Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Digital

  • Anglais Beautiful Losers

    Leonard Cohen

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 26 Janvier 2011

    One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, @18@Beautiful Losers@19@ is Leonard Cohen@12@ s most defiant and uninhibited work. As imagined by Cohen, hell is an apartment in Montreal, where a bereaved and lust-tormented narrator reconstructs his relations with the dead. In that hell two men and a woman twine impossibly and betray one another again and again. Memory blurs into blasphemous sexual fantasy--and redemption takes the form of an Iroquois saint and virgin who has been dead for 300 years but still has the power to save even the most degraded of her suitors. @16@@16@First published in 1966, @18@Beautiful Losers @19@demonstrates that its author is not only a superb songwriter but also a novelist of visionary power. Funny, harrowing, and fiercely moving, it is a classic erotic tragedy, incandescent in its prose and exhilarating for its risky union of sexuality and faith.

  • Anglais The Knife Thrower

    Steven Millhauser

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 1 Septembre 2010

    Included in this short story collection is "The Sisterhood of the Night", now a major motion picture. From the bestselling author of Martin Dressler, this volume explores the magnificent obsessions of the unfettered imagination, as well as the darker, subterranean currents that fuel them.
    With the panache of an old-fashioned magician, Steven Millhauser conducts his readers from the dark corners beneath the sunlit world to a balloonist's tour of the heavens. He transforms department stores and amusement parks into alternate universes of infinite plentitude and menace. He unveils the secrets of a maker of automatons and a coven of teenage girls. And on every page of The Knife Thrower and Other Stories, Millhauser confirms his stature as a narrative enchanter in the tradition of Nabokov, Calvino, and Borges.

  • Anglais Mildred Pierce

    James M Cain

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 29 Décembre 2010

    In Mildred Pierce, noir master James M. Cain creates a novel of acute social observation and devasting emotional violence, with a heroine whose ambitions and sufferings are never less than recognizable.
    Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce and poverty and to claw her way out of the lower middle class. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men, and an unreasoning devotion to a monstrous daughter.

  • Anglais Cities of the Plain

    Cormac McCarthy

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 11 Août 2010

    In this final volume of The Border Trilogy, two men marked by the boyhood adventures of All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing now stand together, in the still point between their vivid pasts and uncertain futures, to confront a country changing or already changed beyond recognition.
    In the fall of 1952, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham--nine years apart in age, yet with a kinship greater than perhaps they know--are cowboys on a New Mexico ranch encroached upon from the north, at Alamogordo, by the military. To the south, always on the horizon are the mountains of Mexico, looming over El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and all the cities of the plain.
    Bound by nature to horses and cattle and range, these two discover that ranchlife domesticity is compromised, for them and the men they work with, by a geometry of loss afflicting old and young alike, those who have survived it and anyone about to try. And what draws one of them across the border again and again, what would bind "those disparate but fragile worlds," is a girl seized by ill fortune, and a love as dangerous as it is inevitable.
    This story of friendship and passion is enfolded in a narrative replete with character and place and event--a blind musician, a marauding pack of dogs, curio shops and ancient petroglyphs, a precocious shoe-shine boy, trail drives from the century before, midnight on the highway--and with landforms and wildlife and horses and men, most of all men and the women they love and mourn, men and their persistence and memories and dreams.
    With the terrible beauty of Cities of the Plain--with its magisterial prose, humor both wry and out-right, fierce conviction and unwavering humanity--Cormac McCarthy has completed a landmark of our literature and times, an epic that reaches from tales of the old west, the world past, into the new millennium, the world to come.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais The Good Terrorist

    Doris Lessing

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 17 Novembre 2010

    The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexpected challenges in their quest to incite social change against complacency and capitalism. With a nuanced sense of the intersections between the personal and the political, Nobel laureate Doris Lessing creates in The Good Terrorist a compelling portrait of domesticity and rebellion.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Follow Me Down

