Confessions of a Mask


Author: Yukio Mishima

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811201186

Category: Fiction

Page: 255

View: 6691

When a Japanese youth discovers he has homosexual tendencies he hides himself behind conventional behavior

The Frolic of the Beasts


Author: Yukio Mishima

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241387396

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 789

The gripping story of an affair gone horribly wrong, from one of Japan's greatest twentieth-century writers Koji, a young student, has fallen hopelessly in love with the beautiful, enigmatic Yuko. But she is married to the literary critic and serial philanderer Ippei. Tormented by desire and anger, Koji is driven to an act of violence that will bind this strange, terrible love triangle together for the rest of their lives. A starkly compelling story of lust, guilt and punishment, The Frolic of the Beasts explores the masks we wear in life, and what happens when they slip. 'One of the greatest avant-garde Japanese writers of the twentieth century' New Yorker

Confessions of a Child of the Century


Author: Alfred de Musset

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781434429803

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

View: 8601

Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (1810-1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. He is known for his poetry and his autobiographical La Confession d'un enfant du siecle (The Confession of a Child of the Century) -- the tale of his celebrated love affair with George Sand, who told her side of the tale in Elle et lui."

Five Modern No Plays


Author: Yukio Mishima

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307473112

Category: Drama

Page: 198

View: 1329

The classic Japanese No drama is one of the great art forms. Mishima has infused new life into the form by adopting it for plays that preserve the style and inner spirit of No while at the same time creating dramas that are contemporary and relevant.

The Man-Eater of Malgudi


Author: R. K. Narayan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101662212

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 7288

This is the story of Nataraj, who earns his living as a printer in the little world of Malgudi, an imaginary town in South India. Nataraj and his close friends, a poet and a journalist, find their congenia l days disturbed when Vasu, a powerful taxidermist, moves in with his stuffed hyenas and pythons, and brings his dancing-women up the printer's private stairs. When Vasu, in search of larger game, threatens the life of a temple elephant that Natara j has befriended, complications ensue that are both laughable and tragic.

