Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Books in English

Freakonomics. Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. Penguin Books, first published in 2005.

Freakonomics. Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. Penguin Books, first published in 2005.


The authors write that “Freakonomics” is at the heart of everything modern people do and the things that affect them daily. It is about using information from the surrounding world to get to the heart of what is really happening under the surface of everyday life. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, and Dubner, a writer for the New York Times and the New Yorker magazine, joined forces to release a book that “reads like a detective novel”, according to the Wall Street Journal, and has become a cult bestseller. This new edition includes the authors’ columns and blog entries.



The Phoenix and the Carpet. Edith Nesbit. With an Activity Book. Thomson Heinle, 2000.


This fantasy novel for children, written in 1904 by Edith Nesbit as the second volume of a trilogy, has become a tool for learning English in a fun way. Books appearing in the English Language Teaching series are ranked from 1 to 6 according to their level of difficulty and this novel has been retold by Diana Kordas and adapted to Level 3. It includes an Activity Book that further assists children in grasping the language and the content of the book.



A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas. Virginia Woolf. Oxford World’s Classics, reissued in 2008.


In these two essays, the renowned writer develops an innovative and politically-challenging analysis of the causes and effects of women’s exclusion from British cultural, political and economic life. Starting from a consideration of the troubled relations between women and fiction in A Room of One’s Own (1929), Woolf moves on to a much broader analysis of the political and cultural implications of women’s oppression in Three Guineas (1938). The first is perhaps her best-known essay while the latter is the result of ten years of research by Woolf, building on the arguments she developed in A Room of One’s Own.



This column is a selection by The Slovak Spectator of English-language books recently released in Slovakia; it does not represent an endorsement of any of the books selected. The column is prepared in cooperation with the Oxford Bookshop, Laurinská 9, Bratislava.


Top stories

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Elections during socialism regime.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Lúčnica

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

PM Robert Fico

Ecocide! How Slovakia destroys its national parks

Officially, the number of forests in Slovakia keeps growing but satellite shots of the national parks evoke horrors.

logging at Muránska Planina