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EVERYMAN'S LATEST RELEASES

2021 proved to be a busy year for Everyman’s Library. In September we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Everyman's revival, as well as the printing of the 20 millionth Everyman book in Germany. Ben Okri, Ivo Andric and Maupassant were just a few authors to join our Adult Classics list for the first time. Meanwhile, in the wake of uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we found an increasing number of readers turning to the comfort and timeless wisdom of the classics. 

2022 promises an especially exciting line-up of books. In spring we will be publishing Nancy Mitford’s two comic masterpieces The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate in an omnibus edition, introduced by the author’s biographer Laura Thompson; Ernest Hemingway’s iconic first novel The Sun Also Rises; Joseph Roth’s slim and unforgettable fable Rebellion; and Vasily Grossman’s epic family saga Life & Fate, named the War & Peace of the Soviet twentieth century. Books by Fred Uhlman, Mary Renault and James Weldon Johnson will follow in autumn. 

No Place Like Home, River Poems and Romantic Poets will be published as Pocket Poets, while Garden Stories and Stories of Southern Italy shall join our Pocket Classics.

 

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    In this remarkable collection – the first of its kind – poets from around the world give eloquent voice to the trials, hopes, rewards and losses of migration. Each year, millions join the ranks of intrepid migrants who have reshaped societies throughout history. The movement of peoples across borders – whether forcible or voluntary – brings with it emotional and psychological dislocations. Whatever their circumstances, these travellers share the challenge of adapting to being strangers in a strange land. Border Lines brings together more than a hundred poets representing more than sixty nations - Imtiaz Dharker, Ruth Padel, Bernardine Evaristo, Derek Walcott, Mahmoud Darwish, 'Dreadlock Alien', Dunya Mikhail and Hédi Kaddour, to name but a few. A monument to courage and resilience, Border Lines offers an intimate and uniquely global view of the experiences of immigrants in our rapidly changing world. 

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    There is a great deal more to Greek poetry than the Iliad or the Odyssey. Shorter masterpieces abound, as the lyrical and elegiac poems, odes, and epigrams in this volume testify. Here are selections from the early Greek poets, including Hesiod, Pindar and Bacchylides, Alcaeus and Sappho; from the Alexandrian poets Theocritus, Bion, Apollonius of Rhodes, and many more. A generous section is devoted to poems from the celebrated Greek Anthology, which spans a thousand years from the Classical to the Byzantine age, and another to the Anacreontea, a delightful collection of odes on the pleasures of drink, love, and beauty. This historical anthology draws on nearly five hundred years of English translations, from Elizabethan and Jacobean England and the great age of translation presided over by George Chapman, to the late twentieth century and modern versions by James Michie, Fleur Adcock and Robert Fagles. Editor Paul Quarrie has mustered an army of translators: poets major and minor jostle with Regius Professors of Greek, professional writers and translators with accomplished amateurs including teachers, librarians, aristocrats, diplomats, civil servants, bankers, soldiers and clergymen. The editor provides an informative preface, section introductions, and biographies of translators in which biographical detail is set off by colorful anecdote. 

     
     
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    Rumi: Unseen Poems – the second volume of Rumi in the Everyman Pocket Poet series – is a treasury of poems which have never been translated before, researched and translated by Rumi biographer Brad Gooch and the Iranian writer Maryam Mortaz. The 13th-century Persian poet Rumi was trained in Sufism, a mystic tradition within Islam. He founded the Mevlevi Order, often known as the Whirling Dervishes, who use dance and music as part of their spiritual devotion. His poetry combines the sacred and the sensual, expressing both rapturous divine love, and aching human love for his companion and teacher, Shams of Tabriz. It has long been popular in the West, never more so than in the last twenty-five years, when a new wave of free translations introduced him to an ever-widening audience. 

