Requiem for a Spanish Peasant

Author: Ramón José Sender
Publisher: Hispanic Classics
ISBN: 9780856687822
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 137
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Ramon Jose Sender Graces was born on 3rd February 1901. He was a prolific writer, who published a vast quantity of novels, stories, plays, essays, poetry and articles throughout his life. He wrote Requiem por un campesino espanol during one week in 1952, with the intention that it be part of a collection of short stories. That book never materialised, but Sender's novella was published by Aquelarre in Mexico in 1953 under the title Mosen Millan . The title was changed in 1960 by New York publisher Las Americas to something that could be meaningfully translated into English. The political message conveyed within the book meant that it was not published in Spain until 1974. Requiem for a Spanish Peasant relates the thoughts and memories of Mosen Millan, the parish priest, as he sits in the vestry of the church in a nameless Aragonese village, preparing to conduct a Reqiuem Mass to celebrate the life of a young peasant, Paco el del Molino, killed by the Nationalist army a year earlier, at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. As he waits, his thoughts are interrupted by the occasional comings and goings of an altar boy, who hums to himself an anonymous ballad. This ballad, along with Millan's thoughts and the voice of an omniscient narrator, creates three strands of narration for the reader to follow.

The Girl from Kosovo

Author: Graham Whittaker
Publisher: Graham Whittaker
ISBN: 0987447009
Category: Drama
Page: 400
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When Nikita Tarasov is buried alive and critically wounded during the war in Kosovo, a voice, named Andy, tells her amazing stories about a little boy and a lighthouse, keeping her calm. Shortly after being rescued by a psychopathic Serbian Nationalist, Max Lomax, Nikita becomes the darling of the world's press. Now, trapped in a world of drugs, human trafficking and prostitution, Nikita promises to escape her "Guardian" and find the mysterious Andy.

The Infatuations

Author: Javier Marías
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307950735
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Breakfasting daily at a Madrid cafâe where she observes fellow patrons, Marâia Dolz offers condolences to a widow whose husband has been shockingly murdered, an act that leads to a new relationship and disturbing insights into the crime.

Legend of Myself

Author: Maria Victoria Atencia
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781908343901
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 192
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In this collection of 65 short poems, Roberta Quance exemplifies the range, vitality and mysticism of work by one of Spain's foremost, if controversial, contemporary female poets, drawing on the contents of a number of Spanish collections. In Atencia's poetry the poetic subject is often seen as someone who occupies an interior space, either crossing over the threshold from the outside world to an inner one (a garden, a house, a castle), or moving from the inner, home space to one even more interior: the world of dreams and imagination and hope, which can project outward into liminal spaces of the sky or the sea. A very basic paradox of Christian mystical experience – of abasement and magnification – haunts Atencia's work. She has made her own one of its fundamental tenets: the purging of self, the shedding of all trace of worldly attachment in order to 'make room' for experience of a different reality: the self's sense of 'nothingness' in the face of beauty is a prized moment in and of itself; it is sublime. Atencia's definitive manner: classically shaped verse in the tradition of the 'pure poetry' of the Generation of 1927, which makes myth of a womanly self, is amply explored in this first major English edition of her work to appear since 1987. Roberta Quance is Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Queen's University Belfast. She is author of books on mythology and modernity in modern literature and desire in the poetry of Lorca as well as articles on women writers and artists associated with the Generation of 1927 and translations of work by Carlos Piera.

How the World Works

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 1593764669
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
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According to The New York Times, Noam Chomsky is “arguably the most important intellectual alive.” But he isn’t easy to read . . . or at least he wasn’t until these books came along. Made up of intensively edited speeches and interviews, they offer something not found anywhere else: pure Chomsky, with every dazzling idea and penetrating insight intact, delivered in clear, accessible, reader-friendly prose. Published as four short books in the famous Real Story series—What Uncle Sam Really Wants; The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many; Secrets, Lies and Democracy; and The Common Good—they’ve collectively sold almost 600,000 copies. And they continue to sell year after year after year because Chomsky’s ideas become, if anything, more relevant as time goes by. For example, twenty years ago he pointed out that “in 1970, about 90% of international capital was used for trade and long-term investment—more or less productive things—and 10% for speculation. By 1990, those figures had reversed.” As we know, speculation continued to increase exponentially. We’re paying the price now for not heeding him them.

