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Short Stories and Novellas

In the Penal Colony

Franz Kafka

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"In the Penal Colony" ("In der Strafkolonie") (also translated as "In the Penal Settlement") is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October 1914, revised in November 1918, and first published in October 1919. The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau's The Torture Garden as an influence.As in some of Kafka's other writings, the narrator in this story seems detached from, or perhaps numbed by, events that one would normally expect to be registered with horror. In the Penal Colony describes the last use of an elaborate torture and execution device that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on his skin before letting him die, all in the course of twelve hours. As the plot unfolds, the reader learns more and more about the machine, including its origin and original justification.

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METAMORPHOSIS (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

Franz Kafka

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THE METAMORPHOSIS (German: Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation) is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It has been called one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world.

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The Trial (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

Franz Kafka

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THE TRIAL is a novel written by Franz Kafka from 1914 to 1915 and published in 1925. One of his best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader. Heavily influenced by Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Kafka even went so far as to call Dostoevsky a blood relative. Like Kafka's other novels, The Trial was never completed, although it does include a chapter which brings the story to an end.

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The Doctor Stories

William Carlos Williams

$10.10

Not only for students and doctors, this volume contains Williams's thirteen "doctor stories," several of his most famous poems on medical matters, and "The Practice" fromThe Autobiography.
These writings, together with Dr. Robert Coles's enthusiastic appraisal of teaching Williams and Dr. William Eric Williams's personal and touching filial account, "My Father, the Doctor," make up an intriguing and timely study of the poet as a physician of rare humanity and self-knowledge. As Coles suggests, Dr. Williams's writing can help many others take a knowing look at the medical profession.

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Steps

Jerzy Kosinski

$10.40

This National Book Award-winning novel of power, libido, and morality is "a powerful and profoundly disturbing book" (The New York Times).
First published in 1968, Jerzy Kosinski's classic vision of moral and sexual estrangement captured the deviant undercurrents of the era's politics and culture. In this haunting novel, distinctions are eroded between oppressor and oppressed, perpetrator and victim, narcissism and anonymity. Kosinski portrays men and women both aroused and desensitized by an environment that disdains the individual and seeks control over the imagination.

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rudyard Kipling

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This is the story of a boy and his weasel, a bird and a snake, India and the British Empire. Rudyard Kipling's dramatic tale, here excerpted from the greater volume of The Jungle Book, is the story of the loyal mongoose, Rikk-Tikki-Tavi, and the lengths to which he must go to protect his adoptive human family.

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Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

Ray Bradbury

$3.84

Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novelFahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

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The Nose (Annotated with Biography)

Nikolai Gogul

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"The Nose" is a satirical short story by Nikolai Gogol. Written between 1835 and 1836, it tells of a St. Petersburg official whose nose leaves his face and develops a life of its own.
Dmitri Shostakovich's opera The Nose, first performed in 1930, is based on this story. A short film based on the story was made by Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker in 1963 and used pinscreen animation.

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Stories of Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the highly acclaimed translators ofWar and Peace, Doctor Zhivago, andAnna Karenina, which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million-copy bestseller, bring their unmatched talents toThe Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov, a collection of thirty of Chekhov's best tales from the major periods of his creative life.

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The Most Dangerous Game

Richard Connell

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Richard Connell's Great Classic.

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