Category: Literature

By Anna Seghers

Anna Seghers’s Transit is an existential, political, literary mystery that explores the agonies of boredom, the power of storytelling, and the plight of the exile with impressive compassion and insight.
     
Having escaped from a Nazi focus camp in Germany in 1937, and later a camp in Rouen, the anonymous twenty-seven-year-old German narrator of Seghers’s multilayered masterpiece leads to the dusty seaport of Marseille. alongside the way in which he's requested to bring a letter to a guy named Weidel in Paris and discovers Weidel has dedicated suicide, abandoning a suitcase containing letters and the manuscript of a singular. As he makes his option to Marseille to discover Weidel’s widow, the narrator assumes the id of a refugee named Seidler, notwithstanding the specialists imagine he's rather Weidel. There within the vast ready room of Marseille, the narrator converses with the refugees, hearing their tales over pizza and wine, whereas additionally progressively piecing jointly the tale of Weidel, whose manuscript has shattered the narrator’s “deathly boredom,” bringing him to a deeper understanding of the transitory international the refugees inhabit as they wait and look forward to that almost all priceless of possessions: transit papers.

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By Jan Venolia

Replaces prior edition.In today'¬?s stressful global of mobile phones, e mail, and rapid messages, is it nonetheless precious to grasp how one can write an excellent letter? completely! an enticing, well-written letter can seize the reader'¬?s realization and carry it lengthy after anyone else'¬?s electronic mail has been discarded. it might probably make a robust, lasting impact on a hiring supervisor, strength purchaser, or far flung good friend who gets it. In different phrases, the letter continues to be a major specialist and private communique instrument, one who too few humans find out about nowadays. during this thoroughly revised and up to date version of higher LETTERS, writing authority Jan Venolia dispenses professional suggestion on developing the best letter, protecting composition, sort, and layout. With the best LETTER! your message will upward push above the rest.

  • this useful, transportable addition to the fitting! sequence (650,000 copies offered) is a vital advisor to potent letter writing, together with a bit on email.
  • With such a lot of humans complaining in regards to the glut of e-mail, junk mail, and incorrect information, this reference is required now greater than ever.
  • prior variants of higher LETTERS have offered greater than 80,000 copies.
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    By Mary Beard

    We're all classicists--we come into contact with the classics each day: in our tradition, politics, medication, structure, language, and literature. What are the real roots of those affects, besides the fact that, and the way do our interpretations of those points of the classics range from their unique fact? This creation to the classics starts with a trip to the British Museum to view the frieze which as soon as embellished the Apollo Temple a Bassae. via those sculptures John Henderson and Mary Beard suggested us to contemplate the importance of the examine of Classics as a method of discovery and enquiry, its price by way of literature, philosophy, and tradition, its resource of images, and the explanations for the continuation of those photographs into and past the 20 th century. Designed for the final reader and scholar alike, A Very brief creation to Classics demanding situations readers to undertake a clean method of the Classics as a big cultural impact, either within the historical global and twentieth-century--emphasizing the continued have to comprehend and examine this enduring subject.

    About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions provide an creation to a few of life's finest themes. Written through specialists for the newcomer, they display the best modern wondering the relevant difficulties and matters in 1000's of key themes, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam.

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    By Margaret Laurence

    A poultry within the House is a chain of 8 interconnected brief tales narrated by way of Vanessa MacLeod as she matures from a toddler at age ten right into a younger lady at age twenty. clever for her years, Vanessa finds a lot concerning the grownup global during which she lives.

    "Vanessa rebels opposed to the dominance of age; she watches [her grandfather] imitate her aunt Edna; and her rage from time to time is such that she could gladly kick him. It takes nice ability to maintain this tale in the increasing horizon of this younger lady and but make it so revealing of the grownup world."—Atlantic

    "A chicken within the House achieves the breadth of scope which we often go along with the radical (and thereby is as psychologically legitimate as an excellent novel), and whilst makes use of the concepts of the quick tale shape to bare the various features of the younger Vanessa." —Kent Thompson, The Fiddlehead

    "I am haunted by means of the ladies in Laurence's novels as though they honestly have been alive—and now not as girls i have recognized, yet as girls i have been."—Joan Larkin, Ms. Magazine

    "Not considering that . . . To Kill a Mockingbird has there been a unique like this. it may now not be overlooked through someone who has a baby or used to be a child."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    One of Canada's so much entire writers, Margaret Laurence (1926-87) was once the recipient of many awards together with Canada's prestigious Governor General's Literary Award on separate events, as soon as for The Diviners.

