The definitive Pleiade edition of Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which is over 3,000 pages long and comes in three thick paperbacks neatly encased in a silver gift-box, is just the thing for the man slowly running out of time. This box, which usually costs around $60, will certainly brighten up his drab prison cell, especially on nights when moonlight is seeping through the barred window. (Note: If your loved one has only a year left before his execution date, and it seems that the governor is not going to pardon him, then don't delay! Order a copy of this great novel today, or he may never finish it.)

Available by special order from any independent bookstore.