A Brief History of American Literature

Author: Richard Gray
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444392463
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 420
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A Brief History of American Literature offers students and general readers a concise and up-to-date history of the full range of American writing from its origins until the present day. Represents the only up-to-date concise history of American literature Covers fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction, as well as looking at other forms of literature including folktales, spirituals, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction Considers how our understanding of American literature has changed over the past twenty years Offers students an abridged version of History of American Literature, a book widely considered the standard survey text Provides an invaluable introduction to the subject for students of American literature, American studies and all those interested in the literature and culture of the United States

La Tribuna: Translated with Commentary

Author: Emilia Pardo Bazan (condesa de)
Publisher: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics
ISBN: 9781786940254
Page: 442
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Emilia Pardo Bazan was born in the Galician town of A Coruna into a noble family who nurtured her lifelong thirst for knowledge. She is undoubtedly the most controversial, influential and prolific Spanish female writer of the nineteenth century, publishing a vast number of essays, social commentaries, articles, reviews, poems, plays, novels, novellas and short stories. Her third novel, La Tribuna, heralds a new age in Spanish literature, a naturalist work of fiction that examines the situation of contemporary women workers. The author's preparation for the novel involved reading and consulting contemporary pamphlets and newspapers, as well as spending two months in a Galician tobacco factory observing and listening to conversations. This method, common in English writers like Dickens and frequently adopted in France by the masters of Realism, was almost unprecedented in Spain. Set against a background of turmoil and civil unrest, La Tribuna reflects the author's interest in the position of women in Spanish society. The working-class heroine, Amparo, develops from a shapeless, apolitical street urchin into a masterpiece of femininity, a charismatic orator who becomes a 'tribune' of the people. At the same time, however, she allows herself to be seduced by a prosperous middle-class youth whose promises prove to be just as empty as the revolutionary slogans in which she believes so fervently.

Rethinking Money

How New Currencies Turn Scarcity into Prosperity
Author: Bernard Lietaer,Jacqui Dunne
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 1609942981
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
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As the United States struggles and the economies of Europe stagger, we fail to see a way out of this agonizing cycle of repeated financial meltdowns. In fact, there are thousands of ways to solve not only our recurring fiscal crises but our ongoing social and ecological debacles as well. Solutions are already in place where terrible problems once existed. The changes came about not through increased conventional taxation, enlightened self-interest, or government programs but by people simply rethinking the concept of money. With this restructuring, everything changes. In this visionary book, Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne explore the origins of our current monetary system—built on bank debt and scarcity—revealing the surprising and sometimes shocking ways its unconscious limitations give rise to so many serious problems. But there is hope. The authors present stories of ordinary people and their communities using new money, working in cooperation with national currencies, to strengthen local economies, create work, beautify cities, and provide education—and so much more is possible. These real-world examples are just the tip of the iceberg—over 4,000 cooperative currencies are already in existence. The book provides remedies for challenges faced by governments, businesses, nonprofits, local communities, and even banks. It demystifies a complex and critically important topic and will strike a deep chord with readers eager to find innovative, meaningful solutions that will do far more than restore prosperity—it will provide the framework for an era of sustainable abundance.

Henry Parker and the English Civil War

The Political Thought of the Public's 'Privado'
Author: Michael Mendle
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521521314
Category: History
Page: 228
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Professor Mendle situates each of Parker's significant tracts in its polemical, intellectual, and political context.

