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  1. The Haunting of Hill House

    By Shirley Jackson

    Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, even horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers – and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

  2. Lolita

    By Vladimir Nabokov

    Awe and exhilaration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in Lolita, Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hyper-civilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America. Most of all, it is a meditation on love–love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation.

  3. The House on Mango Street

    By Sandra Cisneros

    Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

  4. The Color Purple

    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.

  5. Giovanni’s Room

    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.

  6. The Handmaid’s Tale

    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.

  7. شرق المتوسط لـ عبدالرحمن منيف

    شرق المتوسط

    لـ عبد الرحمن منيف

    رواية تنتمي إلى أدب السجون عبر فيها عبد الرحمن منيف عن وضع سياسي محتقن تعيشه شعوب العالم العربي ويقع ضحيته شباب الوطن المتحمسين للحرية. وهي تواصل رحلة عبد الرحمن منيف في سجون العالم العربي بعد رواية شرق المتوسط التي نشرها من قبل 15 سنة وكأنه يقول أن مرور الزمن في هذا المكان من العالم ليس له تأثير على العلاقة بين السلطة والمواطنين. وكما في شرق المتوسط فالمكان والزمان غير محددين بل انهما مموهان حيث يخترع منيف دولتين (عمورية وموران) هما صورتان لواقع تعيشه شعوب الوطن العالم العربي عامة.

  8. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

    Things Fall Apart

    By Chinua Achebe

    Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa life a bush–fire in the harmattan. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With the world thrown radically off–balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy.