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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground

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Fyodor Dostoevsky(1821 – 1881) was a prolific Russian writer of  novels, short stories and essays. His literary works delve into the depths of human psychology.

Although his trilogy of lengthy novels: Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov may be considered by many critics his maximum literary achievement, his novelette Notes from Underground is more widely read than the lengthy novels. But its merit ultimately lies in the tremendous influence that it has exerted on many writers: Nietzsche, Freud, Kafka, Bellow, Philip Roth, and even Woody Allen.

From the outset the reader is beset by the ranting (writings) of a retired mid-level government bureaucrat. An inheritance has allowed him to quit his most despised job. So that at age forty he finds himself living with a neurotic servant in what he calls “a mousehole.”
The word underground is confusing, causing many readers to think that the narrator lives in some underground tenement. Notes from Underground may be better translated as “notes from under the floorboards.”  

On the surface the extended diatribe of a delusional narrator may seem a concatenation of insults, of vulgarities, and commonplaces; the subterranean reality is that the text contains sharp ideas of criticism against progress: the ideologies of utilitarianism, German idealism, socialism, evolution, the greatest good for the greatest number, and Schiller’s “the good and the beautiful.”

The underground man in today’s language may be described a “bi-polar” character. He taunts his readers, apologizes, and rages against himself, getting wild, only to collapse again and again. Should he be taken seriously, given his avowals and disavowals, paradoxes, and contradictions?  If we could deconstruct fairly the Underground man’s aversion for the Crystal Palace (built in 1851 in London), we can get close to seeing how his mind works. To him, the Crystal Palace is a metaphor for science, rationality, positivism, mathematics, and industrial capitalism. All of which in the end makes man no less than a predictable zombie—so wrong a conclusion. To the Underground man, man is unfathomable: God’s mystery.

The novelette contains two quite different parts. In the first part the underground man introduces himself, complaining and railing against progress and anything that is scientific. The second part is a flashback to when he was twenty-four years old, recounting some bizarre incidents from his social life: deep resentment against an officer, and against fellow schoolmates which culminate in a disastrous dinner party, and his meeting of Liza—the proverbial lonely prostitute with the golden heart.

In the end one is left pondering whether there’s love and redemption in the human heart—or only perversion.


Table of Contents
I — Underground     
1 — A Wicked and Repulsive Narrator
2 — Heightened Consciousness      
3 — The Laws of Nature      
4 — The Highest Sensuality
5 — Consciousness and Inertia       
6 — The Beautiful and the Sublime
7 — Man’s Profits: the Omitted ones          
8 — Reason vs Independent Desire (Choice)         
9 — Suffering and Well-Being        
10 — A Crystal Palace and a Chicken Coop          
11 — The Final Result: Do Nothing or Write        

II. A Propos of the Wet Snow  
I — The Underground Man at 24
II — The Sublime and the Beautiful           
III — The Odd Man at a Classmates’ Party
IV — Throwing a Wet Blanket at the Party
V — A Visit to a House of Ill Repute         
VI — Love is God’s Mystery: Liza 
VII — A Diatribe for Redemption  
VIII — Facing Apollon While Thinking of Liza   
IX — Liza Arrives!   
X — Such an insult is after all purification.           

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