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The Sorrows of Young Werther ( German : Die Leiden des jungen Werthers ) is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature , and influenced the later Romantic literary movement. The six weeks of its intensive writing, in January–March 1774, [ 1 ] instantly made the 24-year-old Goethe one of the first international literary celebrities.
( French pronunciation: [lə.ʁuʒ.e.lə.nwaʁ] ; French for ), 1830, by Stendhal , is a historical psychological novel in two volumes, [ 1 ] chronicling a provincial young man’s attempts to rise socially beyond his modest upbringing with a combination of talent and hard work, deception and hypocrisy — yet who ultimately allows his passions to betray him. The novel’s composite full title, ( ), [ 2 ] indicates its two-fold literary purpose, a psychological portrait of the romantic protagonist, Julien Sorel, and an analytic, sociological satire of the French social order under the Bourbon Restoration (1814–30). In English, is variously translated as , , and , without the sub-title. [ 3 ] [ edit ] Background Occurring from September 1826 until July 1831, is the Bildungsroman of Julien Sorel, the intelligent, ambitious, protagonist from a poor family, [ 1 ] who fails to understand much about the ways of the world he sets to conquer.
Catch-22 is a satirical and somewhat historical novel by the American author Joseph Heller . He began writing it in 1953, and the novel was first published in 1961. It is set during World War II in 1943 [ 2 ] and is frequently cited as one of the great literary works of the twentieth century. [ 3 ] It uses a distinctive non-chronological third-person omniscient narration, describing events from different characters' points of view and out of sequence so that the time line develops along with the plot. The novel follows Captain John Yossarian , a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier .
Amok is a novella by the Austrian author Stefan Zweig . First printed in the newspaper Neue Freie Presse in 1922, Amok appeared shortly afterwards in the collection of novellas Amok: Novellas of a Passion. Zweig was fascinated and influenced by Sigmund Freud’s work. Like other works by Zweig, Amok therefore has clear psychoanalytical elements. It deals with an extreme obsession, which leads the protagonist to sacrifice his professional and private life and, eventually, to commit suicide. The title of the novella comes from the term amok, which was uncommon in those days.
Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton . Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery , enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains . Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise but particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia — a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. In the novel Lost Horizon , the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. The word also evokes the imagery of exoticism of the Orient .
Taras Bulba ( Russian and Ukrainian : Тара́с Бу́льба , Tarás Búl'ba ) is a romanticized historical novella by Nikolai Gogol . It tells the story of an old Zaporozhian Cossack , Taras Bulba, and his two sons, Andriy and Ostap. Taras' sons studied at the Kiev Academy and return home.
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