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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.

The House of the Spirits
The House of the Spirits By Allende, Isabel (Book - 2005 ) FIC ALLENDE 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 9 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.

The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale By Atwood, Margaret Eleanor (Book - 1998 ) FIC ATWOOD All copies in use Availability details Holds: 16 on 15 copies

Annotation:In this disturbing dystopian vision, subjugated "handmaid" Offred tries to escape from the totalitarian misogynistic Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States.

The Master & Margarita
The Master & Margarita By Bulgakov, Mikhail (Book - 1996 ) FIC BULGAKO All copies in use Availability details Holds: 24 on 12 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, while Pilate tries to wash his hands of the matter.

The Complete Claudine
The Complete Claudine By Colette (Book - 2001 ) FIC COLETTE 2001 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:Claudine lives life to the hilt and candidly relates her indulgent exploration of love, lust, intellect in 19th century Paris.

Fifth Business
Fifth Business By Davies, Robertson (Book - 2001 ) FIC DAVIES 2001 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 4 copies

Annotation:Dunstan Ramsay recounts his life and the one moment in the past that has linked him forever to the fates of his friend and enemy, Boy Staunton, the village trollop, Mrs. Dempsey, and her magician son.

Don Quixote
Don Quixote By Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de (Book - 2003 ) FIC CERVANT Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 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's forgotten how to dream.

The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov By Dostoyevsky, Fyodor (Book - 1992 ) FIC DOSTOYE 1992 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 0 copies

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.

The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo By Dumas, Alexandre (Book - 2003 ) FIC DUMAS Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 23 copies

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

Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary Provincial Ways By Flaubert, Gustave (Book - 2010 ) FIC FLAUBER 2010 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 5 copies

Annotation:Frenchwoman Emma Rouault indulges in a scandalous and desperate affair to escape her confining provincial life and dreary marriage, seeking the romance she has read about in books - but not books like this one!

My Brilliant Career
My Brilliant Career By Franklin, Miles (Book - 2001 ) All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Sybylla Melvyn, a passionate and rebellious young woman growing up in the Australian Outback in the 1890's, relates her offbeat life during a time of social expectations and political upheaval.

Dead Souls
Dead Souls By Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich (Book - 2004 ) FIC GOGOL 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 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.

The Tin Drum
The Tin Drum By Grass, Günter (Book - 2009 ) FIC GRASS 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Oskar Matzerath, a boy who chooses to remain a child physically and renounce the madness of the adult world, provides a distinctly different view of the rise of Nazi Germany.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame By Hugo, Victor (Book - 2010 ) FIC HUGO 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Half-man and half-gargoyle, Quasimodo falls hard for the beguiling Esmerelda; but in a world as cruel and ugly as medieval Paris, will she sense the bell-ringer's beautiful soul?

Snow Country
Snow Country By Kawabata, Yasunari (Book - 1996 ) FIC KAWABAT 1996 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this sensual and poetic story of memory and desire, Kikuji attends a tea ceremony where he has been unwittingly set up to meet a prospective bride.

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.

The Magic Mountain
The Magic Mountain A Novel By Mann, Thomas (Book - 2005 ) FIC MANN 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 16 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.

Spring Snow
Spring Snow By Mishima, Yukio (Book - 1990 ) FIC MISHIMA 1990 Available in some locations

Annotation:In turn-of-the-century Tokyo, love and death unite as Satoko falls in love with a young man from an elite provincial family, despite her betrothal to an imperial prince.

Lolita
Lolita By Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich (Book - 1992 ) FIC NABOKOV 1992 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 5 copies

Annotation:This is the notorious tale of Humbert Humbert's obsessive love for his wife's pre-adolescent daughter, and the destruction brought about by his extravagant and doomed desire.

Cry, the Beloved Country
Cry, the Beloved Country By Paton, Alan (Book - 1948 ) FIC PATON Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 31 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.

Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago By Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich (Book - 1991 ) FIC PASTERN 1991 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In this sweeping epic of the Russian people, physician and poet Zhivago is orphaned young, marries his caretaker's daughter, and then falls passionately and tragically in love with the enigmatic Lara.

Swann's Way
Swann's Way By Proust, Marcel (Book - 2004 ) FIC PROUST 2004 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 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.

All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front By Remarque, Erich Maria (Book - 1982 ) FIC REMARQU All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 3 copies

Annotation:The tests and horrors of war are told with raw intensity from the perspective of a group of German boys struggling for survival in the trenches during the Great War.

Midnight's Children
Midnight's Children By Rushdie, Salman (Book - 1995 ) FIC RUSHDIE 1995 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 23 copies

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

The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji By Murasaki Shikibu (Book - 2010 ) FIC MURASAK 2010 Available in some locations

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

The Red and the Black
The Red and the Black By Stendhal (Book - 2002 ) FIC STENDHA 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Of low birth, Julien Sorel is determined to succeed in the upper echelons of 19th century French society despite obstacles in this witty yet tragic satire.

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina A Novel in Eight Parts By Tolstoy, Leo (Book - 2002 ) FIC TOLSTOY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 24 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.

Kristin Lavransdatter
Kristin Lavransdatter By Undset, Sigrid (Book - 2005 ) FIC UNDSET 2005 On order Availability details Holds: 9 on 4 copies

Annotation:Set in 14th century Norway, this saga of one woman's life, from birth to old age, richly depicts medieval hardships and the strength of character needed to survive as a woman in a man's world.

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