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In Search of Lost Time [volumes 1 to 7]

by Marcel Proust

“â??In Search of Lost Time’ is widely recognized as the major novel of the twentieth century.” â??Harold Bloom
“At once the last great classic of French epic prose tradition and the towering precursor of the ‘nouveau roman’.” â??Bengt Holmqvist
“Proust so titillates my own desire for expression that I can hardly set out the sentence. Oh if I could write like that!” â??Virginia Woolf
“The greatest fiction to date.” â??W. Somerset Maugham
“Proust is the greatest novelist of the 20th century.” â??Graham Greene

On the surface a traditional “Bildungsroman” describing the narrator’s journey of self-discovery, this huge and complex book is also a panoramic and richly comic portrait of France in the author’s lifetime, and a profound meditation on the nature of art, love, time, memory and death. But for most readers it is the characters of the novel who loom the largest: Swann and Odette, Monsieur de Charlus, Morel, the Duchesse de Guermantes, Françoise, Saint-Loup and so many others â?? Giants, as the author calls them, immersed in Time.
“In Search of Lost Time” is a novel in seven volumes. The novel began to take shape in 1909. Proust continued to work on it until his final illness in the autumn of 1922 forced him to break off. Proust established the structure early on, but even after volumes were initially finished he kept adding new material, and edited one volume after another for publication. The last three of the seven volumes contain oversights and fragmentary or unpolished passages as they existed in draft form at the death of the author; the publication of these parts was overseen by his brother Robert.



A Kiss for Miss Kingsley: A Historical Regency Romance (A Waltz with a Rogue Book 1)

by Collette Cameron

Can a beautiful spinster trust love again?
Especially with the rogue who broke her heart the first time?

Olivia Kingsley didn’t expect to be swept off her feet and receive a marriage proposal two weeks into her first Season. However, one delicious dance with Allen Wimpleton, heir to a viscountcy, and her future is sealed. Or so she thinks until her eccentric father suddenly announces he’s moving the family to the Caribbean for a year.

Knowing her father will likely refuse his offer for Olivia’s hand, Allen begs her to elope. Having recently lost her mother, and worried her father is ailing tooâ??which he insists remain a secretâ??she refuses. Distraught at her leaving, and unaware of her father’s ill-health, Allen doubts her love for him and foolishly demands she chooseâ??him or her father.

Heartbroken at Allen’s callousness, but thankful he’s revealed his true nature before they married, Olivia turns her back on their love. The year becomes three, enough time for her broken heart to heal, and after her father dies, Olivia returns to England. Coming face to face with Allen at a ball, she realizes she never purged him from her heart. But can they overcome their pasts and old wounds to find love again? Or has Allen found another?

Read the first book in the Waltz with a Rogue historical Regency romance series for a rousing, emotional, and romantic adventure you can’t put down.

Though this book is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone.



Forty-One and One Half; Part 1

by Edward Drobinski

Irreligious and middle-aged Isaac Leibowitz leaves his comfortable home and family in Gig Harbor, Washington in pursuit of career enhancement in NYC. His wife wants no part of the big city, and they work out a tacit agreement that he will return after establishing top notch credentials. To fill the free time now afforded, Isaac once again, picks up on a “conspiracy theory,” which he had abandoned five years prior. His revived interest is partially due to his “conspiratorial” zoftig neighbor in Brooklyn Heights. The past, researched as well as may be determined under the constricting circumstances, though not capable of passing the bar of “beyond all reasonable doubt,” seems to strongly suggest a mankind-tricked-thereby-turbulent view of history. With potentially more relevance, current events are unfolding in a pattern consistent with a slightly manipulated replay of a tragedy, now eight decades gone. Isaac becomes more or less uncomfortably certain that he has made a fundamental mistake somewhere; that error perhaps residing in both his departure from home and the consequent monotony inspired, time-filling conspiracy fiasco; a much too common form of 2022 “entertainment.” And all of that and more go on, until ………………. .



The Old Balmain House (Old Balmain House – Second Edition Book 1)

by Graham Wilson

Sophie vanished – where did she go? For 100 years nobody knows.

