The most popular books in English.

What books are currently the most popular and which are the all time classics? Here we present you with a mixture of those two criteria. We update this list once a month.

26403. A thousand peaceful cities

Jerzy Pilch

"If laughter actually is the best medicine, fortunate readers of this wonderful novel will surely enjoy perfect health for the rest of their days."―Kirkus ReviewsA comic gem, Jerzy Pilch's A Thousand Peaceful Cities takes place in 1963, in the latter days of the Polish …

26421. The Red Horse

Eugenio Corti

The Red Horse is an epic novel written by Eugenio Corti that follows an industrial family, the Rivas, in Nomana starting from the end of May 1940 through World War II and the new democratic Italy. The book is divided in three parts: The Red Horse, The Pale Horse, and The Tree of …

26453. Another Beauty

Adam Zagajewski

Another Beauty is a 1998 memoir by the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski. It focuses on Zagajewski's student years and early time as a poet in Kraków in the 1960s and 1970s, and his involvement with the artist group "Now", leaving aestheticism behind to focus on contemporary politics …

26467. Postmodernity and its discontents

Zygmunt Bauman

When Freud wrote his classic Civilization and its Discontents, he was concerned with repression. Modern civilization depends upon the constraint of impulse, the limiting of self expression. Today, in the time of modernity, Bauman argues, Freud's analysis no longer holds good, …

26470. The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia

Bronisław Malinowski

The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia is a 1929 book by anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski. The work is his second in the trilogy on the Trobrianders, with the other two being Argonauts of the Western Pacific and Coral Gardens and Their Magic.

26477. Plato: Ion

Plato

26487. Propaganda: the formation of men's attitudes

Jacques Ellul

Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes is a book on the subject of propaganda by French philosopher, theologian, legal scholar, and sociologist Jacques Ellul. This book appears to be the first attempt to study propaganda from a sociological approach as well as a …

26506. Life of Castruccio Castracani

Nicolas Machiavel

The Life of Castruccio Castracani is a short work by Niccolò Machiavelli. It is made in the form of a short biographical account of the life of the medieval Tuscan condottiere, Castruccio Castracani, who lived in and ruled Lucca. The book is thought to have been written during a …

26511. Summa Technologiae

Stanisław Lem

Summa Technologiae is a 1964 book by Polish author Stanisław Lem. Summa is one of the first collections of philosophical essays by Lem. The book exhibits depth of insight and irony usual for Lem's creations. The name is an allusion to Summa Theologiae by Thomas Aquinas and to …

26557. Genesis and development of a scientific fact

Ludwik Fleck

Originally published in German in 1935, this monograph anticipated solutions to problems of scientific progress, the truth of scientific fact and the role of error in science now associated with the work of Thomas Kuhn and others. Arguing that every scientific concept and …

26596. Charmides

Plato

The Charmides is a dialogue of Plato, in which Socrates engages a handsome and popular boy in a conversation about the meaning of sophrosyne, a Greek word usually translated into English as "temperance", "self-control", or "restraint". As is typical with Platonic early …



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