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(04/16/2014) The Coming of the French Revolution by Georges Lefebvre

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(04/16/2014) The Coming of the French Revolution by Georges Lefebvre. Princeton. 1949. Princeton University Press. hardcover. 233 pages. Translated by R. R. Palmer. keywords: History France French Revolution. 

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   From the translator’s preface - ‘The present book was written long enough ago to have become a classic. It concerns only the beginning of the French Revolution. Its author, Georges Lefebvre, published it early in 1939 in honor of the sesquicentennial of the Revolution of 1789. A few months later the Second World War began. The French Republic collapsed before the assault of Hitlerite Germany, and was succeeded by the Vichy regime that governed France until the liberation in 1945. No sympathetic understanding of the French Revolution was desired by the authorities of Vichy France, which drew their strongest support from anti-republican elements that were then significant in French political life. The Vichy government therefore suppressed the book and ordered some 8,000 copies burned, so that it remained virtually unknown in its own country until reprinted there in 1970, after its author’s death. The present English translation appeared in 1947, as soon as possible after the Second World War. It has been widely read in English-speaking countries, where it is better known than in France itself.

R. R. Palmer was Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He lived in Princeton, New Jersey, where he taught at Princeton University from 1936 to 1963.

 

 

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(04/15/2014) Life and Lies of Paul Crouch: Communist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch by Gregory S Taylor

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(04/15/2014) Life and Lies of Paul Crouch: Communist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch by Gregory S Taylor. Gainesville. 2014. University Press of Florida. hardcover. 288 pages. 6 x 9. keywords: Life Lies Paul Crouch Communist Opportunist Cold War Snitch. 9780813049205.

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   ‘Gives greater depth to our understanding of people in the Communist Party, and in particular of those who left and gave testimony against their former comrades.’--Robert Korstad, author of Civil Rights Unionism. ‘A welcome addition to the historical literature on American anticommunism.’--Jeff Woods, author of Black Struggle, Red Scare. ‘Incisive, provocative, thoughtful, jargon-free, a good read. A balanced comprehensible account that weaves together Crouch’s life and his era’s complex, confused political history.’--Daniel Leab, author of I Was a Communist for the FBI: The Life and Unhappy Times of Matt Cvetic. Paul Crouch (1903-1955) was a naïve, ill-educated recruit who found a family, a livelihood, and a larger romantic cause in the Communist Party. He spent more than fifteen years organizing American workers, meeting with Soviet leaders, and trying to infiltrate the U.S. military with Communist soldiers. As public perceptions of Communism shifted after WWII, Crouch’s economic failures, greed, and desire for fame morphed him into a vehement ideologue for the anti-Communist movement. During five years as a paid government informer, he named Robert Oppenheimer, Charlie Chaplin, and many others as Communists, asserted that the Communist conspiracy had reached the very doorsteps of the White House, and claimed the civil rights movement was Communist inspired. In 1954, much of Crouch’s testimony was exposed as perjury, but he remained defiant to the end. How, and why, one individual--once known as the most dangerous man in America--could become a loyal foot soldier on both sides of the Cold War ideological divide is the subject of this fascinating, incisive biography.

Gregory S. Taylor is associate professor of history at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, and author of The History of the North Carolina Communist Party.

 

 

 

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(04/14/2014) The Discovery of America by the Turks by Jorge Amado

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(04/14/2014) The Discovery of America by the Turks by Jorge Amado. New York. 2012. Penguin Books. paperback. 79 pages. Translated from the Portuguese by Gregory Rabassa. Foreword by José Saramago. keywords: Literature Brazil Translated Latin America South America. 9780143106982.

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   For the first time in English: legendary Brazilian author Jorge Amado’s spirited novella about Arab immigrants to South America - published for the centennial of Amado’s birth. Two Arab immigrants - ’Turks,’ as Brazilians call them – arrive in the rough Brazilian frontier on the same ship in 1903, hoping to find a future. They rub shoulders with gunslingers and plantation owners, and also tangle with merchants, one of whom is desperate to marry off his impossible daughter. Thus ensues a farcical drama that produces, in a humorous twist, the unlikeliest of suitors in this whimsical Brazilian take on The Taming of the Shrew. ‘Delightful. A wonder of the art of narration [by] the voice, the feeling, and the joy of Brazil.’ - José Saramago, from the Foreword.

 

 

 

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(04/13/2014) The Oxford Companion To Fairy Tales: The Western Fairy Tale Tradition from Medieval to Modern by Jack Zipes (editor)

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(04/13/2014) The Oxford Companion To Fairy Tales: The Western Fairy Tale Tradition from Medieval to Modern by Jack Zipes (editor). New York and Oxford. 2000. Oxford University Press. hardcover. 603 pages. Jacket illustration: detail of an illustration by Edmund Dulac from The Buried Moon. keywords: Fairy Tales Reference. 0198601158.

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   From its roots in the oral tradition to the sophisticated, postmodernist reworkings of the present day, the fairy tale has retained its powerful hold over the cultural imagination of Europe and North America for centuries. Now for the first time The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales provides an authoritative reference source for this complex, captivating genres exploring the tales themselves, both ancient and modern, the writers who wrote and reworked them and the artists who illustrated them, and related topics such as film, art, opera, ballet, music, even advertising. An introductory overview by Jack Zipes sets the subject in its historical and literary context, and special survey articles explore the development of the fairy-tale tradition in individual countries, focusing particularly on the European and North American traditions. With more than 800 entries written by a team of 67 specialist contributors from around the world, 70 beautiful illustrations, and a detailed bibliography, this is an essential companion for anyone interested in literature, film, or art, or for anyone who values the traditions of storytelling. TALES: Alice in Wonderland, Jack tales, The Little Prince, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, The Wizard of Oz. WRITERS FROM THE PAST: Hans Christian Andersen, Frank L. Baum, Lewis Carroll, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Washington Irving C. S. Lewis, Sean O’Casey, Charles Perrault, J. R. R. Tolkien. WRITERS FROM THE PRESENT: Joan Aiken, Margaret Atwood, A. S. Byatt. Astrid Lindgren, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Terry Pratchett, Salman Rushdie. ILLUSTRATORS: Quentin Blake, Raymond Briggs, Randolph Caldecott, Walter Crane, George Cruikshank, Gustav Dore, Kate Greenaway, Lois Lenski, Maurice Sendak. ASSOCIATED TOPICS: advertising, cartoons, Disney, fantasy literature, feminism, opera, oral tradition, psychology, science fiction, television, Victorian fairy painting.