Abel Sánchez

Author: Miguel de Unamuno
Publisher: Aris & Phillips
ISBN: 9780856688683
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 226
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Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) is the towering intellectual giant of early twentieth-century Spain. He wrote novels, plays, poetry and many essays, but is best remembered for his fictional works and for his major philosophical meditation on the nature of existence. Abel Sanchez was published in 1917 and is perhaps Unamuno's most harrowing novel. Consisting mainly of dialogue it narrates the life of one man, Abel Sanchez, and his problematical relationship with his friend, Joaquin. Abel becomes more sucessful than Joaquin and is happier, and parallels are drawn between the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. At the end of the novel after a lifetime of torment Joaquin grabs Abel, who has a weak heart, by the throat and he dies; Joaquin himself dies shortly afterwards. In its concentration on issues of identity, personality and the insecurities of existence, it stands out amoung Unamuno's works as a profoundly unsettling account of man's existence and his relationship to other people. John Macklin's edition provides a new English translation alongside the Spanish text, together with a substantial introduction.

Women on the Margins

Three Seventeenth-century Lives
Author: Natalie Zemon Davis
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674955202
Category: Social Science
Page: 360
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In this fascinating book, Natalie Zemon Davis retrieves individual lives from historical obscurity to give readers a window onto the early modern world. Profiling three women--one Jewish, one Catholic, one Protestant--whose memoirs and writings make for a spellbinding tale, the author tells readers more about the life of early modern Europe than many an official history. 41 halftone illustrations.

A Dictionary of Literary Symbols

Author: Michael Ferber
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 131678097X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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This is an expansion of the first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than on 'universal' psychological archetypes or myths. It explains and illustrates the literary symbols that we frequently encounter (such as swan, rose, moon, gold) and gives thousands of cross-references and quotations. The dictionary concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures. For this third edition, Michael Ferber has included some twenty completely new entries (such as birch, childbirth, grove, mill and railroad) and has added to many of the existing entries. Its rich references make this book an essential tool not only for literary and classical scholars but also for all students of literature.

Cuaderno de práctica to accompany Composición: Proceso y síntesis

Author: Thomasina Hannum,Trisha Dvorak,Guadalupe Valdes
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9780073288048
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 208
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The Cuaderno de práctica helps student expand and refine a number of writing tools (control of grammar, range of vocabulary, rhetorical techniques for organizing information) as well as strategies for getting started. Each chapter begins with a section entitled Páginas personales, in which students perform a variety of prewriting tasks from the Primera and Segunda etapa sections of the textbook; grammar exercises to accompany explanations in the textbook are all in the workbook, where students can check many of their own answers in an answer appendix.

Mexico at the World's Fairs

Crafting a Modern Nation
Author: Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520202672
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 373
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"Cosmopolitan approach frames the issue within a more international setting than is common in works about a single Latin American country. Recommended"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

The Novel of the Black Seal

Author: Arthur Machen
Publisher: Booklassic
ISBN: 963522091X
Category: Fiction
Page: 33
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The Novel of the Black Seal was written in the year 1895 by Arthur Machen. This book is one of the most popular novels of Arthur Machen, and has been translated into several other languages around the world. This book is published by Booklassic which brings young readers closer to classic literature globally.

José Clemente Orozco

Author: José Clemente Orozco,Marjorie L. Harth
Publisher: Galleries of Claremont College
Category: Art
Page: 110
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The fresco that Jose Clemente Orozco painted in 1930 at Pomona College in Claremont, California, was both the artist's first work in the United States and the first Mexican mural in this country. As such, the Prometheus is a landmark in the history of the Mexican mural movement and of the art of the 20th century. The four essays in this volume, written over a period of 43 years, bear testimony to the undimmed power of the Prometheus to intrigue, provoke, and inspire. Celebrating the college's acquisition of 17 preparatory drawings for the mural from the artist's family, the book is illustrated with Orozco's work and that of his contemporaries.

Evita by Evita

Author: Eva Perón
Publisher: J M Dent & Sons Ltd
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 235
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El Nogalar

Author: Tanya Saracho
Publisher: Samuel French, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780573705564
Category: Drama
Page: 76
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Set in modern day Northern Mexico, the Galvan family, led by Matriarch Maite, have come back to their pecan orchard to reclaim their land after she has squandered away their money. In the time they were away, however, the Mexico they once knew has slowly been taken over by a drug war. Focusing on the relationships between sisters, and a mother and her daughters, will these women choose to adapt to the world around them or get left behind?