Download Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers by Shashi Tharoor PDF

By Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is once more at his provocative most sensible. within the name essay, we research the steep expense paid by means of a few Iraqis simply to receive a booklet; what does it suggest while promoting books, primarily promoting tradition, out of one’s personal library is the single technique to placed bread at the desk? Later, Tharoor reminisces approximately turning out to be up with books in India and the critical place of classics just like the Mahabharata in constructing his personal literary identification. The poignant homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda remembers his incendiary deathbed problem as an oppressive army regime invaded his domestic: “There is just one factor of chance for you here—my poetry!” 

“The defining gains of today’s world,” Tharoor writes of the worldwide level, “are the relentless forces of globalization—the comparable forces utilized by the terrorists of their macabre dance of loss of life and destruction.” His astute perspectives on Salman Rushdie, India’s love for P. G. Wodehouse, Rudyard Kipling, Aleksandr Pushkin, John le Carré, V. S. Naipaul, and Winston Churchill make for interesting examining. His insightful takes on Hollywood and Bollywood will intrigue even the main hard cinephile. jointly, those thirty-nine items demonstrate the internal workings of 1 of today’s such a lot eclectic writers.

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Download Phantom Buddha by Alvaro Cardona-Hine PDF

By Alvaro Cardona-Hine

Phantom Buddha is a portrait of the studies of a guy no longer rather made for this traditional international, starting together with his dead-end task in an assurance corporation for 9 lengthy years, which the writer describes with a depraved humor.
Married, with 4 young children, he meets and falls in love with one other girl and leaves his family members to discover the liberty to be himself he so yearns for. yet, while he introduces his new like to the zen perform that has lengthy him, she turns into absolutely concerned, either within the perform and with the japanese zen grasp who makes use of his place to seduce a lot of his lady scholars. compelled out of the zen heart whilst he expresses his disappointment with this example, he sinks into depression and a hopeless pursuit of his liked. Written in a few components with extensive humor, Cardona-Hine additionally captures the ephemeral great thing about a brand new love and the depths of depression at its loss. according to actual occasions, the writer intertwines desires that he had in the course of those years, goals which divulge to a fair larger volume the emotional depth of his scenario in addition to the states of brain that sweep via him. Intensely written and felt, the unconventional shimmers with an authenticity and fervour seldom visible in writing today.

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Download D.H. Lawrence's Border Crossing: Colonialism in His Travel by Eunyoung Oh PDF

By Eunyoung Oh

D.H. Lawrence's Border Crossing builds upon advancements inside of postcolonial concept to argue for a reconsideration of the idea that of "spirit of position" in D. H. Lawrence’s trip books and "leadership" novels – works that checklist Lawrence’s a variety of encounters with racial and geographical "others." Exploring his courting to colonialism, Dr. Oh shows how Lawrence’s trust in numerous "spirits" belonging to those disparate areas allows him to go beyond the hierarchies among city and colony, among civilized and "primitive" worlds.

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Download Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from by Mike Ripley,Lee Child PDF

By Mike Ripley,Lee Child

An wonderful historical past of British thrillers from on line casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, during which award-winning crime author Mike Ripley finds that, although Britain could have misplaced an empire, her thrillers helped store the area. With a foreword by way of Lee Child.

When Ian Fleming brushed aside his books in a 1956 letter to Raymond Chandler as ‘straight pillow fantasies of the bang-bang, kiss-kiss type’ he was once being commonly conceited. In 3 brief years, his James Bond novels have been already spearheading a increase in mystery fiction that might dominate the bestseller lists, not only in Britain, yet internationally.

The decade following global conflict II had noticeable Britain lose an Empire, demoted when it comes to worldwide strength and standing and economically crippled through debt; but its fictional spies, mystery brokers, infantrymen, sailors or even (occasionally) reporters have been now saving the realm on a standard basis.

From Ian Fleming and Alistair MacLean within the Nineteen Fifties via Desmond Bagley, Dick Francis, Len Deighton and John Le Carré within the Sixties, to Frederick Forsyth and Jack Higgins within the 1970s.

Many were labelled ‘boys’ books’ written by means of males who most likely by no means grew up yet, as award-winning author and critic Mike Ripley recounts, the thrillers of this era supplied the reader with thrills, experience and escapism, frequently in unique settings, or as today’s major mystery author Lee baby places it in his Foreword: ‘the thrill of immersion in a quick and gaudy world.’

