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Desperate Clarity

Desperate Clarity

Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1942

  • Author: Maurice Blanchot
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780823250998
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 228
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Essays and reviews published during the Nazi occupation of France.

Yokomitsu Riichi

Yokomitsu Riichi

Modernist

  • Author: Dennis Keene
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 1583482857
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 248
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Yokomitsu Riichi occupied a central position in the Japanese literary world during the 1920's and 1930's. He is perhaps the most important counterpart in modern Japanese prose literature to the "modernist" writers at work in Europe during and following World War I. His experimental works of the mid-1920's are a fascinating, self-conscious attempt to introduce the modernism of Europe to what was, by any standards, an alien tradition. These experimental writings are perhaps the most striking example in Japanese literature of "European influence" can be. Dennis Keene's study, Yokomitsu Riichi: Modernist concerntrates on these early modernist works. Although he attends fully to Yokomitsu's works as worthy objects of study in themselves, Keene's real subject is the ways in which pme literature can affect another. "For modern Japanese literature, and for modern Japanese society as a whole, the overwhelming fact is the presence of the West." In this context Yokomitsu himself emerges as one of the most significant agents of this presence. In demonstrating how Yokomitsu and other writers of the early twentieth century created a new form of Japanese literature, Keene provides not only a significant study in comparative literature, but a paradigm of cross-cultural relations between Japan and the West.

Dirty Work

Dirty Work

  • Author: Nigel Cox
  • Publisher: Victoria University Press
  • ISBN: 9780864735263
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
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As the economic reforms of the mid-1980s begin to take their toll on New Zealand’s most vulnerable, Gina Tully, manager of Happy World hotel—a down-and-out residential hotel filled with rascals and eccentrics—must reconcile her social conscience with her need to keep her job. Emerging from this story about the downtrodden and disadvantaged is a celebration of human resilience that reminds us of the importance of intimacy and compassion.

When the Wild Comes Leaping Up

When the Wild Comes Leaping Up

Personal encounters with nature

  • Author: David Suzuki
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • ISBN: 1741158869
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 240
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In this eloquent collection, award-winning writers from the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia describe a personal encounter with the natural world that moved them, enhanced their understanding of nature, changed them, or was in some other way of prime importance to them. These essays describe childhood memories, everyday walks transformed into life-changing events, being in the grip of a great force, startling encounters with wild animals, and even one fantasy. Contributors include: David Suzuki recounting a childhood epiphany experienced during a fishing trip; Robert Drewe recalling his exhilirating search for sharks as a 19-year-old reporter; Richard Flanagan remembering the experience of a terrifying and life-changing storm while kayaking at sea; Margaret Atwood writing on Cyrogenics in a wickedly witty glimpse into the future; and Wade Davis recounting an adventure in the Amazon rainforest. Here are stories of mystical experiences in a grove of oaks, an encounter with bees (an experience of 'desperate clarity' during a walk in the woods), and memories of a seventies experiment with living on the land and its poignant aftermath. Sad, reflective, exciting, optimistic, pessimistic, nostalgic, and outlandish, each one presents a singular experience of enlightenment, awe, passion, outrage, sadness, or exhilaration. All are beautifully written and powerfully felt, and all are powerful testimonies to the transformative power of nature.

A Twelvemonth and a Day

A Twelvemonth and a Day

  • Author: Christopher Rush
  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 1847675697
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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Shortlisted for the Whitbread Award: “this bleak tale” of a month in the life of a family struggling with addiction “is a work of considerable force” (The Scotsman, UK). Punchy, sharp-witted and acutely observed, Born Free tells the story of an ordinary family living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and dealing with their troubles in an all-too ordinary way: each member is trying to escape life—and each other—through his or her drug of choice, whether it’s alcohol, sex, Prozac, or the Internet. The interactions between parents Angie and Vic, and their teenage children Jake and Joni, reveal a hellish cocktail of mid-life crises and adolescent angst; the savagery of sibling rivalry; the waking nightmare of a marriage gone cold—and the unbridgeable, infernal chasm between the generations. It’s a story of everyday life. Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award Nominated for the Orange Prize “One of Scotland’s most talented writers.”—Daily Telegraph, UK

