heaney. The Gazette profile went on to say: 'Alfred was the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine profiles, some of which captured his zest for the places he lived and the people he knew. Walking a New Yorker reporter around the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up, Columbia Heights, Alfred pointed out historic buildings and his old neighborhood sandwich shop with equal enthusiasm. "For fifteen cents," he said, "you'd get ham and American cheese and tomatoes and lettuce and lots of mayonnaise on Italian bread. Those sandwiches were wonderful." Alfred was among the most popular professors ever to teach at Harvard, and even after his retirement he continued to work with one undergraduate per year. "He was much beloved by generations of students, and by his colleagues, as well," said English Department Chair Lawrence Buell.' He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Literature

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Ali, Brick Lane: A Novel. Ali, Monica. Brick Lane: A Novel. First Scribner Edition. New York, Scribner, 2003. 16 cm x 23.5 cm. 369 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Fine. Near new condition.

" Monica Ali's gorgeous first novel is the deeply moving story of one woman, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to enter into an arranged marriage. Already hailed by the London Observer as "one of the most significant British novelists of her generation," Ali has written a stunningly accomplished debut about one outsider's quest to find her voice.

What could not be changed must be borne. And since nothing could be changed, everything had to be borne. This principle ruled her life. It was mantra, fettle, and challenge.

Nazneen's inauspicious entry into the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu, a man old enough to be her father. Nazneen moves to London and, for years, keeps house, cares for her husband, and bears children, just as a girl from the village is supposed to do. But gradually she is transformed by her experience, and begins to question whether fate controls her or whether she has a hand in her own destiny.

Motherhood is a catalyst -- Nazneen's daughters chafe against their father's traditions and pride -- and to her own amazement, Nazneen falls in love with a young man in the community. She discovers both the complexity that comes with free choice and the depth of her attachment to her husband, her daughters, and her new world.

While Nazneen journeys along her path of self-realization, her sister, Hasina, rushes headlong at her life, first making a "love marriage," then fleeing her violent husband. Woven through the novel, Hasina's letters from Dhaka recount a world of overwhelming adversity. Shaped, yet not bound, by their landscapes and memories, both sisters struggle to dream -- and live -- beyond the rules prescribed for them.

Vivid, profoundly humane, and beautifully rendered, Brick Lane captures a world at once unimaginable and achingly familiar. And it establishes Monica Ali as a thrilling new voice in fiction. As Kirkus Reviews said, "She is one of those dangerous writers who see everything." "(Amazon)

Keywords: 20th Century Literature, British Literature, Novel

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Allende, Of Love and Shadows. Allende, Isabel / Peden, Margaret Sayers. Of Love and Shadows. New York, Alfred A. Knopf. 1987. 15 cm x 22 cm. 274 pages. Original hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Signed by the author.

"Isabel Allende transports us to a Latin American country in the grip of a military dictatorship, where Irene Beltran, an upperclass journalist, and Francisco Leal, a photographer son of a Marxist professor together discover a hideous crime. They also discover how far they dare go in search of the truth in a nation of terror . . . and how very much they risk." (Publisher)

"Beginning in 1967, Allende was on the editorial staff for Paula magazine, and from 1969 to 1974 for the children's magazine Mampato, where she later was the editor. She published two children's stories, La Abuela Panchita (Grandmother Panchita) and Lauchas y Lauchones, as well as a collection of articles, Civilice a Su Troglodita. She also worked in Chilean television production for channels 7 (humorous programs) and 13 from 1970 to 1974. As a journalist, she once sought an interview with Pablo Neruda, a notable Chilean poet. While Neruda accepted the interview, he told her that she had too much imagination to be a journalist and should be a novelist instead. He also advised her to compile her satirical columns in book form. She did so, and this became her first published book. In 1973, Allende's play El Embajador played in Santiago, a few months before she was forced to flee the country due to the coup.

In Allende's time in Venezuela, she was a freelance journalist for El Nacional in Caracas from 1976 to 1983 and an administrator of the Marrocco School in Caracas from 1979 to 1983.

When Allende, in Caracas in 1981, received a phone call that her 99-year-old grandfather was near death, she sat down to write him a letter and thereby "keep him alive, at least in spirit." She started writing him a letter that later evolved into a book manuscript, The House of the Spirits (1982); the intent of this work was to exorcise the ghosts of the Pinochet dictatorship. The book was rejected by numerous Latin American publishers, but finally the novel was published in Spain. The book soon ran into more than two dozen editions in Spanish, and was translated into a score of languages. The book was a great success; Allende was compared to Gabriel García Márquez as an author of the style known as magical realism.

Allende's books have since become known for their vivid storytelling. Although Allende is often considered to use the literary style of magical realism, her works often display elements of post-Boom literature, and as such her style cannot be described as purely adhering to magical realism. Allende also holds to a very methodical literary routine.[26] She writes using a computer, working Monday through Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. "I always start on 8 January", Allende stated; "a tradition she began in 1981 with a letter she wrote to her dying grandfather that would become the groundwork for her first novel, The House of the Spirits."

Allende's book Paula (1995) is a memoir of her childhood in Santiago, Chile and the following years she spent in exile. It is written as an anguished letter to her daughter, who suffered from porphyria—a metabolic disorder that is rarely fatal. In 1991, an error in medication resulted in severe brain damage and left Paula in a persistent vegetative state. But months passed at Paula's bedside before Allende learned that a hospital mishap had caused irreversible brain damage. Allende had her moved to a hospital in California where she died on 6 December 1992. The book, as much a celebration of Allende's turbulent life as the chronicle of Paula's death, is a best seller in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

Allende's novels have been translated from Spanish into over 30 languages and sold more than 56 million copies. There are three movies based on her novels currently in production — Aphrodite, Eva Luna and Gift for a Sweetheart. Her 2008 book, The Sum of Our Days is a memoir. It focuses on her recent life with her immediate family, which includes her grown son, Nicolás; second husband, William Gordon; and several grandchildren. A novel set in New Orleans was published in 2010, Island Beneath the Sea. In 2011 came El cuaderno de Maya ("Maya's Notebook"), a novel in which the setting alternates between Berkeley, California, and Chiloé in Chile." (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Military History, World War I, World War One

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Alonso, Le Mur Ecorche. Alonso, Juan / Dubois, Pierre (translator). Le Mur Ecorche. Paris, Litterature, 1989. 13.5 cm x 21 cm. 99 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Contains dedication by the author.

Keywords: French Literature, French Texts

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