General Editor - Jack Zipes has been Professor of German at the University of Minnesota since 1989. He is Editorial Consultant for Children’s Literature Quarterly and General Editor of Garland’s Studies in Children’s Literature and Culture. His many books on fairy tales and associated subjects include FAIRY TALES AND THE ART OF SUBVERSION, DON’T BET ON THE PRINCE, BREAKING THE MAGIC SPELL, CREATIVE STORYTELLING, VICRORIAN FAIRY TALES, THE COMPLETE FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, THE BROTHERS GRIMM: FROM ENCHANTED FOREST TO THE MODERN WORLD, BEAUTIES, BEASTS, AND ENCHANTMENT: CLASSIC FRENCH FAIRY TALES, SPELL OF ENCHANTMENT: THE FAIRY TALES OF WESTERN CULTURE, and THE FAIRY TALES OF HERMANN HESSE. Contributing Editors - Glum Avery, Professor Cristina Bacchilega, Professor Jeannine Blackwell, Professor Ruth Bottigheimer, Professor Nancy Canepa, Professor Klaus Doderer, Professor Harriet Goldberg, Professor Donald Haase, Professor Neils Ingwersen, Professor Alison Lurie, Profcssor Maria Nikolajeva, Professor Lewis Seifert, Professor Maria Tarar.

 

 

 

 

 

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(04/12/2014) Anthology of Japanese Literature To The Nineteenth Century by Donald Keene (editor)

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(04/12/2014) Anthology of Japanese Literature To The Nineteenth Century by Donald Keene (editor). Middlesex. 1968. Penguin Books. paperback. 428 pages. The cover shows a detail from a seventeenth-century silk painting of a Zen monk riding a donkey by Unkoku. Introduction by Donald Keene. keywords: Literature Japan Anthology.

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   Japanese literature is immensely varied, with some of the world’s longest novels and shortest poems, literary diaries, plays which are miracles of muted suggestion and others filled with the most extravagant bombast. This anthology spans the period from ancient times to the nineteenth century and represents, in readable and enjoyable English translations, the main Japanese literary genres — Man’yoshu, poetry, Buddhist and Chinese writings of the Heian period, the other-worldly mystery of the No plays, the low comedy of the kyogen and the expressive haiku of Basho, Buson, and Issa. A companion Anthology of Chinese Literature is also available in the Penguin Classics.

 

 

 

 

 

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(04/11/2014) 18/44 by Etienne Leroux

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(04/11/2014) 18/44 by Etienne Leroux. Boston. 1972. Houghton Mifflin. hardcover. 113 pages. Translated from the Afrikaans by Cassandra Perrey. keywords: Literature South Africa Translated. 0395136474.

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   This novel is brilliantly fashioned around the correspondence between a popular novelist, the 44-year-old narrator, and an art student whom he never meets. The scene centres on archetypal Gothic Park, a paradise of projected love menaced and eventually destroyed by the treacherous, ambivalent outside world.

Etienne Leroux (1922–1989) was an influential Afrikaans author and a key member of the South African Sestigers literary movement. He was born on 13 June 1922 as Stephanus Petrus Daniël le Roux, son of S.P. Le Roux, a South African Minister of Agriculture. His works gained critical acclaim and were translated into many languages. His 1968 book, translated into English as One for the devil is titled Een vir Azazel (One for Azazel) in Afrikaans, and makes use of the Azazel myth. He studied Law at Stellenbosch University (BA, LLB) and worked for a short time at a solicitor's office in Bloemfontein. From 1946 he farmed and lived as a writer on his farm, Ja-Nee, in the Koffiefontein district. Etienne Leroux is known as one of the most important (and at the time controversial) writers of the avant garde group of the sixties. He died on 30 December 1989, and was buried at the family church yard of Wamakersdrift, of which his farm formed part. His audience will be the audience that only a good writer can merit, an audience which assembles slowly in ones and twos. the rumour spreads that here an addition will be found to the literature of our time. -- Graham Greene.

 

 

 

 

 

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(04/10/2014) Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector

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(04/10/2014) Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector. New York. 2012. New Directions. paperback. 88 pages. Translated from the Portuguese by Stefan Tobler. keywords: Literature Brazil Women Latin America Translated South America. 9780811219907.

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   New translation by Stefan Tobler. Introduction by Benjamin Moser. In the forty years since its publication toward the end of its author’s life, Agua Viva, an unordered meditation on the nature of life and time, has exercised a powerful influence on Brazil’s greatest artists: one musician read it one hundred and eleven times. This new translation shows why, in a body of work as emotionally powerful, formally innovative, and philosophically radical as Clarice Lispector’s, this strange and hypnotic work stands out as a particularly magnificent triumph. ‘Glamorous, cultured, moody, Lispector is an emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same pantheon as Kafka and Joyce.’ - Edmund White. ‘A penetrating genius.’ - Donna Seaman, Booklist. ‘A truly remarkable writer.’ - Jonathan Franzen.

CLARICE LISPECTOR (1920—1977) ‘stands at the pinnacle of Brazil’s impressive literary achievement’ (The Washington Post Book World). Born in Belém. Brazil in 1974,

STEFAN TOBLER is a translator from Portuguese and German. He won the English PEN Writers in Translation prize.

BENJAMIN MOSER’s Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector was acclaimed as ‘a fascinating and welcome introduction to a writer whose best work should be better known in this country’ (Dwight Garner, The New York Times).

 

 

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(04/09/2014) Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky-His Life & Legacy by Sanford D. Horwitt

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(04/09/2014) Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky-His Life & Legacy by Sanford D. Horwitt. New York. 1989. Knopf. hardcover. 595 pages. October 1989. Jacket design by Naomi Osnos. keywords: America Biography Politics. 0394572432.

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   Saul Alinsky burst on the national scene in 1945 with a best-selling book, REVEILLE FOR RADICALS, a passionate account of how he had created ‘People’s Organizations’ in urban slums, including the notorious Back of the Yards in Chicago, the old immigrant community not far from where Alinsky himself had grown up. He took a phrase from the dull jargon of social work - ’community organization’ - and turned it into something controversial, important, even romantic, above all effective. In this remarkable biography Sanford Horwitt tells for the first time, in all its dramatic detail, the story of this extraordinary galvanizing man and the programs for social justice to which he gave his life. ‘We the people will determine our own destiny’ was the rallying cry of the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council which Alinsky founded in 1939. During the next three decades, he and his lieutenants helped other communities around the country to organize so that working-class people could exercise power to improve their social and economic life. Alinsky’s path-breaking programs in New York, California, and elsewhere became the living embodiment of social action that makes a difference. Breaking ranks with his mentor, John L. Lewis, he set his own course: in turn he became the mentor of Cesar Chavez, of civil-rights leaders, and of dozens of others now striving to improve conditions for the disadvantaged. Horwitt explores the complex psychological dynamic that drove this tempestuous man: a Russian Jewish intellectual, trained as a sociologist at the University of Chicago, at home with street gangs and delinquents; a devoted husband with a roving eye; a man committed to the goals of social justice who used tactics that uniquely blended Machiavelli and P.T Barnum: a profane, secular activist whose closest working relationships were often with Catholic and Protestant clergy (one good friend was the renowned French philosopher Jacques Maritain). Alinsky had the bewitching gift of making everyone he came in contact with - organizers, journalists, philanthropists, politicians, writers, students, men and women in all walks of life - feel that the encounter with him had been a special, central one. In LET THEM CALL ME REBEL, Horwitt for the first time brings these disparate experiences together in an absorbing narrative; at the same time, he separates out the truth from the embroidered legends that surround Alinsky’s life. This major biography, based on scores of interviews and reams of hitherto unused archives, shows a life in the great American tradition of challenge and struggle against the status quo.

