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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 01 edition (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141188170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141188171
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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