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December 13, 2017

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A selection of classics from around the world.

 

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My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career
Franklin, Miles

Teenager Sybylla Melvyn narrates her story of growing up passionate and unconventional—interested neither in marriage nor teaching—in the Australian bush. A fresh comedy of love and ambition. (Australia)


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 9 copies

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude
García Márquez, Gabriel

A lyrical masterpiece of magical realism, this story of the Buendía family and their experiences with power, love and despair symbolize the history of Colombia and Latin America. (Colombia)


Format: Book
Holds: 13 on 29 copies

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Dead Souls

Dead Souls
Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich

In this wry dark comedy, a newcomer to an unnamed Russian village hatches an unusual plan to better his station in life by purchasing the souls of dead peasants. (Russia)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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The Cairo Trilogy

The Cairo Trilogy
Maḥfūẓ, Najīb

Set in post-WWI Egypt, this first installment of the sweeping Cairo Trilogy introduces wealthy merchant Ahmad Abd al-Jawad who imprisons the women in his family while he indulges in Cairo's seedy nightlife.(Egypt)


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 4 copies

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The Magic Mountain: A Novel

The Magic Mountain: A Novel
Mann, Thomas

Hans Castorp's convalescence in a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients mirrors the disintegration and decay of a Europe teetering on the brink of war. (Germany)


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 10 copies

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The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji
Murasaki Shikibu

Life and love in medieval Japan are captured in the spare and beautiful prose translation of this 11th-century author's tale of the Shining Prince, Genji. (Japan)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Kokoro

Kokoro
Natsume, Sōseki

This story of a friendship between a young man and an older man evokes Japan’s transition from the Meiji to the modern era while exploring themes of camaraderie, isolation and guilt. (Japan)


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Holds: 0 on 7 copies

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Weep Not, Child

Weep Not, Child
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo

In this stark novel, two brothers—one a carpenter, one a student—struggle with familial and political loyalties as the Mau Mau rebels revolt against the ruling British colonists in 1950s Kenya. (Kenya)


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Holds: 0 on 10 copies

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Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country
Paton, Alan

When his son is accused of murdering a white man, a Zulu minister travels from rural South Africa to Johannesburg on a nearly hopeless quest to save him, or his soul. (South Africa)


Format: Book
Holds: 3 on 25 copies

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Swann's Way

Swann's Way
Proust, Marcel

In this lush novel of reverie and reflection—first in a cycle of six—the writer looks back on his childhood in 19th-century France, and recounts Swann's passionate affair with the elusive Odette. (France)


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Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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