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Malcolm Lowry (1947)
Under the Volcano
The story of one man's agonized journey towards Calvary, which became a prophetic book for a whole generation.

W. O. Mitchell (1947)
Who Has Seen the Wind
A timeless tale of a young boy's growing up in southern Saskatchewan during the years of drought and depression.

A.B. Guthrie Jr. (1947)
The Big Sky
In its fidelity to the historical records, The Big Sky is a genuine historical novel, as true a synthesis of the Mountain Men as we have.

Gore Vidal (1981)
Creation
Gore Vidal takes us on a panoramic tour of the 5th century B.C., and embellishes it with his own ironic humor, brilliant insights, and piercing observations.

William Faulkner (1929)
The Sound and the Fury
One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in American literature.

Edgar Allan Poe (1840-'45)
The Fall of the House of Usher
A new translation faithfully adhering to the original text.

John Dos Passos (1930)
The 42nd Parallel
The first volume of the trilogy U.S.A., a cornerstone in American fiction.

Nathaniel Hawthorne(1850)
The Scarlet Letter
The novel that is generally regarded as the first great work of American fiction.

Ernest Hemingway (1926)
The Sun Also Rises
The novel that immediately established  Ernest Hemingway as the preeminent writer of his  generation.

Oscar Wilde (1890)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A new translation faithfully adhering to the original text.

Raymond Carver (1988)
Blackbird Pie
From the collection Where I'm Calling From, one of the last short stories by this great American writer.

Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
The Great Gatsby
The failure of the American Dream in that which many consider the 20th Century's greatest American novel.

William Shakespeare (1590)
The Comedy of Errors
Aegeon, a merchant of Syracuse, is arrested in Ephesus because of enmity between Ephesus and Syracuse. Aegeon tells Solinus...

Alice Munro (1959)
Boys and Girls
My father was a fox farmer. That is, he raised silver foxes, in pens; and in the fall and early winter, when their fur was prime, he killed them and skinned them and...

Mordecai Richler (1959)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz 
Duddy Kravitz believed  what his grandfather had told him: a man without land is nobody. He set his heart on land, and if he made himself hated on the way... he couldn't care less.

Mark Twain (1876)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 
A translation that does justice to this great American classic.

Mark Twain (1876)
A Murder, a Mistery and a Marriage
Twain's famous unpublished short story and the object of his literary challenge to leading authors of the time.

Mark Twain (1906)
Letters from the Earth
Satan's accounts to his Celestial Colleagues up in Heaven of his amazing earthly experience. Definitely the most hilarious and stinging work of "America's Greatest Humorist."

Dylan Thomas (1952)
Collected Poems
From the 1934-1952 collected poems, The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower; And Death Shall Have No dominion; Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines.

Gregory (Greg) Farnum (2001)
Do You have What It Takes?
Four Short Stories by the author of the novel The Event

William J. Clinton (2001)
State of the Union
Presidend Clinton's farewell address to the Nation. The President touches upon such planet-wide issues as the global environment and human rights.

Kenneth (Ken) Starr (1998)
The Starr Report
Independent Counsel Kenneth (Ken) Starr's report to the US Congress on the Clinton-Lewinsky love affaire.


italian / english

Oriana Fallaci (2008)
A Hat Full of Cherries
A family saga that has the breadth of a great nineteenth-century novel that moves, captivates, and makes one smile.

Elio Vittorini (1941)
Conversation in Sicily
A testimony on Fascist Italy and the portrayal of the hard and insufferable condition of the courageous few who chose to oppose it.

Dino Buzzati (1940)
The Desert of the Tartars
The novel that established Dino Buzzati amongst Italy's great twentieth-century writers.

Ennio Flaiano (1947)
A Time to Kill
Against the backdrop of Italy's Ethiopian war (1935-1936), the inner drama of a lieutenant guilty of murdering a native girl.

Mario Biondi (1985)
The Eyes of a Woman
Premio Campiello 1985 (Italy's top literary award). A great Italian family saga unfolding with the events that have come to mark the twentieth century.

Andrea DeCarlo (1989)
Two of Two
Two friends, two choices, two stories in DeCarlo's great, best-selling novel.

Dacia Maraini (1990)
The Long Life of Marianna Ucrìa
Marianna, immured in her mysterious and disturbing silence, lives, loves, and suffers in 17th century Sicily.

Carlo Emilio Gadda (1946)
That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
From this masterpiece by the father of Italy's Neo-avanguardia, The Palace of Gold.

Aldo Busi (1985)
Standard Life of a Temporary Pantyhose Salesman
The first twenty pages of the masterpiece of one of Italy's greatest contemporary writers.

Aldo Busi (2001)
Letter Written from Another Son to Another Dad
A perfect son writes the dream-dad we've all wished to have. From: Manual of the Perfect Dad.

Niccolò Ammaniti (1996)
The Zoologist
From the collection Mud, published by Mondadori, an hilarious short story by Italy's most successful novelist of his generation.

Niccolò Ammaniti (2001)
I'm Not Scared
The first pages of the moving novel that earned Ammaniti the 2001 Premio Viareggio-Repaci.

Cesare Pavese (1950)
The Moon and the Bonfires
The first chapter of this great Italian writer's last novel.

Umberto Eco (2001)
Holy Wars, Passion and Reason
Random thoughts upon the superiority of cultures.

Mario Biondi (1999)
Code Shadow
An obscure power controls all that we write, say, think? Find out in Mario Biondi's breathtaking thriller.

Carmen Covito (2002)
The Red and the Dark
Archeology, adventure, comedy, in one of Italy's most brilliant writers' latest novel.

Carmen Covito (2001)
Tales form the Web
Seven short stories by this famous Italian novelist, now collected into Italy's first self-published e-book.

Alda Merini (2002)
Poems
Among the highest voices of Italy's contemporary poetry. Accademia di Francia's 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature nominee.

Luciano De Crescenzo (2001)
The Doppelgänger
"Just stop thinking and you'll hear the ticking away of time."

Vincenzo Cerami (2001)
Forgotten Lips
There she was, at last, popping out from behind the newsstand at Piazza Trilussa. She had dropped out of sight for a half hour now. Carlo heaved a good sigh and was back on her tail....

Beppe Severgnini (2001)
The Snooper
An alien in Milan's fashion world. One: the Rizzoli man.

Alessandro Manzoni (1821)
The Betrothed
A new, faithful translation of this great Italian classic.

Carlo Collodi (1881)
The Adventures of Pinocchio
A translation that does justice to this great Italian classic.

Ercole Guidi (1997)
The Long Journey of the Western Mind
From classical to post-modern, a chronological journey through the masters and the events that have shaped the Western Mind.

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