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A Way in the World Book by

A Way in the World Book
  • Author :
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2018-08-21
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 0307401472

Summary: In his long-awaited, vastly innovative new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's great travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what is at once an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian… a brilliant new prism through which to view (Naipaul's) life and work."—New York Times.

The Message Book by Mai Jia

The Message Book
  • Author : Mai Jia
  • Publisher : Head of Zeus Ltd
  • Release Date : 2020-03-05
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN Code: 1789543002

Summary: A dazzling literary thriller set in Japan-occupied China from the most translated Chinese novelist of our time. ********************************* China, 1941. It is the height of the Second World War, and Japan rules over China. In the famously beautiful city of Hangzhou, a puppet government propped up by the Japanese is waging an underground war against the Communist resistance. Late one night, under cover of darkness, three men and two women are escorted to an isolated mansion on the shores of West Lake. All five are intelligence officers, employed as codebreakers by the regime. But the secret police are certain that one of them is a communist spy. None of them is leaving until the traitor is unmasked. It should be a straightforward case of sifting truth from lies. But as each codebreaker spins a story that proves their innocence, events are framed and re-framed, and what really happened is called into question again and again. Part historical spy thriller, part playful meta-fiction, The Message is a masterclass in storytelling from a Chinese literary sensation. ********************************* Praise for Mai Jia: 'A page-turner with a gripping plot, otherworldly aura, and flamboyant detail' New York Times on Decoded. 'A literary superstar' Telegraph. 'A mix of spy thriller, historical saga and mathematical puzzle that coheres into a powerful whole' Financial Times on Decoded.

Look At Me Book by Anita Brookner

Look At Me Book
  • Author : Anita Brookner
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2015-11-05
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 0241976529

Summary: Frances Hinton is shy and clever. By day she works in a medical library and every evening she goes back to the solitude of her London flat to write fiction. When she is adopted by Nick and his wife, she is ripe to begin her sentimental education.

The Places in Between Book by Rory Stewart

The Places in Between Book
  • Author : Rory Stewart
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 299
  • ISBN Code: 0156031566

Summary: Traces the author's 2002 journey by foot across Afghanistan, during which he survived the harsh elements through the kindness of tribal elders, teen soldiers, Taliban commanders, and foreign-aid workers whose stories he collected along his way. By the author of The Prince of the Marshes. Original. 20,000 first printing.

The Discovery of Slowness Book by Sten Nadolny

The Discovery of Slowness Book
  • Author : Sten Nadolny
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1997-06-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN Code: 1101658096

Summary: In The Discovery of Slowness, German novelist Sten Nadolny recounts the life of the nineteenth-century British explorer Sir John Franklin (1786-1847). The reader follows Franklin's development from awkward schoolboy and ridiculed teenager to expedition leader, governor of Tasmania, and icon of adventure. Everyone with whom he came into contact sensed that he was a rare man, one who was “out of his time” and who moved to a different, grander beat. That beat eventually led Franklin to sail once more—on his final, fateful voyage—into the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. The Discovery of Slowness is both a riveting account of a remarkable and varied life, and a profound and thought-provoking meditation on time.

The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman Book by Melanie Magidow

The Tale of Princess Fatima, Warrior Woman Book
  • Author : Melanie Magidow
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2021-08-03
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN Code: 0525506039

Summary: Published in English for the first time, and the only Arabic epic named for a woman, The Tale of Princess Fatima recounts the thrilling adventures of a legendary medieval warrior universally known throughout the Middle East and long overdue to join world literature's pantheon of female heroes. A Penguin Classic A fearsome, sword-slinging heroine who defeated countless men in stealth attacks on horseback, Dhat al-Himma, or Princess Fatima, was secretly given away at birth because she wasn't male, only to triumph as the most formidable warrior of her time. Known alternately as "she-wolf," "woman of high resolve," and "calamity of the soul," she lives on in this rousing narrative of female empowerment, in which she leads armies of more than seventy thousand men in clashes between rival tribes and between Muslims and Christians; reconciles with her father after taking him prisoner; and fends off her infatuated cousin, who challenges her to a battle for the right to marry her. Though her cousin suffers an ignominious defeat, he impregnates Fatima against her will and, when she gives birth to a Black son, disowns his own son, who also grows up to be a great warrior, eventually avenging his mother's honor. The epic culminates in a showdown between Fatima and another formidable warrior woman, and earns Fatima a place alongside the likes of Circe, Mulan, Wonder Woman, Katniss Everdeen and other powerful women.

