Melville House Art of the Novella Series

The Pathseeker

The Pathseeker

Imre Kertesz

There's no such thing as chance...only injustice. From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history... The...

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Sandokan

Sandokan

Nanni Balenstrini

The Camorra is an Italian organised crime network more powerful and violent than the Mafia - and now, thanks to Garrone's multi-award winning 2008 film Gomorrah, equally infamous. In Sadokan, the narrator is a resigned victim of...

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Lucinella

Lucinella

Lore Segal

A brilliant and scathing look at the New York literary scene which was a sensational hit when first released and has remained a cult classic ever since. Fresh as ever, the witty and whimsical novella follows poet Lucinella in her...

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The North of God

The North of God

Steve Stern

In a boxcar crammed with Jews headed for a concentration camp, one man attempts to tell a story vital enough to displace the horror.

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The Death of the Author

The Death of the Author

Gilbert Adair

By the author of Love and Death of Long Island and The Holy Innocents , this is a black satire of contemporary theoretical cultishness and a metaphysical murder mystery, featuring Professor Leopold Sfax, the critic, theorist...

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The Union Jack

The Union Jack

Imre Kertesz

In this haunting, never-before-translated autobiographical novella, an unnamed narrator recounts a simple anecdote, his sighting of the Union Jack during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 in the few days preceding the uprising's...

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Lady Susan

Lady Susan

Jane Austen

Epistolary novel written presumably between 1793-1794 and originally published 1871 in Edward Austen-Leigh's A Memoir of Jane Austen.

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The Duel

The Duel

Heinrich Von Kleist, Annie Janusch

One of the few novellas written by the master German playwright, The Duel was considered by Thomas Mann and others to be one of the great works of German literature. The story of a virtuous woman slandered by a nobleman, it is a...

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The Duel

The Duel

Anton Chekhov, Margarita Shalina

Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can...

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Jacob's Room

Jacob’s Room

Virginia Woolf

Jacob Flanders is a young man passing from adolescence to adulthood in a hazy rite of passage. From his boyhood on the windswept shores of Cornwall to his days as a student at Cambridge, his elusive, chameleon-like character is...

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The Duel

The Duel

Aleksandr Kuprin, Josh Billings

An absorbing saga about the brutalities of military life. Stranded at a distant outpost, young Romashov finds himself obliged to fight a duel over something he realises is meaningless. As the novel hurtles toward a startling...

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The Awakening

The Awakening

Kate Chopin

Aims to offer insight and information into a work considered scandalous when it arrived from the turn-of-the-20th-century presses. In this guide, the novel's complete text and a glossary appear side-by-side with coordinating...

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May Day

May Day

F. Scott Fitzgerald

ALL CROWDS HAVE TO HOWL
Although F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for the kind of subtle,
polished social commentary found in his masterpiece The Great
Gatsby, his little-known novella May Day is unique in that it is
the...

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Tales of Belkin

Tales of Belkin

Alexander Pushkin, Josh Billings

First published anonymously in 1830, Aelxander Pushkin's The Tales of Belkin contains his first prose works. Since then, it has become one of the most beloved books in Russian literary history and even became the namesake for...

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Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia

Samuel Johnson

The other great book by the man who wrote the dictionary: This is Dr. Samuel Johnson's beautiful, engaging, and ultimately inspiring story of a royal brother and sister who escape the castle and, traveling in disguise, search for...

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Parnassus on Wheels

Parnassus on Wheels

Christopher Morely

Originally published: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1917.

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A Sleep and a Forgetting

A Sleep and a Forgetting

William Dean Howells

A major figure in nineteenth-century letters, Howells influenced a generation of American writers. In this tale, a young doctor abroad is asked to heal a beautiful woman who has mysteriously lost her memory. He must explore the...

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The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych

Leo Tolstoy

There is no explanation. Written eight years after the publication of Anna Karenin a--a time during which, despite the global success of his novels, Leo Tolstoy renounced fiction in favor of religious and philosophical...

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The Man Who Would be King

The Man Who Would be King

Rudyard Kipling

Presents a tale of two happy-go-lucky British ne're-do-wells trying to carve out their own kingdom in the remote mountains of Afghanistan. This work features two of the author's unforgettable characters, the ultra-vivid Cockneys...

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Freya of the Seven Isles

Freya of the Seven Isles

Joseph Conrad

First published in The New York metropolitan magazine and London magazine in January 1912 and July 1912, respectively; collected in Twixt land and sea.

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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Mark Twain

The title story of this collection tells how the reputation of a small town, which prides itself on its honesty and incorruptibility, is forever besmirched by the actions of a disaffected stranger. Other tales include My Debut as...

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How the Two Ivans Quarrelled

How the Two Ivans Quarrelled

Nikolai Gogol

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In The ART OF THE NOVELLA...

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The Touchstone

The Touchstone

Edith Wharton

A young man too destitute to propose marriage to his beloved finds a morally dubious means of making money by publishing the love letters another woman wrote to him in this deft, psychological portrait of how social status, money,...

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The Lifted Veil

The Lifted Veil

George Eliot

I have lately been subject to attacks of angina pectoris; and in the ordinary course of things, my physician tells me, I may fairly hope that my life will not be protracted many months. Unless, then, I am cursed with an...

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The Horla

The Horla

Guy de Maupassant, Charlotte Mandell

Part of the The Art of the Novella Series , this is a tale of one man's descent into madness.

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The Eternal Husband

The Eternal Husband

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A rich and idle man confronts his dead mistress' husband. This novel offers an exploration of love, guilt, and hatred.

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Michael Kohlhaas

Michael Kohlhaas

Heinrich Von Kleist, Martin Greenberg

A minor tax dispute intensifies explosively, until the eponymous hero finds the forces of an entire kingdom, and even the great Martin Luther, gathered against him. But soon, even Luther comes to echo the growing army of peasants...

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The Lemoine Affair

The Lemoine Affair

Marcel Proust

Their friend Marcel Proust had killed himself after the fall in diamond shares, a collapse that annihilated a part of his fortune. This is the first-ever translation into English of this startling tour-de-force by one of the...

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Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance

Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance

Sholem Aleichem

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In The Art of the Novella...

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Mathilda

Mathilda

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Shelley's Mathilda, thought to have autobiographical undertones, was not published until 1959. Shelley's tale of psychological torment depicts the incestuous love of a father for his daughter....

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The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl

The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl

Italo Svevo

The fable-like story of an old man's sexual obsession with a young woman is a distillation of Italo Svevo's concerns: individual conscience versus social convention and the cost of desire. His novella is a marvel of psychological...

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 Special priceThe Girl with the Golden Eyes

The Girl with the Golden Eyes

Honore de Balzac

In this novella, Balzac compares Paris to Dante's Inferno , using the hierarchy of circles to convey the ceaseless struggles for money and pleasure, at all levels of society. He turns Paris into an urban myth, in which the vital...

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Dialogue Of The Dogs

Dialogue Of The Dogs

Miguel de Cervantes

Ever since I could chase a bone, I've longed to talk.... The first talking-dog story in Western literature--from the writer generally acknowledged, alongside William Shakespeare, as the founding father of modern literature, no...

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