    Shelby Foote

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 25 Mai 2011

    A mesmerizing novel of faith, passion, and murder by the author of The Civil War: A Narrative. Drawing on themes as old as the Bible, Foote's novel compels us to inhabit lives obsessed with sin and starving for redemption. A work reminiscent of both Faulkner and O'Connor, yet utterly original.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Cairo Modern

    Naguib Mahfouz

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 27 Avril 2011

    In Naguib Mahfouz's suspenseful novel a bitter and ambitious nihilist, a beautiful and impoverished student, and a corrupt official engage in a doomed ménage à trois.
    Cairo of the 1930s is a place of vast social and economic inequities. It is also a time of change, when the universities have just opened to women and heady new philosophies imported from Europe are stirring up debates among the young. Mahgub is a fiercely proud student who is determined to keep both his poverty and his lack of principles secret from his idealistic friends. When he finds that there are no jobs for those without connections, out of desperation he agrees to participate in an elaborate deception. But what begins as a mere strategy for survival soon becomes much more for both Mahgub and his partner in crime, an equally desperate young woman named Ihsan. As they make their way through Cairo's lavish high society their precarious charade begins to unravel and the terrible price of Mahgub's Faustian bargain becomes clear.
    Translated by William M. Hutchins
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Burning the Days

    James Salter

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 16 Février 2011

    In this brilliant book of recollection, one of America's finest writers re-creates people, places, and events spanning some fifty years, bringing to life an entire era through one man's sensibility. Scenes of love and desire, friendship, ambition, life in foreign cities and New York, are unforgettably rendered here in the unique style for which James Salter is widely admired.
    Burning the Days captures a singular life, beginning with a Manhattan boyhood and then, satisfying his father's wishes, graduation from West Point, followed by service in the Air Force as a pilot. In some of the most evocative pages ever written about flying, Salter describes the exhilaration and terror of combat as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, scenes that are balanced by haunting pages of love and a young man's passion for women.
    After resigning from the Air Force, Salter begins a second life, becoming a writer in the New York of the 1960s. Soon films beckon. There are vivid portraits of actors, directors, and producers--Polanski, Robert Redford, and others. Here also, more important, are writers who were influential, some by their character, like Irwin Shaw, others because of their taste and knowledge.
    Ultimately Burning the Days is an illumination of what it is to be a man, and what it means to become a writer.
    Only once in a long while--Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory or Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa--does a memoir of such extraordinary clarity and poer appear. Unconventional in form, Burning the Days is a stunning achievement by the writer The Washington Post Book World said "inhabits the same rarefied heights as Flannery O'Connor, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams and John Cheever" --a rare and unforgettable book.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais The Complete Plays

    John M Synge

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 27 Avril 2011

    This volume includes the complete texts of all the plays by J.M. Synge. Produced at the Abbey Theater which Synge founded. Represents one of the major dramatic achievements of the 20th century.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Anglais The Monk and the Philosopher

    Jean Francois Revel Matthieu Ricard

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 16 Mars 2011

    Jean Francois-Revel, a pillar of French intellectual life in our time, became world famous for his challenges to both Communism and Christianity. Twenty-seven years ago, his son, Matthieu Ricard, gave up a promising career as a scientist to study Tibetan Buddhism -- not as a detached observer but by immersing himself in its practice under the guidance of its greatest living masters.
    Meeting in an inn overlooking Katmandu, these two profoundly thoughtful men explored the questions that have occupied humankind throughout its history. Does life have meaning? What is consciousness? Is man free? What is the value of scientific and material progress? Why is there suffering, war, and hatred? Their conversation is not merely abstract: they ask each other questions about ethics, rights, and responsibilities, about knowledge and belief, and they discuss frankly the differences in the way each has tried to make sense of his life.
    Utterly absorbing, inspiring, and accessible, this remarkable dialogue engages East with West, ideas with life, and science with the humanities, providing wisdom on how to enrich the way we live our lives.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Anglais On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead

    Gershom Scholem

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 30 Mars 2011

    "Scholem's treatment is complex and stylistically brilliant as he systemically analyzes the history and intellectual background of these critical ideas. Highly recommended."--Library Journal.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Pnin

    Nabokov Vladimir

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 16 Février 2011

    Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master. Pnin is a tireless lover who writes to his treacherous Liza: "A genius needs to keep so much in store, and thus cannot offer you the whole of himself as I do." Pnin is the focal point of subtle academic conspiracies he cannot begin to comprehend, yet he stages a faculty party to end all faculty parties forever.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Lolita: A Screenplay

    Vladimir Nabokov

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 16 Février 2011

    The screenplay for Kubrik's 1962 film tells the story of an older man's obsession with a young girl.

