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AuthorAndrew George
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
Publication Date42275
Book DescriptionThe ancient Sumerian poem The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest written stories in existence, translated with an introduction by Andrew George in Penguin Classics. Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world's oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh's adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, The Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind's eternal struggle with the fear of death. The Babylonian version has been known for over a century, but linguists are still deciphering new fragments in Akkadian and Sumerian. Andrew George's gripping translation brilliantly combines these into a fluid narrative and will long rank as the definitive English Gilgamesh. If you enjoyed The Epic of Gilgamesh, you might like Homer's Iliad, also available in Penguin Classics. 'A masterly new verse translation' The Times 'Andrew George has skilfully bridged the gap between a scholarly re-edition and a popular work' London Review of Books
Editorial Review"It's among the oldest surviving works of Western civilization, from before literature was literature. It's my go-to whenever loss and life have tumbled me (often). Amazingly, and perhaps depressingly (When will they ever learn?), Gilgamesh tackles all the issues we are dealing with today: a bad leader and how he becomes an enlightened one (here's hoping), environmental degradation, class and race -- i.e. who gets to be called human -- lust and love; loss and death. The language is haunting, incantatory, at the border of song and silence." --Julia Alvarez "Andrew George has skillfully bridged the chasm between a scholarly re-edition and a popular work" --London Review of Books "Humankind's first literary achievement...Gilgamesh should compel us as the well-spring of which we are inheritors...Andrew George provides an excellent critical and historical introduction." --Paul Binding, Independent on Sunday "This volume will endure as one of the milestones markers...[George] expertly and easily conducts his readers on a delightful and moving epic journey." --Samuel A. Meier, Times Literary Supplement "Appealingly presented and very readably still comes as an exhilarating surprise to find the actions and emotions of the Sumerian superhero coming to us with absolute immediacy over 30-odd centuries. --Scotsman "Andrew George has formed an English text from the best of the tablets, differentiating his complex sources but allowing the general reader a clear run at one of the first enduring stories ever told." --Peter Stothard, The Times "An exemplary combination of scholarship and lucidity...very impressive...invaluable as a convenient guide to all the different strands which came together to produce the work we now call Gilgamesh." --Alan Wall, Literary Review~~Andrew George is Reader in Assyriology at SOAS (the School of Oriential and African Studies) in London, and is also an Honorary Lecturer at the University's Institute of Archaeology. His research has taken him many times to Iraq to visit Babylon and other ancient sites, and to museums in Baghdad, Europe and North America to read the original clay tablets on which the scribes of ancient Iraq wrote.~~304~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589936A~~In the early morning hours of 6 November 1943, SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler receives the coded message he has been waiting for "The Eagle has landed." It was to become known as the most daring enemy mission of the entire war: Operation Eagle, Himmler's audacious plan to kidnap Winston Churchill on British soil. But, despite spectacular secrecy, there was to be no surrender without a fight ... For in that remote corner of Norfolk, an elite unit is gathered together. Ready to do battle for a nation against the most ruthless task force ever assembled.~~~~Jack Higgins was brought up in Belfast and later moved to Leeds. Leaving school with no qualifications, he became a circus hand, a tram conductor and a teacher, before turning to writing.~~512~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589937A~~With nearly 2000km of rocky, indented shore and more than 1000 islands, Croatia boasts one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline that Europe has to offer. The Rough Guides 24 page full-colour section introduces the authors highlights, from the medieval city of Dubrovnik to the rural hinterland of Zagreb, to the unspoilt island of Vis and the beaches of the Dalmatian coast. Throughout, there are discerning reviews of all the best places to stay, eat and drink - to suit any pocket. Whilst not well known as a destination for adventure tourism, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking in the hills of the interior or scuba-diving in the Adriatic and the guide includes detailed practical advice. Finally, the Contexts section provides an authoritative background on Croatia''s history, folk music and literature.