Sanford D. Horwitt was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at Northwestern University and later taught at the University of Illinois. In Washington, D.C., he served as speechwriter and legislative aide to Congressman (and then U.S. Judge) Abner J. Mikva, and currently works as a writer and policy adviser for national public interest organizations. He and his wife and two children live in Arlington, Virginia.

 

 

 

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(04/08/2014) Tocqueville and The Old Regime by Richard Herr

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(04/08/2014) Tocqueville and The Old Regime by Richard Herr. Princeton. 1962. Princeton University Press. hardcover. 142 pages. keywords: History France.

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   Distressed by the despotism of the Second Empire in France, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote his historical masterpiece, The Old Regime and the French Revolution. Richard Herr's critical interpretation of the ideas in Old Regime constitutes a sensitive study of Tocqueville's last eight years.

 

 

 

 

 

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(04/07/2014) 1,000 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning by Erwin G. Gudde

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(04/07/2014) 1,000 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning by Erwin G. Gudde. Berkeley. 1949. University of California Press. paperback. 96 pages. keywords: California Reference Names.

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   Where did California get its name? Or for that matter, where did a thousand and one cities and counties, peaks and valleys, rivers and bays get their names? As succinctly as possible this little book gives the why, how, when, and where of the names on the land of California, from Abalone to Zaca. It tells how to pronounce Ojai, La Jolla, Stanislaus, and many other names that don’t sound the way they look. It tells of the Indians, the explorers, the early settlers, the padres, the surveyors who bestowed names upon the features of the state, or whose names were themselves given to the features, and it shows how many of the names were transferred from home towns back East. This is a handy little book that should travel with you as you follow the main highways and trails. It will enrich your appreciation of the California scene.

 

 

 

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(04/06/2014) The Division Of Labor In Society by Emile Durkheim

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(04/06/2014) The Division Of Labor In Society by Emile Durkheim. New York. 1997. Free Press. paperback. 352 pages. September 1997. Cover design by Carin Berger Design Inc. Translated from the French by W. D. Halls. Introduction by Lewis A. Coser. keywords: Sociology Economics Labor. 0684836386.

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   In his momentous challenge to the economic philosophies of Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim presented a visionary reconception of the social structures of production and allocation that are the cornerstones of capitalism. In THE DIVISION OF LABOR IN SOCIETY, originally published in French in 1893, Durkheim asked how individuality can be retained within the capitalist system. The author argued that class conflict is not inherent in a capitalist society, as Marx contended, but that the unfettered growth of state power would lead to the extinction of individuality. Only in a free society that promotes voluntary bonds between its members, Durkheim suggests, can individuality prosper.

David Émile Durkheim (April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) was a French sociologist. He formally established the academic discipline and, with Karl Marx and Max Weber, is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology. Much of Durkheim's work was concerned with how societies could maintain their integrity and coherence in modernity; an era in which traditional social and religious ties are no longer assumed, and in which new social institutions have come into being. His first major sociological work was The Division of Labor in Society (1893). In 1895, he published his Rules of the Sociological Method and set up the first European department of sociology, becoming France's first professor of sociology. In 1898, he established the journal L'Année Sociologique. Durkheim's seminal monograph, Suicide (1897), a study of suicide rates in Catholic and Protestant populations, pioneered modern social research and served to distinguish social science from psychology and political philosophy. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), presented a theory of religion, comparing the social and cultural lives of aboriginal and modern societies. Durkheim was also deeply preoccupied with the acceptance of sociology as a legitimate science. He refined the positivism originally set forth by Auguste Comte, promoting what could be considered as a form of epistemological realism, as well as the use of the hypothetico-deductive model in social science. For him, sociology was the science of institutions if this term is understood in its broader meaning as ‘beliefs and modes of behaviour instituted by the collectivity’ and its aim being to discover structural social facts. Durkheim was a major proponent of structural functionalism, a foundational perspective in both sociology and anthropology. In his view, social science should be purely holistic;] that is, sociology should study phenomena attributed to society at large, rather than being limited to the specific actions of individuals. He remained a dominant force in French intellectual life until his death in 1917, presenting numerous lectures and published works on a variety of topics, including the sociology of knowledge, morality, social stratification, religion, law, education, and deviance. Durkheimian terms such as ‘collective consciousness‘ have since entered the popular lexicon.

 

 

 

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(04/05/2014) Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America by Frank J. Donner

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(04/05/2014) Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Police Repression in Urban America by Frank J. Donner. Berkeley. 1992. University of California Press. paperback. 503 pages. keywords: Politics History America Pollice Red Squads. 0520080351.

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  This landmark exposé of the dark history of repressive police operations in American cities offers a richly detailed account of police misconduct and violations of protected freedoms over the past century. In an incisive examination of undercover work in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia as well as Washington, D.C., Detroit, New Haven, Baltimore, and Birmingham, Donner reveals the underside of American law enforcement. Frank Donner is a prominent civil liberties attorney and the author of The Un-Americans and The Age of Surveillance.

 

 

 

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(04/04/2014) Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture by James Brook / Chris Carlsson / Nancy J. Peters (editors)

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(04/04/2014) Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture by James Brook / Chris Carlsson / Nancy J. Peters (editors). San Francisco. 1998. City Lights. paperback. 355 pages. keywords: San Francisco History. 0872863352.

