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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
Desire and Delusion: Three Novellas - Arthur Schnitzler, Margaret Schaefer This collection consists of three Schnitzler novellas and are wonderfully and idiomatically translated. The first, "Flight into Darkness", written at the end of his life (1931), is a moving and, on the whole, convincing portrait of... well, to reveal this would be a spoiler... There are marvelous passages here, btw, which recall the most lyrical passages in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, where Cruise is wandering the winter streets... quite beautiful. The work does not wholly succeed, but the topic is almost impossible to render. It is very good, though.

The second piece, "Dying", Schnitzler's first published success, left me cold - it was melodramatic and just plain old dull.

The final piece, "Fräulein Else", is simply brilliant -- a masterpiece of the first order. Quite short, it presents a stream-of-consciousness interior monologue of the heroine, Else, that anticipates (though in a more naturalistic fashion) Molly Bloom's soliloquy. Anyway, it's just lovely. It gains added piquancy, because of the way it parallels and anticipates the story -- in so many uncanny ways - of Schnitzler's own daughter Lili.

Anyway - highly recommended for "Else" alone.