~~~~Jonathan Bousfield first took his bucket and spade to the Adriatic coast in 1975, and has been making regular visits to Croatia ever since. He is author of the Rough Guide to the Baltic States and co-author of Rough Guides to Bulgaria, Poland and Austria.~~512~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589938A~~A powerful study of bigotry, persecution, obsession and hypocrisy in early American society, the ""Penguin Classics"" edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's. ""The Scarlet Letter"" contains an introduction by Nina Baym and notes by Thomas E. Connolly. Set in the harsh Puritan community of seventeenth-century Boston, ""The Scarlet Letter"" is the story of Hester Prynne, a married woman who has an affair and gives birth to an illegitimate daughter. Condemned by society for her adultery, she is forced to wear a scarlet A for 'Adulteress' on her dress for the rest of her life. Publicly disgraced and ostracised, Hester refuses to name her lover - drawing on her strength and certainty of spirit to emerge as the first true heroine of American fiction. Hester bears her shame with dignity, and attitudes towards her soften as time passes; Arthur Dimmesdale, her lover, is steadily consumed by his guilt, having disavowed his passion for Hester and any love for their daughter Pearl; while her husband is destroyed by his determination to discover the lover's identity. In her introduction Nina Baym explores how ""The Scarlet Letter"" was not written as realistic, historical fiction but as a 'romance' a creation of the imagination that discloses the truth of the human heart. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64) was born in Salem, Massachusetts. In 1825 he graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and returned to Salem determined to become a writer. He joined Brook Farm, a utopian experiment in communal living, before marrying in 1842. His writing had already secured some success with his ""Twice-Told Tales"", but it was the publication of ""The Scarlet Letter"" in 1850 that brought him immediate recognition, followed a year later by ""The House of the Seven Gables"". If you enjoyed ""The Scarlet Letter"", you might like Henry James's ""The Portrait of A Lady"", also available in ""Penguin Classics~~Nathaniel Hawthorne recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy." --Malcolm Cowley~~Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, where he wrote the bulk of his masterful tales of American colonial history. His career as a novelist began with The Scarlet Letter (1850) and also includes The house of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, and The Marble Faun. Nina Baym is Director of the School of Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Illinois. She has published widely on Hawthorne and other American writers.~~272~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589939A~~An omnibus comprising Raymond Chandler's three Philip Marlowe novels, THE LADY IN THE LAKE, THE HIGH WINDOW and THE LITTLE SISTER.~~~~Raymond Thornton Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888, but moved to England with his family when he was twelve, where he attended Dulwich College, alma mater to some of the twentieth century's most renowned writers. Returning to America in 1912, he settled in California, worked in a number of jobs, and later married. It was during the Depression era that he seriously turned his hand to writing, and his first published story appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1933, followed six years later, when he was fifty, by his first novel, The Big Sleep. Chandler died in 1959, having established himself as the finest crime writer in America.~~608~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589940A~~Steinbeck's writing was fuelled by a need to observe things firsthand, whether as a journalist or novelist. The huge success of THE GRAPES OF WRATH enabled him to travel the world, ceaselessly writing about the great events of each decade. This collection brings together the greatest of those dispatches - from countries as diverse as Vietnam, Britain, Morocco and Italy. In addition, it reproduces 'America and the Americans', a gripping account of the US in the 1960s based on Steinbeck's observations on racism, moral decline & the environment. The extremely enjoyable book makes an important point about Steinbeck's oeuvre, showing just how important journalism was to his career as a writer.