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Welcome to Massolit Books & Café!

Massolit is an independent English-language bookstore, both used and new, located in Krakow's old town. We specialize in popular and academic books, most at significantly discounted prices. Browse on-line through our more than 20,000 titles, or better, visit us in person! We welcome customers to browse the shelves and read our books or periodicals in the café or in the furnished back rooms.


Featured titles

  • 9780195366600 Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy by Jussim, Lee (A)

    Social Perception and Social Reality contests the received wisdom in the field of social psychology that suggests that social perception and judgment are generally flawed, biased, and powerfully self-fulfilling. Jussim reviews a wealth of real world, survey, and experimental data collected over the last century to show that in fact, social psychological research consistently demonstrates that biases and self-fulfilling prophecies are generally weak, fragile, and fleeting. Furthermore, research in the social sciences has shown stereotypes to be accurate. Jussim overturns the received wisdom concerning social perception in several ways. He critically reviews studies that are highly cited darlings of the bias conclusion and shows how these studies demonstrate far more accuracy than bias, or are not replicable in subsequent research. Studies of equal or higher quality, which have been replicated consistently, are shown to demonstrate high accuracy, low bias, or both. The book is peppered with discussions suggesting that theoretical and political blinders have led to an odd state of affairs in which the flawed or misinterpreted bias studies receive a great deal of attention, while stronger and more replicable accuracy studies receive relatively little attention. In addition, the author presents both personal and real world examples (such as stock market prices, sporting events, and political elections) that routinely undermine heavy-handed emphases on error and bias, but are generally indicative of high levels of rationality and accuracy. He fully embraces scientific data, even when that data yields unpopular conclusions or contests prevailing conventions or the received wisdom in psychology, in other social sciences, and in broader society.

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  • 9780230338760 Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization by Williams, Jr., Robert A. (A)

    From one of the world's leading experts on Native American law and indigenous peoples' human rights comes an original and striking intellectual history of the tribe and Western civilization that sheds new light on how we understand ourselves and our contemporary society. Historical conflicts between the Western world and tribalism are said to be grounded in irreconcilable differences in culture, governing institutions, religion and worldview. Throughout the centuries, conquest, war, and unspeakable acts of violence and dispossession have all been justified by citing civilization's opposition to these differences represented by the tribe. Robert Williams, award-winning author, legal scholar, and member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe, proposes a wide-ranging reexamination of the history of the Western world, told from the perspective of civilization's war on tribalism as a way of life. Starting from the foundations of Western political theory and philosophy in ancient Greece and Rome to show how the West's war on tribalism influenced and shaped Christianity, the Renaissance and Enlightenment Eras, the African slave trade, Darwin's theory of evolution, the Vietnam War, and even today's environmental movement, Williams shows us how what we thought we knew about the rise of Western civilization over the tribe is in dire need of reappraisal.

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  • 9781844673100 The Coming of the Body by Juvin, Herve (A)Martin, Henri-Jean (A)

    The demographic transformation of the West, with the spectacular extension of life expectancy over the twentieth century, has given birth to a new body - a machine for pleasure that is an end to itself, conquering need, suffering and time; overcoming also the world of nature, which was once destiny. In the rich part of the world, an 'industry of life' has sprung up promoting plastic surgery, sex-free reproduction, fitness crazes and dietetics and tending towards both eugenics and euthanasia whilst it dreams of immortality just around the corner. As generational ties snap, young people increasingly inhabit a virtual universe of digitalization, erasing the boundaries between the real and the simulacrum, and money dethrones all traditional values, leaving only ersatz versions of belief in religion and nature.Juvin's central message is a sinister paradox: what communism set out to do, and disastrously failed to achieve, capitalism is in the process of realizing - and democracy will offer no protection. The wildest of all the utopian dreams of revolutions gone by is now taking shape, before our eyes, for the discredited messianic conception of an anthropological transfiguration of humanity is at length coming to pass. The economy of free enterprise has succeeded in delivering what the various socialisms promised and what they pursued with all the means at the disposal of a virtually unlimited power: it has given birth to the new human.

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  • 9780865476950 The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic by Menon, Ramesh (A)

    \n\nThe great Indian epic rendered in modern prose India's most beloved and enduring legend, the "Ramayana "is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's great literary masterpieces. Still an integral part of India's cultural and religious expression, the Ramayana was originally composed by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 b.c. The epic of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and struggle to rescue his faithful wife, Sita, from the clutches of a demon and to reclaim his throne has profoundly affected the literature, art, and culture of South and Southeast Asia-an influence most likely unparalleled in the history of world literature, except, possibly, for the Bible. Throughout the centuries, countless versions of the epic have been produced in numerous formats and languages. But previous English versions have been either too short to capture the magnitude of the original; too secular in presenting what is, in effect, scripture; or dry, line-by-line translations. Now novelist Ramesh Menon has rendered the tale in lyrical prose that conveys all the beauty and excitement of the original, while making this spiritual and literary classic accessible to a new generation of readers.

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