Palace Sculptures of Abomey Book by Francesca Piqué,Leslie H. Rainer

Palace Sculptures of Abomey Book
  • Author : Francesca Piqué,Leslie H. Rainer
  • Publisher : Getty Publications
  • Release Date : 2000-03-16
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN Code: 0892365692

Summary: The Republic of Benin in West Africa is home to more than forty ethnic groups, the largest of which is the Fon. In the early seventeenth century, the Fon established a society ruled by a dynasty of kings, who over the years forged the powerful kingdom of Dahomey. In their capital city of Abomey, they built a remarkable complex of palaces that became the center of the kingdom's political, social, and religious life. The palace walls were decorated with colorful low-relief sculptures, or bas-reliefs, which recount legends and battles and glorify the history of the dynasty's reign. Over the centuries, these visual stories have represented and perpetuated the history and myths of the Fon people. The Palace Sculptures of Abomey combines lavish color photographs of the bas-reliefs with a lively history of the Dahomey kingdom, complemented by period drawings, rare historical photographs, and colorful textile art. The book provides a vivid portrait of these exceptional narrative sculptures and the equally remarkable people who crafted them. Also included are a reading of the stories on the walls and details of the four-year collaboration between the Benin Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Getty Conservation Institute to conserve the bas-reliefs of Abomey. Final chapters describe the Historic Museum of Abomey, now housed in the palace complex, and discuss the continuing popularity of bas-reliefs in contemporary West African art.

Under The Sun Book by Bruce Chatwin,Elizabeth Chatwin,Nicholas Shakespeare

Under The Sun Book
  • Author : Bruce Chatwin,Elizabeth Chatwin,Nicholas Shakespeare
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-09-02
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN Code: 1407092421

Summary: Bruce Chatwin is one of the most significant British novelists and travel writers of our time. His books have become modern-day classics which defy categorisation, inspired by and reflecting his incredible journeys. Tragically, Chatwin's compelling narrative voice was cut off just as he had found it. 'Bruce had just begun' said his friend, Salman Rushdie, 'we saw only the first act'. But Chatwin left behind a wealth of letters and postcards that he wrote, from his first week at school until shortly before his death at the age of forty-eight. Whether typed on Sotheby's notepaper or hastily scribbled, Chatwin's correspondence reveals more about himself than he was prepared to expose in his books; his health and finances, his literary ambitions and tastes, his uneasiness about his sexual orientation; above all, his lifelong quest for where to live. Comprising material collected over two decades from hundreds of contacts across five continents, Chatwin's letters are a valuable and illuminating record of one of the greatest and most enigmatic writers of the twentieth century.

Open Veins of Latin America Book by Eduardo Galeano

Open Veins of Latin America Book
  • Author : Eduardo Galeano
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 1997-01-01
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN Code: 0853459916

Summary: Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably. This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende's inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

The Necessary Angel Book by Wallace Stevens

The Necessary Angel Book
  • Author : Wallace Stevens
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-04-27
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN Code: 0307790665

Summary: In this collection of essays, consummate poet Wallace Stevens reflects upon his art. His aim is not to produce a work of criticism or philosophy, or a mere discussion of poetic technique. As he explains in his introduction, his ambition in these various pieces, published in different times and places, aimed higher than that, in the direction of disclosing "poetry itself, the naked poem, the imagination manifesting itself in its domination of words." Stevens proves himself as eloquent and scintillating in prose as in poetry, as he both analyzes and demonstrates the essential act of repossessing reality through the imagination.

The Tesseract Book by Alex Garland

The Tesseract Book
  • Author : Alex Garland
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2005-07-05
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 1101657634

Summary: An intricately woven, suspenseful novel of psychological and political intrigue, The Tesseract follows the interlocking fates of three sets of characters in the Philippines: gangsters in a chase through the streets of Manila; a middle-class mother putting her children to bed in the suburbs and remembering her first love; and a couple of street kids and the wealthy psychiatrist who is studying their dreams. Alex Garland demonstrates the range of his extraordinary talents as a novelist in this national bestseller, a Chinese puzzle of a novel about three intersecting sets of characters in the Philippines.

Ouidah Book by Robin Law

Ouidah Book
  • Author : Robin Law
  • Publisher : Ohio University Press
  • Release Date : 2005-10-25
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 0821445529

Summary: Ouidah, an African town in the Republic of Benin, was the principal precolonial commercial center of its region and the second-most-important town of the Dahomey kingdom. It served as a major outlet for the transatlantic slave trade. Between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries, Ouidah was the most important embarkation point for slaves in the region of West Africa known to outsiders as the Slave Coast. This is the first detailed study of the town’s history and of its role in the Atlantic slave trade. Ouidah is a well-documented case study of precolonial urbanism, of the evolution of a merchant community, and in particular of the growth of a group of private traders whose relations with the Dahomian monarchy grew increasingly problematic over time.

Anatomy of Restlessness Book by Bruce Chatwin

Anatomy of Restlessness Book
  • Author : Bruce Chatwin
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1997-08-01
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN Code: 110150319X

Summary: Although he is best known for his luminous reports from the farthest-flung corners of the earth, Bruce Chatwin possessed a literary sensibility that reached beyond the travel narrative to span a world of topics—from art and antiques to archaeology and architecture. This spirited collection of previously neglected or unpublished essays, articles, short stories, travel sketches, and criticism represents every aspect and period of Chatwin’s career as it reveals an abiding theme in his work: his fascination with, and hunger for, the peripatetic existence. While Chatwin’s poignant search for a suitable place to “hang his hat,” his compelling arguments for the nomadic “alternative,” his revealing fictional accounts of exile and the exotic, and his wickedly en pointe social history of Capri prove him to be an excellent observer of social and cultural mores, Chatwin’s own restlessness, his yearning to be on the move, glimmers beneath every surface of this dazzling body of work.

How to Fight Book by Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Fight Book
  • Author : Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher : Parallax Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-19
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN Code: 1941529879

Summary: Learn how to relax the bonds of anger, attachment, and delusion through mindfulness and kindness toward ourselves and others. The Mindfulness Essentials series introduces beginners and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the ways we act out in anger, frustration, despair, and delusion. In brief meditations accompanied by whimsical sumi-ink drawings, Thich Nhat Hanh instructs us exactly how to transform our craving and confusion. If we learn to take good care of our suffering, we can help others do the same. How to Fight is pocket-sized with two color original artwork by California artist Jason DeAntonis.

Late Essays Book by J.M. Coetzee

Late Essays Book
  • Author : J.M. Coetzee
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2017-09-07
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 1473547474

Summary: A fascinating collection of essays on literary subjects ranging from Daniel Defoe to Samuel Beckett by a Nobel and Booker Prize-winning writer Late Essays gathers together J.M. Coetzee’s literary essays from 2006 to 2017. The subjects covered in this stunning collection range from Daniel Defoe in the early eighteenth century to Coetzee’s contemporary Philip Roth. Coetzee has had a long-standing interest in German literature and here he engages with the work of Goethe, Hölderlin, Kleist and Walser. There are four fascinating essays on fellow Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett and he looks at the work of three Australian writers: Patrick White, Les Murray and Gerald Murnane. There are essays too on Tolstoy’s great novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich, on Flaubert’s masterpiece Madame Bovary, and on the Argentine modernist Antonio Di Benedetto.

The Story of the Stone: The Warning Voice (Volume III) Book by Cao Xueqin

The Story of the Stone: The Warning Voice (Volume III) Book
  • Author : Cao Xueqin
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2012-08-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN Code: 0141912812

Summary: The Story of the Stone (c. 1760), also known by the title of The Dream of the Red Chamber, is the great novel of manners in Chinese literature. Divided into five volumes, of which The Warning Voice is the third, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author's own family). The two main characters, Bao-yu and Dai-yu, are set against a rich tapestry of humour, realistic detail and delicate poetry, which accurately reflects the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life. But over and above the novel hangs the constant reminder that there is another plane of existence - a theme which affirms the Buddhist belief in a supernatural scheme of things.

Ireland, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: 1612-1865 Book by N. Rodgers

Ireland, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: 1612-1865 Book
  • Author : N. Rodgers
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2007-01-31
  • Category: Political Science
  • Pages : 403
  • ISBN Code: 0230625223

Summary: This book tackles a hitherto neglected topic by presenting Ireland as very much a part of the Black Atlantic world. It shows how slaves and sugar produced economic and political change in Eighteenth-century Ireland and discusses the role of Irish emigrants in slave societies in the Caribbean and North America.

Utz Book by Bruce Chatwin

Utz Book
  • Author : Bruce Chatwin
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1989-12-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN Code: 1101522836

Summary: An elegant novel set in Prague about the possibility of freedom in an unfree state, from the acclaimed author of The Songlines and In Patagonia Utz collects Meissen porcelain with a passion. His collection, which he has protected and enlarged through both World War II and Czechoslovakia's years of Stalinism, numbers more than 1,000 pieces, all crammed into his two-room Prague flat. Utz is allowed to leave the country each year, and although he has considered defection, he always returns. He cannot take his precious collection with him, but he cannot leave it, either. And so Utz is as much owned by his porcelain as it is owned by him, as much of a prisoner of the collection as of the Communist state. A fascinating, enigmatic man, Kaspar Utz is one of Bruce Chatwin's finest creations. And his story, as delicately cast as one of Utz's porcelain figures, is unforgettable.

The Schooldays of Jesus Book by J.M. Coetzee

The Schooldays of Jesus Book
  • Author : J.M. Coetzee
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-08-18
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN Code: 1473547288

Summary: From the double Booker Prize-winning author of Disgrace, an astonishing novel of new beginnings and the troubles of youth. 'Brilliant... Tenaciously absorbing' Daily Telegraph David is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simón and Inés take care of him in their new town, Estrella. He is learning the language, he has begun to make friends and he has the big dog Bolívar to watch over him. But he'll be seven soon and he should be at school. And so, David is enrolled in the Academy of Dance. It's here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. Yet it's here too that he will make troubling discoveries about what adults are capable of. The Schooldays of Jesus is a mesmerising tale about growing up, and about the choices we are forced to make in our lives. 'Compelling, often very funny, full of sudden depths' Observer Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2016

Werner Herzog Book by Eric Ames

Werner Herzog Book
  • Author : Eric Ames
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2014-04-17
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN Code: 162674114X

Summary: Over the course of his career, legendary director Werner Herzog (b. 1942) has made almost sixty films and given more than eight hundred interviews. This collection features the best of these, focusing on all the major films, from Signs of Life and Aguirre, the Wrath of God to Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. When did Herzog decide to become a filmmaker? Who are his key influences? Where does he find his peculiar themes and characters? What role does music play in his films? How does he see himself in relation to the German past and in relation to film history? And how did he ever survive the wrath of Klaus Kinski? Herzog answers these and many other questions in twenty-five interviews ranging from the 1960s to the present. Critics and fans recognized Herzog’s importance as a young German filmmaker early on, but his films have attained international significance over the decades. Most of the interviews collected in this volume—some of them from Herzog’s production archive and previously unpublished—appear in English for the very first time. Together, they offer an unprecedented look at Herzog’s work, his career, and his public persona as it has developed and changed over time.

In Patagonia Book by Bruce Chatwin

In Patagonia Book
  • Author : Bruce Chatwin
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-10-31
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 1448105617

Summary: 'The book that redefined travel writing' Guardian Bruce Chatwin sets off on a journey through South America in this wistful classic travel book With its unique, roving structure and beautiful descriptions, In Patagonia offers an original take on the age-old adventure tale. Bruce Chatwin’s journey to a remote country in search of a strange beast brings along with it a cast of fascinating characters. Their stories delay him on the road, but will have you tearing through to the book’s end. ‘It is hard to pin down what makes In Patagonia so unique, but, in the end, it is Chatwin’s brilliant personality that makes it what it is... His form of travel was not about getting from A to B. It was about internal landscapes’ Sunday Times

Multilingual Health Education Resource Guide Book by Margo Pfleger,Mizzette Fuenzalida

Multilingual Health Education Resource Guide Book
  • Author : Margo Pfleger,Mizzette Fuenzalida
  • Publisher : DIANE Publishing
  • Release Date : 1996-06-01
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 151
  • ISBN Code: 9780788189395

Summary: Designed to assist health care providers in meeting the needs of their non-English speaking clients. Contains a list of over 600 language-specific health education materials. Includes listings for materials in Cambodian (Khmer), Hmong, Lao, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian, Haitian Creole and French, Russian, Somali, and Spanish on a variety of health care topics including Hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB, breast health, dental care, family planning, immunization, and prenatal care. Ordering information, a listing of sources for materials, and a listing of refugee health coordinators are included.