Fiction, Science Fiction

Asimov, Isaac: Second Foundation

1953

“So far the Foundation was safe. But there was a hidden Second Foundation to protect the first. The Mule has yet to find it, but he was getting closer all the time. The men of the Foundation sought it, too, to escape from Mule’s mind control. Only Arkady, a 14 year-old girl, seemed to have the answer, or did she…?”

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Nonfiction

Baldwin, Carliss; Kim Clark: Design Rules, vol. 1

2000

Written in 2000; Baldwin and Clark “argue that the [computer] industry has experienced previously unimaginable levels of innovation and growth because it embraced the concept of modularity, building complex products from smaller subsystems that can be designed independently yet function together as a whole.”

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Poetry

Baudelaire, Charles: Les fleurs du mal

1857

A provocative and often dark poetic work that got Baudelaire prosecuted for an ‘affront to public decency’ and six of its poems banned. I quoted from the essays in the back of the Larousse edition (which, sadly, is not bilingual, so I consulted fleursdumal.org for translations of the poems themselves).

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Drama

Camus, Albert: Les Justes

1949

“The play is based on the true story of a group of Russian Socialist-Revolutionaries who assassinated the Grand Duke Sergei Romanov in 1905, and explores the moral issues associated with murder and terrorism.”

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Fiction

Cervantes, Miguel de: Don Quixote

translator: Samuel Putnam
1615

“Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways.”

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Fiction, Science Fiction

Crouch, Blake: Recursion

2019

“Memory makes reality. … As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.”

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