There is excitement here at Hesperus HQ about our May titles. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth, we are publishing not just one, but two, of his books. Boyhood Days is an account of the Nobel laureate’s childhood in India and is published with a foreword by Amartya Sen, another Nobel prize-winner. Farewell Song is one of Tagore’s few comic works, and the Hesperus edition is the only one available in English.
“The atmosphere, the stories, the fears and the excitements, and Tagore’s early reflections and analyses have come through vividly and powerfully in this English version. There is much to enjoy and learn from in this little book.” – Amartya Sen on Boyhood Days
Some unknown divinity, lacking patience, had brought the two of them face to face on a solitary mountain road, and fused their hearts together. The lightning-flash of this sudden revelation would haunt them often at night, etching itself against the darkness. – from Farewell Song
Continuing our ‘Brief Lives’ series of informative and readable biographies of writers, we have Brief Lives: Sigmund Freud. It sheds light on the life and times of the man behind some of the twentieth century’s most controversial theories. An ideal companion to this account of Freud’s life is On Cocaine - a selection of Freud’s letters, papers and dream analysis about the drug he saw as a miracle cure for depression and addiction.
“My impression has been that the use of cocaine over a long time can bring about lasting improvement.” – Sigmund Freud
Info on our June titles will be available soon – watch this space……