In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Ripley examines the increase of the mystery from the austere Nineteen Fifties during the increase time of the Swinging Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, analyzing a few one hundred fifty British authors (plus a couple of outstanding South Africans). Drawing upon conversations with a few of the authors pointed out within the e-book, he exhibits how British writers, operating greatly within the shadow of worldwide conflict II, got here to dominate the sector of experience thrillers and the 2 forms of undercover agent tale – secret agent fable (as epitomised via Ian Fleming’s James Bond) and the extra lifelike secret agent fiction created through Deighton, Le Carré and Ted Allbeury, plus the various diversifications (and imitators) in between.

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Download José Martí: A Revolutionary Life (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano by Alfred J. López PDF

By Alfred J. López

José Martí (1853–1895) was once the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of contemporary Latin American background, arguably purely the "Great Liberator" Simón Bolívar competitors Martí in stature and legacy. past his accomplishments as a innovative and political philosopher, Martí was once an enormous of Latin American letters, whose poetry, essays, and journalism nonetheless rank one of the most vital works of the area. this present day he's respected by means of either the Castro regime and the Cuban exile group, whose shared veneration of the "apostle" of freedom has resulted in his digital apotheosis as a countrywide saint.

In José Martí: A innovative Life, Alfred J. López provides the definitive biography of the Cuban patriot and martyr. Writing from a nonpartisan viewpoint and drawing on years of study utilizing unique Cuban and U.S. resources, together with fabrics by no means sooner than utilized in a Martí biography, López strips away generations of mythmaking and portrays Martí as Cuba's maximum founding father and one in all Latin America's literary and political giants, with no suppressing his public missteps and private flaws. In a full of life account that engrosses like a unique, López strains the complete arc of Martí's eventful lifestyles, from his formative years and formative years in Cuba, to his first exile and next existence in Spain, Mexico urban, and Guatemala, via his mature innovative interval in ny urban and much-mythologized dying in Cuba at the battlefield at Dos Ríos. the 1st significant biography of Martí in over part a century and the 1st ever in English, José Martí is the main massive exam of Martí's existence and paintings ever published.

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Download Albert Vigoleis Thelen. Meine Heimat bin ich selbst: Briefe by Ulrich Faure,Jürgen Pütz PDF

By Ulrich Faure,Jürgen Pütz

Albert Vigoleis Thelen ist einer der großen Autoren des 20. Jahrhunderts. Mit seiner 1953 erschienenen ›Insel des zweiten Gesichts‹ hinterließ er einen Klassiker der Nachkriegsliteratur. Doch Thelens Hauptwerk bilden möglicherweise seine ca. 15.000 noch unveröffentlichten Briefe, die den bereits erschienenen Werken in puncto Originalität nicht nachstehen. Dieser Band umfasst eine Auswahl seiner besten Briefe an mehr als fünfzig Adressaten. Wie in der ›Insel‹ zündet der Wortschatzmeister Thelen in seinen Briefen ein sprachliches Feuerwerk, das in der deutschsprachigen Literatur seinesgleichen sucht. Und er tut, was once er in seinem Leben immer getan hat: Geschichten erzählen. Sie gewähren Einblick in eine ungewöhnliche Dichterwerkstatt oder entzünden sich am aktuellen Zeitgeschehen. Die Erzählbriefe sind eine Einladung zu einem außergewöhnlichen Lesegenuss. Viel wurde über sie geschrieben und noch mehr spekuliert: Nun lassen sich die Briefe erstmals lesen.

»Seit Langem glaube ich: Das größte Buch dieses Jahrhunderts ist ›Die Insel des zweiten Gesichts‹ von Albert Vigoleis Thelen.«
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Albert Vigoleis Thelen, geboren 1903 in Süchteln am Niederrhein, warfare Autor, Kritiker und Übersetzer. Sein Roman ›Die Insel des zweiten Gesichts‹ gilt als eines der großen literarischen Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts. Es folgten u. a. der Roman ›Der schwarze Herr Bahßetup. Ein Spiegel‹ und die Erzählung ›Glis-Glis. Eine zoo-gnostische Parabel‹. Der »große Unbekannte der deutschen Literatur« (Jürgen Pütz) verstarb 1989 in Dülken am Niederrhein.

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Download The Lily Pond: A Memoir of Madness, Memory, Myth and by Mike Barnes PDF

By Mike Barnes

A memoir that chronicles unflinchingly the destructiveness of bipolar ailment - an disease that infiltrates considering, feeling and appearing in ways in which swap the very textile of id, of the existence tale one is telling oneself; even though, The Lily Pond is both looking in its exploration of the psyche's assets in therapeutic and reknitting that story.

