The Marches


Author: Rory Stewart
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448156246
Category: Travel
Page: 368
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LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2017 ‘This is travel writing at its best.’ Katherine Norbury, Observer An Observer Book of the Year His father Brian taught Rory Stewart how to walk, and walked with him on journeys from Iran to Malaysia. Now they have chosen to do their final walk together along ‘the Marches’ - the frontier that divides their two countries, Scotland and England. Brian, a ninety-year-old former colonial official and intelligence officer, arrives in Newcastle from Scotland dressed in tartan and carrying a draft of his new book You Know More Chinese Than You Think. Rory comes from his home in the Lake District, carrying a Punjabi fighting stick which he used when walking across Afghanistan. On their six-hundred-mile, thirty-day journey - with Rory on foot, and his father ‘ambushing’ him by car – the pair relive Scottish dances, reflect on Burmese honey-bears, and on the loss of human presence in the British landscape. On mountain ridges and in housing estates they uncover a forgotten country crushed between England and Scotland: the Middleland. They cross upland valleys which once held forgotten peoples and languages – still preserved in sixth-century lullabies and sixteenth-century ballads. The surreal tragedy of Hadrian’s Wall forces them to re-evaluate their own experiences in the Iraq and Vietnam wars. The wild places of the uplands reveal abandoned monasteries, border castles, secret military test sites and newly created wetlands. They discover unsettling modern lives, lodged in an ancient land. Their odyssey develops into a history of nationhood, an anatomy of the landscape, a chronicle of contemporary Britain and an exuberant encounter between a father and a son. And as the journey deepens, and the end approaches, Brian and Rory fight to match, step by step, modern voices, nationalisms and contemporary settlements to the natural beauty of the Marches, and a fierce absorption in tradition in their own unconventional lives.

From the Edge of Empire: A Memoir


Author: Ian Hume
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 1478794550
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 512
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This tells of why and how a young Rhodesian army Captain decided in 1963 not to fight the oncoming war over majority rule. His future unknown, he leaves the country for studies in Cape Town; marries; wins a Beit Fellowship to Oxford; and is recruited to a career at the World Bank. In time he becomes an expert on Eastern Europe. Invited home in 1975 to help prepare Rhodesia's transition to Zimbabwe, he spends three years living through the very war he chose to avoid. Rejoining the Bank, he works on Hungary and, in a unique period after communism fell in 1989, he lives in Poland as Resident Representative. A man of two transitions, he explains how they are separate but ironically linked. His book, a testament to the value of education and the power of family, is written as a memoir to his grandchildren. Now himself a proud American, he offers them a world view-what he calls a moral equilibrium- to harmonize their vexed heritage with today's divided America. Happy with his life, he regrets the outcomes in the country he left. He describes a different path to majority rule his countrymen could have taken, instead of herd-think support of Ian Smith's UDI and war. Had they done so, both the war as well as the brutality, corruption and devastation of Mugabe's Zimbabwe could well have been avoided. As a life's message to his grandchildren, he exhorts them not to make similar mistakes: beware the herd; think for yourself.

Schweinkram

Zwei unziemliche Geschichten - limitierte Sonderausgabe
Author: Alan Bennett
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783844515619
Category:
Page: N.A
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Das Wunder

Roman
Author: Emma Donoghue
Publisher: Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH
ISBN: 364120352X
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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Irland Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts: In einem kleinen Dorf, dessen Bewohner tief im katholischen Glauben verwurzelt sind, staunt man über ein leibhaftiges Wunder. Seit vier Monaten hat die kleine Anna O'Donnell keine Nahrung zu sich genommen und ist doch durch Gottes Gnade gesund und munter. Die unglaubliche Geschichte lockt viele Gläubige an, aber es gibt auch Zweifler. Schließlich beauftragt man die resolute englische Krankenschwester Lib Wright, das elfjährige Mädchen zu überwachen. Auch ein Journalist reist an, um über den Fall zu berichten. Werden sie Zeugen eines ausgeklügelten Schwindels oder einer Offenbarung göttlicher Macht? Ihnen gefällt die Ausstattung unserer WUNDERRAUM-Titel? Wollen Sie mehr Geschichten lesen, die vom Kopf direkt ins Herz gehen? Dann laden Sie sich das kostenlose WUNDERRAUM-Leseproben-E-Book „Willkommen im WUNDERRAUM. Unsere neuen Bücher ab August 2017“ (978-3-641-22290-1) auf Ihren E-Book-Reader.

Jürgen Habermas

Eine Biographie
Author: Stefan Müller-Doohm
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518737120
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 784
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»Jürgen Habermas«, so schrieb der US-amerikanische Philosoph Ronald Dworkin anlässlich des 80. Geburtstags des großen europäischen Denkers, »ist nicht nur der berühmteste lebende Philosoph der Welt. Sein Ruhm selbst ist berühmt.« Nach mehrjährigen Forschungen, intensiver Recherche und ausführlichen Gesprächen mit Weggefährten, Zeitzeugen sowie mit Habermas selbst legt Stefan Müller-Doohm nun die erste umfassende Biographie des bedeutendsten Intellektuellen unserer Zeit vor. Sie beleuchtet sowohl das Zusammenspiel von philosophischer Reflexion und intellektueller Intervention als auch das Wechselverhältnis von Lebens- und Werkgeschichte vor dem Hintergrund historischer Ereignisse.

Pip Bartlett und die magischen Tiere

Die brandgefährlichen Fussels
Author: Maggie Stiefvater,Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 364118424X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 240
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Die neunjährige Pip Bartlett hat eine besondere Gabe: Sie kann mit magischen Tieren sprechen – mit Einhörnern, Seidengreifen und Hopp-Grackeln. Mit Eltern und Lehrern klappt die Verständigung allerdings manchmal nicht so gut. Weshalb Pip in den Sommerferien wegen des Einhorn-Vorfalls (wer denkt denn auch, dass die so doof sind!) zu ihrer Tante Emma verbannt wird. Emma leitet eine Praxis für magische Tiere, und begeistert plaudert Pip den ganzen Tag mit den verrücktesten Geschöpfen, die man je gesehen hat. Doch dann taucht ein abenteuerliches Problem auf, nämlich Unmengen von Fussels. Das Schlimme an diesen kleinen pelzigen Wesen: Wenn sie sich aufregen, gehen sie in Flammen auf ... Hier können nur Pip und ihr neuer Freund Thomas helfen.

White Hart Red Lion: The England of Shakespeare's Histories

The England of Shakespeare's Histories
Author: Nick Asbury
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 184943932X
Category: Drama
Page: 198
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To this day The White Hart and The Red Lion are two of the most popular names for a public house in England – both talismans that served as the insignia for Richard II and the banished Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster, who usurped the throne in 1399. Nick Asbury acted in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s famed Histories cycle which staged Shakespeare’s vision of the deposition of Richard II through to the notorious Battle of Bosworth in 1485. With fellow RSC actors for company, Nick travels the country visiting the buildings, landscapes and former sites of war and intrigue that feature in the plays, and asks the question: what is it about the England of Shakespeare’s Histories that continues to fascinate? From Alnwick to Eastcheap, Windsor Castle to a Leicester car park, this is his snapshot of England and its people, then and now. ‘John Shakespeare, William’s father, was an Ale Taster before he was a glover and luminary of Stratford-upon- Avon, so in his footsteps I and my travelling players will be exploring the hostelries and byways of an England forged on the battlefields, triumphs and betrayals of The Histories: on the one hand, Red – be it a pub or bloody Rose. On the other hand, White – be it the alabaster tombs of broken Princes or the quill of a playwright from Stratford-upon- Avon.’ ‘This bloody MG is so light it’s like driving a roasting tin. At the next turning, forewarned this time, I make the corner cheering victoriously and drive straight into a snow driftft that could swallow a bus let alone the mid-life crisis that is this MG. It turns out I am in the one area where it is as bad as they say it is. I dig myself out and reverse back on to the main road, all the time thinking life would be much better on a horse.’ ‘England, the tolerant bearer of religion that was the flower of the Northern Renaissance, was fast becoming a useless fist clothed in an old glove. It was fighting a war abroad, the cause of which it was not party to, and the execution of which was undermined by in-fighting at home. Plus ça change.’ ‘Geoffrey and I are swept like pooh sticks into Rouen. The road keeps tumbling down and the one time we want traffic lights to stop us, to catch our breath and to establish where we are, is of course the one time we are carried along on a river of green. We swoop into the central town square over cobbles that surely can’t be for everyday access, and on a hunch we turn right, only then realising that our hotel is in front of us and we have arrived. It’s the most remarkable entrance to a town I have ever made. We haven’t stopped once for navigation, traffic lights or junctions and yet here we are.’