~~~~John Steinbeck (1902-1978) is one of the greatest US writers of the 20th century and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. All his writings are available from Penguin~~448~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26595483A~~A wildly inventive collection of fiction from the MAN BOOKER PRIZE-SHORTLISTED and BAILEYS PRIZE-WINNING author of How to be both and the critically acclaimed Seasonal quartet 'She's a genius, genuinely modern in the heroic, glorious sense' Alain de Botton 'I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul' Evening Standard~~Ali Smith has got style, ideas and punch. Read her."" --Jeanette Winterson ""One of Britain's major talents. . . . Startlingly accomplished."" --""The Atlantic Monthly """"A joy to read."" --""Sunday Times ""(London) ""Smith is a gifted and meticulous architect of character and voice."" --""The Washington Post """"She's street-savvy and poignant at once. . . . There's a kind of stainless steel clarity at the center of her fiction."" --""The Boston Globe """"Smith proves herself an experimental writer even your mother could love."" --""Elle """~~Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of many novels, including most recently Autumn, Winter and Spring in the 'Seasonal' quartet. Her 2014 novel How to be both won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award. She has also been shortlisted once for the Orwell Prize, twice for the Orange Prize and four times for the Man Booker Prize, among many other prizes. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.~~224~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589941A~~A dozen of the most successful and popular writers today including: Helen Fielding, Robert Harris, Patrick Marber, Zadie Smith, John O'Farrell, Roddy Doyle, Melissa Bank and Irvine Welsh have written 6000-word fictional monologues along the lines of Alan Bennet's "Talking Heads". And Colin Firth makes his debut as a fiction writer. The result is a book of completely original stories that have heart, soul and wit. All the writers have given their work free, and Penguin is giving GBP1 per copy sold to the TreeHouse Trust, a charity which is setting up a unique school for autistic children~~~~Nick Hornby is the author of six bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down, Juliet, Naked and Funny Girl), as well as a novel for young adults, Slam, and four works of acclaimed non-fiction: Fever Pitch, 31 Songs, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree and Stuff I've Been Reading. He has written the screenplays for the films Fever Pitch, Wild, Brooklyn and An Education, which was nominated for an Oscar. He lives in Highbury, north London.~~240~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589942A~~The Rough Guide to Cyprus is an indispensable guide to this popular Mediterranean island and this new edition is the most in-depth guide on the market. The author''s recommended hotels, resorts and restaurants represent the best selection for travellers on every budget. There are full details on hiking trails, archeological sites and the island''s famous church frescoes, as well as authoritative features on the island''s rich wildlife, turbulent history and current politics. No other guide covers Cyprus'' history, politics and personalities in as much detail.~~~~Marc Dubin has made numerous visits since 1992 to Cyprus, where he is happiest twenty metres underwater off the Akamas, on a Troodhos hiking trail, or tucking into a village meze of exoic components. Marc is also author of the Rough Guides to Turkey, Greece, the Pyrenees and various Greek islands.~~528~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589943A~~The Rough Guide to Barcelona is the ultimate handbook to Spain''s most dynamic destination. This seventh edition has beenthoroughly updated and revised and includes up-to-the-minute reviews ofthe city''s best restaurants, bars and clubs, to suit every budget. There are in-depthaccounts of all the sights, from the tree-lined Ramblas to the weirdand wonderful modernista architecture all over the city. There are detailed chapters on Barcelona''s history and cuisine with a section on Catalan cookery and recipes. The guide comes complete with information about day-trips outside the city and includes maps and plans for every neighbourhood.~~~~Jules Brown first visited Barcelona in 1985. He is an experienced travel writer and is author of Rough Guides to Spain, Britain and England.~~288~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589944A~~This is the guide that shows you what others only tell you! From the stunning alpine scenery of the Bavarian Mountains to the cultural delights of the city, make sure you don't miss a thing with this essential guide to Munich and the Bavarian Alps. Marvel at the historic buildings and impressive architecture of Munich and experience the lively cultural events and beer drinking antics at the annual Oktoberfest. Using the unique cutaways and 3D models this guide is a must-have for any traveller. It is the voted Best Guide Book series by Guardian and Observer readers in 2004 and nominated for the second year running. "No other guide whets your appetite quite like this one." - "The Independent".~~~~~~324~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589945A~~Take Gussie Fink-Nottle, the soupy Madeline Bassett, Old Pop Bassett, the unscrupulous Stiffy Byng, the Rev. H (Stinker) Pinker, an eighteenth-century cow creamer, a small brown leather-covered notebook and mix well with a liberal dose of the aged relative Aunt Dahlia and there you have it - a dangerous brew which spells toil and trouble for Bertie and some serious thinking for Jeeves.