The Third Tower: Journeys in Italy (Pushkin Collection)

By Antal Szerb

In August 1936 a Hungarian author in his mid-thirties arrives by way of teach in Venice, on a trip overshadowed through the arriving conflict and charged with extreme own nostalgia. conscious that he may by no means back stopover at this land whose websites and scenes had as soon as exercised a wierd and terrifying energy over his mind's eye, he immerses himself in a move of discoveries, reappraisals and inevitable self-revelations. From Venice, he strains the path taken through the Germanic invaders of outdated right down to Ravenna, to face, gratifying a lifelong dream, ahead of the sacred mosaics of San Vitale.
This trip into his inner most previous brings Antal Szerb firmly, and from time to time painfully, up opposed to an explosive current, generating a few memorable observations at the social wonders and existential horrors of Mussolini's new Roman Imperium.

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Science Fiction: 101: Exploring the Craft of Science Fiction

Prior to Robert Silverberg gained a number of Hugo and Nebula awards and have become Grand grasp of technological know-how fiction, he used to be a tender guy studying the artwork and craft of writing the style. In Science Fiction: 101, Silverberg unearths the roots of recent technological know-how fiction with thought-provoking essays approximately many of the field’s so much groundbreaking stories—included during this volume—which encouraged him and taught him to jot down. those insightful analyses, in addition to the abilities and techniques Silverberg built to construct his profitable profession, make this an crucial quantity for readers attracted to technology fiction history. 
 
Featuring 13 vintage tales by way of Brian W. Aldiss, Alfred Bester, James Blish, Philip ok. Dick, Damon Knight, C. M. Kornbluth, Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, Frederik Pohl, Bob Shaw, Robert Sheckley, Cordwainer Smith, and Jack Vance

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I Have Landed: Splashes and Reflections in Natural History

Stephen Jay Gould's writing is still the fashionable commonplace through which well known technology writing is judged. all through his paintings Gould has built a particular and private type of essay to regard nice medical matters within the context of biography. With i've got Landed, Gould once more utilized biographical views to the illumination of key medical strategies and their background. starting from the invention of the recent scourge of syphilis by way of Fracastero within the 16th century and Isabelle Duncan's nineteenth-century test at reconciling scripture and palaeontology to Freud's bizarre speculations approximately human phylogeny and up to date creationist assaults at the research of evolution. As continuously, the essays brilliantly remove darkness from and elucidate the puzzles and paradoxes nice and small that experience fuelled the company of technological know-how and opened our eyes to an international of unforeseen wonders.

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Sports in America

By James A. Michener

Initially released in 1976, James A. Michener’s explosive, unbelievable Sports in America is a prescient exam of the main issue in American activities that remains unfolding to at the present time. seasoned basketball gamers are banned for narcotics use, whereas a big League pitcher is arrested for smuggling medications around the Mexican border. The NFL’s “injury document” grows longer each Sunday. Corruption and recruiting violations plague collegiate activities because the “winning is every thing” mentality trickles right down to the Little League point. along with his lifelong enthusiasm for activities in facts, the incomparable Michener tackles this topic completely and leaves us surprised and appalled through what we’ve realized, but nonetheless loving the video games we grew up on.
 
Praise for Sports in America
 
“A entire, arguable exam of activities as an immense strength in American life.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Michener’s existence was once kept via activities two times. In go back, he has issued an extended, lovingly serious, prodigiously researched account of the passions and politics of the US at equipped play. wealthy in anecdote, resource fabric and his personal sensible commentary.”The manhattan instances publication Review
 
“Like almost about every little thing James Michener has produced, Sports in the USA is a considerate, well-written rfile that’s completely researched. . . . For an individual drawn to how the ball bounces within the U.S. of A., the solutions are all here.”The Wall road Journal
 
“Encyclopedic . . . a laugh and occasionally alarming.”The Washington Post

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The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Winner of the Kobayashi Hideo Award, The Fall of Language within the Age of English lays naked the fight to preserve the brilliance of one's personal language during this interval of English-language dominance. Born in Tokyo but additionally raised and trained within the usa, Minae Mizumura recognizes the price of a common language within the pursuit of information, but additionally embraces the several methods of realizing provided by way of a number of tongues. She warns opposed to wasting this beneficial diversity.

Universal languages have regularly performed a pivotal position in advancing human societies, Mizumura exhibits, yet within the globalized international of the web, English is quickly turning into the only real universal language of humanity. the method is unstoppable, and striving for overall language equality is delusional―and but, specific forms of wisdom may be received basically via writings in particular languages.

Mizumura calls those writings "texts" and their final shape "literature." in simple terms via literature, and extra essentially during the diversified languages that provide beginning to quite a few literatures, do we nurture and improve humanity. Incorporating her personal reports as a author and a lover of language, and embedding a parallel historical past of eastern, Mizumura deals an intimate examine the phenomena of person and nationwide expression.

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The Paris Review Book: of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, the Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953

By The Paris Review

A thrilling new anthology from the magazine Time magazine known as “the greatest ‘little magazine’ in history.” To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the venerable Paris Review, Picador is proud to put up a different anthology in accordance with the topics of recent lifestyles. just like the paintings of the writers integrated, this publication will encourage a dizzying variety of suggestion and emotion, serving as a cumulative and breathtaking “mirror” to the realm we are living in.

To seem:
Jack Kerouac
Norman Mailer
Louise Erdrich
Jonathan Franzen
Gabriel García Márquez
William Burroughs
Denis Johnson
David Foster Wallace
Raymond Carver
Italo Calvino
Grace Paley
and many more.

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La Tsarine noire et autres contes, précédé de "Puissances du masochisme"

By Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Roger Dadoun

« Au fil d’un discussion coupé au couteau, les mots fulgurent en éclairs de lame, et lacèrent, et tranchent ; le récit, soutenant l. a. montée en puissance de l’esclave du tsar, sa maîtresse devenue son maître, dans un essai d’une journée “pour voir”, progresse à coups de coutelas – une splendide esclave noire en est l’implacable virtuose; les corps d’hommes, boyards et nobles, sont transpercés, découpés, écartelés – pour ce renversant couronnement couronnant le renversement des rôles : l. a. tête du tant aimé tsar est décollée – tranchée. Phallus cou coupé! Les touches de rouge sang qui émaillaient paysages, vêtements et visages culminent en “bain de sang”. Et voici que surgit soudain, jaillissant du texte de ce cher Masoch, se délestant de tout esclavage et de toute emprise sexuelle, cette “souveraine de Galicie”, l. a. “tsarine noire”. Mais pour quelle autre archaïque ou neuve souveraineté, qui répondrait à cette énigme pelotée flagellée refoulée “depuis l. a. fondation du monde”: mais que veut los angeles femme? ».

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Facing Unpleasant Facts

By George Orwell

George Orwell used to be at the beginning an essayist, producing all through his lifestyles a rare array of brief nonfiction that reflected--and illuminated--the fraught instances during which he lived. "As quickly as he started to write something," reviews George Packer in his foreword, "it was once as ordinary for Orwell to suggest, generalize, qualify, argue, judge--in brief, to think--as it used to be for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent."

Facing disagreeable proof charts Orwell's improvement as a grasp of the narrative-essay shape and unites such classics as "Shooting an Elephant" with lesser-known journalism and passages from his wartime diary. even if detailing the horrors of Orwell's boyhood in an English boarding college or bringing to existence the attractions, sounds, and scents of the Spanish Civil warfare, those essays weave jointly the private and the political in an unmistakable type that's immediately plainspoken and brilliantly advanced.

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Even As We Speak: New Essays 1993 - 2001

By Clive James

Bubbling, full of life and eclectic, this can be one of many overdue 20th Century's most interesting minds (and bellies) on express. during this compelling selection of essays Clive James focusses on Australian poetry; on tv this present day; at the upward thrust and fall of varied icons; at the query of the culpability of the standard German within the holocaust; and there's a compellingly provocative and much-talked approximately piece at the dying of Diana.

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