By J.R.R. Tolkien
As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive—now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.
By John William Polidori
The Vampyre was the first vampire story in English prose, and as such had a wide-ranging influence, almost singlehandedly creating the now-popular image of the vampire as an aristocratic seducer.
By Alice Walker
Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.
By Roald Dahl
Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!
By Patricia Highsmith
In this first Ripley novel, we are introduced to suave Tom Ripley, a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A product of a broken home, branded a “sissy” by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley’s fascination with Dickie’s debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante. The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.
By Hans Christian Andersen
After saving a prince from drowning, a mermaid princess embraces a life of extreme self-sacrifice to win his love and gain an immortal soul. Over a century after its first publication, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” persists as one of the world’s most enduring works of fantasy for children.
لـ غسان كنفاني
يرسم غسان كنفاني الوعي الجديد الذي بدأ يتبلور بعد هزيمة ١٩٦٧. إنها محاكمة للذات من خلال إعادة النظر في مفهوم العودة ومفهوم الوطن. فسعيد س. العائد إلى مدينته التي ترك فيها طفله يكتشف أن (الإنسان في نهاية المطاف قضية)، وأن فلسطين ليست استعادة ذكريات، بل هي صناعة للمستقبل.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Published as a shilling shocker, Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll’s strange association with damnable young man Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde’s true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity’s basest capacity for evil.
By Arthur Conan Doyle
Whilst the seamy streets of London drown in a sea of smog, Sherlock Holmes sinks into a cocaine-induced melancholy, until Miss Mary Morstan presents him with a most intriguing case. A terrible death, an unknown benefactor, stolen treasure, and a secret pact between criminals stretching back to a mutiny-torn India, lead Holmes into an epic pursuit of the truth…
By James Baldwin
Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.
By R.J. Palacio
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
لـ نجيب محفوظ
هذه الرواية حدثت أحداثها في حي اسمه خان الخليلي حيث أخذت الرواية اسمها منه.. تنتقل العائلة الصغيرة من أم وأب وأخوين إلى هذا الحي يطلبون الأمان.. فترى في هذه الرواية الشباب وهو يافعا يانعا في “رشدي” الأخ الأصغر ونراه مستأنسا حين يقع في شباك الحب ونراه يذوى مما قدر له حتى يختفي ويوارى بين الذكريات
By Patrick Ness
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting— he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.
By Yaa Gyasi
Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.
By Margaret Atwood
Offred is a “Handmaid” in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America explores a world in which oppression of women, and repression of the truth, have become justified.
لـ غسان كنفاني
القبعة والنبي هي محاولة كنفاني المسرحية الثانية بعد -الباب-، وسوف نلاحظ هنا هاجساً مسرحياً تشكيلياً، يقوم على لعبة قفص الاتهام الذي يتحرك ليضم المُتهم مرةً والقضاة في مرة ثانية، وقد يمتد ليشمل جمهور المسرحية المفترض. من يتهم من؟ أم أن الجميع متهمون، وهذا -الشيء- القادم من عالم آخر ليس قبعة أو نبياً، إنه العنصر الذي يعلن استحالة علاقة القاضي – المتهم، فالجميع قتلة وأبرياء في الآن نفسه، لأن الأساس هو السؤال عن الجدوى.
لـ عبد الرحمن منيف
كتبت هذه القصص بين عامي 1969-1970 والتي كانت مرحلة تجريبية في حياة الكاتب عبد الرحمن منيف وامتحان أولي لممارسة الكتابة. حتى أن معظمها كتب قبل أي عمل روائي، في وقت كان مغرماً بقراءة القصة القصيرة. كانت هذه القصص تعيش في عقله ووجدانه، وقد تعود بذورها، لحوادث رآها بنفسه ولأشخاص عرفهم وعايشهم وتركت لديه ذلك الخدش الموجع.
By Franz Kafka
Kafka‘s nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man’s anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This vision is most fully realized in Kafka’s masterpiece, “The Metamorphosis,” a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature. Bringing together some of Kafka’s finest work, this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author’s artistry. “The Judgment,” which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough, and “The Stoker,” which became the first chapter of his novel Amerika, are here included. These two, along with “The Metamorphosis,” form a suite of stories Kafka referred to as “The Sons,” and they collectively present a devastating portrait of the modern family.
By Ellen DeGeneres
I’ve experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?
لـ علاء الأسواني
في روايته “عمارة يعقوبيان” قدم علاء الدين الأسواني عملاً محكماً ودقيقاً، وجميلاً إلى حد كبير. وبداية فإن الروائي يكشف عن حس شعبي ينقه من روايات المثقفين التي تتخذ بطلها الرئيس من مثقفي شرائح الطبقة الوسطى وتجعل من عذابه وتردده موضوعها الأول، فالبطل الأول هو اللوحة العامة للظروف الاجتماعية والسياسية والثقافية التي مرت بها مصر في العقد الأخير من القرن العشرين، وتحديداً عشية وخلال حرب الخليج الثانية. وتصبح عمارة يعقوبيان التي بنيت عام 1934، مرآة، تتداخل وتتشابك على سطحها، إنسانياً وفكرياً، صور وبشر وعلاقات تسطع بالصلة الوثيقة بين قاع المجتمع وقمته.