~~~~P G Wodehouse was born in Guildford in 1881. He was a prolific writer who, in Jeeves and Wooster, created two of the most popular characters of the 20th Century. He was created a Knight of the British Empire in 1975 and said in a BBC interview that he had no ambitions left now that he had been knighted and there was waxwork of him in Madame Tussauds. He died that same year, aged 93, on St Valentine's Day.~~2~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589946A~~In his extraordinary new book, Alain de Botton considers the hopes and fears we have for our homes at a new level of depth and insight, considering such questions as: Why do people disagree about taste? Can beautiful surroundings make us good? Not to mention: What makes a window frame attractive? Rooted in the idea that architecture has the power to influence how we feel and that we are different people in different buildings, The Beauty of Houses suggests how we might learn to build better, more attractive dwellings, in which we would stand a higher chance of happiness.~~~~Alain de Botton is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, A Week at the Airport, Religion for Atheists, The News: A User's Manual, and latest novel The Course of Love, among many others. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture.~~~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589947A~~Jane Green, author of The Other Woman and Jemima J., explores the chaotic world of pregnancy and motherhood in the number one best-seller Babyville. In Babyville nothing's ever simple . . . Julia worries that her relationship with Mark has turned stale. She thinks a baby will put love back into their lives. But is a child really the answer? Julia's best friend Samantha is besotted with her new baby. But what's her sudden obsession doing to her marriage? And does Samantha's infatuation hide something much darker? Meanwhile career-girl Maeve is allergic to commitment - nothing's going to stop her getting to the top. Then a one-night stand results in an unwanted pregnancy - but just how unwanted is it? Three young women are about to find out how Babyville can turn your world upside-down . . . 'Once you pick up Babyville, it's unlikely you'll be able to put it down' Daily Mirror 'You'll be hooked' Company Visit Best-selling author Jane Green has captured the imaginations of readers in the UK and the US with her frank and funny approach to those day-to-day issues that affect women everywhere. Other titles also published by Penguin include The Love Verb (published as Promises to Keep in the US), The Patchwork Marriage (Another Piece of My Heart), Girl Friday (Dune Road), Life Swap (Swapping Lives), Spellbound (To Have and to Hold), The Beach House, Second Chance, Straight Talking, Mr. Maybe, and Bookends.~~Warm, lively, wise * Hello! * Once you pick up Babyville, it's unlikely you'll put it down * Mirror *~~Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of nineteen novels including: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday, The Love Verb, The Patchwork Marriage, The Accidental Husband and Tempting Fate. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children.~~464~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589948A~~Sarah Bradford's Lucrezia Bogia: Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy is the first biography of Lucrezia Borgia for over sixty years .Lucrezia Borgia - an infamous murderess or simply the victim of bad press? Lucrezia Borgia's name has echoed through history as a byword for evil - a poisoner who committed incest with her natural father, Pope Alexander VI, and with her brother, Cesare Borgia. Long considered the most ruthless of Italian Renaissance noblewomen, her tarnished reputation has prevailed long since her own lifetime. In this definitive biography, a work of huge scholarship and erudition, Sarah Bradford gives a fascinating account of Lucrezia's life in all its colourful controversy. Daughter, sister, wife and mother, Lucrezia Borgia was surrounded by wealth, privilege and intrigue. But what was the truth behind her extraordinary existence - was she a monster of cruelty and deceit, or simply the pawn of her power-hungry father and brother? 'Sarah Bradford writes with cool authority and her research in Italian archives is exemplary. No other biography is likely to bring us closer to Lucrezia' Spectator 'Bradford's forte, ever since she was a history-mad girl, is thinking herself into other lives' Daily Telegraph Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Her books include Cesare Borgia (1976), Disraeli (1982), winner of the New York Times Book of the Year, Princess Grace (1984), Sacherevell Sitwell (1993), Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (1996), America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (2000), Lucrezia Borgia (2005) and Diana (2007). She frequently appears on television as an authority on her biographical subjects and as a commentator on notable royal events. She is currently working on a full scale biography of Queen Victoria. She lives in London.