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When David meets the sensual Giovanni in a bohemian bar, he is swept into a passionate love affair. But his girlfriend’s return to Paris destroys everything. Unable to admit to the truth, David pretends the liaison never happened – while Giovanni’s life descends into tragedy. United by the theme of love, the writings in the Great Loves series span over two thousand years and vastly different worlds. Readers will be introduced to love’s endlessly fascinating possibilities and extremities: romantic love, platonic love, erotic love, gay love, virginal love, adulterous love, parental love, filial love, nostalgic love, unrequited love, illicit love, not to mention lost love, twisted and obsessional love . . . .
The Day of the Locust is an exposure of the sordid reality beneath the surface of Hollywood, where West worked and The Dream Life of Balso Snell is a surrealist fantasy.
Tod Hackett is a brilliant young artist – and a man in danger of losing his heart. Brought to an LA studio as a set-designer, he is soon caught up in a fantasy world where the cult of celebrity rules.But when he becomes besotted by the beautiful Faye, an aspiring actress and occasional call-girl, his dream rapidly becomes a nightmare. For, with little in the way of looks and no money to buy her time, Tod’s desperate passion can only lead to frustration, disillusionment and rage …
‘They think we are dirt because we clean their dirt’ Bakha is a young man, proud and strong; even attractive. He is also an Untouchable in India’s caste system. Sweeper and toilet-cleaner, the lowest of the low, he must warn others on the street so that he will not pollute them with his presence. As he seeks comfort in a wrapper of sweet jalebis, a violent encounter leads him to question his fate – and find an answer in the unlikeliest of places. Into this urgent 1935 re-creation of one day in the life of an Outcaste, Anglo-Indian author Mulk Raj Anand poured a vitality and fire that led him to be acclaimed as his country’s Dickens. With a new Introduction by Ramachandra Guha ‘It has gone straight to the heart of its subject and purified it.’ E. M. Forster
Inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”, “Wide Sargasso Sea” is set in 1830’s Jamaica. Born into an oppressive, colonialist society, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her. Caught between his demands and her own precarious sense of belonging, Antoinette is inexorably driven towards madness. This classic study of betrayal is Jean Rhys’ brief, beautiful masterpiece.