In 1942, an eighteen-year-old boy, Victor Astafyev, volunteered for the front. He served on the front line, suffered several serious wounds, was awarded the Order of the Red Star and the medal 'For Courage', was discharged in 1945 with the rank of 'ordinary'. The war, seen through the eyes of a simple soldier - one of hundreds of thousands who, in inhuman conditions, daily fight with death - is the central theme in the work of the outstanding Russian writer Viktor Astafyev. The novel 'Cursed and Killed' is the result of many years of reflection and one of the most dramatic, tragic and truthful stories about the war as a 'crime against reason'. The piercing frankness of the writer, his uncompromising unwillingness to hide the 'inconvenient' facts and to embellish the harsh truth, betraying his own memories and memory of the fallen, won the love of millions of readers for Astafyev's works.
A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece of the German experience during World War I. I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear
This beloved, world-famous allegorical classic about a young prince on a quest for knowledge is an essential read for every home library. Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. When a pilot crashes in the Sahara Desert, he meets a little boy who asks him to draw a sheep. Gradually the Little Prince reveals more about himself: he comes from a small asteroid, where he lived alone until a rose grew there. But the rose grew demanding, and he was confused by his feelings about her. The story unfolds further from one planet to the next in a thoughtful philosophical exploration of love and the ephemeral.
The book includes the first English-language novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in 1938-1939 in France and published in 1941 in the United States. Associated with 'The Gift', the last Russian novel of the writer, the theme of literary creation, this book simultaneously predicts the sophisticated Nabokov's maze novels of the American period - 'Lolita', 'Pale Fire', 'Hell'. On the pages of the book, the narrator of which is named only with the initial V. Gradually, the line separating the narrator from the object of his narrative-investigation is blurred, forcing readers to doubt both the identity of the biographer and the death of the main character of the book ... The novel is published in translation by Gennady Barabtarlo and is accompanied by a preface, notes and a detailed final sketch of the translator.
The story 'The Old Man and the Sea' is one of the most famous and beloved by the readers of Hemingway's works. It brought the author the Pulitzer Prize, and also played an important role in awarding him the title of Nobel laureate. This is a story about '
The main character of this classic novel, Emil Sinclair, is a young boy raised in a bourgeois home, amidst what is described as a Scheinwelt, a play on words that means 'world of light' as well as 'world of illusion'. Emil's entire existence can be summar
In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps--a community devoted exclusively to sickness--as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irration
As if life itself speaks from the pages of 'Quiet Don'. The smells of the steppe, the freshness of the free wind, the heat and cold, the lively speech of people - all this merges into a separate, unique melody, striking with tragic beauty and authenticity
Сборники стихотворений Иосифа Бродского (1940-1996) "Остановка в пустыне" (1970), "Конец прекрасной эпохи" (1977), "Часть речи", "Новые стансы к Августе" (1983), "Урания" (1987) и "Пейзаж с наводнением" (1996) были опубликованы в 1970-1990-е годы в америк