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   Reclaiming San Francisco is an anthology of fresh appraisals of the contrarian spirit of the city--a spirit resistant to authority or control. The official story of San Francisco is one of progress, development, and growth. But there are other, unofficial, San Francisco stories, often shrouded in myth and in danger of being forgotten, and they are told here: stories of immigrants and minorities, sailors and waterfront workers, and poets, artists, and neighborhood activists--along with the stories of speculators, land-grabbers, and the land itself that need to be told differently.Contributors include historians, geographers, poets, novelists, artists, art historians, photographers, journalists, citizen activists, an architect, and an anthropologist. Passionate about the city, they want San Francisco to be more itself and less like the city of office towers, chain stores, theme parks, and privatized public services and property that appears to be its immediate fate. San Francisco is not alone in being transformed according to the dictates of the global economy. But San Franciscans are unusual in their readiness to confront the corporate agenda for their city.

 

 

 

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(04/03/2014) In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World by Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff

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(04/03/2014) In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World by Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff. Berkeley. 2009. University of California Press. hardcover. 296 pages. keywords: History Food Africa New World. 9780520257504.

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   The transatlantic slave trade forced millions of Africans into bondage. Until the early nineteenth century, African slaves came to the Americas in greater numbers than Europeans. In the Shadow of Slavery provides a startling new assessment of the Atlantic slave trade and upends conventional wisdom by shifting attention from the crops slaves were forced to produce to the foods they planted for their own nourishment. Many familiar foods-millet, sorghum, coffee, okra, watermelon, and the ‘Asian’ long bean, for example-are native to Africa, while commercial products such as Coca Cola, Worcestershire Sauce, and Palmolive Soap rely on African plants that were brought to the Americas on slave ships as provisions, medicines, cordage, and bedding. In this exciting, original, and groundbreaking book, Judith A. Carney and Richard Nicholas Rosomoff draw on archaeological records, oral histories, and the accounts of slave ship captains to show how slaves' food plots–’botanical gardens of the dispossessed’–became the incubators of African survival in the Americas and Africanized the foodways of plantation societies. 10 color illustrations, 10 b/w photographs, 48 line illustrations.

Judith A. Carney is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of the award-winning book Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas.

Richard Nicholas Rosomoff is an independent writer.

 

 

 

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(04/02/2014) Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh

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(04/02/2014) Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh. New Brunswick. 1998. Rutgers University Press. hardcover. 199 pages. keywords: Literature Biography America. 0813526051.

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   With the publication of three short tales in the 1840s, Poe invented the detective story. Then his own sudden and bizarre death created a real-life mystery, still unsolved after 150 years, as tantalizing as any of his famous stories. Midnight Dreary examines the last days of one of America's most admired authors, definitively untangling more than a century of speculation.

 

 

 

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(04/01/2014) The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification - 2 Volumes by Bailyn Bernard (editor)

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(04/01/2014) The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification - 2 Volumes by Bailyn Bernard (editor). New York. 1993. Library of America. hardcover. keywords: Constitution History America. 094045081x.

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   The Debate on the Constitution charts the course of the bloodless revolution that created the government of the United States and the world’s oldest working national charter. In the eleven-month struggle over ratification, Federalist supporters, Antifederalist opponents, and seekers of a middle ground closely examined and brilliantly debated the document that was to shape the country’s future. Their extraordinary energy and eloquence is captured here firsthand in a unique collection of speeches, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and private letters. Franklin, Madison, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, and Patrick Henry appear with scores of less famous citizens - all addressing, with passionate lucidity, issues of public order and personal liberty that continue to resonate in today’s headlines. The chronological arrangement lends fresh perspective to the famous Federalist essays of Hamilton and Madison, restored to their embattled context alongside arguments of able opponents. Both volumes feature speeches from crucial state ratifying conventions, where, as Madison put it, ‘a draft of a plan, nothing but a dead letter’ had ‘life breathed into it by the voice of the people.’ A detailed chronology of events, biographical profiles, and informative notes provide fascinating background. Each volume presents the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution with all amendments. Created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation, The Library of America is dedicated to preserving the works of America’s greatest writers in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts.

 

 

 

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(03/31/2014) To a Dubious Salvation by Etienne Leroux

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(03/31/2014) To a Dubious Salvation by Etienne Leroux. Middlesex. 1972. Penguin Books. paperback. 472 pages. The cover, designed by Germano Facetti, shows a detail from ‘Prime Minister’ by Cecil Skotnes. SEVEN DAYS AT THE SILBERSTEINS and ONE FOR THE DEVIL translated from the Afrikaans by Charles Eglington. THE THIRD EYE translated from the Afrikaans by Amy Starke. keywords: Literature South Afircan Afrikaans Translated. 0140034730.

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   Etienne Leroux’s incomparable South African trilogy commences with SEVEN DAYS AT THE SILBERSTEINS, an account of Henry van Eeden’s week-long stay at Welgevonden, the Silbersteins’ vast self-contained estate. The purpose of his visit is to meet his future bride, chosen as a suitable match by his eminent family, and he by hers as the most likely candidate as heir to Welgevonden. Each day surpasses the former with successive bizarre and tantalizing happenings from which Henry finally emerges fit to become master of the estate and husband for Salome. THE THIRD EYE carries Leroux’s brilliant style of metaphysical comedy into the field of thriller-extraordinary. Captain Demosthenes H. de Goede is commissioned by the secret D-Service to rout out and destroy the powerful, elusive Boris Gudenov. The ancient theme of the Herculean legend is re-enacted in the ambiance of Rolls-Royces and superstores; with characters as bizarre as Hope de Goede, Demosthenes’ nymphomaniac wife and Gudenov’s mistress, and Bee-Bee-Doo - the sex queen deified after suicide. ONE FOR THE DEVIL finds Welgevonden changed - now a Foundation dedicated to a model social order. Disrupting the calm of the community is the discovery of the body of an eighteen-year-old girl, the victim of a sex murder. The rising young Detective-Sergeant Demosthenes de Goede is called in to investigate.

 

 

 

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(03/30/2014) The Third Eye by Etienne Leroux

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(03/30/2014) The Third Eye by Etienne Leroux. Boston. 1969. Houghton Mifflin. hardcover. Translated from the Afrikaans by Amy Starke. keywords: Literature South Africa Afrikaans Translated.

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   THE THIRD EYE is an extraordinary blend of comic novel and metaphysical thriller that provides a brilliant conclusion to Etienne Leroux's Welgevonden trilogy. Captain Demosthenes H. de Goede, police detective in the employ of the Secret D Service, has been ordered to search out and destroy Boris Gudenov, a tycoon guilty of committing dark spiritual crimes in the community. It seems clear that the sturdy, methodic detective of Leroux's 'One For the Devil' will again accomplish his mission with dispatch. But the situation changes abruptly with the detective's first glimpse of Gudenov in the rear of his limousine: pursued and pursuer look startlingly alike. Thus begins the tantalizing tale of a double stalking that leads hunter and hunted through separate labyrinthian paths to a final, paradoxical convergence.

