Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man’s essentially irrational nature.
“All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Overworking, mistreated and exploited animals start a revolution. They take control of the Manor’s farm with their motivating slogans. The farm animals request progress, justice, and equality. The struggle is real, the animals aim to achieve a completely democratic society based on the belief that “All Animals are Created Equal”. Ironically, sooner than expected, the totalitarian rule is once again reestablished due to some animals’ mere nature.
The book reflects events going back to the 1917 Russian Revolution and the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Since its publication, the work is named one of the greatest books of the 20th century, if not of all times.
George Orwell’s classic satire perfectly illustrates the world surrounding us despite being written in 1945. A book of all times, it is a guide for all, especially at times when our freedoms are under threat
Jude the Obscure In the last book of Thomas Hardy’s portrayal of sexuality and criticisms towards the institution of marriage, religion, and education system were so sensational in 1895 that is was harshly criticized by Victorian critics who condemned the book as indecent and degenerate. The book showed the life of jude fawley, a poor stonemason who wanted to attend university, his unfulfilled dreams and the relationship with his spirited cousin sue Bridehead.
Galata, Pera, and Beyoğlu street by street, step by step... An unusual “biography” from John Freely and Brendan Freely: Avenues, neighborhoods, hans, and passages that have been embracing various cultures and identities for centuries, changing day by day but never losing their unique characters.
Books about Istanbul invariably focus on the historic peninsula but Galata, Pera, Beyoğlu: A Biography concentrates on Beyoğlu, the district on the north side of the Golden Horn across from the Constantinopolitan peninsula. This book follows the development and social history of the district street by street from the earliest settlements on the Golden Horn to the most recent settlements around and beyond Taksim, examining not just the buildings and those who built them, but those who lived in them as well, from murderers, gangsters and prostitutes to bankers, diplomats and socialites.
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