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    By Wayne C. Booth

    The first version of The Rhetoric of Fiction remodeled the feedback of fiction and shortly turned a vintage within the box. essentially the most usual texts in fiction classes, it's a general reference element in complex discussions of the way fictional shape works, how authors make novels available, and the way readers recreate texts, and its ideas and terms—such as "the implied author," "the postulated reader," and "the unreliable narrator"—have turn into a part of the normal serious lexicon.

    For this new version, Wayne C. sales space has written an intensive Afterword within which he clarifies misunderstandings, corrects what he now perspectives as error, and units forth his personal fresh brooding about the rhetoric of fiction. the opposite new function is a Supplementary Bibliography, ready by way of James Phelan in session with the writer, which lists the $64000 serious works of the previous twenty years—two many years that sales space describes as "the richest within the background of the subject."

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    By Benjamin Fraser

    Trains, Literature and tradition: examining and Writing the Rails delves into the wealthy connections among rail trip and the production of cultural items from brief tales to novels, from pictures to go back and forth publications, and from creative manifestos of the avant-garde to Freud’s psychology. all of the contributions engages in serious readings of textual or visible representations of trains throughout a large spectrum of time sessions and traditions—from English and American to Mexican, West African and eu literary cultures. via turns trope, metaphor, and logo of technological development, those textual and visible representations of the educate serve from time to time to index racial and gender inequalities, to usher in the arriving of a nation’s independence, and at nonetheless others to evince the trauma of industrialization. In every one example, the determine of the teach emerges as a fancy narrative shape engaged by way of artists who have been “Reading & Writing the Rails” as a fashion of assessing the competing discursive investments of cultural modernity.

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    By Lisa Brackmann

    Iraq conflict vet Ellie McEnroe has a fantastic existence in Beijing, representing the paintings of debatable dissident chinese language artist Zhang Jianli. even if Zhang's mysterious disappearance has attracted the eye of the chinese language specialists. even if her Born-Again mom has come for a trip and indicates no symptoms of leaving.
     
    yet issues rather get complex whilst Ellie's is of the same opinion to assist out an previous military blood brother together with his look for his lacking brother. Ellie reveals herself entangled in a conspiracy which could or won't contain a sinister biotech corporation, eco-terrorists, an art-obsessed chinese language billionaire, and plenty of cats—a conspiracy that might take her on a wild chase via a few of China's most pretty and so much surreal places.

    From the Hardcover edition.

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    By Anita Shreve

    What makes a relations? that is what twelve-year-old Nicky Dillon wonders after she and her widowed father find a wailing deserted child within the snow-filled woods close to their New Hampshire domestic. during the days that stick with, the Dillons and an unforeseen customer who quickly turns up at their door-a younger lady obviously haunted through her personal poor choices-face a thicket of selections, each one seeming to hold equivalent probabilities of heartbreak and redemption. Writing with all of the emotional resonance that has drawn thousands of readers world wide to her fiction, Anita Shreve unfolds in mild on Snow a young and striking novel approximately love and its consequences.

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    By Margaret Bald

    Censorship of spiritual and philosophical hypothesis is as outdated as historical past and as present as latest headlines. a few of the world's significant spiritual texts, together with the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, and others, were suppressed, condemned, or proscribed at it slow. Works of secular literature touching upon non secular trust or reflecting dissenting perspectives have additionally been suppressed. "Literature Suppressed on non secular Grounds, Revised version" profiles the censorship of many such crucial works of civilization. The 14 entries new to this variation comprise wide assurance of the "Harry Potter" sequence, which has been usually banned within the usa when you consider that it promotes witchcraft, in addition to entries on renowned textbook sequence, "The Witches" by way of Roald Dahl, "Women with no males: a unique of recent Iran", and extra. additionally integrated are updates to such entries as "The Satanic Verses" by way of Salman Rushdie and "On the beginning of Species" by way of Charles Darwin. New and up-to-date entries comprise: "The development of studying" (Francis Bacon); "The Age of cause" (Thomas Paine); "The Analects" (Confucius); The Bible; "The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution" (Roger Williams); "The ebook of universal Prayer" (Thomas Cranmer); "Children of the Alley" (Naguib Mahfouz); "The Critique of natural cause" (Immanuel Kant); "Dialogue about the leader global platforms" (Galileo Galilei); "Discourse on procedure" (Rene Descartes); "Don Quixote" (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra); "The Harry Potter" sequence (J. okay. Rowling); The Koran; "The final Temptation of Christ" (Nikos Kazantzakis); "On the foundation of Species" (Charles Darwin); "Popol Vuh"; "The purple and the Black" (Stendhal); "The Satanic Verses" (Salman Rushdie); "Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India" (James W. Laine); "The Talmud"; "Voyages to the Moon and the solar" (Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac); and, "Zhuan Falun: the full Teachings of Falun Gong" (Li Hongzhi).

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