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Download Caro Manzoni, cara Ghita (Il divano) (Italian Edition) by Margherita Provana di Collegno,L. Mondo PDF

By Margherita Provana di Collegno,L. Mondo

Il diario di Margherita Provana di Collegno, protagonista della società frequentata da Alessandro Manzoni durante il suo soggiorno sul Lago Maggiore, comincia con le notizie sulla repressione austriaca a Milano. In questa cornice storica si collocano le conversazioni del quasi settantenne don Alessandro, che risiede nella villa del figliastro Stefano Stampa, con personaggi della politica e della cultura, tra i quali primeggia Antonio Rosmini, a lui carissimo. È un Manzoni «domestico» che non si nega temi forti (religione, Risorgimento, Rivoluzione francese, «questione della lingua») ma apre anche spiragli sul suo mondo intimo e segreto. Facendo mostra di una arguzia velata spesso da una pensosa malinconia.

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Download Casalinghitudine: Con una nota dell'autrice (Italian by Clara Sereni PDF

By Clara Sereni

È il 1987 quando in libreria appare "Casalinghitudine" e le ricette di cucina entrano a pieno titolo nella nostra letteratura. Allora non si poteva immaginare che quel libriccino sarebbe diventato un piccolo classico e che quel titolo sghembo avrebbe conquistato il proprio posto nei dizionari. A distanza di quasi trent’anni dalla sua prima edizione, questo manuale-manifesto viene riproposto consistent with los angeles prima volta con una nota dell’autrice che, con affetto e ironia, ne ripercorre le tappe di ideazione e stesura.
"Casalinghitudine" è un ritratto unico e originalissimo del nostro Paese, che Clara Sereni ha potuto tratteggiare raccontando di sé e della sua generazione attraverso il cibo. Ogni piatto ha un ricordo da portare alla luce: l. a. minestra dei Sette Grani evoca los angeles maternità, los angeles pasta e fagioli rappresenta il Sessantotto, un polpettone scandisce il consolidarsi di un’amicizia e una frittata di zucchine può diventare l’immagine di una frattura storica, quella di suo padre, Emilio Sereni, intento a discutere con Pietro Nenni sulla spiaggia di Formia. Il cibo diventa così un vero e proprio linguaggio extra-verbale, capace di creare legami e di esprimere sia affetti, sia disamori.
Romanzo di ricordi, di ricette, di riflessioni, scandito dal trascorrere dei decenni, dagli anni Sessanta agli anni Ottanta, "Casalinghitudine" non è solo l. a. prima tappa di quella autobiografia di una nazione (e di una generazione) che passa dal "Gioco dei regni" fino a "Via Ripetta 155", e che Clara Sereni va componendo libro dopo libro, ma anche una sorta di antiepica collettiva nella quale ogni donna potrà riconoscere un guizzo, un sapore, una memoria della propria vita.

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Download Die vielen Leben der Paula Fox (German Edition) by Bernadette Conrad PDF

By Bernadette Conrad

Alles begann mit einem eher erfolglosen Künstlerpaar, das sein type kurz nach der Geburt weggab: Für Paula Fox conflict 1923 ein Findelhaus in long island die erste Station einer dramatischen Lebensreise, die sie in den folgenden zwanzig Jahren zu wechselnden Orten und Ersatzeltern einmal quer durch Amerika führen sollte. Viel später entstand aus dem verstörenden Abenteuer dieser Jahre ein schriftstellerisches Werk, dem niemand Geringerer zur Wiederentdeckung und zum internationalen Durchbruch verhalf als Jonathan Franzen.
Bernadette Conrad, Autorin und Literaturkritikerin, die sich mit Paula Fox und ihrem Werk intensiv beschäftigt hat, geht mit Jonathan Franzen auf Cape Cod spazieren, sie trifft Paula Fox’ Tochter in Oregon und sucht in New Orleans nach Schauplätzen des Romans «Der Gott der Alpträume». In San Francisco besucht sie das Krankenhaus, in dem Paula Fox zwanzigjährig ihr erstes style bekam – und zur Adoption freigab. Vor allem aber sitzt sie immer wieder mit Paula Fox am Tisch ihres Brooklyner Hauses und forscht einem Leben nach, das selbst wie ein Roman ist.
Einmal quer durch Amerika und bis nach Europa hat sich die Autorin auf die Spur eines Lebens und Werks begeben, das auf unvergleichliche Weise nicht nur von einer persönlichen Geschichte Zeugnis ablegt, sondern vom Leben in Amerika im 20. Jahrhundert.

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