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A Garden of Earthly Delights Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Modern Library
  • Release Date : 2009-03-25
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN Code: 0307525759

Summary: A masterly work from a writer with “the uncanny ability to give us a cinemascopic vision of her America” (National Review), A Garden of Earthly Delights is the opening stanza in what would become one of the most powerful and engrossing story arcs in literature. Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In A Garden of Earthly Delights, Oates presents one of her most memorable heroines, Clara Walpole, the beautiful daughter of Kentucky-born migrant farmworkers. Desperate to rise above her haphazard existence of violence and poverty, determined not to repeat her mother’s life, Clara struggles for independence by way of her relationships with four very different men: her father, a family man turned itinerant laborer, smoldering with resentment; the mysterious Lowry, who rescues Clara as a teenager and offers her the possibility of love; Revere, a wealthy landowner who provides Clara with stability; and Swan, Clara’s son, who bears the psychological and spiritual burden of his mother’s ambition. A Garden of Earthly Delights is the first novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, Expensive People, them, and Wonderland, are also available from the Modern Library.

You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time Book by Patricia Marx

You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time Book
  • Author : Patricia Marx
  • Publisher : Celadon Books
  • Release Date : 2020-01-14
  • Category: Humor
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN Code: 1250225124

Summary: The perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift: An illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, with illustrations from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. Everyone’s heard the old advice for a healthy relationship: Never go to bed angry. Play hard to get. Sexual favors in exchange for cleaning up the cat vomit is a good and fair trade. Okay, not that last one. It’s one of the tips in You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by the authors of Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It: A Mother’s Suggestions. This guide will make you laugh, remind you why your relationship is better than everyone else’s, and solve all your problems. Nuggets of advice include: If you must breathe, don’t breathe so loudly. It is easier to stay inside and wait for the snow to melt than to fight about who should shovel. Queen-sized beds, king-sized blankets. Why not give this book to your significant or insignificant other, your anti-Valentine’s Day crusader pal, or anyone who can’t live with or without love?

Beasts at Bedtime Book by Liam Heneghan

Beasts at Bedtime Book
  • Author : Liam Heneghan
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-15
  • Category: Nature
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 022643141X

Summary: Talking lions, philosophical bears, very hungry caterpillars, wise spiders, altruistic trees, companionable moles, urbane elephants: this is the magnificent menagerie that delights our children at bedtime. Within the entertaining pages of many children’s books, however, also lie profound teachings about the natural world that can help children develop an educated and engaged appreciation of the dynamic environment they inhabit. In Beasts at Bedtime, scientist (and father) Liam Heneghan examines the environmental underpinnings of children’s stories. From Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, Heneghan unearths the universal insights into our inextricable relationship with nature that underlie so many classic children’s stories. Some of the largest environmental challenges in coming years—from climate instability, the extinction crisis, freshwater depletion, and deforestation—are likely to become even more severe as this generation of children grows up. Though today’s young readers will bear the brunt of these environmental calamities, they will also be able to contribute to environmental solutions if prepared properly. And all it takes is an attentive eye: Heneghan shows how the nature curriculum is already embedded in bedtime stories, from the earliest board books like The Rainbow Fish to contemporary young adult classics like The Hunger Games. Beasts at Bedtime is an awakening to the vital environmental education children’s stories can provide—from the misadventures of The Runaway Bunny to more overt tales like The Lorax. Heneghan serves as our guide, drawing richly upon his own adolescent and parental experiences, as well as his travels in landscapes both experienced and imagined. Organized into thematic sections, the work winds its way through literary forests, colorful characters, and global environments. This book enthralls as it engages. Heneghan as a guide is as charming as he is insightful, showing how kids (and adults) can start to experience the natural world in incredible ways from the comfort of their own rooms. Beasts at Bedtime will help parents, teachers, and guardians extend those cozy times curled up together with a good book into a lifetime of caring for our planet.

