A World of Difference

An Anthology of Short Stories from Five Continents
Author: Lynda Prescott
Publisher: Palgrave
ISBN: 9780230202085
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 320
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An essential anthology of fifteen short stories which provides students with an international selection of works by acclaimed modern writers: from Nobel Laureates (Nadine Gordimer, V. S. Naipaul), to masters of the short story (Raymond Carver, Mavis Gallant, William Trevor), to a younger generation of writers on their way to establishing worldwide reputations (Zadie Smith, Ana Menéndez). Featuring the theme of 'difference', each story has something to say about cultural encounters, often arising from experiences of migration or uprooting. Their predominantly realist temper promotes vivid, imaginative connections between the worlds of fiction and the worlds of its readers. This is an ideal primary set text for modules on Modern Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Postmodern Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, International Literature or The Short Story, which may be offered at all levels of an undergraduate or taught postgraduate Literature degree.

The Faber Book of Beasts


Author: Paul Muldoon
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571195473
Category: Animals
Page: 295
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The Faber Book of Beasts is a collection of many of the best poems in English about the creatures who share our planet. The animal kingdom has prompted some of the liveliest and most enjoyable writing by poets, from Homer to our contemporaries. Among the creatures gathered here, tame or wild; common or exotic, are mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and others perhaps more fanciful than real. A zoologist's delight.There is, too, a moral or philosophical purpose. As Paul Muldoon says in his introduction: 'We are most human in the presence of animals.' And it is just this sense of how our humanity is illuminated by the contemplation of bestial life that he has set out to celebrate. The results are wonderfully rich and thought-provoking.

One World

A Global Anthology of Short Stories
Author: Chris Brazier
Publisher: New Internationalist
ISBN: 1906523134
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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A collection of twenty-three short stories from around the world includes contributions by such authors as Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, India's Lucinda Nelson Dhavan, and Botswana's Lauri Kubuitsile.

Land of Love and Ruins


Author: Oddný Eir
Publisher: Restless Books
ISBN: 1632060744
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
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“Oddný Eir is an authentic author, philosopher and mystic. She weaves together diaries and fiction. She is the writer I feel can best express the female psyche of now and has bridged the gap between rural Iceland and Western philosophy. A true pioneer!!!!!!!!” —Björk The winner of the Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize in 2012, Land of Love and Ruins is the debut novel by a daring new voice in international fiction: Oddný Eir. Written in the form of a diary but with fantastical linguistic verve, the narrator sets out on a universal quest: to find a place to belong—and a way of being in the world. Paradoxically, her longing to settle down drives her to embark on all kinds of journeys, physical and mental, through time and space, in order to find answers to questions that concern not only her personally, but also the whole of humankind. She explores various modes of living, ponders different types of relationships and contemplates her bond with her family, land and nation; trying to find a balance between companionship and independence, movement and stability, past, present, and future. An enchanting blend of autobiography, diary, philosophical inquiry, and fantasy, Land of Love and Ruins is a richly imagined and utterly unique book about being human in the modern world.

Guernica

The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon
Author: Gijs van Hensbergen
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408841487
Category: Art
Page: 288
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Of all the great paintings in the world, Picasso's Guernica has had a more direct impact on our consciousness than perhaps any other. In this absorbing and revealing book, Gijs van Hensbergen tells the story of this masterpiece. Starting with its origin in the destruction of the Basque town of Gernika in the Spanish Civil War, the painting is then used as a weapon in the propaganda battle against Fascism. Later it becomes the nucleus of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the detonator for the Big Bang of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s. This tale of passion and politics shows the transformation of this work of art into an icon of many meanings, up to its long contested but eventually triumphant return to Spain in 1981.

Leisure and Ancient Rome


Author: J. P. Toner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745668909
Category: History
Page: 208
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In this book Toner offers a new way of looking at Roman society at all levels, not just among the elite, by examining the imperial games and the baths as well as gambling, the taverns, theatre and carnivals.

Partner to the Poor

A Paul Farmer Reader
Author: Paul Farmer,Haun Saussy
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520257111
Category: Medical
Page: 660
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"Dr. Paul Farmer is one of the most extraordinary people I've ever known. Partner to the Poor recounts his relentless efforts to eradicate disease, humanize health care, alleviate poverty, and increase opportunity and empowerment in the developing world. It will inspire us all to do our parts."--William J. Clinton "If the world is curious about Paul Farmer, there is a reason for that. No one has done more than he has in bringing modern medicine to the poor across the globe and no one has exceeded him in making us appreciate the diverse barriers that prevent proper medicine from reaching the underdogs of the world. In this wonderful collection of essays, putting together Paul Farmer's writings over more than two decades, we can see how his far-reaching ideas have developed and radically enhanced the understanding of the challenges faced by healthcare in the uneven world in which we live. This is an altogether outstanding book."--Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, Economics "To delve into these pages is to join one of the world's great explorers on an epic life journey--to grapple with culture, poverty, disease, health care, ethics, and ultimately our common humanity in the Age of AIDS. Paul Farmer is a pioneer, guide, and inspiration at a time of unprecedented contrasts: between wealth and poverty, power and powerlessness, health and disease, compassion and neglect. His medical expertise, anthropological vision, and unflinching decency have helped to recharge our world with moral purpose."--Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University "Wow! Perfect for teaching. This is more than vintage Farmer. Editor Haun Saussy knows Farmer's work inside out and has assembled and organized 25 classic articles that project the heart of Farmer's brilliant, radical, inspiring, eminently practical and (dare I say) genuinely subversive work."--Philippe Bourgois, author of Righteous Dopefiend "If they gave Nobel Prizes for raising moral awareness, Paul Farmer would have won his a long time ago. For several decades now, his work has posed a challenge to anyone who dares say that radically improving the health of the world's poor can't be done. This splendid compilation of the best of his work allows us to follow a restless, creative, compassionate mind in action, in and out of prisons and barrios and mud huts and hospital wards, from Haiti to Rwanda to Moscow, never taking 'no' for an answer."--Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains "Paul Farmer is a deep scholar of Haitian society, a formidable medical anthropologist, an implacable theorist of structural violence and health as a human right, and an ethicist for whom the place of social justice in medicine and in the world is an existential need. This book is the platform of interconnected intellectual, academic, and practical engagements upon which the amazing, world-transforming life of Farmer stands."--Arthur Kleinman, author of What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life amidst Uncertainty and Danger "This collection shows the impressive catalytic effects of original scholarship when combined with action, activism, and a commitment to social justice in health. Paul Farmer and his PIH colleagues have twice changed World Health Organization policies; they continue to have a lasting impact on the global health movement and on the lives of the poor.--Peter Brown, Emory University

Born Translated

The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature
Author: Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231539452
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 352
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As a growing number of contemporary novelists write for publication in multiple languages, the genre's form and aims are shifting. Born-translated novels include passages that appear to be written in different tongues, narrators who speak to foreign audiences, and other visual and formal techniques that treat translation as a medium rather than as an afterthought. These strategies challenge the global dominance of English, complicate "native" readership, and protect creative works against misinterpretation as they circulate. They have also given rise to a new form of writing that confounds traditional models of literary history and political community. Born Translated builds a much-needed framework for understanding translation's effect on fictional works, as well as digital art, avant-garde magazines, literary anthologies, and visual media. Artists and novelists discussed include J. M. Coetzee, Junot Díaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, Mohsin Hamid, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jamaica Kincaid, Ben Lerner, China Miéville, David Mitchell, Walter Mosley, Caryl Phillips, Adam Thirlwell, Amy Waldman, and Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries. The book understands that contemporary literature begins at once in many places, engaging in a new type of social embeddedness and political solidarity. It recasts literary history as a series of convergences and departures and, by elevating the status of "born-translated" works, redefines common conceptions of author, reader, and nation.

Futures for English Studies

Teaching Language, Literature and Creative Writing in Higher Education
Author: A. Hewings,L. Prescott,P. Seargeant
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137431806
Category: Education
Page: 268
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Futures for English Studies brings together chapters by leading writers across the curriculum area of English to investigate how the component parts of English (literature, language, and creative writing) are located institutionally in higher education and to explore the interdisciplinary prospects of a subject which spans the humanities and social sciences. Through explorations of changing foci in a variety of contexts, the book examines the value and purpose of teaching and researching English language, literature and creative writing in the twenty-first century, both within Anglophone countries and the wider world. The contributors, all practicing educators and researchers in the field, bring a wide range of perspectives to the theme of the development of the discipline, and illustrate that the strengths of English Studies as an academic subject lie not only in its traditional breadth and depth, but also in a readiness to adapt, experiment, and engage with other subjects.

A Fine Balance


Author: Rohinton Mistry
Publisher: New Canadian Library
ISBN: 1551991381
Category: Fiction
Page: 832
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A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry’s stunning internationally acclaimed bestseller, is set in mid-1970s India. It tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a “State of Internal Emergency.” Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances – and their fates – become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Mistry’s prose is alive with enduring images and a cast of unforgettable characters. Written with compassion, humour, and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured, and powerful novel written by one of the most gifted writers of our time. From the Hardcover edition.

Interpreting Cezanne


Author: Paul Smith
Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang
ISBN: 9781556704642
Category: Art
Page: 80
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Interpreting Cezanne explores the style and content of Cezanne's work and analyzes the artist's own comments about painting. Greatly influenced by the landscapes of his native Provence, the Old Masters, and, most importantly, Impressionism, Cezanne had a lasting and profound influence on 20th century art. Includes 63 illustrations, 50 in color.

Literary Occasions

Essays
Author: V.S. Naipaul
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307557464
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
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Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul brings his signature gifts of observation, his ferocious impatience with received truths, and his masterfully condensed prose to these eleven essays on reading, writing, and identity—which have been brought together for the first time. Here the subject is Naipaul’s literary evolution: the books that delighted him as a child; the books he wrote as a young man; the omnipresent predicament of trying to master an essentially metropolitan, imperial art form as an Asian colonial from a New World plantation island. He assesses Joseph Conrad, the writer most frequently cited as his forebear, and, in his celebrated Nobel Lecture, “Two Worlds,” traces the full arc of his own career. Literary Occasions is an indispensable addition to the Naipaul oeuvre, penetrating, elegant, and affecting. From the Trade Paperback edition.

American Literature and the World

A Tradition Rediscovered
Author: Wai-Chee Dimock
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780231157377
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 496
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American Literature in the World offers a new way to understand the global forces that affect the making of American literature. Through a wide selection of texts grouped into five interconnected categories, Wai Chee Dimock and a team of emerging scholars showcase U.S. authors in a striking new light: as participants in large-scale processes, energized by input from the rest of the world. American literature emerges as a charged prism, informed by broad disputes and complex crosscurrents, with local practices intensified by nonlocal concerns, demonstrating that the United States and the world are neither separate nor antithetical but intertwined and co-evolving. Designed for course use, American Literature in the World is structured around war; food; work, play, and travel; religions; and human and nonhuman interface. Selections include poetry from Anne Bradstreet and Jorie Graham; the fiction of Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and William Faulkner; Benjamin Franklin's parables, Thomas Jefferson's letters, Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders; and excerpts from Octavia Butler's Bloodchild and The Autobiography of Malcom X. The crime novels of Raymond Chandler, the comics of Art Spiegelman, the science fiction of Philip K. Dick, and recipes from Alice B. Toklas are all featured. More recent authors include Junot Diaz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jonathan Safran Foer, Edwidge Danticat, Gary Shteyngart, and Jhumpa Lahiri. These works speak to readers at all levels, encouraging them to try out new combinations and remap American literature using new media and technologies. Toward that end, the print anthology has an interactive online component at www.amlitintheworld.yale.edu.

Arts Good Study Guide


Author: Ellie Chambers
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9781780074726
Category: Humanities
Page: 324
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Revised and expanded to address the challenges of studying in a fast-changing world, the second edition of 'The Arts Good Study Guide' shows students how to develop their key learning skills.

Doctor Faustus


Author: Christopher Marlowe,Sylvan Barnet
Publisher: Signet Classic
ISBN: 9780451531612
Category: Drama
Page: 241
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Presents the classic drama of a magician's encounter with the demon Mephistopheles, and the exchange of his soul for worldly gains.

Annals of the Former World


Author: John McPhee
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374708460
Category: Science
Page: 448
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States, he planned to describe a cross section of North America at about the fortieth parallel and, in the process, come to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with. The structure of the book never changed, but its breadth caused him to complete it in stages, under the overall title Annals of the Former World. Like the terrain it covers, Annals of the Former World tells a multilayered tale, and the reader may choose one of many paths through it. As clearly and succinctly written as it is profoundly informed, this is our finest popular survey of geology and a masterpiece of modern nonfiction. Annals of the Former World is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.

A World of Difference

12 Men and Women Whose Faith Helped Change Their World
Author: Bob Hartman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781782597643
Category: Christian biography
Page: 96
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The incredible stories of 12 people of history, who made a dramatic difference to the world around them, are brought to light and life in this exciting new children's book (for ages 6-8). From well-known to lesser-known heroes, readers will discover for themselves the lives of Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, Cecil Jackson Cole and Elizabeth Fry, to name a few. Children will find out how these 12 people were all inspired by their Christian faith to be a catalyst for positive change in their neighbourhoods, nations and world.The stories are written in an assortment of literary styles to keep readers both engaged and entertained. They are ideal for individual reading, assemblies and extra reading in schools across the history and RE curriculum.Created in partnership with Speaking Volumes and written by Bob Hartman (the popular storyteller and author of CWR's Talking Tales series and YouVersion's The Bible App for Kids). Includes an illustration of each of the 12 influential historic Christians.

The Continental Op


Author: Dashiell Hammett
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0679722580
Category: Fiction
Page: 319
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Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman called the Whosis Kid.