Seattle Picks: World Classics

The Woman in the Dunes
The Woman in the Dunes By Abe, Kōbō Book - 1991 FIC ABE 1991 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this hauntingly beautiful tale, Niki Jumpei, a scientist in search of a rare beetle, stumbles upon a strange village where the inhabitants live in sandpits, and becomes imprisoned with an outcast widow. (Japan)

The House of the Spirits
The House of the Spirits By Allende, Isabel Book - 2005 FIC ALLENDE 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:The dramatic, turbulent history of Latin America told through four generations of the Trueba family up until the 1973 assassination of Chilean president Allende, the author's uncle. (Chile)

Ficciones By Borges, Jorge Luis Book - 1962 FIC BORGES 1962 Available in some locations

Annotation:A surreal short story collection of tales blending the fantastic and the mundane, tied together by themes of illusion, time, puzzles and the nature of identity. (Argentina)

The Master & Margarita
The Master & Margarita By Bulgakov, Mikhail Book - 1996 FIC BULGAKO All copies in use Availability details Holds: 12 on 16 copies

Annotation:In this delightful, dreamlike satire, banned for 30 years, the Devil and his talking cat come to Stalinist Moscow to strike a Faustian bargain. (Russia)

Don Quixote
Don Quixote By Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de Book - 2003 FIC CERVANT All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 13 copies

Annotation:After reading one too many adventures, Don Quixote ventures forth on a swaybacked mare with his faithful squire Sancho, to fight for the honor of an unattainable damsel, in a land that has forgotten how to dream. (Spain)

The Moonstone
The Moonstone By Collins, Wilkie Book - 2008 FIC COLLINS 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 4 copies

Annotation:In the first-ever police mystery, the disappearance of the Moonstone diamond on Rachel Verinder's birthday spurs an investigation by the dogged Sergeant Cuff, who uncovers more than simple theft. (England)

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist By Dickens, Charles Book - 1992 FIC DICKENS 1992 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:By turns hilarious and terrifying, this tale of a young man determined to escape the life of a common pickpocket and better his chances in the world features truly unforgettable characters. (England)

The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov By Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Book - 1992 FIC DOSTOYE 1992 Available in some locations

Annotation:When wicked and debauched landowner Fyodor Karamozov is murdered, his three radically different sons each seek and find where guilt lies. This epic saga of evil and redemption is a profound and gripping read. (Russia)

The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo By Dumas, Alexandre Book - 2003 FIC DUMAS All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8 on 4 copies

Annotation:Edmond Dantès, separated from his beloved fiancée, betrayed by his friend, and unjustly imprisoned for 15 years, returns from exile to exact magnificent revenge at the point of a sword. (France)

Middlemarch By Eliot, George Book - 2003 FIC ELIOT All copies in use Availability details Holds: 9 on 6 copies

Annotation:This panorama of 19th-century provincial society comes to life in a multi-faceted story of its inhabitants who, like Dorothea Brooks, search for happiness in love and significant lives. (England)

My Brilliant Career
My Brilliant Career By Franklin, Miles Book - 2007 FIC FRANKLI 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Teenager Sybylla Melvyn narrates her story of growing up passionate and unconventional—interested neither in marriage nor teaching—in the Australian bush. A fresh comedy of love and ambition. (Australia)

One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude By García Márquez, Gabriel Book - 2006 FIC GARCIA 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 17 on 26 copies

Annotation:A lyrical masterpiece of magical realism, this story of the Buendía family and their experiences with power, love and despair symbolize the history of Colombia and Latin America. (Colombia)

Dead Souls
Dead Souls By Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Book - 2004 FIC GOGOL 2004 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:In this wry dark comedy, a newcomer to an unnamed Russian village hatches an unusual plan to better his station in life by purchasing the souls of dead peasants. (Russia)

The Cairo Trilogy
The Cairo Trilogy By Maḥfūẓ, Najīb Book - 2001 FIC MAHFUZ 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Set in post-WWI Egypt, this first installment of the sweeping Cairo Trilogy introduces wealthy merchant Ahmad Abd al-Jawad who imprisons the women in his family while he indulges in Cairo's seedy nightlife. (Egypt)

The Magic Mountain
The Magic Mountain A Novel By Mann, Thomas Book - 2005 FIC MANN 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:Hans Castorp's convalescence in a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients mirrors the disintegration and decay of a Europe teetering on the brink of war. (Germany)

The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji By Murasaki Shikibu Book - 1992 FIC MURASAK 1992 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:Life and love in medieval Japan are captured in the spare and beautiful prose translation of this 11th-century author's tale of the Shining Prince, Genji. (Japan)

Kokoro By Natsume, Sōseki Book - 2010 FIC NATSUME 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:This story of a friendship between a young man and an older man evokes Japan’s transition from the Meiji to the modern era while exploring themes of camaraderie, isolation and guilt. (Japan)

Weep Not, Child
Weep Not, Child By Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo Book - 2012 FIC NGUGI 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this stark novel, two brothers—one a carpenter, one a student—struggle with familial and political loyalties as the Mau Mau rebels revolt against the ruling British colonists in 1950s Kenya. (Kenya)

Cry, the Beloved Country
Cry, the Beloved Country By Paton, Alan Book - 1948 FIC PATON Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 25 copies

Annotation:When his son is accused of murdering a white man, a Zulu minister travels from rural South Africa to Johannesburg on a nearly hopeless quest to save him, or his soul. (South Africa)

Swann's Way
Swann's Way By Proust, Marcel Book - 2004 FIC PROUST 2004 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:In this lush novel of reverie and reflection—first in a cycle of six—the writer looks back on his childhood in 19th-century France, and recounts Swann's passionate affair with the elusive Odette. (France)

Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children By Rushdie, Salman Book - 1995 FIC RUSHDIE 1995 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 19 copies

Annotation:Saleem's varied and surreal journey through life also depicts the cataclysmic birth and coming of age of modern India. (India)

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina A Novel in Eight Parts By Tolstoy, Leo Book - 2002 FIC TOLSTOY Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 18 copies

Annotation:In this tour de force of 19th-century Russian manners and society, Anna risks everything for the great passion of her life, the dashing Count Vronsky. (Russia)

Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway By Woolf, Virginia Book - 1993 FIC WOOLF 1993 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:One day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, as she prepares to host a society party, proves to be fertile ground for fond remembrances, recriminations and musings on the life's splendid futility. (England)

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A selection of classics from around the world.