Modern Classics

Dashiell Hammett

The Dain Curse

The Dain Curse
Everything about the Leggett diamond heist indicated to the Continental Op that it was an inside job. From the stray diamond found in the yard to the eyewitness accounts of a "strange man" casing the house, everything was just too pat. Gabrielle ...read mor

Truman Capote

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no ...read mor

Philip Roth

My Life As a Man

My Life As a Man
A fiction-within-a-fiction, a labyrinthine edifice of funny, mournful, and harrowing meditations on the fatal impasse between a man and a woman, My Life as a Man is Roth's most blistering novel. At its heart lies the marriage of Peter ...read mor

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

Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares

Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi

Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi
"It is a brave moment in the literary annals of a nation when it gives birth to its first indigenous private eye. Until it does, local devotees of the murder story must endure the indignity - to say nothing of the expense - of having their sleuths ...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

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