Modern Classics

Kurt Vonnegut

Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
In this self-portrait by an American genius, Kurt Vonnegut writes with beguiling wit and poignant wisdom about his favorite comedians, country music, a dead friend, a dead marriage, and various cockamamie aspects of his all-too-human journey through ...read mor

Philip Roth

Portnoy's Complaint

Portnoy's Complaint
A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are ...read mor

Horacio Quiroga

Tales of Love, Madness and Death

Tales of Love, Madness and Death
This collection of stories includes tales about illness, despair, exile, and human brutality. The author himself compiled the selection. Held to be among the greatest writers of short-fiction, Horacio Quiroga has been compared to Kipling and ...read mor

Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five
"Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death" is a 1969 novel by best-selling author Kurt Vonnegut. One of his most popular works and widely regarded as a classic, it combines science fiction elements with an analysis of ...read mor

Kurt Vonnegut

Deadeye Dick

Deadeye Dick
Deadeye Dick is Kurt Vonnegut’s funny, chillingly satirical look at the death of innocence. Amid a true Vonnegutian host of horrors - a double murder, a fatal dose of radioactivity, a decapitation, an annihilation of a city by a neutron ...read mor

David Herbert Lawrence

The Plumed Serpent

The Plumed Serpent
The story of a European woman's self-annihilating plunge into the intrigues, passions, and pagan rituals of Mexico. Lawrence's mesmerizing and unsettling 1926 novel is his great work of the political imagination. The novel has a contemporary ...read mor

John Steinbeck

Cannery Row

Cannery Row
Cannery Row is a book without much of a plot. Rather, it is an attempt to capture the feeling and people of a place, the cannery district of Monterey, California, which is populated by a mix of those down on their luck and those who choose for other ...read mor

Stefan Zweig

Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart
A gripping biography of the doomed Scottish queen, who spent her life embroiled in the power struggles of Renaissance Europe. Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna, a member of a wealthy Austrian-Jewish family. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and ...read mor

Vladimir Nabokov

Laughter in the Dark

Laughter in the Dark
Laughter in the Dark (Original Russian title: Kamera obskura) is a novel written by Vladimir Nabokov and serialised in Sovremennye Zapiski released in 1932. The first English translation, Camera Obscura, was made by Winifred Roy and published in ...read mor

Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's
In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her ...read mor

Philip Roth

Indignation

Indignation
Set in America in 1951, the second year of the Korean War, Indignation is narrated by Marcus Messner, a college student from New Jersey, who describes his sophomore year at Winesburg College in Ohio. Marcus transfers to ...read mor

Virginia Woolf

Orlando

Orlando
“Orlando”, Virginia Woolf's sixth major novel, is a fantastic historical biography, which spans almost 400 years in the lifetime of its protagonist. The novel was conceived as a "writer's holiday" from more structured and demanding ...read mor

Evelyn Waugh

Vile Bodies

Vile Bodies
“Vile Bodies” is a 1930 novel by Evelyn Waugh satirising the Bright Young People: decadent young London society between World War I and World War II. The title is a literal translation of the Latin phrase "corpora vilia," the ...read mor

John Steinbeck

East of Eden

East of Eden
East of Eden is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, published in September 1952. Often described as Steinbeck's most ambitious novel, East of Eden brings to life the intricate details of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, and ...read mor

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