His Hero


Author: Simone Anderson,Devon Rhodes,Em Woods

Publisher: Total-e-bound

ISBN: 0857158619

Category: Fiction

Page: 322

View: 9980

'Uniform Desires' by Simone Anderson Patience and training have provided him with the tools he'll need to fight for what he wants. Home on leave, Cade Donovan isn't looking for a hook-up, let alone love. Certainly not while he is out with his brothers. When Cade steps in to even the odds in a fight outside a bar, he is instantly drawn to the man being ganged up on. Acting on instinct, the Marine Corps sniper is drawn to the smaller man like a moth to a flame, refusing to give up until the man is his. Being the younger brother of the school bully has made Jason Carlson's life hell. During yet another retaliatory fight, a man comes to Jason's aid just when he thinks his life and his luck have gone from bad to worse. Warned to stay away from his home, Jason accepts the invitation of his rescuer and soon realises that his life has been forever altered. He can have everything he desires, if he's willing trust Cade with his heart. When the reality of loving a man in uniform sets in, Jason must find the strength within himself to believe and know that love is worth fighting for. 'A Ring and A Promise' by Devon Rhodes Careers in military service are never easy on relationships—even less so when both lovers are in different branches...and both are men. Naval Academy graduation now under their belts, Cary Barrientos knows the reality of the upcoming separation from his roommate of the past four years. Owen is more to him than just his best friend—he is the one person Cary can see spending his life with. Owen Marsh knew that when he became Cary's lover, the day would come when he would have to walk away. Now that day has come, and he's having a hard time convincing himself that it's just sex between them. Even with DADT repealed, there is no way a Marine and a Navy flier can be together. He's just being realistic not expecting more. When Cary switches their Academy rings, hoping Owen won't notice, he makes a vow—he will do whatever he has to do, including believing enough for the both of them, to make their unlikely relationship stand the test of time. But when his Marine is called up for duty overseas, can a piece of jewellery and a promise be enough to get them through? 'Only Sam' by Em Woods When a restaurant goes up in flames, will a spark of love rise from the ashes for a chef and his hero? When chef Dylan Brookes finds his restaurant engulfed in flames, all he can do is watch his dreams turn to ashes. Shock, hurt and disbelief leave Dylan vulnerable to both the man who wants to love him...and the one who wants to kill him. Fire fighter Sam Carter has been frequenting the same small restaurant for a year, trying to work up the nerve to ask the chef out on a date. When Dylan's Omni burns to the ground from foul play, Sam steps in to help. Now the question is...will his efforts be too late? Reader Advisory: This book contains minor scenes of violence 'Zane's Inferno' by Sara York Zane's Inferno—when burning, hot lust ignites into raging love. After being trapped in a fire, Zane Wilson is shocked by the heat directed his way by Nick Dubois, the fire department's top paramedic. Nick comes on to Zane, kissing him in the bunkroom and surprising the hell out of him. The next day, Nick shows up at Zane's house and the fireworks really begin. The sex is rough and hot, not at all like anything Zane has had before. Their relationship began because of a fire then almost ends because of one. When Zane is trapped in a forest fire and almost killed, Nick moves in and doesn't leave his side. But a jealous ex is setting up Nick...and gunning for Zane. Will they survive the firestorm created by their relationship, or succumb to the flames? 'In the Name of the Law' by Sue Holston Baltimore police detective Mitch Dawson is in love with his partner, Ivan Stanislav, but will fate intervene before Mitch can reveal the truth? Mitchell Dawson is a detective with the Baltimore Police Department's Vice unit. He's hard-working, dedicated...and carrying around one big secret—he's in love with his very straight, engaged-to-be-married partner, Ivan Stanislav. Then Ivan's fiancée dumps him and too much alcohol leads to Mitch and Ivan sleeping together. The next morning, Mitch figures their friendship and partnership is over, but surprisingly Ivan doesn't bring up their encounter. On the outside, life continues on for the duo. However that night changed everything for Mitch. When Ivan is shot and nearly dies, Mitch realises he has a choice—keep quiet and eventually watch Ivan fall in love and marry someone else, or tell Ivan the truth and reveal he's been in love with his partner for years, hoping the other man might feel the same. Will Mitch risk it all for love? 'Wings of Fire' by Kit Sands Angelico is Jamie's idea of a perfect man, but can he avoid the hateful actions of a deranged bigot long enough to have his dreams come true? Jamieson Peele moves to Austin, Texas, on the heels of a failed long-term relationship. Starting over isn't easy—even less so once Jamie becomes the target of a hate crime. When he finally finds the man of his dreams, Jamie is willing to risk it all for a chance at love with the big Italian. Fire fighter Salvatore Angelico's life will never be the same after he pulls Jamie from the burning wreckage of a car accident. Angelico must decide to tear down his defences and have faith in love again. Together, they must face old demons and new dangers if they hope to fly on wings of fire.


Seven Stories


Author: 由紀夫·三島,John Bester

Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated

ISBN: 9784770028938

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 205

View: 4911

Here are seven stories of psychological insight and eroticism from Japan's most famous writer. Other works by Yukio Mishima which are published by Kodansha include 'Sun and Steel'. When Mishima committed ritual suicide in November 1970, he was only forty-five. He had written over thirty novels, eighteen plays, and twenty volumes of short stories. During his lifetime, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize three times and had seen almost all of his major novels appear in English. While the flamboyance of his life and the apparent fanaticism of his death have dominated

Death in Midsummer, and Other Stories


Author: Yukio Mishima

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811201179

Category: Fiction

Page: 181

View: 4820

Nine short stories by the Japanese literary genius provide insights into the struggles and problems of his contemporary countrymen

Novel Without a Name


Author: Thu Hương Dương

Publisher: Macmillan _

ISBN: 9780330344074

Category: Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Page: 289

View: 1231

This is the powerful, deeply personal story of Vietnam's war against Americans as lived from the inside by North Vietnamese soldiers and villagers on the front lines. Vietnamese dissident Duong Thu Huong bears personal witness to the horror and spiritual weariness of ten years of war that claimed millions of Vietnamese lives.



Author: 由紀夫·三島

Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated

ISBN: 9784770029034

Category: Fiction

Page: 107

View: 9809

This is the personal testament of Japan's greatest novelist, written shorty before his public suicide in 1970. Through Mishima's finely wrought and emphatic prose, the mind and motivation behind his agonized search for personal identity is revealed. In this fascinating document, one of Japan's best known-and controversial-writers created what might be termed a new literary form. It is new because it combines elements of many existing types of writing, yet in the end fits into none of them. At one level, it may be read as an account of how a puny, bookish boy discovered the importance

The Great Science Fiction

The Time Machine, the Island of Doctor Moreau, the Invisible Man, the War of the Worlds, Short Stories