  • Anglais Ada or Ardor

    Nabokov Vladimir

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 16 Février 2011

    Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of Nabokov's greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest. But more: it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time, parody of the history of the novel, and erotic catalogue. Ada, or Ardor is no less than the supreme work of an imagination at white heat.
    This is the first American edition to include the extensive and ingeniously sardonic appendix by the author, written under the anagrammatic pseudonym Vivian Darkbloom.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Three by Cain

    James M Cain

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 27 Avril 2011

    All three books are written with an enduring view of the dark corners of the American psyche. Cain hammered high art out of the crude matter of betrayal, bloodshed, and perversity.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Seven Gothic Tales

    Dinesen Isak

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 13 Avril 2011

    Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais The Palm at the End of the Mind

    Wallace Stevens Holly Stevens

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 4 Mai 2011

    This selection of works by Wallace Stevens--the man Harold Bloom has called “the best and most representative American poet”--was first published in 1967. Edited by the poet's daughter Holly Stevens, it contains all the major long poems and sequences, and every shorter poem of lasting value in Stevens' career, including some not printed in his earlier Collected Works. Included also is a short play by Stevens, "Bowl, Cat and Broomstick."
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Morning and Evening Talk

    Naguib Mahfouz

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 27 Avril 2011

    This unusual epic from the Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz portrays five generations of one sprawling family against the upheavals of two centuries of modern Egyptian history.Set in Cairo, @20@Morning and Evening Talk@21@ traces three related families from the arrival of Napoleon to the 1980s, through short character sketches arranged in alphabetical order. This highly experimental device produces a kind of biographical dictionary, whose individual entries come together to paint a vivid portrait of life in Cairo from a range of perspectives. The characters include representatives of every class and human type and as the intricate family saga unfolds, a powerful picture of a society in transition emerges. This is a tale of change and continuity, of the death of a traditional way of life and the road to independence and beyond, seen through the eyes of Egypt's citizens. Naguib Mahfouz's last chronicle of Cairo is both an elegy to a bygone era and a tribute to the Egyptian spirit.@16@@16@@16@@18@From the Trade Paperback edition.@19@

  • Anglais Wilderness Tips

    Margaret Atwood

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 8 Juin 2011

    In these ten richly layered and disturbing tales, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood author deftly illuminates the single moments that can shape an entire life. In a few brief pages we watch as characters progress from the vulnerabilities of adolescence through the passions of youth into the precarious complexities of middle age. By superimposing the past on the present, Atwood paints interior landscapes shaped by time, regret, and life's lost chances, endowing even the banal with a sense of mystery. Poignant at times and scathingly witty at others, the stories in Wilderness Tip stake us into the strange and secret places of the heart and inform the familiar world in which we live with truths that cut to the bone.

  • Anglais A Week in Summer

    Maeve Binchy

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 3 Mai 2011

    After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Midwesterners who’ve never traveled, Kathleen decides that what she and Brian need is a vacation, and with the help of an enthusiastic travel agent she plans a trip to Ireland in search of her roots. In beautiful, quaint Lisdoonvarna, to the couple’s surprise, they find themselves in the midst of a joyous yearly gathering dedicated to celebrating the life and work of a late Irish poet, and they rediscover something much more important than evidence of long-dead ancestors: their love for each other and for life itself.

