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Spit And Polish

by Carl Muller

See here, first take a little polish on the finger and rub into the leather. Then spit. and rub.' - boasts one recruit of his boot polishing skills. sadly, the only reward this gets him is thirty pairs of shoes...


Once Upon A Tender Time

by Carl Muller

Once Upon a Tender Time, a poignant tale of childhood, is the concluding part of Carl Muller's Burgher trilogy. The Burghers of Sri Lanka, hardy and fun-loving, produce children by the dozen-but often forget...


French Lover

by Taslima Nasrin

A woman's search for love and independence in a strange city far away from home. French Lover is the story of Nilanjana, a young Bengali woman from Kolkata who moves to Paris after her marriage to Kishanlal,...


Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra

by Ruskin Bond

Fourteen engaging stories from one of India's master story-tellers Semi-autobiographical in nature, these stories span the period from the author's childhood to the present. We are introduced, in a series of...


Friends In Small Places

by Ruskin Bond

This collection brings together the best of Ruskin Bond's cameos, all beautifully imagined and crafted, inspired by people who have left a lasting impression on him. In addition, there are a host of characters...


Yakada Yaka

by Carl Muller

Yakada Yaka is the second part of the Burgher trilogy that began with The Jam Fruit Tree When the conquering British roll out the first railway steam-driven locomotive in Sri Lanka, it causes quite a stir. The...


Writer's Nightmare

by R K Narayan

The pick of thirty years of essays from R.K. Narayan, India's greatest English language novelist. R.K. Narayan is perhaps better known as a novelist, but his essays are as delightful and enchanting as his stories...


Gopallapuram

by Ki. Rajanarayanan & Ki Rajanarayanan

A highway robber murders a pregnant young woman for her jewellery. He is caught and sentenced to death by impalement in Gopallapuram. A community of Telugu speakers migrates to the Tamil country to escape Muslim...


The Self as a Sign, the World, and the Other: Living Semiotics

by Susan Petrilli & Augusto Ponzio

The question of subjectivity concerns the close and the distant, the self and the other, the other from self, and the other of self. It is thus connected to the question of the sign. It calls for a semiotic...


Walter Scott and Scotland

by Paul Henderson Scott

This is a stimulating introduction to Sir Walter Scott. It is a succinct and penetrating study of the influences on him of both classical and enlightened Edinburgh and of Border and Jacobite tradition. In his...


Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation

by Mark J.P. Wolf

Mark J.P. Wolf's study of imaginary worlds theorizes world-building within and across media, including literature, comics, film, radio, television, board games, video games, the Internet, and more. Building...


For the Love of Letters

by Samara O'Shea

Have you ever wanted to write a thank-you note and suffered writer's block? Considered penning a passionate letter to your beloved, but had no idea where to begin? Needed to send a sympathy message, but couldn't...


CliffsNotes on Lowry's The Giver

by Suzanne Pavlos

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature.

CliffsNotes on The Giver explores a world in which disease, hunger, poverty, war, and lasting...


CliffsNotes on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit

by Gene B Hardy

Join the journey through Middle-earth in the study guide of these two epic fantasies suggestive of life in medieval days, a classical battle between good and evil and the quest for a magical ring. This guide...


Reading Myself and Others

by Philip Roth

The interviews, essays, and articles collected here span a quarter century of Philip Roth’s distinguished career and "reveal [a] preoccupation with the relationship between the written and the unwritten world."...


The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture

by Ian Angus

In this sequence of essays, Ian Angus engages with themes of identity, power, and the nation as they emerge in contemporary English Canadian philosophical thought, seeking to prepare the groundwork for a critical...


A Blake Dictionary: The Ideas and Symbols of William Blake

by S. Foster Damon & Morris Eaves

The requisite guide to Blake’s ideas and symbols


The Italian American Reader

by Bill Tonelli

This anthology -- the first general-reader collection of writing by Italian American authors -- is part manifesto, part Sunday dinner. A gathering of voices old and new, some speak in the accents of another...


Modern American Memoirs: 1917-1992

by Annie Dillard

In Modern American Memoirs, two very discerning writers and readers have selected samples from 35 of the finest memoirs written in this century, including contributions by such diverse writers as Margaret Mead,...


George Meredith and English Comedy: The Clark Lectures for 1969

by V.S. Pritchett

'It is because we learn from the writers who have either got into difficulties or who have a certain vanity in creating them, that I have chosen Meredith as my subject', says Mr. Pritchett at the beginning of...