Etienne Leroux (1922–1989) was an influential Afrikaans author and a key member of the South African Sestigers literary movement. He was born on 13 June 1922 as Stephanus Petrus Daniël le Roux, son of S.P. Le Roux, a South African Minister of Agriculture. His works gained critical acclaim and were translated into many languages. His 1968 book, translated into English as One for the devil is titled Een vir Azazel (One for Azazel) in Afrikaans, and makes use of the Azazel myth. He studied Law at Stellenbosch University (BA, LLB) and worked for a short time at a solicitor's office in Bloemfontein. From 1946 he farmed and lived as a writer on his farm, Ja-Nee, in the Koffiefontein district. Etienne Leroux is known as one of the most important (and at the time controversial) writers of the avant garde group of the sixties. He died on 30 December 1989, and was buried at the family church yard of Wamakersdrift, of which his farm formed part. His audience will be the audience that only a good writer can merit, an audience which assembles slowly in ones and twos. the rumour spreads that here an addition will be found to the literature of our time. -- Graham Greene.

 

 

 

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(03/29/2014) One For The Devil by Etienne Leroux

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(03/29/2014) One For The Devil by Etienne Leroux. London. 1969. W. H. Allen. hardcover. 189 pages. keywords: Literature South Africa Afrikaans Translated. 0491002025.

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   Welgevonden, once an opulent South African estate, has become a foundation dedicated to a model social order. In this planned and seemingly perfect community, a corpse is found floating in a fountain pool. An eighteen-year-old girl has been victim of a sex murder. Who, among Welgovonden's many inhabitants, is guilty of this act of darkness?.

Etienne Leroux (1922–1989) was an influential Afrikaans author and a key member of the South African Sestigers literary movement. He was born on 13 June 1922 as Stephanus Petrus Daniël le Roux, son of S.P. Le Roux, a South African Minister of Agriculture. His works gained critical acclaim and were translated into many languages. His 1968 book, translated into English as One for the devil is titled Een vir Azazel (One for Azazel) in Afrikaans, and makes use of the Azazel myth. He studied Law at Stellenbosch University (BA, LLB) and worked for a short time at a solicitor's office in Bloemfontein. From 1946 he farmed and lived as a writer on his farm, Ja-Nee, in the Koffiefontein district. Etienne Leroux is known as one of the most important (and at the time controversial) writers of the avant garde group of the sixties. He died on 30 December 1989, and was buried at the family church yard of Wamakersdrift, of which his farm formed part. His audience will be the audience that only a good writer can merit, an audience which assembles slowly in ones and twos. the rumour spreads that here an addition will be found to the literature of our time. -- Graham Greene.

 

 

 

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(03/28/2014) Seven Days At The Silbersteins by Etienne Leroux

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(03/28/2014) Seven Days At The Silbersteins by Etienne Leroux. Boston. 1967. Houghton Mifflin. hardcover. 205 pages. Translated from the Afrikaans by Charles Eglington. keywords: Literature South Africa Afrikaans Translated.

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   A young man's introduction to his future wife's family. Set in South Africa, Henry spends a week attending different parties, ranging from a masked ball and an inter-racial gathering to an agricultural fair and the orgy of a Witches' Sabbath. Seven days of the strange and exciting and finally a triumphant initiation of an innocent.

Etienne Leroux (1922–1989) was an influential Afrikaans author and a key member of the South African Sestigers literary movement. He was born on 13 June 1922 as Stephanus Petrus Daniël le Roux, son of S.P. Le Roux, a South African Minister of Agriculture. His works gained critical acclaim and were translated into many languages. His 1968 book, translated into English as One for the devil is titled Een vir Azazel (One for Azazel) in Afrikaans, and makes use of the Azazel myth. He studied Law at Stellenbosch University (BA, LLB) and worked for a short time at a solicitor's office in Bloemfontein. From 1946 he farmed and lived as a writer on his farm, Ja-Nee, in the Koffiefontein district. Etienne Leroux is known as one of the most important (and at the time controversial) writers of the avant garde group of the sixties. He died on 30 December 1989, and was buried at the family church yard of Wamakersdrift, of which his farm formed part. His audience will be the audience that only a good writer can merit, an audience which assembles slowly in ones and twos. the rumour spreads that here an addition will be found to the literature of our time. -- Graham Greene.

 

 

 

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(03/27/2014) Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry by Jack Zipes

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(03/27/2014) Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry by Jack Zipes. New York. 1997. Routledge. paperback. 171 pages. keywords: Fairy Tales Literature. 0415918510.

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   HAPPILY EVER AFTER is Jack Zipes’s latest work on the fairy tale. Moving from the Renaissance to the present, and between different cultures and societies, HAPPILY EVER AFTER addresses Zipes’s ongoing concern with the fairy tale - its impact on children and adults, its role in the socialization of children - as well as the future of the fairy tale on the big (and little) screen. Here are Straparola’s sixteenth-century ‘Puss in Boots’ and a 1922 film of the story; Hansel and Gretel and child abuse; the Pinocchio of Colladi and of Walt Disney. An ardent champion of children’s literature and children’s culture, Zipes writes also about oral tradition and the rise of storytelling throughout the world. But behind each of his essays lies the key question that all fairy tales raise: what does it take to bring about happiness? And is happiness only to be found in fairy tales?.

JACK ZIPES is Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of many books, including FAIRY TALES AND THE ART OF SUBVERSION, DON’T BET ON THE PRINCE, BREAKING THE MAGIC SPELL, and CREATIVE STORYTELLING.

 

 

 

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(03/26/2014) Reporting Vietnam-Part Two: American Journalism 1969-1975 by Milton J. Bates & Others (editors)

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(03/26/2014) Reporting Vietnam-Part Two: American Journalism 1969-1975 by Milton J. Bates & Others (editors). New York. 1998. Library Of America. hardcover. 857 pages. keywords: Vietnam Journalism History. 1883011590.

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   Published twenty-five years after the last American troops withdrew from Vietnam, this unique two-volume anthology evokes a dramatic, painful, and controversial period in American history and journalism. Drawn from original newspaper and magazine reports and contemporary books, Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1969-1975 brings together the work of over eighty remarkable writers to create an unprecedented mosaic view of the shifting course of America’s longest war and its impact on an increasingly fractured American society. It provides compelling evidence of the enduring power of the written word in the age of television. This second volume traces events from the revelation of the My Lai massacre in 1969 through the fall of Saigon in 1975. Here are Peter Kann on the ambiguities of pacification; Gloria Emerson on the South Vietnamese debacle in Laos; Donald Kirk on declining American morale; Sydney Schanberg on the fall of Phnom Penh and the victory of the Khmer Rouge; Philip Caputo, Keyes Beech, Peter Arnett, and Malcolm Browne on the last days of South Vietnam. Included in full is Dispatches, journalist Michael Herr’s acclaimed impressionistic memoir of his immersion in the exhilaration, dread, and sorrow of the Vietnam War. Writers who observed the turmoil in the United States are included as well: Francine du Plessix Gray on factions within the protest movement; Michael Kinsley recounting a confrontation between Henry Kissinger and his Harvard colleagues; James Michener meticulously reconstructing the Kent State shootings; Doris Kearns listening to Lyndon Johnson’s anguished recollections; Hunter S. Thompson watching veterans protest Richard Nixon’s renomination. This volume contains a detailed chronology of the war, historical maps, biographical profiles of the journalists, explanatory notes, a glossary of military terms, and an index. Also included are 32 pages of photographs of the correspondents, many from private collections and never seen before.

The advisory board for Reporting Vietnam includes Milton J. Bates, professor of English at Marquette University; Lawrence Lichty, professor of radio/television/film at Northwestern University; Paul L. Miles, professor of history at Princeton University; Ronald H. Spector, professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University; and Marilyn Young, professor of history at New York University.

 

 

 

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(03/25/2014) Reporting Vietnam-Part One: American Journalism 1959-1969 by Milton J. Bates & Others (editors)

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(03/25/2014) Reporting Vietnam-Part One: American Journalism 1959-1969 by Milton J. Bates & Others (editors). New York. 1998. Library Of America. hardcover. 858 pages. keywords: Vietnam Journalism History. 1883011582.

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   Published twenty-five years after the last American troops withdrew from Vietnam, this unique two-volume anthology evokes a dramatic, painful, and controversial period in American history and journalism. Drawn from original newspaper and magazine reports and contemporary books, Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1975 brings together the work of over eighty remarkable writers to create an unprecedented mosaic view of the shifting course of America’s longest war and its impact on an increasingly fractured American society. It provides compelling evidence of the enduring power of the written word in the age of television. The first volume traces the deepening American involvement in South Vietnam from the first deaths of American advisers in 1959 through the controversial battle of ‘Hamburger Hill’ in 1969. Malcolm Browne, Neil Sheehan, and David Halberstam report on the guerrilla warfare of the early 1960s; Jack P. Smith, Ward Just, and Peter Arnett experience the terrors of close-range combat in the Central Highlands; Marguerite Higgins and Frances FitzGerald observe South Vietnamese politics; Jonathan Schell records the destructive effects of American firepower in Quang Ngai; Tom Wolfe captures the cool courage of navy pilots over North Vietnam. Included in full is Daniel Lang’s Casualties of War, the haunting story of a five-man reconnaissance patrol choosing between good and evil. Writers who covered the bitter controversy at home are included as well—Meg Greenfield describing an early teach-in, Norman Mailer at the Pentagon March and in Chicago, Jeffrey Blankfort exploring the sorrowful impact of the war on a small town in Ohio. Thomas Johnson and Wallace Terry examine the changing attitudes of African-American soldiers fighting America’s first fully integrated war. This Volume contains a detailed chronology of the war, historical maps, biographical profiles of the journalists, explanatory notes, a glossary of military terms, and an index. Also included are 32 pages of photographs of the correspondents, many from private collections and never seen before.

The advisory board for Reporting Vietnam includes Milton J. Bates, professor of English at Marquette University; Lawrence Lichty, professor of radio/televsion/film at Northwestern University; Paul L. Miles, professor of history at Princeton University; Ronald H. Spector, professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University; and Marilyn Young, professor of history at New York University.

 

 

 

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(03/24/2014) Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments by Andrei Codrescu

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(03/24/2014) Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments by Andrei Codrescu. Princeton. 2011. 232 pages. hardcover. 9780691143378. keywords: Literature Folklore Fairy Tales.

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   AN IRREVERENT AND DEEPLY FUNNY RETELLING OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS. 'I fear each passing night that I will not receive my maintenance dose of suspense, and then I will cease to exist.' —Whatever Gets You through the Night Whatever Gets You through the Night is an irreverent and deeply funny retelling of the Arabian Nights and a wildly inspired exploration of the timeless art of storytelling. Award-winning writer Andrei Codrescu reimagines how Sheherezade saved Baghdad’s virgins and her own her life through a heroic feat of storytelling—one that kept the Persian king Shahryar hanging in agonizing narrative and erotic suspense for 1001 nights. For Sheherezade, the end of either suspense or curiosity means death, but Codrescu keeps both alive in this entertaining tale of how she learned to keep a king in thrall, setting with her endless invention an unsurpassable example for all storytellers across the ages. Liberated and mischievous, Codrescu’s Sheherezade is as charming as she is shrewd—and so is the story Codrescu tells. ‘Like a supercomputer concealed inside an exotic, aphrodisiac fruit, Codrescu’s retelling of this ancient bawdy wonderwork ends up by surprisingly calculating the future of our race.’ —Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues ‘This extraordinary rewriting of the Arabian Nights is a tour de force. Andrei Codrescu writes with verve, eloquence, and a fervent imagination.’ —Jack Zipes, adapter of the Signet Classics Arabian Nights.

Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He was Mac Curdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University from 1984 until his retirement in 2009. Born as Andrei Perlmutter on December 20, 1946 in Sibiu, Romania, he published his first poems in Romanian under the pen name Andrei Steiu. In 1965 he left the country to escape from the communist regime. After some time in Italy, he emigrated to the United States in 1966, and settled in Detroit where he became a regular at John Sinclair’s Artists and Writers’ Workshop. A year later he moved to New York where he became part of the literary scene on the Lower East Side. There he met Allen Ginsberg, Ted Berrigan, and Anne Waldman, and published his first poems in English. In 1970, his poetry book, License to Carry a Gun, won the ‘Big Table Award’. He moved to San Francisco in 1970, and lived on the West Coast for seven years, four of those in Monte Rio, a Sonoma County town on the Russian River. He also lived in Baltimore (where he taught at Johns Hopkins University), New Orleans and Baton Rouge, publishing a book every year, and actively participating in literary life by writing poetry, stories, essays and reviews for many publications, including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Harper's, and the Paris Review. He had regular columns in The Baltimore Sun, the City Paper, Architecture, Funny Times, Gambit Weekly, and Neon. He has been a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s news program, All Things Considered, since 1983. He won the 1995 Peabody Award for the film Road Scholar, an American road saga that he wrote and starred in, and is a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. He has been called ‘one of our most magical writers’ by The New York Times. In 1989, Codrescu's coverage of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 for National Public Radio and ABC News’ Nightline, was critically acclaimed, and his renewed interest in Romanian language and literature led to new work written in Romanian, including ‘Miracle and Catastrophe’, a book-length interview conducted by the theologian Robert Lazu, and ‘The Forgiven Submarine’, an epic poem written in collaboration with poet Ruxandra Cesereanu, which won the 2008 Romania Radio Cultural award. His books were translated into Romanian by Ioana Avadani, Ioana Ieronim, Carmen Firan, Rodica Grigore, and Lacrimioara Stoie. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious international Ovidius Prize (also known as the Ovid Prize), previous winners of which include Mario Vargas Llosa, Amos Oz, and Orhan Pamuk. In 1981, Codrescu became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He is the editor and founder of the online journal Exquisite Corpse, a journal of ‘books and ideas’. He reigned as King of the Krewe du Vieux for the 2002 New Orleans Mardi Gras season. He has two children, Lucian and Tristan, from his marriage to Alice Henderson, and is currently married to Laura Cole.

 

 

 

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(03/23/2014) Book of My Mother by Albert Cohen

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(03/23/2014) Book of My Mother by Albert Cohen. Brooklyn. 2012. Archipelago Books. paperback. 165 pages. Translated from the French by Bella Cohen. keywords: Literature France Translated. 9781935744337.

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   Shortly after Albert Cohen left France for London to escape the Nazis, he received news of his mother’s death in Marseilles. Unable to mourn her, he expressed his grief in a series of moving pieces for La France libre, which then grew into Book of My Mother. Achingly honest, intimate, and moving, this love song is a tribute to all mothers. The author turns his grief into a meditation on human solitude and on what it means to love. Cohen himself expressed, ‘I shall not have written in vain if one of you, after reading my hymn of death, is one evening gentler with his mother because of me and my mother.’ ‘I do not think anyone has ever written anything more beautiful, more deeply and soberly moving, about a mother and the feelings of tenderness, veneration, regret, and even remorse that she can inspire.’ – Le Voix du Nord. ‘Book of My Mother is a study in guilt, an act of contrition, for in mourning his mother he grieves for his own lost childhood. It is an achingly honest, autumnal book, generous in its humanity composed with art but without guile, the sincerest tribute of a neglectful son.’ - DAVID COWARD.

ALBERT COHEN was born on the island of Corfu in 1895. He emigrated to France at the age of five on a passport issued by the Ottoman Empire, and was raised in Marseilles. Although he chose to become a Swiss citizen after completing law school in Geneva, he claimed that his true homeland was the French language. Cohen’s tragicomic novels Solal, Mangeclous, Belle du Seigneur, and Les Valeureux attempt to reconnect man to his lost humanity Belle du Seigneur was awarded the French Academy’s Grand Prix du Roman.

BELLA COHEN was born in London in 1919. During WWII, she worked at the Free French Headquarters and with the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees. She met Albert Cohen in 1943 and shared a life with him from 1947 until his death in 1981. Her translation of Book of My Mother was a labor of love.

 

 

 

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(03/22/2014) The Art of Joy by Goliarda Sapienza

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(03/22/2014) The Art of Joy by Goliarda Sapienza. New York. 2013. Farrar Straus Giroux. hardcover. 685 pages. keywords: Literature Translated Women Sicily. 9780374106140.

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   Rejected by a series of publishers, abandoned in a chest for twenty years, Goliarda Sapienza’s masterpiece, The Art of Joy, survived a turbulent path to publication. In 2005, when it was released in France, this novel began to receive the recognition it deserves. And now, at last, Sapienza’s remarkable book is available in English, in a brilliant translation by Anne Milano Appel and with an illuminating foreword by Angelo Pellegrino. The Art of Joy centers on Modesta, a Sicilian woman born on January 1, 1900, whose strength and character are an affront to conventional morality. Impoverished as a child, Modesta believes she is destined for a better life. She is able, through grace and intelligence, to secure marriage to an aristocrat - without compromising her own deeply felt values. Friend, mother, lover - Modesta revels in upsetting the rules of her Fascist, patriarchal society. This is the history of the twentieth century, transfigured by the perspective of one extraordinary woman. Sapienza, an intriguing cultural figure in her own right - her father had homeschooled her so she wouldn’t be exposed to Fascist influences, and she became a renowned actress and writer - drew on personal struggles to craft this powerful epic. A fictionalized memoir a book of romance and adventure, a feminist text, a bildungsroman - this novel is ultimately undefinable but deeply necessary. Its genius will leave readers breathless.

Goliarda Sapienza (1924–1996) was born in the Sicilian city of Catania, into a staunchly anti-fascist family. At sixteen, she moved to Rome to study at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and during the 1950s and '60s she was an actress in both films and the theater. She worked with, among others, Luchino Visconti (in Senso) and Francesco Maselli. Her novels include Lettera aperta (1967), Il filo di mezzogiorno (1969), and L'università di Rebibbia (1983); Io, Jean Gabin (2010) and her most important work, The Art of Joy, remained unpublished until after her death.

Anne Milano Appel, PhD, a former library director and language teacher, has been translating professionally for more than fifteen years and is a member of ALTA, ATA, NCTA, and PEN. Many of her book-length translations have been published, and shorter works that she has authored or translated have appeared in other professional and literary venues.

 

 

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(03/21/2014) Twenty-Five German Poets: A Bilingual Collection by Walter Kaufmann (translator and editor)

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(03/21/2014) Twenty-Five German Poets: A Bilingual Collection by Walter Kaufmann (translator and editor). New York. 1975. Norton. hardcover. 325 pages. Jacket design by Rosalind Lorber. Introduction by Walter Kaufmann. keywords: Poetry Germany Translated anthology. 039304405x.

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   When this book was originally published, twenty poets were represented. For this edition, new material has been added, including additional poems by Goethe, Heine, and Nietzsche, as well as five poets not previously included. The book spans three centuries - opening with Angelus Silesius, Klopstock, Claudius, Goethe, and Schiller, and ending with Brecht and Boll - but it has considerable continuity. The prefaces for each of the twenty-five poets integrate the selections into a story, and often poems by different writers invite comparison. For example, almost all of the poets express an attitude toward death. Not only would many discussions of death be better if the authors had some inkling of the great variety of attitudes illustrated here, but one can also gain a better understanding of a poet’s experience of life by comparing his attitude toward death with that of some other poets. The book should contribute to a better understanding of some of these twenty-five poets, of German literature, of intellectual history, and of some of the themes with which these poets deal. The sequence of the poets, and of the poems by each poet, is roughly chronological. Walter Kaufmann has made all the translations and has endeavored to capture the distinctive tone of each of the poets. The original German texts are printed on facing pages.