The Color of Summer Book by Reinaldo Arenas

The Color of Summer Book
  • Author : Reinaldo Arenas
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2001-06-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN Code: 1101199326

Summary: Critics worldwide have praised Reinaldo Arenas's writing. His extraordinary memoir, Before Night Falls, was named one of the fourteen "Best Books of 1993" by the editors of The New York Times Book Review and has now been made into a major motion picture. The Color of Summer, Arenas's finest comic achievement, is also the fulfillment of his life's work, the Pentagonía, a five-volume cycle of novels he began writing in his early twenties. Although it is the penultimate installment in his "secret history of Cuba," it was, in fact, the last book Arenas wrote before his death in 1990. A Rabelaisian tale of survival by wits and wit, The Color of Summer is ultimately a powerful and passionate story about the triumph of the human spirit over the forces of political and sexual repression.

The Garden in the Machine Book by Scott MacDonald

The Garden in the Machine Book
  • Author : Scott MacDonald
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2001-12-18
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 487
  • ISBN Code: 0520926455

Summary: The Garden in the Machine explores the evocations of place, and particularly American place, that have become so central to the representational and narrative strategies of alternative and mainstream film and video. Scott MacDonald contextualizes his discussion with a wide-ranging and deeply informed analysis of the depiction of place in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, painting, and photography. Accessible and engaging, this book examines the manner in which these films represent nature and landscape in particular, and location in general. It offers us both new readings of the films under consideration and an expanded sense of modern film history. Among the many antecedents to the films and videos discussed here are Thomas Cole's landscape painting, Thoreau's Walden, Olmsted and Vaux's Central Park, and Eadweard Muybridge's panoramic photographs of San Francisco. MacDonald analyzes the work of many accomplished avant-garde filmmakers: Kenneth Anger, Bruce Baillie, James Benning, Stan Brakhage, Nathaniel Dorsky, Hollis Frampton, Ernie Gehr, Larry Gottheim, Robert Huot, Peter Hutton, Marjorie Keller, Rose Lowder, Marie Menken, J.J. Murphy, Andrew Noren, Pat O'Neill, Leighton Pierce, Carolee Schneemann, and Chick Strand. He also examines a variety of recent commercial feature films, as well as independent experiments in documentary and such contributions to independent video history as George Kuchar's Weather Diaries and Ellen Spiro's Roam Sweet Home. MacDonald reveals the spiritual underpinnings of these works and shows how issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class are conveyed as filmmakers attempt to discover forms of Edenic serenity within the Machine of modern society. Both personal and scholarly, The Garden in the Machine will be an invaluable resource for those interested in investigating and experiencing a broader spectrum of cinema in their teaching, in their research, and in their lives.

Space of a Garden – Space of Culture Book by Grzegorz Gazda,Mariusz Golab

Space of a Garden – Space of Culture Book
  • Author : Grzegorz Gazda,Mariusz Golab
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-10-27
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 460
  • ISBN Code: 1527561216

Summary: The book presents the phenomenon of the garden and its various cultural features. It compares historical aspects of the garden with its contemporary models and focuses on various cultural traditions and different ways of presentation of this problem, in the context of world literature, problems of visual arts, questions of architecture, ecology, universal aspects of language, as well as philosophical problems of axiology and aesthetics. All those contexts combine to form a picture of a phenomenon that could be called “the metaphor of the garden”, containing a universal anthropological image of “space” in which dynamic re-evaluation of rhetorical models take place and the order of Nature complements cultural models of human understanding of reality.

The Garden of the Hesperides Book by Carlos Rojas

The Garden of the Hesperides Book
  • Author : Carlos Rojas
  • Publisher : Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 227
  • ISBN Code: 9780838637944

Summary: Combining art and biography, the novel consists of alternating literary portraits inspired by works of Dali and Velazquez. As the title suggests, the loose story frame of the novel is that of the Herculean labor to find the twilight realm of the lovely nymphs of the Hesperides and, by conquering the dragon that jealously guards it, to plunder the garden of its golden apples of immortality. The contemporary fable casts the artist as the hero who, armed only with paintbrushes and inkwells, confronts the demons of his subconscious.

The Gardens of Delight Book by Ian Watson

The Gardens of Delight Book
  • Author : Ian Watson
  • Publisher : Gateway
  • Release Date : 2011-09-29
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN Code: 0575114606

Summary: In The Gardens of Delight Ian Watson boldly lands a starship within the hallucinatory terrain of Hieronymus Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, a medieval masterpiece which enchants and horrifies all who see it, for the picture shows what looks to be a paradise of pleasure yet it also displays a terrible hell of torments. And so the ship's psychologist, Sean Athlone, and two women companions explore the luxurious landscape of giant fruits and birds and strange towers and naked celebrating people, in quest of the godlike alien intelligence that has transformed a planet according to Bosch's vision, populating it with the colonists from a previous starship.

The Public Realm Book by Lyn H. Lofland

The Public Realm Book
  • Author : Lyn H. Lofland
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-07-12
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN Code: 1351475843

Summary: This book is about the "public realm," defined as a particular kind of social territory that is found almost exclusively in large settlements. This particular form of social-psychological space comes into being whenever a piece of actual physical space is dominated by relationships between and among persons who are strangers to one another, as often occurs in urban bars, buses, plazas, parks, coffee houses, streets, and so forth. More specifically, the book is about the social life that occurs in such social-psychological spaces (the normative patterns and principles that shape it, the relationships that characterize it, the aesthetic and interactional pleasures that enliven it) and the forces (anti-urbanism, privatism, post-war planning and architecture) that threaten it. The data upon which the book's analysis is based are diverse: direct observation; interviews; contemporary photographs, historic etchings, prints and photographs, and historical maps; histories of specific urban public spaces or spatial types; and the relevant scholarly literature from sociology, environmental psychology, geography, history, anthropology, and architecture and urban planning and design. Its central argument is that while the existing body of accomplished work in the social sciences can be reinterpreted to make it relevant to an understanding of the public realm, this quintessential feature of city life deserves much more u it deserves to be the object of direct scholarly interest in its own right. Choice noted that: "The author's writing style is unusually accessible, and the often fascinating narrative is generously supported by well-chosen photos."

Bosch Book by Virginia Pitts Rembert

Bosch Book
  • Author : Virginia Pitts Rembert
  • Publisher : Parkstone International
  • Release Date : 2011-12-22
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 82
  • ISBN Code: 9781780424699

Summary: Hieronymus Bosch was painting frightening, yet vaguely likable monsters long before computer games were ever invented, often including a touch of humour. His works are assertive statements about the mental illness that befalls any man who abandons the teachings of Christ. With a life that spanned from 1450 to 1516, Bosch experienced the drama of the highly charged Renaissance and its wars of religion. Medieval tradition and values were crumbling, paving the way to thrust man into a new universe where faith lost some of its power and much of its magic. Bosch set out to warn doubters of the perils awaiting any and all who lost their faith in God. His favourite allegories were heaven, hell, and lust. He believed that everyone had to choose between one of two options: heaven or hell. Bosch brilliantly exploited the symbolism of a wide range of fruits and plants to lend sexual overtones to his themes, which author Virginia Pitts Rembert meticulously deciphers to provide readers with new insight into this fascinating artist and his works.

The Sound and the Fury in the Garden of Eden Book by John P. Anderson

The Sound and the Fury in the Garden of Eden Book
  • Author : John P. Anderson
  • Publisher : Universal-Publishers
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Category: Education
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN Code: 9781581126464

Summary: This non-academic author brings the Garden of Eden myth alive as sophisticated poetry and a polemic for women and the consciousness of freedom. The myth is explored line by line using the tools of literary analysis and modern ideas, including Freudian concepts. The analysis shows how its "J" author, thought to be a woman in the royal court of Judah around 1000 BCE, uses the techniques of sound association, puns and other sophisticated means to get her messages across. The analysis probes how after thousands of years this myth still speaks to us about the critical human experiences of sex and death and their bigger brothers freedom and limitation.

Masculinities, Violence, Childhood Book by Amy E. Leonard

Masculinities, Violence, Childhood Book
  • Author : Amy E. Leonard
  • Publisher : University of Delaware
  • Release Date : 2010-12-23
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1611490197

Summary: This interdisciplinary volume examines the role that gender plays in the early modern period and explores the shift in scholarly understanding of women's lives and works when they are placed alongside nuanced considerations of men's lives and works. With material drawing from the 2006 Attending to Early Modern Women_and Men symposium, the varied contributions consider women's works, lives, and culture across geographical regions, primarily in England, France, Germany, Italy, the Low Countries, the Caribbean, and the Islamic world.

A Historical Sociology of Disability Book by Bill Hughes

A Historical Sociology of Disability Book
  • Author : Bill Hughes
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-10-11
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 364
  • ISBN Code: 0429615205

Summary: Covering the period from Antiquity to Early Modernity, A Historical Sociology of Disability argues that disabled people have been treated in Western society as good to mistreat and – with the rise of Christianity – good to be good to. It examines the place and role of disabled people in the moral economy of the successive cultures that have constituted ‘Western civilisation’. This book is the story of disability as it is imagined and re-imagined through the cultural lens of ableism. It is a story of invalidation; of the material habituations of culture and moral sentiment that paint pictures of disability as ‘what not to be’. The author examines the forces of moral regulation that fall violently in behind the dehumanising, ontological fait accompli of disability invalidation, and explores the ways in which the normate community conceived of, narrated and acted in relation to disability. A Historical Sociology of Disability will be of interest to all scholars, students and activists working in the field of Disability Studies, as well as sociology, education, philosophy, theology and history. It will appeal to anyone who is interested in the past, present and future of the ‘last civil rights movement’.

Calder: The Conquest of Space Book by Jed Perl

Calder: The Conquest of Space Book
  • Author : Jed Perl
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2020-04-14
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 688
  • ISBN Code: 0451494121

Summary: The concluding volume to the first biography of one of the most important, influential, and beloved twentieth-century sculptors, and one of the greatest artists in the cultural history of America--is a vividly written, illuminating account of his triumphant later years. The second and final volume of this magnificent biography begins during World War II, when Calder--known to all as Sandy--and his wife, Louisa, opened their home to a stream of artists and writers in exile from Europe. In the postwar decades, they divided their time between the United States and France, as Calder made his first monumental public sculptures and received blockbuster commissions that included Expo '67 in Montreal and the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Jed Perl makes clear how Calder's radical sculptural imagination shaped the minimalist and kinetic art movements that emerged in the 1960s. And we see, as well, that through everything--their ever-expanding friendships with artists and writers of all stripes; working to end the war in Vietnam; hosting riotous dance parties at their Connecticut home; seeing the "mobile," Calder's essential artistic invention, find its way into Webster's dictionary--Calder and Louisa remained the risk-taking, singularly bohemian couple they had been since first meeting at the end of the Roaring Twenties. The biography ends with Calder's death in 1976 at the age of seventy-eight--only weeks after an encyclopedic retrospective of his work opened at the Whitney Museum in New York--but leaves us with a new, clearer understanding of his legacy, both as an artist and a man.

Break in Case of Emergency Book by Jessica Winter

Break in Case of Emergency Book
  • Author : Jessica Winter
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 1101946148

Summary: “A funny and moving commentary on that point in a woman's life when everything seems to come into question." —Camille Perri, The New York Times "It's the superb insights and penetrating writing that make this book remarkable... An extraordinary debut." —The Guardian "Enthralling, sharply observed" —Marie Claire "Hilarious... The personal and workplace plots are woven together beautifully. Read, cringe, laugh, relate." —Lenny "In this cutting commentary on workplace toxicity and how its tendrils can strangle relationships, Winter uses humor to illuminate the state of modern work, family, and friendship." — "Sassy, sarcastic and sleek, this is a wonderfully brash appraisal of how we live."—Colum McCann One of Elle Magazine's 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About One of Cosmo's Reads for July One of Refinery29's Two New Books to Read in July by Brilliant Debut Authors An irreverent and deeply moving comedy about friendship, fertility, and fighting for one’s sanity in a toxic workplace. Jen has reached her early thirties and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation’s ostensible aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas. Jen’s complicity in this passive-aggressive hellscape only intensifies her feelings of inferiority compared to her two best friends—one a wealthy attorney with a picture-perfect family, the other a passionately committed artist—as does Jen’s apparent inability to have a baby, a source of existential panic that begins to affect her marriage and her already precarious status at the office. As Break in Case of Emergency unfolds, a fateful art exhibition, a surreal boondoggle adventure in Belize, and a devastating personal loss conspire to force Jen to reckon with some hard truths about herself and the people she loves most. Jessica Winter’s ferociously intelligent debut novel is a wry satire of celebrity do-goodism as well as an exploration of the difficulty of navigating friendships as they shift to accommodate marriage and family, and the unspoken tensions that can strain even the strongest bonds.

Context Book by Eric Parry

Context Book
  • Author : Eric Parry
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2015-04-29
  • Category: Architecture
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 1118946731

Summary: Demonstrates how a building's setting should inform and inspirerather than constrain architectural design Context-Architecture and the Genius of Place is a highlyengaging, informative discussion of context in architectural theoryand practice. Eric Parry, one of the UK's most highly regardedarchitects — whose work has been widely lauded for itsinnovative response to its setting — addresses thecontemporary definition of context and its importance forsustainable everyday living and urban design. Looking beyond theformal agenda to explore the fundamentals that give new social andcultural perspective to this vital point of departure fordesigners, this book turns the urban statistician's telescopicfocus on global trends inside out for a better understanding of thecultural and physical conditions that make archetypes like theParisian Café, the London High Street, the Baltic City Square,and the Mumbai Market part of the architect's lexicon. Frompavement to landscape, readers will examine how context must betaken into account at every stage in the design process. This book draws on the author's extensive experience withincomplex urban settings to show how the existing fabric and socialconditions can provide an essential starting point for new design,offering a framework for thinking about design responses and theirrelationship to cultural origins of place. Discover the importance of orientation Develop a sequential understanding of urban space Hear the dialogue between parts within a whole Differentiate the uses of formal and informal Whereas existing urban settings, particularly historic citycenters, are generally regarded as limiting to architecturalcreativity, this book presents context as grounds for inspirationrather than constraint. When used correctly, these techniquescreate the feeling that a new building has always been there,simply because it "fits". Context explains the methodsbehind brilliant architecture, helping designers create buildingsthat not only belong, but can provide a catalyst to urban life.

The Power of Form Book by Ana Raquel Fernandes,José Pedro Serra,Rui Carlos Fonseca

The Power of Form Book
  • Author : Ana Raquel Fernandes,José Pedro Serra,Rui Carlos Fonseca
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-02-27
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN Code: 1443875945

Summary: Although positivism dismissed myths as childish fancy, bound to be superseded by reason, there has been a continuous reappraisal of the power of myths since the 19th century. Once viewed as primitive and unreliable accounts and an inadequate and distorted form of knowledge, myths came to be perceived as exemplary narratives, consisting of rich and complex symbolic constructs that carry meaning and a connection to reality. Myths then came to be regarded as a privileged expression of the human soul and of its possibly submerged and unconscious abysses and dramas. Rather than inherently obscure and elusive to a rational grasp, mythical narratives would therefore be driven by logical reasoning, giving shape to a particular worldview of life and humankind. The enduring power of mythical narrative is attested to by its very plasticity, subject to multiple recreations informed by changing concerns and insights. Mythical narratives have thus attracted the interest of various disciplines, from ethnology and history to philosophy, literature, sociology, politics, the history of religions and art history. This interdisciplinary volume studies how myths are inscribed and recycled within both individual and collective heritage, and examines the personal and political implications of multifaceted engagement with myths as one of the forms through which societies try to make sense of their perplexities.

Delphi Complete Works of Hieronymus Bosch (Illustrated) Book by Hieronymus Bosch

Delphi Complete Works of Hieronymus Bosch (Illustrated) Book
  • Author : Hieronymus Bosch
  • Publisher : Delphi Classics
  • Release Date : 2017-07-31
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 1399
  • ISBN Code: 1786565102

Summary: The Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch is considered one of the most notable representatives of the Early Netherlandish painting school. His work is renowned for its fantastic imagery, ethereal landscapes, original religious concepts and, most famously, his macabre, nightmarish depictions of Hell. Though almost forgotten for centuries, today he is held as an innovative visionary, whose works offer a rare insight into humanity’s desires and deepest fears. Delphi’s Masters of Art Series presents the world’s first digital e-Art books, allowing readers to explore the works of great artists in comprehensive detail. This volume presents Bosch’s complete works in beautiful detail, with concise introductions, hundreds of high quality images and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * The complete paintings of Hieronymus Bosch — all the extant and disputed paintings, fully indexed and arranged in chronological and alphabetical order * Includes reproductions of rare works * Features a special ‘Highlights’ section, with concise introductions to the masterpieces, giving valuable contextual information * Enlarged ‘Detail’ images, allowing you to explore Bosch’s celebrated works in detail, as featured in traditional art books * Hundreds of images in colour – highly recommended for viewing on tablets and smart phones or as a valuable reference tool on more conventional eReaders * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the paintings * Easily locate the paintings you wish to view * Includes Bosch's drawings - explore the artist’s imaginative works Please visit to browse through our range of exciting e-Art books CONTENTS: The Highlights ECCE HOMO SAINT JEROME AT PRAYER CHRIST CARRYING THE CROSS ADORATION OF THE MAGI SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST IN THE WILDERNESS CUTTING THE STONE THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS THE HAYWAIN HERMIT SAINTS THE CONJURER THE LAST JUDGMENT THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTHONY DEATH AND THE MISER ASCENT OF THE BLESSED THE MARRIAGE FEAST AT CANA THE WAYFARER The Paintings THE COMPLETE PAINTINGS ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PAINTINGS The Drawings LIST OF DRAWINGS Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles or to buy the whole Art series as a Super Set

The Literature of Catastrophe Book by Carlos Fonseca

The Literature of Catastrophe Book
  • Author : Carlos Fonseca
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2020-05-14
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN Code: 150135065X

Summary: This book investigates how nature and history intertwined during the violent aftermath of the Latin American Wars of Independence. Synthesizing intellectual history and readings of textual production, The Literature of Catastrophe reimagines the emergence of the modern Latin American nation-states beyond the scope of the harmonious “foundational fictions” that marked the emergence of the nation as an organic community. Through a study of philosophical, literary and artistic representations of three catastrophic figures – earthquakes, volcanoes and epidemics – this book provides a critical model through which to refute these state-sponsored “happy narratives,” proposing instead that the emergence of the modern state in Latin America was indeed a violent event whose aftershocks are still felt today. Engaging a variety of sources and protagonists, from Simón Bolívar's manifestoes to Cesar Aira's use of landscape in his novels, from the revolutionary role mosquitoes had within the Haitian Revolution to the role AIDS played in the writing of Reinaldo Arenas' posthumous novel, Carlos Fonseca offers an original retelling of this foundational moment, recounting how history has become a site where the modern division between nature and culture collapses.