Category: Literature

  • Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds (Banned Books)

    By Dawn B. Sova

    The purpose of this four-volume set is to highlight a few four hundred works which were censored, banned, or condemned due to their political, social, spiritual, or sexual content material. The entries, which come with a precis, censorship background, and short bibliography, variety broadly from Aristotle via Galileo and on as much as Adolf Hitler and Judy Blume. Such recognized prohibited works as de Sade's a hundred and twenty Days of Sodom, the Communist Manifesto, and Huckleberry Finn are integrated right here, yet so are many different works which are now much less debatable, e.g., Milton's Areopagitica and Uncle Tom's Cabin. a number of the censorship histories are numerous pages lengthy, yet others are very brief; Born at the Fourth of July will get in basic terms 50 phrases. notwithstanding lots of the works are worthy detect, too many describe particularly vapid objections: Fail-Safe was once challenged via a college librarian who suggestion the e-book might undermine "America's self belief of their protection system." yet as one could count on, a few of the entries, reminiscent of the single for The Satanic Verses, are harrowing. ready through well-qualified students who've written and lectured widely on censorship, the set is a truly readable amassing of a lot beneficial details. It offers extra intensity and is extra present than both Anne L. Haight's Banned Books (1978. 4th ed.) or ALA's Banned Books source advisor (1995).
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  • Crâne chaud

    By Nathalie Quintane

    L. a. littérature pas plus que l. a. philosophie ne sont déprofessionnalisées, pas plus que l. a. connaissance sexuelle : si los angeles connaissance sexuelle étaient enfin totalement déprofessionnalisée, Brigitte ne s'acharnerait pas deux heures par jour tous les jours sauf le week-end. Oui mais los angeles littérature peut être lue par tous et non par un, et tous écoutent l'émission et comprennent. Crâne chaud parle d'amour, non au sens de j'aime les vacances ou j'aime mon chat, mais au sens plus précis de sentiment sexuel. Comme le style n'est jamais easy à dire, on pourrait avancer que ce livre est une fantaisie, ou plutôt une fantaisie réaliste, ou encore une fantaisie réaliste critique.
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  • The Interior: A Red Princess Mystery (Red Princess Mysteries)

    By Lisa See

    “See paints a desirable portrait of a posh and enigmatic society, within which not anything is ever particularly because it appears to be like, and of the folks, peasant and aristocrat alike, who're sure by way of its sophisticated strictures.”
    –San Diego Union-Tribune

    While David Stark is requested to open a legislation place of work in Beijing, his lover, detective Liu Hulan, gets an pressing message from an outdated pal imploring her to enquire the suspicious loss of life of her daughter, who labored for a toy corporation approximately to be offered to David’s new consumer, Tartan Enterprises.

    Despite David’s protests, Hulan is going undercover on the toy manufacturing facility within the rural village of Da Shui, deep within the middle of China. it's a position that forces Hulan to stand a prior she has lengthy been operating from. as soon as there, instead of discovering solutions to the girl’s dying, Hulan finds extra questions, all of which element to attainable crimes devoted via David’s patron. all of sudden Hulan and David locate themselves on opposing aspects: one among them is attempting to reveal an organization and unearth a killer, whereas the opposite is ethically sure to safeguard his customer. As pressures mount and chance raises, Hulan and David discover common truths approximately stable and evil, correct and wrong–and the occasionally refined strains that distinguish them.

    “[See] illuminates culture and alter, Western and japanese cultural alterations. . . . All this in the course of her mystery that is additionally approximately greed, corruption, abuse of the deprived, the desperation of these at the backside of the nutrients chain, and love.”
    –The Tennessean

    “Sophisticated . . . swish . . . See’s photograph of latest China’s courting with the USA is aptly performed out via her characters.”
    Los Angeles Times

    “Immediate, haunting and exquisitely rendered.”
    –San Francisco Chronicle
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  • Slingshot: A Spycatcher Novel (Spycatcher Novels)

    By Matthew Dunn

    Matthew Dunn makes use of his event as a former MI6 box officer to carry transfixing realism to Slingshot, his 3rd Spycatcher novel that includes Will Cochrane—MI6’s, and now the CIA’s, so much prized asset and deadliest weapon.
    In Slingshot, Cochrane is ordered to get well a mysterious rfile stolen via a Russian international Intelligence carrier (SRV) traitor operating for a former high-ranking East German Stasi officer. The officer, years earlier than, had instigated a mystery pact among Russian and U.S. generals. The contract stipulated that are meant to or not it's damaged, an murderer might instantly be set free after an unknown target.
    The SRV has despatched their very own model of Cochrane, a cold-blooded, superb operative, to retrieve the record, pitting spycatcher opposed to spycatcher.
    Slingshot, with its cat-and-mouse espionage, brutal motion, and complicated protagonist, is a must-read for enthusiasts of Robert Ludlum and Lee Child.

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  • Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II

    By J. M. Coetzee

    The second one installment of J. M. Coetzee's fictionalized "memoir" explores a tender man's fight to event existence to its complete depth and remodel it into paintings. The narrator of Youth has lengthy been plotting an escape-from the stifling love of his overbearing mom, a father whose disasters hang-out him, and what he's certain is coming near near revolution in his local nation of South Africa. Arriving eventually in London within the Nineteen Sixties, despite the fact that, he reveals neither poetry nor romance and in its place starts a gloomy pilgrimage into maturity. Youth is a impressive portrait of a attention, remoted and adrift, handing over on itself, of a tender guy suffering to discover his method on the earth, written with tenderness and a fierce readability.
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  • Aliss at the Fire (Norwegian Literature Series)

    By Jon Fosse

    In her outdated apartment by way of the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a imaginative and prescient of herself as she was once greater than two decades past: status via the window expecting her husband Asle, on that negative past due November day while he took his rowboat out onto the water and not again. Her stories widen out to incorporate their complete existence jointly, and past: the bonds of family members and the battles with implacable nature stretching again over 5 generations, to Asle's great-great-grandmother Aliss. In Jon Fosse's bright, hallucinatory prose, these types of moments in time inhabit an identical house, and the ghosts of the prior collide with those that nonetheless survive. "Aliss on the hearth" is a visionary masterpiece, a haunting exploration of affection and loss that ranks one of the maximum meditations on marriage and human fate.

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  • Kornwolf: A Novel

    By Tristan Egolf

    Tristan Egolf's new novel is a ebook in regards to the go back of an previous curse — the Kornwolf, a ferocious werewolf whose nocturnal rampaging turns into more and more very unlikely to disregard. Kornwolf takes the reader for an excellent outdated romp within the stubble — a trip in the course of the slums and honky tundra of rural Pennsylvania, the place not anything particularly passes for reliable or undesirable, chic or dismal, discrete or brash. after which the monotony breaks. whatever — a freak of construction — is operating amok within the fields. to unravel the secret, 3 generations of prodigal sons — a author and fatherland boy who swore he'd by no means get back to Penn's Woods; a middle-aged former pugilist who runs a decrepit boxing fitness center; and a misfit, mute, beaten-down Amish boy — are introduced jointly via the sunshine of a blue moon, in a city referred to as Blue Ball. On one point it is a masterfully orchestrated, hilarious, and compelling tackle the vintage horror yarn, on one other, Kornwolf is a social satire of suburban sprawl, closed minds, and all manners and sorts of self-satisfaction — Amish, civilian, or... other — within the top culture of Tom Robbins and George Saunders.
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  • Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers (Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain)

    By R. Kent Rasmussen

    A voracious pack-rat, Mark Twain hoarded his readers' letters as did few of his contemporaries. Dear Mark Twain collects 2 hundred of those letters written by way of a various cross-section of correspondents from round the world—children, farmers, schoolteachers, businessmen, preachers, railroad clerks, inmates of psychological associations, con artists, or even a former president. it's a designated and groundbreaking book—the first released choice of reader letters to any author of Mark Twain's time. Its contents manage to pay for an extraordinary and exhilarating glimpse into the sensibilities of nineteenth-century humans whereas revealing the impression Samuel L. Clemens had on his readers. Clemens’s personal and sometimes startling reviews and replies also are included.

    R. Kent Rasmussen’s broad examine presents attention-grabbing profiles of the correspondents, whose own tales are frequently as attention-grabbing as their letters. starting from gushing fan appreciations and requests for support and suggestion to feedback for writing initiatives and stinging criticisms, the letters are packed with perceptive insights, pathos, and unintended yet frequently riotous humor. Many are deeply relocating, quite a lot of are hilarious, a few might be surprising, yet none are dull.
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  • Pindar and the Cult of Heroes (Oxford Classical Monographs)

    By Bruno Currie

    Pindar and the Cult of Heroes combines a research of Greek tradition and faith (hero cult) with a literary-critical learn of Pindar's epinician poetry. It appears at hero cult in most cases, yet focuses particularly on heroization within the fifth century BC. There are person chapters at the heroization of battle useless, of athletes, and at the non secular remedy of the residing within the fifth century. Hero cult, Bruno Currie argues, may be expected, in several methods, in a person's lifetime. Epinician poetry too will be interpreted within the mild of this cultural context; essentially, this style explores the patron's non secular prestige. The booklet positive factors wide stories of Pindar's Pythians 2, three, five, Isthmian 7, and Nemean 7.
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  • Faith: A Novel

    By Jennifer Haigh

    "[Haigh is] an expertnatural storyteller with an acute experience of her characters' humanity." —NewYork Times
    "We have the exciting chance that the following nice American writer is already in print." —Fort worthy Star-Telegram

    When Sheila McGann setsout to redeem her disgraced brother, a once-beloved Catholic priest in suburban Boston, her quest will strength her to confront cataclysmic truths approximately herfractured Irish-American relations, her ideals, and, eventually, herself. Award-winning writer Jennifer Haigh follows hercritically acclaimed novels Mrs. Kimble and The with an enthralling, vividly rendered portrait of fraying relatives ties, and the rigors of trust anddevotion, in Faith.
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