A photo of 8 year old Sophie and an antique perfume bottle are found in the fireplace of an old house.

The story of a Balmain family over 170 years. Finally they uncover what happened.

Set around beautiful Sydney Harbour this is a story of this place and its people, an imagined history from early Australia to the present day

Who was Sophie and what happened to her? On buying an old weatherboard house in Balmain, Sydney, we discover her photo, dated 1900-1908, long hidden, along with a small perfume bottle in an old fireplace. Then we discover that Sophie disappeared with a childhood friend in 1908 and was never seem again, leaving a trail of sadness through generations of her family.

This book tracks the journey of the discovery of Sophie and her family, from their first arrival in Sydney, over five generations of the family, until the mystery is finally laid to rest.

It is a story of loss and grief, mixed with joy, which passes through the successive generations of a family. The way the family deals with unresolved tragedy and finally the way their love transcends time is the story from which the real Sophie emerges.

Graham Wilson, the author, lived in the house in Balmain around which this story is based for seven years, before moving to Millers Point. This is his first novel.

Graham has previously written a family memoir, “Children of Arnhem’s Kaleidoscope” which describes his childhood, growing up in a aboriginal community in Western Arnhem Land. This is also available from this site.



СибиÑ?оÑ?ка (Russian Edition)

by Ð?идия Алексеевна ЧаÑ?ская

Ð?овесÑ?Ñ? Ð?идии АлексеевнÑ? ЧаÑ?ской (1875â??1937), впеÑ?вÑ?е опÑ?бликованная в 1910 годÑ?. «Ð?Ñ?ла ноÑ?Ñ?, вÑ?л веÑ?еÑ?, меÑ?елиÑ?а плясала в лесÑ?, намеÑ?ая Ñ?елÑ?е гоÑ?Ñ? снега. Ð?Ñ?на Ñ?Ñ?Ñ?Ñ? свеÑ?ила сквозÑ? эÑ?Ñ? движÑ?Ñ?Ñ?Ñ?ся пеленÑ?. Ð?з саней вÑ?сÑ?нÑ?ласÑ? голова господина, одеÑ?ого в вÑ?сокÑ?Ñ? соболÑ?Ñ? Ñ?апкÑ? и Ñ?еплÑ?Ñ? Ñ?Ñ?бÑ?».



Desert Strike (Sundown Apocalypse Book 4)

by Leo Nix

After winning the command of the Alice Springs military force, Sundown’s commando is in a position to pose a real threat to the Revelationist terrorists.

What was supposed to be a holiday patrol to the hot springs on the Diamantina plains turns into a nightmare for the commando, and only heroic sacrifices can save them. A startling development with the secret Pine Gap facility may prove to be a boon or a curse for their group, and for Sundown himself.

Desert Strike is the fourth novel in Leo Nix’s Sundown Apocalypse series: hard-fitting, fast-paced adventure in the harsh Australian Outback. This is a standalone novel, and can be enjoyed even if you haven’t read other books in the series.



Vampir

by John Reinhard Dizon

Defence attorney Celeste Maher has seen her share of gruesome cases, but nothing as disturbing as the crime her client, Velimir Radojka, is accused of.

After Celeste is unexpectedly arrested for her client’s murder, his boyfriend, Detective Shea Tyrone, gets on the case. Soon, Shea has several problems to deal with: bloodless corpses, street gangs and rumors of human sacrifice.

Something connects all this to the Count, and Shea is determined to find out why.

Entangled in a web of ritual murders spanning two continents, Shea and Celeste uncover disturbing connections to the crime lord himself… and a Serbian vampire legend.

Praise for VAMPIR:
I highly recommend this book to all vampire fans. – Gaston Sanders, author
“Law & Order meets Dracula in a unique combination.” – Brandon Hill, Amazon review



Ð?олиÑ?ва (Russian Edition)

by Ð?ев НиколаевиÑ? ТолсÑ?ой

Рассказ, впеÑ?вÑ?е опÑ?бликованнÑ?й в 1906 годÑ?. Связан с легендой, коÑ?оÑ?Ñ?Ñ? авÑ?оÑ? Ñ?слÑ?Ñ?ал оÑ? олонеÑ?кого кÑ?есÑ?Ñ?янина.