Author: H. G. Wells

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780241277492


Page: 752

View: 716

'No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's' Exploring the primordial nightmares that lurk within humanity's dreams of progress and technology, H. G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer. This new omnibus edition brings together four of his hugely original and influential science-fiction novels - The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds - with his most unsettling and strange short stories. Containing monstrous experiments, terrifying journeys, alien occupiers and grotesque creatures, these visionary tales discomfit and disturb, and retain the power to trouble our sense of who we are. With an introduction by Matthew Beaumont

Thirst for Love


Author: Yukio Mishima

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375705074

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 8599

Etsuko, a young widow living in postwar Osaka, Japan, falls prey to the sexual advances of her father-in-law and becomes the victim of her compulsion to both love and hurt a young farm worker. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Three Ancient Egyptian Novels

Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis of Nubia, Thebes at War


Author: Naguib Mahfouz

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9774166299

Category: Egypt

Page: 568

View: 4038

This paperback compendium edition combines Naguib Mahfouz's first three novels, all set in ancient Egypt, which skillfully explore recurring themes within human relationships: the balance between destiny and individual agency, the sanctity of the bonds to the land and religion, and the constant power struggles that affect human lives at multiple levels. In Khufu's Wisdom, translated by Raymond Stock, Pharaoh Khufu is battling the Fates. At stake is the inheritance of Egypt's throne, the proud but tender heart of Khufu's beautiful daughter Princess Meresankh, and Khufu's legacy as a sage, not savage, ruler. Rhadopis of Nubia, translated by Anthony Calderbank, follows the powerful love that grows between Rhadopis, a courtesan whose ravishing beauty is unmatched in time or place, and youthful, headstrong Pharaoh Merenra, worshiped by his people as a divine presence on earth, against the background of the high politics of Sixth Dynasty Egypt. Finally, in Thebes at War, translated by Humphrey Davies and written in 1937 - 1938 when Britain and Turkey held sway over Egypt, Mahfouz dramatically depicts the Egyptian people's undying loyalty to their land and religion and their refusal to bow to outside domination. After two hundred years of occupation, the Hyksos leader in his capital in northern Egypt tells Pharaoh in the south that the roaring of the sacred hippopotami at Thebes is keeping him awake at night and demands that they be killed, galvanizing Egypt into hurling its armies into a struggle to drive the barbarians from its sacred soil forever.

The History of Sexuality

An Introduction


Author: Michel Foucault

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307819280

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

View: 7928

Michel Foucult offers an iconoclastic exploration of why we feel compelled to continually analyze and discuss sex, and of the social and mental mechanisms of power that cause us to direct the questions of what we are to what our sexuality is.

Confessions of a Tarot Reader

Practical Advice From This Realm And Beyond


Author: Jane Stern

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762769041

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 216

View: 2353

Tarot cards have been used to foretell the future for centuries. Once the domain of the esoteric and mystical, tarot today has many practical applications in the modern world. Jane Stern, a fourth generation tarot reader perhaps best known for Roadfood, has given the art of the tarot a very modern spin. Using the twenty-two major arcana cards (the “heart of the tarot”) as chapters, she has gleaned all she has learned over the years and presents Confessions of a Tarot Reader as a witty, readable, and useful self-help book. In her own words, the author likes to think of herself as a “psychic Dear Abby,” and by drawing on the wisdom of the tarot deck, to give practical advice in every life situation and lift the veil between this world and the unseen beyond.

Poems of the Great War



Author: Luigi Pirandello

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141925302

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

View: 3176

Published to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of Armistice, this collection is intended to be an introduction to the great wealth of First World War Poetry. The sequence of poems is random - making it ideal for dipping into - and drawn from a number of sources, mixing both well-known and less familiar poetry.


Confessions Of A Girl Gang


Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 9780606299947

Category: Fiction

Page: 328

View: 323

Five teenage girls from upstate New York in the 1950s form a blood sisterhood to protect one another against the world and its oppressors, until their leader's disastrous act of revenge puts all their lives in turmoil

Malgudi Days


Author: R. K. Narayan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143039655

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

View: 7506

Introducing this collection of stories, R. K. Narayan describes how in India 'the writer has only to look out of the window to pick up a character and thereby a story'. Malgudi Days is the marvellous result. Here Narayan portrays an astrologer, a snake-charmer, a postman, a vendor of pies and chappatis - all kinds of people, drawn in full colour and endearing domestic detail. And under his magician's touch the whole imaginary city of Malgudi springs to life, revealing the essence of India and of human experience.

The Book of Disquiet


Author: Fernando Pessoa

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1846687357

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

View: 6517

A prize-winning international classic, first published in English in 1993, now with a new foreword by William Boyd.