The Women’s Courtyard

Aliya lives a life confined to the inner courtyard of her home with her older sister and irritable mother, while the men of the family throw themselves into the political movements of the day. She is tormented by the petty squabbles of the household and dreams of educating herself and venturing into the wider world….

The Glass House: A Year of Our Days

What makes a house a home? College professor M.B. and his designer wife, Roshni, are a yuppie couple living in the ever-expanding, smog-encrusted, roiling city of Delhi. They have finally achieved their dream of buying their own apartment—in an up and coming builder’s complex in Gurgaon. The problem is, it looks like it is going…

The Glass House: A Year of Our Days

What makes a house a home? College professor M.B. and his designer wife, Roshni, are a yuppie couple living in the ever-expanding, smog-encrusted, roiling city of Delhi. They have finally achieved their dream of buying their own apartment—in an up and coming builder’s complex in Gurgaon. The problem is, it looks like it is going…

The Garden of Forking Paths (Penguin Modern)

‘Summer was drawing to a close, and I realized that the book was monstrous.’ Fantastical tales of mazes, puzzles, lost labyrinths and bookish mysteries, from the unique imagination of a literary magician. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit…

The Missing Girl (Penguin Modern)

‘ “Of course, no one would want to say anything about a girl like this that’s missing…” ‘ Malice, paranoia and creeping dread lie beneath the surface of ordinary American life in these chilling miniature masterworks of unease. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with…

Investigations of a Dog (Penguin Modern)

‘If I think about it, and I have the time and inclination and capacity to do so, we dogs are an odd lot.’ How does a dog see the world? How do any of us? In this playful and enigmatic story of a canine philosopher, Kafka explores the limits of knowledge. Penguin Modern: fifty new…

I Have More Souls Than One (Penguin Modern)

‘But no, she’s abstract, is a birdOf sound in the air of air soaring,And her soul sings unencumberedBecause the song’s what makes her sing.’ Dramatic, lyrical and ranging over four distinct personae, these poems by one of Portugal’s greatest poets trace a mind shaken by intense suffering and a tireless search for meaning. Penguin Modern:…

Four Russian Short Stories (Penguin Modern)

‘ “Another hour gone. But I’m not afraid. There’s only one thing I regret: that I’ve lived for so many years without knowing where human happiness is to be found” ‘In these stories, four writers – all exiles from revolutionary Russia – explore four deaths in a world in which old certainties have dissolved forever….

The Skeleton’s Holiday (Penguin Modern)

‘Ring for your maid, and when she comes in we’ll pounce upon her and tear off her face. I’ll wear her face tonight instead of mine.‘ These dreamlike, carnivalesque fables by one of the leading lights of the Surrealist movement are masterpieces of invention and grand-guignol humour. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering…

Why Do You Wear a Cheap Watch? (Penguin Modern)

‘It was what we call in the trade a potato…’ Tales of low-lifes and grifters trying to make ends meet in pre-War Germany. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging…

The Vigilante (Penguin Modern)

‘Everything was dead, everything unreal; the dark mob was made up of stiff lay-figures’ One of America’s greatest writers explores mob violence, voyeurism and betrayal in these unforgettable tales of Californian life. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit…

Brave New World (Vintage Dystopia)

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone in feeling discontent, harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect…