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.
By Alexander, Skye
The allure and mystery of mermaids has taken hold of our psyche for ages. From the Irish merrows who come on land to search for human husbands to the fake Fiji Mermaid made popular by P.T Barnum, these sea maidens (and sometimes men) can be found in folklore and mythology from every tradition in the world. Inside this captivating collection, complete with beautiful illustrations throughout, you’ll discover the myths surrounding these enigmatic beings, explore the common symbols associated with them, and learn tales of merfolk from around the world. Dive into Mermaids and get swept away!
By A.A. Milne
Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he’s never far from an adventure. In this story Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a Woozle and heads off on an ‘expotition’ to the North Pole with the other animals.
لـ سعود السنعوسي
في هذا العمل يقترب الراوي من الذات الإنسانية ونوازعها الخفية فيزاوج ببراعة ما بين أطروحات النقد السردي الحديث وتقنيات علم النفس والتحليل النفسي ليصوغ فيه مركباً نقدياً يسعى إلى استكناه قضايا متعددة: الوطن، الآخر المحتل، العقاب والثواب، القيم والمثل، الحزن والوحدة، الذكريات والتداعيات. وهي في مجموعها خطابات أو رسائل يحدد فيها الروائي تصوره لذاته في علاقتها بالكتابة، ومن ثم يجنح إلى الاهتمام بسؤال فعل الكتابة، حيث يبدو الإلحاح على التجريب مطلباً قوياً بما يعنيه ذلك من انكباب على مسألة الذات. حكاية بطلها “أشبه بالفيلم السينمائي الممل، وكانت البطولة المطلقة فيه للحزن الذي صمد حتى النهاية.
By Charles Dickens
Dark, mysterious and mordantly funny, Oliver Twist features some of the most memorably drawn villains in all of fiction – the treacherous gangmaster Fagin, the menacing thug Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger and their den of thieves in the grimy London backstreets. Dicken’s novel is both an angry indictment of poverty, and an adventure filled with an air of threat and pervasive evil.
By Stephen King
In the wake of a summer storm, terror descends…David Drayton, his son Billy, and their neighbor Brent Norton join dozens of others and head to the local grocery store to replenish supplies following a freak storm. Once there, they become trapped by a strange mist that has enveloped the town. As the confinement takes its toll on their nerves, a religious zealot, Mrs. Carmody, begins to play on their fears to convince them that this is God’s vengeance for their sins. She insists a sacrifice must be made and two groups—those for and those against—are aligned. Clearly, staying in the store may prove fatal, and the Draytons, along with store employee Ollie Weeks, Amanda Dumfries, Irene Reppler, and Dan Miller, attempt to make their escape. But what’s out there may be worse than what they left behind.
لـ محمد حسن علوان
عند مواجهة موت الأحبة يصبح الإنسان أكثر شفافية، وأكثر تأملاً، وأكثر مقدرة على فلسفة الأمور، وأكثر تعمّقاً في اكتناه معنى الحياة. شعرة فاصلة بين الحياة والموت تغدو لدى محمد حسن علوان دهراً، وتجربة يتناول تفاصيلها بأسلوب رائع يكشف عن مدى عمق الأخدود الذي حفره داخله مرض صوفيا تلك التي عشقها والتي أضحت شقتها القائمة على شاطئ بيروت ملاذ فؤاده. يمضي الكاتب في استدراج تأملاته الفلسفية المنسابة حيناً من تجربته الحياتية وأحياناً من وحي وصفياته لصوفيا التي تعيش قصتها العاطفية معه بنفس الوقت الذي تعايش فيها اللحظات الأخيرة لعمرها الآفل الذي حدد لها الأطباء حينه.
By J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Carmilla is a Gothic novella and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years. The story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla.
لـ تركي الحمد
قصة شاب سعودي ينفتح على العالم في مرحلة اساسية من حياة السعودية ١٩٦٧-١٩٧٥ وتجربة شاب محلي تعكس المكان الذي صدرت عنه و تنقل تناقضاته لكنها في الوقت نفسه تجربة كونية تخاطب هموما انسانية عامة. فكيف لطالب صغير ان يكتشف القومية العربية القريبة و البعيدة في آن الواعدة و ذات الشعارات الصارخة معا؟
By James Baldwin
To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.
By Jen Campbell
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a celebration of bookstores, large and small, and of the brilliant booksellers who toil in those literary fields, as well as the myriad of colorful characters that walk through the doors everyday.
By Aldous Huxley
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
By James Joyce
Dubliners is a collection of fifteen short stories by James Joyce, first published in 1914. They form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century.
By Harper Lee
A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father ― a crusading local lawyer ― risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
لـ رجاء عبد الله الصانع
صوت جديد جريء من السعودية يدور حول قصة رائعة بأربعة شابات يحاولن التغلب على المصاعب بين الحب والرغبة والوفاء والتقاليد الإسلامية لأول مرة، العالم الخفي للنساء السعوديات من الطبقة العليا اليوم يتم الكشف عنها من قبل واحدة منهن.
By Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is the series of short stories that made the fortunes of the Strand magazine, in which they were first published, and won immense popularity for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The detective is at the height of his powers and the volume is full of famous cases, including ‘The Red-Headed League’, ‘The Blue Carbuncle’, and ‘The Speckled Band’. Although Holmes gained a reputation for infallibility, Conan Doyle showed his own realism and feminism by having the great detective defeated by Irene Adler – the woman – in the very first story, ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’.
By Victor Hugo
Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s death, but Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.
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.
By Frank Miller
Crime runs rampant in the streets, and the man who was Batman is still tortured by the memories of his parents’ murders. As civil society crumbles around him, Bruce Wayne’s long-suppressed vigilante side finally breaks free of its self-imposed shackles. The Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by this generation’s Robin—a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, this tale of an adulterous entanglement that results in an illegitimate birth reveals Nathaniel Hawthorne’s concerns with the tension between the public and the private selves. Publicly disgraced and ostracized, Hester Prynne draws on her inner strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction.