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Lazarus Long, member of a select group bred for generations to live far beyond normal human lifespans, helps his kind escape persecution after word leaks out and angry crowds accuse them of withholding the “secret” of longevity. Lazarus and his companions set out on an interstellar journey and face many trials and strange cultures, like a futuristic Odysseus and his crew, before returning to Earth. This classic novel, set in Robert A. Heinlein’s Future History universe, introduces the author’s most beloved and widely quoted character (see THE NOTEBOOKS OF LAZARUS LONG).
"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world.­"
- Stephen King
"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein.­"
- Dean Koontz
"One of the most influential writers in American Literature.­"
- The New York Times Book Review
"Heinlein wears imagination as though it were his private suit of clothes.­"
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Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-­winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads-­driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-­Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. summed up its era in the way that summed up the years of slavery before the Civil War. Sensitive to fascist and communist criticism, Steinbeck insisted that “The Battle Hymn . . .

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Die Veröffentlichung seines ersten und einzigen Romans "Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray", in dem er den scheiternden Versuch eines Lebens als Kunstwerk, die dramatische Beziehung zwischen Schönheit und Sittlichkeit darstellt, löste einen Skandal aus. Er verletzte damit nicht nur den viktorianischen Moralkodex, sondern schildert mit diesem Thema der europäischen Dekadenz auch seinen ureigensten Konflikt. So wurde der Roman zum Dokument der Krise im künstlerischen Selbstverständnis des Exzentrikers Oscar Wilde.

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Set in the troubled South Africa of the 1940s, this is the deeply moving story of a Zulu pastor, his son, and a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Passionately African, yet timeless and universal, it is a work of searing beauty.­From Publishers WeeklyIn search of missing family members, Zulu priest Stephen Kumalo leaves his South African village to traverse the deep and perplexing city of Johannesburg in the 1940s. With his sister turned prostitute, his brother turned labor protestor and his son, Absalom, arrested for the murder of a white man, Kumalo must grapple with how to bring his family back from the brink of destruction as the racial tension throughout Johannesburg hampers his attempts to protect his family. With a deep yet gentle voice rounded out by his English accent, Michael York captures the tone and energy of this novel. His rhythmic narration proves hypnotizing. From the fierce love of Kumalo to the persuasive rhetoric of Kumalo's brother and the solemn . . .

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Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-­century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.­” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and . . .

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In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-­riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-­of-­age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

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Raskolnikov, étudiant à Saint-­Pétersbourg, a interrompu ses études. Rêveur solitaire, refermé sur lui-­même, sombre, triste, altier et fier, mais également généreux et bon, il se considère comme un homme hors du commun. Il est persuadé que, sur Terre, certains êtres sont nuisibles ou parasites. Il a une théorie. On peut sacrifier un pou si, par ce sacrifice, on fait le bien par ailleurs. Ce pou, il l'a trouvé en la personne d'une femme ignoble, prêteuse sur gages. Après avoir imaginé ce meurtre des centaines de fois, le regard brûlant, les joues creuses, il finit par commettre ce crime, mais rien ne se passe comme prévu... et sa vie bascule. Un des plus grands romans de Dostoïevski et de la littérature russe, qu'il faut absolument avoir lu... Édition Ebooks libres et gratuits.

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La misère et la simplicité d'esprit de François, enfant trouvé de six ans élevé par la Zabelle, locataire du meunier Cadet Blanchet, émeuvent la jeune et douce femme de ce dernier, Madeleine. À l'insu de son mari et de sa belle-­mère, elle secourt François et sa nourrice. Cadet Blanchet, qui a cessé d'aimer sa femme, laisse libre cours à son caractère emporté et avare. Trompée par son mari avec la Sévère, Madeleine trouve un réconfort dans la tendresse de Jeannie, son fils, et de François. Mais elle est victime de la haine jalouse de sa belle-­mère, qui incite la Zabelle à ramener François à l'hospice... Édition Ebooks libres et gratuits. Mise à jour: 23/01/2013 : Ajout du format epub

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