The Ring of the Nibelung

10 best books like The Ring of the Nibelung (Richard Wagner): The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy, The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor, Li Po and Tu Fu: Poems, Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War & On the Civil War, Records of the Grand Historian: Han Dynasty I, The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Don Giovanni in Full Score, Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu, The Selected Poems, Jin Ping Mei

AuthorBryan Magee
Richard Wagner's devotees have ranged from the subtlest minds (Proust) to the most brutal (Hitler). The enduring fascination with his works arises not only from his singular fusion of musical innovation and theatrical daring, but also from his largely overlooked engagement with the boldest investigations...
AuthorZahirud-din Muhammad Babur
ISBN0375761373
Both an official chronicle and the highly personal memoir of the emperor Babur (1483–1530), The Baburnama presents a vivid and extraordinarily detailed picture of life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India during the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries. Babur’s honest and intimate...
AuthorLi Bai
ISBN0140442723
Li Po (AD 701-62) and Tu Fu (AD 712-70) were devoted friends who are traditionally considered to be among China's greatest poets. Li Po, a legendary carouser, was an itinerant poet whose writing, often dream poems or spirit-journeys, soars to sublime heights in its descriptions of natural scenes and...
Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War & On the Civil War
AuthorGaius Julius Caesar
ISBN0976072610
This complete edition of Caesar's Commentaries contains all eight of Caesar's books on the Gallic War as well as all three of his books on the Civil War masterfully translated into English by W. A. MacDevitt. Caesar's Commentaries are an outstanding account of extraordinary events by one of the most...
AuthorSima Qian
ISBN0231081650
WHAT EVERY EDUCATED CITIZEN OF THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW IN THE 21ST CENTURY: THE GREAT HISTORIANS OF WORLD HISTORY--HERODOTUS, THUCYDIDES, SIMA QIAN, IBN KHALDUN, THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE MONGOLS, JULIUS CAESAR, PLUTARCH, LIVY, POLYBIUS, TACITUS, GIBBON, MARX, SPENGLER & TOYNBEE----FROM...
AuthorEllen Datlow
ISBN0670061948
Coyote. Anansi. Brer Rabbit. Trickster characters have long been a staple of folk literature, and are a natural choice for the overarching subject of acclaimed editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's third mythic anthology. The Coyote Road features a remarkable range of authors, each with his...
AuthorWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
ISBN0486230260
This is the complete orchestral and vocal score of Mozart's Don Giovanni, considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written. This edition contains all the music Mozart wrote for Don Giovanni, both for the original version performed in Prague (1787) and the alterations―Don Ottavio's aria...
AuthorChikamatsu Monzaemon
ISBN0231111010
Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) wrote some 130 plays, chiefly for the puppet theater, many of which are still performed today by puppet operators and Kabuki actors. Chikamatsu is thought to have written the first major tragedies about the common man. This edition of four of his most important plays...
AuthorWang Wei
ISBN0811216187
Wang Wei (701-761 C.E.) is often spoken of, with his contemporaries Li Po and Tu Fu, as one of the three greatest poets in China's 3,000-year poetic tradition. Of the three, Wang was the consummate master of the short imagistic landscape poem that came to typify classical Chinese poetry. He developed...
AuthorLanling Xiaoxiao Sheng
ISBN1596544643
The fullest translation of Jin Ping Mei available in English. This edition was derived from the Egerton translation, minus the Latin, with a few euphemisms thrown in, but is considerably more complete than the Olympia Press version most Westerners are familiar with. Given the fine academic tradition...
AuthorLuo Guanzhong
ISBN0804843937
This exciting new translation will appeal to modern readers who find the twists and turns of Game of Thrones so compelling.

The Three Kingdoms is an epic Chinese novel written over six centuries ago. It recounts in vivid historical detail the turbulent years at the close of the Han Dynasty,...
AuthorMansur al-Hallaj
ISBN9799373034
Mansur al-Hallaj, died 0919, was born near Shiraz on 0858, and tortured and executed in Baghdad for declaring: "I am the Truth (An-al Haq)." Much has been written about his famous (and infamous) statement, but few of his powerful, often mysteries and always deeply conscious and spiritual poems in Arabic...
AuthorJohann Peter Eckermann
ISBN0306808811
It is a delightful book. I cannot help giving this book full five stars (This feels weird, though, to give such books stars).

I like every page of the book. Right at the beginning, Eckermann writes about his impoverished childhood and his realization that he is gifted.

Later in the Book,...
AuthorMaria Fairweather
In her lifetime it was widely said that there were three political powers in Europe—Britain, Russia, and Madame de Stäel. Byron described her as "the first female writer of this, perhaps of any age," Germaine de Stäel was certainly the most remarkable woman of her time and she remains unique—both...
AuthorAssia Djebar
ISBN0435086227
Isma and Hajila are both wives of the same man, but they are not rivals.

Isma - older, vibrant, passionate, emancipated - is in stark contrast to the passive, cloistered Hajila. In alternating chapters, Isma tells her own story in the first person, and then Hajila's in the second person. She...
AuthorFrancis Woodman Cleaves
ISBN0674796705
Questo libro è l'epopea delle gesta del temibile Gengis Khan dalla nascita fino al racconto della sua eredità. Ci porta in sella a un cavallo, nelle vastità della steppa eurasiatica, dove un uomo venuto dal nulla, disprezzato e allontanato perché di padre dubbio, mette in piedi uno degli imperi...
AuthorMirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
ISBN0942208064
GHALIB WAS AN OUTSTANDING poet in both Persian and Urdu, though his family may have come from Afghanistan. His father and uncle both led mercenary soldiers in the service of one rajah or another in Northern India. Unfortunately for Ghalib, they both died when he was young, and he had to find a way to support...
AuthorSaikaku Ihara
ISBN0811201872
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One of the great writers of Japan, Ihara Saikaku (1623-93) wrote of the lowest class in the Tokugawa world — the townsmen who were rising in wealth and power but not in official status. The title story in this collection of 12 works, told by an aging beauty whose highly erotic nature...
مختارات من مقدمة ابن خلدون
AuthorIbn Khaldun
في البداية، ربما علي أن أذكر أن النسخة "التراثية" المستعارة من "متحف آل الغرياني" -على حد تعبير "الزوار"- كانت سبب في زيادة أهمية قراءتي لهذا الكتاب، وسبب في...
AuthorTomoyuki Hoshino
ISBN1604865911
By turns teasing and terrifying, laconic and luminous, the stories in this anthology are drawn from sources as diverse as Borges, Nabokov, Garcia-Marquez, and traditional Japanese folklore, and yet they ultimately reside in a slyly subversive literary world that is all their own. Blending an uncompromising...
The Black Heralds
AuthorCésar Vallejo
ISBN1556591993
Throughout his life, César Vallejo (1892–1938) focused on human suffering and the isolation of people victimized by inexplicable forces. One of the great Spanish language poets, he merged radical politics and language consciousness, resulting in the first examples of a truly new world poetry.

The...
Diaries
AuthorGeorge Orwell
ISBN0871404109
This groundbreaking volume, never before published in the United States, at last introduces the interior life of George Orwell, the writer who defined twentieth-century political thought. Written as individual books throughout his career, the eleven surviving diaries collected here record...
The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on The Niblung's Ring
AuthorGeorge Bernard Shaw
ISBN0486217078
As a commentator on music and music critics, Bernard Shaw was experienced and knowledgeable, strongly opinionated, and, as in all his writing, unsurpassed for brilliance and wit. The reader will find that this commentary on the cycle of four Wagner operas known as "The Ring" contains all these characteristics:...
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