Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man s indulgence in his greatest passion his sense of smell leads to murder n nIn the slums of eighteenth century France, the infant Jean Baptiste Grenouille


Herman Hesse s classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies Eastern religions, Jungian archetyp

The Metamorphosis

Alternate cover edition of ISBN 0553213695 9780553213690 n n As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect He was laying on his hard, as it were armor plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike br

Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund tells the story of two medieval men whose characters are diametrically opposite Narcissus, an ascetic monk firm in his religious commitment, and Goldmund, a romantic youth hungry for knowledge and worldly experience First published in 1930, Hesse s novel remains a moving and


Steppenwolf is a poetical self portrait of a man who felt himself to be half human and half wolf This Faust like and magical story is evidence of Hesse s searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle aged misanthrope Yet his novel can also be

The Emigrants

At first The Emigrants appears simply to document the lives of four Jewish migr s in the twentieth century But gradually, as Sebald s precise, almost dreamlike prose begins to draw their stories, the four narrations merge into one overwhelming evocation of exile and loss n nWritten with a bone dry

The Magic Mountain

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 irrationality The Magic Mountain is a monumental wor

Die Ursache: Eine Andeutung

Die Ursachen waren zerst rend und verbrecherisch sie hinterlie en unausl schliche Spuren Das Internat ein raffiniert gegen den Geist gebauter Kerker die Stadt eine Todeskrankheit, ein Friedhof der Phantasie und der W nsche Der Krieg die Stollen, in denen Hunderte erstickt und umgekommen sind

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, by Franz Kafka, is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the rema

Every Man Dies Alone

Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada s Alone in Berlin is the gripping tale of an ordinary man s determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi rule This Penguin Classics edition contains an afterword by Geoff Wilkes, as well as facsimiles of the original Gestapo file which inspired the novel Berlin,

The Castle

Translated and with a preface by Mark HarmanLeft unfinished by Kafka in 1922 and not published until 1926, two years after his death, The Castle is the haunting tale of K s relentless, unavailing struggle with an inscrutable authority in order to gain access to the Castle Scrupulously following th

The Marquise of O

Die Marquise von O ist die wohl bekannteste Novelle Heinrich von Kleists In einer einmaligen stilistischen Gratwanderung er ffnet Kleist die Novelle mit einer skandaltr chtigen Zeitungsannonce, die ihren festen Platz in der Literaturgeschichte hat Darin annonciert die unverhofft schwangere Marq

Meine Preise

Oft erweisen sich Erstausgaben aus dem Nachlass als d rftig getarnte Beutelschneiderei hier nicht Meine Preise ist eine in jeder Hinsicht gelungene und von Bernhard selbst so konzipierte Zusammenstellung von Prosatexten zu Preisverleihungen, drei Dankesreden und der Erkl rung seines Austritts