~~Bradford's zest for this era is contagious. ("USA Today") A lively view of Lucrezia, capturing the glamour and tragedy of her story. ("The Wall Street Journal") This is also a tender and intimate account of a misunderstood and passionate woman. ("Elle")~~Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Previous books include biographies of Disraeli, George VI, Elizabeth II and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (America's Queen), as well as two previous accounts of the Borgia family. She lives in London.~~464~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589949A~~Taken from Appian's Roman History, the five books collected here form the sole surviving continuous historical narrative of the era between 133-35 BC - a time of anarchy and instability for the Roman Empire. A masterly account of a turbulent epoch, they describe the Catiline conspiracy; the rise and fall of the First Triumvirate; the murder of Julius Caesar; the formation of the Second Triumvirate by Antonius, Octavian, and Lepidus; and brutal civil war. A compelling depiction of the decline of the Roman state into brutality and violence, The Civil Wars portrays political discontent, selfishness and the struggle for power - a struggle that was to culminate in a titanic battle for mastery over the Roman Empire, and the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra by Octavian in 31 BC~~~~John Carter is a historian living in the US.~~480~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589950A~~Dammit,' she realized. 'I think I'm having a nervous breakdown.' Hot-shot magazine editor Lisa Edwards' career is destined for high-rise New York when suddenly she's diverted to low-rise Dublin. But what can she do about it? Ashling Kennedy, Lisa's super-organized assistant, worries about everything from her lack of waist to the lack of men in her life. She's even anxious about of a little bit of raw fish ... Clodagh Kelly is Ashling's best friend and has her prince, her beautiful kids and a lovely house - everything in fact that Ashling ever wanted. She should be - yet, she's not - happy~~Marian Keyes' Sushi for Beginners is the blissfully funny, smart tale of three women who discover that the line between success and failure, happiness and sadness, sanity and madness is finer than they ever thought . . . 'Dammit,' she realized. 'I think I'm having a nervous breakdown.' * from the publisher's description *|~|~~Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close and The Woman Who Stole My Life. Her journalism, collected under two titles, Making It Up As I Go Along and Under the Duvet: Deluxe Edition, containing the original publications Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.~~576~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589951A~~Your holiday starts here! From the splendour of the Duomo to the relaxing surroundings of the lakes of Como, explore Milan and the Lakes in style with this essential guide. Using the unique cutaway maps and 3D models discover Milan's best museums and galleries as well as its top fashion houses. And with tips on where to enjoy a coffee and biscotti you can sit outside a cafe and watch the well-dressed world go by.~~~~~~240~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589952A~~Meet the inimitable gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves ...From the moment Jeeves glides into Bertie Wooster's life and provides him with a magical hangover cure, Bertie begins to wonder how he's ever managed without him. Jeeves makes himself totally indispensable in every way, disentangling the hapless Bertie from scrapes with formidable aunts, madcap girls and unbidden guests. His ability to dig assorted fellows out of sundry holes is nothing short of miraculous. In short, the man is a paragon.~~Jeeves and Bertie are as immortal as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, or Falstaff and Prince Hal, and, quite often, a good deal funnier.' - John Mortimer, Daily Telegraph~~PG Wodehouse was created a Knight of the British Empire in 1975, and died on St Valentine's Day in the same year at the age of ninety-three. His books are published in every language, and have been frequently adapted for radio and televsion. In Jeeves and Wooster, he created two of the best known and loved characters in twentieth century fiction.~~256~~~~~~~~~~ 21~~N26589953A~~Steinbeck's first major critical and commercial success, TORTILLA FLAT is also his funniest novel. Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship abovemoney and possessions, so that when he suddently inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road. Their love of freedom and scorn for material things draw them into daring and often hilarious adventures. Until Danny, tiring of his new reponsibilities, suddenly disappears...~~John Steinbeck knew and understood America and Americans better than any other writer of the twentieth century. ("The Dallas Morning News") A man whose work was equal to the vast social themes that drove him. (Don DeLillo)"
About the AuthorNobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.
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