The first novel of Sartre’s monumental Roads to Freedom series, The Age of Reason is set in 1938 and tells of Mathieu, a French professor of philosophy who is obsessed with the idea of freedom. As the shadows of the Second World War draw closer — even as his personal life is complicated by his mistress’s pregnancy — his search for a way to remain free becomes more and more intense.
Katherine Mansfield’s In a German Pension is a remarkable collection of short stories, displaying all Mansfield’s skill in the genre.
Written shortly after Mansfield visited Germany as a young woman, these short stories form a series of satirical sketches of German characters. From a young wife’s preoccupation with her husband’s stomach, to a society lady’s inability to see beyond the latest fashion, Mansfield depicts everyday events and the minute changes of human behaviour in the most exquisite detail. In a German Pension reveals her as a true disciple of Chekhov. ISBN: 1843910411 Publisher: HESPERUS
One of Faulkner’s comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family’s retainers, to steal his grandfather’s car and make a trip to Memphis. The Priests’ black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba’s bordello in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures ensues–involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriffs’ deputies, and jail.
ISBN: 9780679741923 – Paperback Publisher: VINATGE INTERNATIONAL ISBN: 9780679741923 Publisher: VINATGE INTERNATIONAL
An adventure novel with deep psychological insights, Lord Jim vividly draws on Conrad’s first-hand experience in the Far East and as a ship officer. The master story teller capture the enthralling life of seamen and their life and agony, dwelling on the true story of Jim, the chief mate on the poorly-crewed Patna, a ship carrying pilgrims in the Eastern Seas. ISBN: 8171674968 Publisher: RUPA