            However, some of these recent translations have been more in the nature of interpretations by writers who are not Persian speakers. Cultural and Islamic references central to an understanding of Rumi's poetry have been toned down or omitted. And so vast was Rumi's output that earlier scholarly translators were obliged to be selective, leaving a rich vein of verse still unmined. From this Gooch and Mortaz have made a selection of ghazals (short lyric poems) and rubaiyat (quatrains), aiming in their own translations to achieve fidelity to the originals while preserving all Rumi's lyric exuberance.
            This book makes a perfect companion to the first Everyman volume of Rumi, which presents the very best of the 20th-century translations.
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    The Golden City of Prague has for many centuries been the intellectual centre of the western world. The writers collected here range from the early nineteenth century to the present and include both Prague natives and visitors from elsewhere. Here are stories, legends, and scenes from the city's past and present, from the Jewish fable of the Golem, a creature conjured from clay, to tales of German and Soviet invasions. The international array of writers ranges from Franz Kafka to Ivan Klíma to Bruce Chatwin, and includes the award-winning British playwright Tom Stoppard and former American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, both of whom have Czech roots. Covering the city's venerable Jewish heritage, the glamour of the Belle Époque period, World War II, Communist rule, the Prague Spring, the Velvet Revolution and beyond, Prague Stories weaves a remarkable selection of fiction and nonfiction into a literary portrait ofa fascinating city.  

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    Two centuries of short stories by twenty-five titans of Russian literature, from Pushkin and Gogol to Tatyana Tolstaya and Svetlana Alexievich, in the beautifully designed Pocket Classics series.

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    Ben Okri’s Booker Prize-winning novel, in a handsome hardback volume, on the 30th anniversary of its first publication.

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    Berlin, in the words of Philip Hensher, editor of this anthology, 'has always been a city of desperate modernity', both in terms of urban architecture – largely a creation of the progressive 19th-century, laid waste by World War II – and in ways of living and behaving. As early as the 1920s it was the gay capital of Europe; the Communist East/free West barrier presented unique problems for a divided population; and in the 1990s, in the aftermath of reunification, the cheap, run-down city became a vibrant centre for creative artists. 'The sense of making it up as you go along is never far away in Berlin.' The stories in this volume are the product of this series of multiple rebirths from the viewpoint of both insiders and outsiders. From pre-1914 there are contributions from Theodor Fontane and Robert Walser; from the Weimar Republic, Alexander Döblin, Vladimir Nabokov, Erich Kästner, Ernst Haffner, Irmgeud Keun and Christopher Isherwood; from the Third Reich, Thomas Wolfe, Hans Fallada and Heinz Rein; from the Cold War era, Peter Schneider, Thomas Brussig, Len Deighton, Christa Wolf and Ian McEwan; from post-reunification, Günter Grass, Wladimir Kaminer, Chloe Aridjis, Uwe Timm, Kevin Barry, Jean-Philippe Toussaint and Jenny Erpenbeck.
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    Louder and Funnier

    P G Wodehouse
     

    In these articles first produced for magazines and substantially rewritten for book publication, Wodehouse reveals his enduring brilliance as a comic writer of topical essays.
     
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     The story of an irrepressible orphan girl in the Swiss Alps, written in 1880–81, has long been one of the most loved and best-selling children's classics in the world.

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    The first great prison memoir, Dostoevsky's fictionalized account of his life-changing penal servitude in Siberia.

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    The Prince and Betty

    P G Wodehouse
     

    A classic musical comedy plot turned into a novel, The Prince and Betty is the story of a man who gives up everything for his girl.
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    Collected here for the first time in one volume are forty stories by Lorrie Moore – originally published in the acclaimed collections Self-Help, Like Life, Birds of America and Bark, and including three additional stories excerpted from her novels. Moore is one of America's most revered writers, and this career-spanning collection showcases her exceptional talent for leavening tragedy with humor, for blending sorrow with subversive wit. Her keenly observed stories are peopled by a variety of lost souls – husbands, wives, lovers, tourists, professors, students, even a ghost – who are often grappling with pain or disappointment: a divorced man obsessed with self-help books, a washed-up Hollywood actress living in a hotel, a woman with a terminal illness. But however lovelorn or dislocated the characters--from the wisecracking wedding guest in 'Thank You for Having Me' to the self-deluded musicians in 'Wings' to the complicated parent-child pairs in 'How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes)' and 'The Kid's Guide to Divorce' – their stories are always grounded in insight and compassion. Moore's portraits of the parents of a seriously ill child in -People Like That Are the Only People Here' and of a woman haunted by guilt over the death of her friend's baby in 'Terrific Mother' achieve a notably unsentimental and yet quietly devastating power. Whether moving or darkly funny, all of these pieces channel the messiness of the human condition through Moore's characteristically knowing, wry voice, and together they confirm her as a master of the short story.