Ð?Ñ?аммаÑ?ика лÑ?бви (Russian Edition)

by Ð?ван АлексеевиÑ? Ð?Ñ?нин

Рассказ, впеÑ?вÑ?е опÑ?бликованнÑ?й в 1915 годÑ?.



УпÑ?Ñ?Ñ? (Russian Edition)

by Алексей Ð?онсÑ?анÑ?иновиÑ? ТолсÑ?ой

Ð?оÑ?иÑ?еская повесÑ?Ñ?, пеÑ?вое опÑ?бликованное пÑ?оизведение Алексея Ð?онсÑ?анÑ?иновиÑ?а ТолсÑ?ого. Ð?Ñ?Ñ?ла в свеÑ? в 1841 годÑ?. Ð?важдÑ? экÑ?анизиÑ?ована.



The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II: The Seed of Banquo

by Noah Lukeman

“An audacious achievement.”
–Jennifer Lee Carrell, Ph.D. (Harvard)
New York Times Bestselling author of Interred With Their Bones/The Shakespeare Secret

“Lukeman’s sequel to the Scottish play succeeds as both a fascinating literary exercise and an entertaining play in its own rightâ?¦.[A] poetic, well-paced drama.”
â??Booklist

Recommended Reading, New York Magazine Fall Preview

In 1610, The Tragedy of Macbeth was first performed. 400 years later: the sequel, written as a five-act play in blank verse.

Ten years king, Malcolm sits on an uneasy throne. If Malcolm’s mind is haunted by the ghosts of his royal father (“gracious Duncan”) as well as the thane and lady who so bloodily betrayed him, Malcolm’s soul is sickened, as was Macbeth’s, by the witches’ prophecy that from Banquo’s seed would spring a line of Scottish kings: a prophecy that remained unfulfilled at the end of Shakespeare’s play. The witches also taunt Malcolm with riddles all his own: that sorrows will visit him from Ireland (where his younger brother fled upon their father’s death); that his love for Macbeth will breed fresh treachery. True to the Shakespearean model, its devious plot unfolding in five acts and its speech set to the measure of blank verse, Macbeth, Part II, draws bold the tragedy of a powerful man undone by the terrors he imagines and the truths he fails to see.

“Noah Lukeman’s bold sequel to Macbeth, written in blank verse, is a fierce, memory-ridden love letter to Shakespeare, and an enthralling reminder that, in our imagination, Shakespeare’s greatest plays have no end.”
–Nigel Cliff, author of The Shakespeare Riots

“Lukeman did a top-notch job creating a fresh play in the style of Shakespeare. The story moves quite briskly, and takes quite a few intriguing twists….The rhythm of the words and the drama of the story would make for quite a suspenseful and entertaining show.”
â??Fashionista Piranha

“Lukeman truly has mastered the Shakespearian art and created a play that can stand as a sequel to the great Shakespearian play.”
â??A.M. Perez, Amanda’s Weekly Zen



Ð?ес пÑ?евÑ?аÑ?носÑ?и (Russian Edition)

by ЭдгаÑ? Ð?о

«Ð?ес пÑ?евÑ?аÑ?носÑ?и» – Ñ?ипиÑ?нÑ?й для Э.Ð?о Ñ?ассказ в жанÑ?е Ñ?оÑ?Ñ?оÑ?. Ð? нем авÑ?оÑ? вновÑ? обÑ?аÑ?аеÑ?ся к явлениÑ? самоÑ?азоблаÑ?ения пÑ?есÑ?Ñ?пника под влиянием «беса пÑ?евÑ?аÑ?носÑ?и» (или «беса пÑ?оÑ?ивоÑ?еÑ?ия»). ЭÑ?о нелогиÑ?ное дейсÑ?вие пÑ?иписÑ?ваеÑ?ся поÑ?ой влияниÑ? дÑ?явола, но не добÑ?о ли лÑ?бое покаяние?..



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