May 17, 2020

Week 9: Ebook Sale

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We have a fresh selection of novellas for this week’s $1.99 ebook sale, five of which happen to be titled The Duel (a flight of fancy). We hope you enjoy!

 

Michael Kohlhaas
Heinrich Von Kleist

Widely acknowledged as one of the masterworks of German literature, Michael Kohlaas is also one of the most stirring tales ever written of the quest for justice.

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Tales of Belkin
Alexander Pushkin

First published anonymously in 1830, Pushkin’s Tales of Belkin contains his first prose works. It is comprised of an introductory note and five linked stories which center variously around military figures, the wealthy, and businessmen. This beautiful novella gives a vivid portrait of nineteenth century Russian life.

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Stempenyu

Sholem Aleichem

The first work of Sholom Aleichem’s to be translated into English, Stempenyu is a prime example of the author’s hallmark traits: his antic and often sardonic sense of humor, his whip-smart dialogue, his workaday mysticism, and his historical documentation of shtetl life.

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The Lemoine Affair

Marcel Proust

The Lemoine Affair was inspired by the real-life French scandal involving Henri Lemoine, who claimed he could manufacture diamonds from coal and convinced numerous people—including officers of the De Beers diamond mine company and Proust himself—to invest in the scheme.

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The Duel
Giacomo Casanova

In this autobiographical tale, a young dandy is forced to flee his hometown after falling afoul of the authorities. Told with debonair wit and a merciless attitude toward high society, the tale becomes a tense adventure that leads to a surprising outcome.

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The Duel
Heinrich Von Kleist

The story of a virtuous woman slandered by a nobleman, it is a precise study of a subject that fascinated von Kleist: That people are sometimes seemingly punished for their very innocence.

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The Duel
Anton Chekhov

One of Chekhov’s most important lengthy works, this remarkable story gives a startling twist to his classic, ongoing study of bourgeois romance when he sets it on a collision course with a decaying, Czarist concept of honor.

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The Duel
Joseph Conrad

Conrad’s brilliantly ironic tale about two officers in Napoleon’s Grand Army who, under a futile pretext, fought an on-going series of duels throughout the Napoleonic Wars. Over decades, on every occasion they chanced to meet, they fought. A masterful tale—both satiric and deeply sad.

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The Duel
Alexander Kuprin

An absorbing saga about the brutalities of military life upon its own soldiers. Stranded at a distant outpost, young Romashov finds himself obliged to fight a duel—over something he realizes is meaningless.

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BONUS: What You Become in Flight for $4.99

A lyrical and meditative memoir on the damage we inflict in the pursuit of perfection, the pain of losing our dreams, and the power of letting go of both.

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