Thomas of Erceldoune


Author: Thomas (the Rhymer),Alois Brandl
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Prophecies
Page: 147
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Poem of prophetic character.

Im Licht des Augenblicks

Roman
Author: Garth Stein
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426437449
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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Der Roman „Im Licht des Augenblicks“ von Garth Stein erzählt eine poetische, atmosphärische und tiefgründige Familiengeschichte aus dem Nordwesten der USA. Der 14-jährige Trevor besucht mit seinem Vater das heruntergekommene Familien-Anwesen in der Nähe von Seattle, in dem sein Großvater und seine Tante wohnen. Trevor stöbert durch längst verlassene Zimmer, in Geheimgänge hinter Tapetentüren, immer auf der Suche nach Antworten, vor denen die Erwachsenen zurückscheuen: Warum verletzt man immer wieder die, die man am meisten liebt? Wie kann man Schuld wiedergutmachen? Wie schwer wiegt ein Geheimnis, das man anderen vorenthalten hat? Seit Generationen scheint ein Fluch auf Trevors Familie zu lasten. Doch nun macht sich der gewitzte Trevor auf, die Wahrheit zu entdecken und auszusprechen. „Ich habe „Im Licht des Augenblicks“ verschlungen. Ein großes, wunderbares, Generationen umspannendes Epos, das im Nordwesten der USA spielt. Garth Stein hat uns erneut einen einzigartigen, gefühlvollen Erzähler für die Ewigkeit geschenkt, der uns in eine Geschichte voller Geheimnisse und Sehnsüchte mitnimmt.“ (Maria Semple, Autorin von „Wo steckst du, Bernadette?“)

Wildes Wales

Land der Kämpfer und Dichter
Author: George Henry Borrow
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783458348818
Category:
Page: 122
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The Detective as Historian


Author: Ray Browne,Lawrence Kreiser,Lawrence A. Kreiser
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443807559
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 240
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"Deeper understanding of history is enhanced by encasing it in art and interest. Crime fiction is one of the widest and most rapidly growing forms of literature. Historical crime fiction serves effectively the double purpose of entertaining while it teaches. The "truth" of the narrative account, the editors of this volume believe, is dependent on the understanding of human nature reflected in the author who writes the narrative. "Historical crime fiction," the editors of this volume write, "has an obligation and a golden opportunity. It must bring the past up to the present through the device of timeless crime and it must take the reader into the world about which is being written so that the characters are alive and the events interesting and challenging." Professional writers of fiction need to be more effective than mere authors of dates and assumed motivations. Therefore they can fill in human motivations and drives where no records exist and can aid the professional historians in what historian David Thelen calls the "challenge of history " which is "to recover the past and [interpret it for] the present." The essays in this volume accept the challenge and make major accomplishments for meeting it.

América

Roman
Author: Tom Coraghessan Boyle,Werner Richter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783423191364
Category:
Page: 493
View: 5355

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