Walter Kaufmann was a professor of philosophy at Princeton University. He is the author, editor, or translator of many books on philosophy, religion, and poetry. His poetry has appeared in books and magazines, and he has contributed articles and essays to encyclopedias, books, and scholarly periodicals, including Partisan Review, Kenyon Review, Commentary, The New Leader, Harper’s, and The American Scholar.

 

 

 

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(03/20/2014) Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights by Marina Warner

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(03/20/2014) Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights by Marina Warner. Cambridge. 2013. Harvard University Press. hardcover. 540 pages. Jacket art by Errol La Cain. Illustration from ‘Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.’. keywords: Arabian Nights Literature Fairy Tales. 9780674055308.

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   Our foremost theorist of myth, fairytales, and folktales explores the magical realm of the imagination where carpets fly, objects speak, dreams reveal hidden truths, and genies grant prophetic wishes. Stranger Magic examines the wondrous tales of the Arabian Nights, their profound impact on the West, and the progressive exoticization of magic since the eighteenth century, when the first European translations appeared. The Nights seized European readers’ imaginations during the siècle des Lumières, inspiring imitations, spoofs, turqueries, extravaganzas, pantomimes, and mauresque tastes in dress and furniture. Writers from Voltaire to Goethe to Borges, filmmakers from Raoul Walsh on, and countless authors of children’s books have adapted its stories. What gives these tales their enduring power to bring pleasure to readers and audiences? Their appeal, Marina Warner suggests, lies in how the stories’ magic stimulates the creative activity of the imagination. Their popularity during the Enlightenment was no accident: dreams, projections, and fantasies are essential to making the leap beyond the frontiers of accepted knowledge into new scientific and literary spheres. The magical tradition, so long disavowed by Western rationality, underlies modernity’s most characteristic developments, including the charmed states of brand-name luxury goods, paper money, and psychoanalytic dream interpretation. In Warner’s hands, the Nights reveal the underappreciated cultural exchanges between East and West, Islam and Christianity, and cast light on the magical underpinnings of contemporary experience, where mythical principles, as distinct from religious belief, enjoy growing acceptance. These tales meet the need for enchantment, in the safe guise of oriental costume. MARINA WARNER is Professor of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex and a distinguished writer of fiction, criticism, and history.

 

 

 

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(03/19/2014) Monsieur Teste by Paul Valery

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(03/19/2014) Monsieur Teste by Paul Valery. New York. 1947. Knopf. hardcover. 96 pages. Typography, binding, and jacket design by Alvin Lustig. keywords: Literature France Translated.

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   One of the legends of our time has it that a man cannot these days be both a poet and a public figure. Paul Valery was both. Considered the great European poet of the first half of the twentieth century - by minds as different as those of Gide, Eliot, and Rilke - Valery became a kind of public representative of Europe. More than anyone else he seemed to sum up in himself Europe’s fate, so that his death in July 1945 could not but be felt as powerfully symbolic. It was in Valery’s head that the notion of Europe had become most articulate, in his art it had come to some final expression, and in his person it seemed to come to an end. It is T. S. Eliot’s idea that ‘in Valery a long curve of romanticism rejoins the classic.’ Valery’s classicism is not limited to the form of his poetry: that is too easy. It is in the scope of his warm simple humanity, the fullness of his vision of human intelligence - his wisdom. Paul Valery was one of the most charming men who ever lived. And in MONSIEUR TESTE, the most personal of his books, we feel his warmth, we feel closest to the man and the writer. MONSIEUR TESTE is a kind of novel, written by a man who claimed he could not imagine the existence of a novel, but whose mind was unable to keep from creating the characters living in it. Monsieur Teste is the man Valery found in his mind, ‘the man who is in man,’ the image of man’s consciousness. Whatever this ‘monster,’ as Valery called him, seems to lack in humanity is richly made up for in Madame Teste, one of the most delightful creatures in literature - given us by herself, as it were, in a letter to Teste’s young friend. And the young friend’s letter itself, the train ride, the vision of Paris, are extraordinary creations. Without being autobiographical in any ordinary sense, MONSIEUR TESTE is a deeply personal book. The essence of Valery is here, his wit, the charm of his talk, childhood memories, and the sense of the poet in town, at home, among friends, in love, at work.

 

 

 

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(03/18/2014) These Words-Weddings & After: An Essay & Poetry by William McIlvanney

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(03/18/2014) These Words-Weddings & After: An Essay & Poetry by William McIlvanney. Edinburgh. 1984. Mainstream Publishing Company. 95 pages. hardcover. keywords: Poetry Literature Scotland Literary Criticism Essay. 090639161x. Jacket design by James Hutcheson. Jacket photograph by Robin Gillanders.

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   THESE WORDS: WEDDINGS AND AFTER is the outcome of many years of work during which William McIlvanney has been writing poetry without offering it for publication. It is 14 years since his first book of poetry. THE LONGSHIPS IN HARBOUR appeared - of which one critic said it ‘out-Larkins Larkin’. During this time, he has been trying to find a new form of poetry. The result is this book - an exciting combination of lyrical intensity and thematic continuity. It is, in effect, a poetry of great vigour and perceptiveness full of varied rhythms. The ideas and thoughts it evokes are rooted in the experience of the lives he describes, not merely an intellectual imposition on them. Using the framework of a wedding, from marriage-ceremony to bedroom, he celebrates our attempts to marry our ideals to the realities of nature: the sometimes funny, sometimes painful condition of having ‘dreams that go where dreamers can’t.’ Lyric sequences occur like characters in a plot. The differing styles used (from rhyming couplets to free verse to Country and Western ‘songs’) try to remain accessible, in accordance with McIlvanney’s view cogently advanced in his introductory essay, The Sacred Wood Revisited’ that poetry should attempt to be a popular medium, a sharing of ‘experienced truth’ - a means whereby we may: See in each other’s eyes, but make no sound, / Where our own deep Atlantises lie drowned.’ THESE WORDS: WEDDINGS AND AFTER can be seen as an attempt to reclaim some of the territory poetry has ceded to prose — a kind of poetic novella. Most importantly, it is both enjoyable and illuminating to read.

William McIlvanney, born in 1936, was educated at Kilmarnock Academy and Glasgow University. A former Assistant Headmaster at Greenwood Academy, Ayrshire, he spent a year in Grenoble teaching American students and has also been Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and the University of Aberdeen. As well as frequent forays into journalism, he has also appeared as a television presenter. His novels include the Whitbread Award-winning DOCHERTY, as well as LAIDLAW and THE PAPERS OF TONY VEITCH, both of which are winners of the prestigious Silver Dagger Award.

 

 

 

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  27. (02/19/2014) The Book Of American Negro Poetry by James Weldon Johnson (editor)
  28. (02/18/2014) Unbought & Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm
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