Blanchot and Literary Criticism

Blanchot and Literary Criticism

  • Author: Mark Hewson
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1441192581
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 176
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Blanchot's writings on literature have imposed themselves in the canon of modern literary theory and yet have remained a mysterious presence. This is in part due to their almost hypnotic literary style, in part due to their distinctive amalgam of a number of philosophical sources (Hegel, Heidegger, Levinas, Bataille), which, although hardly unknown in the Anglophone philosophical world, have not yet made themselves fully at home in literary theory. This book aims to make visible the coherence of Blanchot's critical project. To recognize the challenge that Blanchot represents for literary criticism, one has to see that he always has in view the self-interrogation that characterizes modern literature, both in its theory and its practice. Blanchot's essays study the forms and the paths of this research, its solutions and its impasses; and increasingly, they sketch out the philosophical and historical horizon within which its significance appears. The effect is to revise the terms in which we see the genesis of the modern literary concept, not least of the manifestations of which is literary criticism itself.

Passionate Women, Passive Men

Passionate Women, Passive Men

Suicide in Yiddish Literature

  • Author: Janet Hadda
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 9780887065972
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 223
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Suicide is always a controversial issue. Among Jews, it is often taboo. Stereotypically, Jews do not commit suicide; certainly, they do not discuss it. Passionate Women, Passive Men: Suicide in Yiddish Literature challenges this perception, exploring the problem of suicide through a series of literary case studies. Hadda investigates the lives of these fictional suicides, asking the question: What could be so wrong in a person’s life that suicide—although forbidden by the Jewish religion—would seem preferable?

Madame de Stael

Madame de Stael

  • Author: Maria Fairweather
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472113306
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 480
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The influence of the salons of Paris on the thought and culture of the eighteenth century would be difficult to overstate. They were both intellectual powerhouses and also assemblies where the latest and most extreme fashion was displayed. 'Young gallants...wearing silk waistcoats embroidered with Chinese pagodas, making love to ladies reclining negligently against the cushions...or accepting small cups of chocolate from the hands of Negro pages', thus Harold Nicolson describes the drawings of the time in his book "The Age of Reason". These meeting places for the vanguard of society were presided over by a succession of brilliantly clever women, the salonieres, and the most brilliant and clever of all of them was Madame de Stael. Although she died at the age of 51 she filled her life to the brim, and enjoyed a hugely influential role among the great names of the day. Born Germaine Necker, in Paris on 22 April 1766, her father was a powerful banker and her mother a Swiss pastor's daughter who never got over her good fortune in marrying a rich man. In 1786 Germaine was married to a secretary in the Swedish embassy called de Stael, but although she thought him 'a perfect gentleman' she also found him dull and clumsy. She began to take lovers - the Vicomte de Narbonne and possibly Talleyrand - and then Benjamin Constant, in whom she at last met her intellectual equal. In 1806 her novel "Delphine" was published. It was an instant success and praised by Goethe and Byron, among others. Her salon thronged with glittering visitors including The Tsar, Talleyrand,and Wellington. Maria Fairweather gives an entrancing account of this vanished world, so merciless to outsiders, but for those of the inner circle incomparably glamorous and exciting.

The Business Of Death

The Business Of Death

Death Works Trilogy

  • Author: Trent Jamieson
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 074811646X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 288
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It's one thing to run Mortmax International as head of a team, but it's quite another to rule alone. Staff fatalities have left Steven by himself on the Throne of Death, and there's no time to get comfortable. The Stirrer god's arrival is imminent, threatening life as we know it. Plus Steven has managed to mortally offend the only ally strong enough to help out. And how can he ask someone to marry him when the End of Days seems inevitable? As if they're going to think he's committed. The portents don't look good as a comet burns vast and looming in the sky and Steven can almost hear a dark clock ticking. He will have to play nice if he wants his ally back, and must address the madness of the Hungry Death within himself if he even has a chance at defeating the Stirrer god. If he fails, Hell and Earth are doomed and wedding bells will be quite out of the question.

Modern Occasions

Modern Occasions

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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