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    There is a great deal more to Greek poetry than the Iliad or the Odyssey. Shorter masterpieces abound, as the lyrical and elegiac poems, odes, and epigrams in this volume testify. Here are selections from the early Greek poets, including Hesiod, Pindar and Bacchylides, Alcaeus and Sappho; from the Alexandrian poets Theocritus, Bion, Apollonius of Rhodes, and many more. A generous section is devoted to poems from the celebrated Greek Anthology, which spans a thousand years from the Classical to the Byzantine age, and another to the Anacreontea, a delightful collection of odes on the pleasures of drink, love, and beauty. 
     
    This historical anthology draws on nearly five hundred years of English translations, from Elizabethan and Jacobean England and the great age of translation presided over by George Chapman, to the late twentieth century and modern versions by James Michie, Fleur Adcock and Robert Fagles. Editor Paul Quarrie has mustered an army of translators: poets major and minor jostle with Regius Professors of Greek, professional writers and translators with accomplished amateurs including teachers, librarians, aristocrats, diplomats, civil servants, bankers, soldiers and clergymen. The editor provides an informative preface, section introductions, and biographies of translators in which biographical detail is set off by colorful anecdote. 
     
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    Sunset at Blandings

    P G Wodehouse
     

    In Wodehouse's final novel, unfinished at his death, the author returns to his favourite part of England.
    There may be trouble in the air, but at Blandings Castle it is always summer, and the powers of darkness are always ultimately defeated.
     
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     Poems of London brings together a remarkably wide range of poems inspired by the storied city, from its teeming medieval streets to the multicultural metropolis it is today.
         The pantheon of classic English poets, from Shakespeare and Donne to Wordsworth and Blake to T. S. Eliot and Ted Hughes, provide their views of London alongside tributes by notable visitors including Arthur Rimbaud, Samuel Beckett, and Sylvia Plath. Here, too, are poetic contributions by an array of immigrants and the children of immigrants, including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Fleur Adcock, Patience Agbabi, and Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo. All the famous sights of London, from the Thames to the Tower, are touched on in this vibrant collection, and denizens of its busy streets, ranging from princes to pub-goers to pickpockets, wander through these pages. The result is an enthralling portrait of an endlessly varied and fascinating place.

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    Set in the early twentieth century, Independent People, by Nobel Prize-winning author Halldór Laxness, recalls both Iceland's medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter. If Bjartur of Summerhouses, the book's protagonist, is an ordinary sheep farmer, his flinty determination to achieve independence is genuinely heroic and, at the same time, terrifying and bleakly comic. Having spent eighteen years in humiliating servitude, Bjartur wants nothing more than to raise his flocks unbeholden to any man. But Bjartur's spirited daughter wants to live unbeholden to him. What ensues is a battle of wills that is by turns harsh and touching, elemental in its emotional intensity and intimate in its homely detail. Vast in scope and deeply rewarding, Independent People is a masterpiece.

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EVERYMAN'S BOOK OF THE MONTH

THE BRIDGE ON THE DRINA
Written by Ivo Andric

In this masterpiece by the Nobel Prize-winning Yugoslavian author Ivo Andric, a stone bridge in a small Bosnian town bears silent witness to four centuries of history – both peaceful and turbulent.

Book Of The Month
Ivo Andric
THE BRIDGE ON THE DRINA

Translated by Lovett F. Edwards, with an Introduction by Misha Glenny
ISBN: 978-1-84159-402-6
Price: £14