  • Anglais Ghost

    Alan Lightman

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 23 Octobre 2007

    A stunning new novel about an ordinary man's encounter with the extraordinary, from the author of Einstein's Dreams.David Kurzweil, a quiet man with modest ambitions, was taking a break at his new job, when he saw something out of the corner of his eye. Something no science could explain. Suddenly David's life is changed, and he soon finds himself in the middle of a wild public controversy over the existence of the supernatural. As David searches for an explanation, we embark on a provocative exploration of the delicate divide between the physical and the spiritual, between science and religion as only Alan Lightman could provide. Combining a beautiful narrative with provocative ideas, Ghost investigates timeless questions that continue to challenge the truth as we know it.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Plainsong

    Kent Haruf

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 3 Avril 2001

    National Book Award Finalist
    A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.
    In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether. A teenage girl--her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house--is pregnant, alone herself, with nowhere to go. And out in the country, two brothers, elderly bachelors, work the family homestead, the only world they've ever known. From these unsettled lives emerges a vision of life, and of the town and landscape that bind them together--their fates somehow overcoming the powerful circumstances of place and station, their confusion, curiosity, dignity and humor intact and resonant. As the milieu widens to embrace fully four generations, Kent Haruf displays an emotional and aesthetic authority to rival the past masters of a classic American tradition.

  • Anglais Miss Wyoming

    Douglas Coupland

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 25 Avril 2001

    From the bestselling author of Generation X and Microserfs, comes the absurd and tender story of a hard-living movie producer and a former child beauty pageant contender who only find each other by losing themselves.
    Waking up in an L.A. hospital, John Johnson is amazed that it was the flu and not an overdose of five different drugs mixed with cognac that nearly killed him. As a producer of high-adrenaline action flicks, he's led a decadent and dangerous life, purchasing his way through every conceivable variant of sex. But each variation seems to take him one notch away from a capacity for love, and while movie-making was once a way for him to create worlds of sensation, it now bores him. After his near-death experience, John decides to walk away from his life.
    Susan Colgate is an unbankable former tv star and child beauty pageant contender. Forced to marry a heavy metal singer in need of a Green Card after her parents squander her sitcom earnings, she becomes the alpha road rat. But when the band's popularity dwindles, the marriage dissolves. Flying back to Los Angeles in Economy, Susan's plane crashes and only she survives. As she walks away from the disaster virtually unscathed, Susan, too, decides to disappear.
    John and Susan are two souls searching for love across the bizarre, celebrity-obsessed landscape of LA, and are driven, almost fatefully, toward each other. Hilarious, fast-paced and ultimately heart-wrenching, Miss Wyoming is about people who, after throwing off their self-made identities, begin the fearful search for a love that exposes all vulnerabilities.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Poe's Children

    Peter Straub

    • Knopf doubleday publishing group digital
    • 14 Octobre 2008

    A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
    Peter Straub--bestselling author and 8-time Bram Stoker Award winner--has gathered here 24 bone-chilling, nail-biting, frightfully imaginative stories that represent the best of contemporary horror writing.
    Dan Chaon “The Bees”
    Elizabeth Hand “Cleopatra Brimstone”
    Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem “The Man on the Ceiling”
    M. John Harrison “The Great God Plan”
    Ramsey Campbell “The Voice of the Beach”
    Brian Evenson “Body”
    Kelly Link “Louise’s Ghost”
    Jonathan Carroll “The Sadness of Detail”
    M. Rickert “Leda”
    Thomas Tessier “In Praise of Folly”
    David J. Schow “Plot Twist”
    Glen Hirshberg “The Two Sams”
    Thomas Ligotti “Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story”
    Benjamin Percy “Unearthed”
    Bradford Morrow "Gardener of Heart”
    Peter Straub “Little Red’s Tango”
    Stephen King “The Ballad of a Flexible Bullet”
    Joe Hill “20th Century Ghost”
    Ellen Klages “The Green Glass Sea”
    Tia V. Travis “The Kiss”
    Graham Joyce “Black Dust”
    Neil Gaiman “October in the Chair”
    John Crowley “Missolonghi 1824”
    Rosalind Palermo Stevenson “Insect Dreams”
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

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