The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont  The Comedienne draws on Nobel Prize winner, Wladyslav Reymont's, own experiences as an actor in a struggling provincial theatre at the fin de siecle, at time of massive social upheaval in Europe. Reymont depicts, in a slow burning tragedy, a young provincial Janina, the comedienne of the title, who joins a Warsaw theatre company and struggles toward what was then a very modern notion of personal freedom. A 'Comedienne' also played drama and...

The Comedienne

The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont The Comedienne draws on Nobel Prize winner, Wladyslav Reymont's, own experiences as an actor in a struggling provincial theatre at the fin de siecle, at time of massive social upheaval in Europe. Reymont depicts, in a slow burning tragedy, a young provincial Janina, the comedienne of the title, who joins a Warsaw theatre company and struggles toward what was then a very modern notion of personal freedom. A 'Comedienne' also played drama and...

Countess Cosel

Countess Cosel

The Reign of the Evil One by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz  On a quiet summer evening in a Swiss mountain village, a stranger comes to stay; the generous ever helpful shoemaker, Branchu. All who did business with him profited very well by the exchange. Only the insane and ultimately hapless Luc was never fooled. In masterful strokes the Swiss writer, Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, unleashes an apocalyptic fantasia and gives us a remarkable epic fable.

The Reign of the Evil One

The Reign of the Evil One by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz On a quiet summer evening in a Swiss mountain village, a stranger comes to stay; the generous ever helpful shoemaker, Branchu. All who did business with him profited very well by the exchange. Only the insane and ultimately hapless Luc was never fooled. In masterful strokes the Swiss writer, Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, unleashes an apocalyptic fantasia and gives us a remarkable epic fable.

The Journal of Countess Francoise Krasinska by Klementyna Tanska Hoffman  The coming of age diary of a young Polish Countess, Francoise Krasinska who in the space of three years travels from the shelter of her father's court and becomes the secret consort of the Duke of Courland. In so doing she manages the transition from innocence to awareness in a time of political treachery. Elegant sparkling prose contemporaneous with and comparable to Jane Austen.

The Journal of Countess Francoise Krasinska

The Journal of Countess Francoise Krasinska by Klementyna Tanska Hoffman The coming of age diary of a young Polish Countess, Francoise Krasinska who in the space of three years travels from the shelter of her father's court and becomes the secret consort of the Duke of Courland. In so doing she manages the transition from innocence to awareness in a time of political treachery. Elegant sparkling prose contemporaneous with and comparable to Jane Austen.

Royal Highness by Thomas Mann  <i>Royal Highness</i> is the delightfully ironic tale of a small, decadent German duchy and its invigoration by the intellect and values of an independent-minded American woman. Peopled with a range of characters from aristocrat to artisan, <i>Royal Highness</i> provides a microcosmic view of Europe before the Great War.

Royal Highness

Royal Highness by Thomas Mann <i>Royal Highness</i> is the delightfully ironic tale of a small, decadent German duchy and its invigoration by the intellect and values of an independent-minded American woman. Peopled with a range of characters from aristocrat to artisan, <i>Royal Highness</i> provides a microcosmic view of Europe before the Great War.

Riversong of the Rho Ne by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz  'One sings here of the soul of a river, and this soul never dies.' C.F.Ramuz Nearly seventy years after the death of Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (1878-1947), it is safe to say that the reputation of Switzerland's legendary poet of the people is secure, at least in French. Since 2005, his 22 novels have appeared in a two-volume Pleiade Edition from Gallimard (Paris) and Editions Slatkine in Geneva has completed 29 volumes of Ramuz's Oeuvres...

Riversong of the Rhône

Riversong of the Rhône Riversong of the Rhone

Oriental Encounters by Marmaduke Pickthall  In 1896 Marmaduke Pickthall arrived in Palestine and spent the next couple of years in native dress wandering the hinterlands. English expatriates were alarmed the young man had gone native, but Marmaduke was having the time of his life.He said When I read The Arabian Nights I see the daily life of Damascus, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Cairo, and the other cities as I found it in the early nineties of last century. What struck me, even in its decay and...

Oriental Encounters

Oriental Encounters by Marmaduke Pickthall In 1896 Marmaduke Pickthall arrived in Palestine and spent the next couple of years in native dress wandering the hinterlands. English expatriates were alarmed the young man had gone native, but Marmaduke was having the time of his life.He said When I read The Arabian Nights I see the daily life of Damascus, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Cairo, and the other cities as I found it in the early nineties of last century. What struck me, even in its decay and...

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