LITTLE BLUE BOOKS

small but mighty masterpieces

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This landmark missive from one of the greatest activists in history calls for direct, non-violent resistance in the fight against racism, and reflects on the healing power of love.

LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL BY MARTIN LUTHUR KING

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Profane and prophetic verses about sex, death, revolution and America by the great icon of Beat poetry.

TELEVISION WAS A BABY CRAWLING TOWARD THAT DEATHCHAMBER 

BY ALLEN GINSBERG

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On the windswept coast of rural Suffolk, a deranged scientist attempts to extract the essence of life itself.

THE BREAKTHROUGH

BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER

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Wise-cracking and heartbreaking, these tales of women on the edge by the legendary wit Dorothy Parker show the darkness beneath the surface of the Jazz Age.

THE CUSTARD HEART 

BY DOROTHY PARKER

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Beguiling, strange and hair-raising tales from early 20th century Japan: Nagai's Behind the Prison, Uno's Closet LLB and Akutagawa's deeply macabre General Kim.

THREE JAPANESE SHORT STORIES 

BY UNO, NAGAI & AKUTAGAWA

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Transgressive desires and sexual encounters are recounted in these four pieces from one of the greatest writers of erotic fiction.

THE VEILED WOMAN 

BY ANAÏS NIN

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Biting and timeless reflections on patriotism, prejudice and power, from the man who wrote about his nation better than anyone.

NOTES ON NATIONALISM

BY GEORGE ORWELL

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From apples to artichokes, these glittering, fragmented, painterly portraits of food by the avant-garde pioneer Gertrude Stein are redolent of sex, laughter and the joy of everyday life.

FOOD

BY GERTRUDE STEIN

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From a giant of twentieth-century science fiction, these four miniature space epics feature crazy inventors, surreal worlds, robot kings and madcap machines.

THE THREE ELECTROKNIGHTS

BY STANISLAW LEM

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By turns comical, grouchy and exalted, and including his tragic masterpiece 'The Great Hunger', some of the key poems by the writer who transformed Anglo-Irish verse.

THE GREAT HUNGER 

BY PATRICK KAVANAGH

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Sleepers awake in a remote cave and the ancient mystic Simon Magus attempts a miracle, in these two magical, otherworldly tales from one of the greatest voices of twentieth-century Europe.

THE LEGEND OF THE SLEEPERS

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Belonging and estrangement intertwine in these four lyrical short stories from the author of Invisible Man.

THE BLACK BALL

BY RALPH ELLISON

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In stories that span the course of a lifetime - from childhood in the Caribbean to adolescent modelling in Paris; lonely adulthood to old age.

TILL SEPTEMBER PETRONELLA

BY JEAN RHYS

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How does a dog see the world? How do any of us? In this playful and enigmatic story of a canine philosopher, Kafka explores the limits of knowledge.

INVESTIGATIONS OF A DOG

BY FRANZ KAFKA

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Tales of desire and madness from this giant of Brazilian literature.

DAYDREAM & DRUNKENNESS OF A YOUNG LADY BY CLARICE LISPECTOR