Theory of Shadows

A Novel
Author: Paolo Maurensig
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374715912
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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The strange circumstances surrounding the death of the world chess champion and alleged Nazi collaborator Alexander Alekhine, as investigated by a literary grand master On the morning of March 24, 1946, the world chess champion Alexander Alekhine—“sadist of the chess world,” renowned for his eccentric behavior as well as the ruthlessness of his playing style—was found dead in his hotel room in Estoril, Portugal. He was fully dressed and wearing an overcoat, slumped back in a chair, in front of a meal, a chessboard just out of reach. The doctor overseeing the autopsy certified that Alekhine died of asphyxiation due to a piece of meat stuck in his larynx and assured the world that there was absolutely no evidence of suicide or foul play. Some, of course, have commented that the photos of the corpse look suspiciously theatrical, as though staged. Others have wondered why Alekhine would have sat down to his dinner in a hot room while wearing a heavy overcoat. And what about all these rumors concerning Alekhine’s activities during World War II? Did he really pen a series of articles on the inherent inferiority of Jewish chess players? Can he really be seen in photographs with high-ranking Nazi officials? And as for his own homeland, is it true that the Russians considered him a traitor, as well as a possible threat to the new generation of supposedly superior Soviet chess masters? With the atmosphere of a thriller, the insight of a poem, and a profound knowledge of the world of chess (“the most violent sport there is,” according to the Russian world champion Garry Kasparov), Paolo Maurensig’s Theory of Shadows leads us through the life and death of Alekhine: not so much trying to figure out whodunit as using the story of one infuriating and unapologetic genius to tease out “that which the novel alone can discover.”

An Elementary Treatise on Descriptive Geometry

With a Theory of Shadows and of Perspective: Extracted from the French of G. Monge. To which is Added, a Description of the Principles and Practice of Isometrical Projection. The Whole Being Intended as an Introduction to the Application of Descriptive Geometry to Various Branches of the Arts
Author: Gaspard Monge
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Geometry, Descriptive
Page: 137
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Shakespeare in French Theory

King of Shadows
Author: Richard Wilson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317724003
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 336
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At a time when the relevance of literary theory itself is frequently being questioned, Richard Wilson makes a compelling case for French Theory in Shakespeare Studies. Written in two parts, the first half looks at how French theorists such as Bourdieu, Cixous, Deleuze, Derrida and Foucault were themselves shaped by reading Shakespeare; while the second part applies their theories to the plays, highlighting the importance of both for current debates about borders, terrorism, toleration and a multi-cultural Europe. Contrasting French and Anglo-Saxon attitudes, Wilson shows how in France, Shakespeare has been seen not as a man for the monarchy, but a man of the mob. French Theory thus helps us understand why Shakepeare’s plays swing between violence and hope. Highlighting the recent religious turn in theory, Wilson encourages a reading of plays like Hamlet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelth Night as models for a future peace. Examining both the violent history and promising future of the plays, Shakespeare in French Theory is a timely reminder of the relevance of Shakespeare and the lasting value of French thinking for the democracy to come.

An Elementary Treatise on Descriptive Geometry, with a Theory of Shadows and of Perspective


Author: John Fry Heather
Publisher: Sturgis Press
ISBN: 144605389X
Category: Mathematics
Page: 144
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An Elementary Treatise on Descriptive Geometry, with a Theory of Shadows and of Perspective

Extr. [by B. Brisson. Tr.]. to Which Is Added, a Description of the Principles and Practice of Isometrical Projection, by J.F. Heather. [with] Atlas of Plates
Author: Gaspard Monge
Publisher: Franklin Classics
ISBN: 9780342088669
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Page: 146
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Lucian Shadow

Theory of Loravyre
Author: Jonathan David
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595380905
Category: Fiction
Page: 388
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Darkness has fallen, and it is widely rumored that King Corlee will not honor the contract of peace entered into by his daughter. Even the Kingdom of Zah, under the rule of Queen Marrelia is in a state of unrest. It has been days and no word, yet I feel the conclusion draws near. I feel it in my blood that the final crusade for absolute control has been waged. Queen Marrelia will try to avenge the loss of her true love, and through the loss of her innocence will grow a young woman not unlike her opponent. I tremble with fright, for insight has lent me a terrible aspect. Yet even in my darkest dreams-the ones I awaken from terrified and shivering with sweat-I can see one sprig of life upon a desert of despair. The final hope of Zah is weighed by the outcome of a single hero. The color of this one's heart is undecided as I can feel the confusion even from a great distance. In the end, it is the strength of the few that win these battles, and I feel the hero will return. This wild one. This crazy, vengeful, wild one they call Skyler.

A COMPLEAT TREATISE ON PERSPECTIVE, IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

ON THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF DR. BROOK TAYLOR. : MADE CLEAR, IN THEORY, BY VARIOUS MOVEABLE SCHEMES, AND DIAGRAMS; AND REDUCED TO PRACTICE, IN THE MOST FAMILIAR AND INTELLIGENT MANNER; SHEWING HOW TO DELINEATE ALL KINDS OF REGULAR OBJECTS, BY RULE : THE THEORY AND PROJECTION OF SHADOWS, BY SUN-SHINE AND BY CANDLE-LIGHT. THE EFFECTS OF REFLECTED LIGHT ON OBJECTS; THEIR REFLECTED IMAGES, ON THE SURFACE OF WATER, AND ON POLISHED PLANE SURFACES, IN ALL POSITIONS : THE WHOLE EXPLICITLY TREATED; AND ILLUSTRATED, IN A GREAT VARIETY OF FAMILIAR EXAMPLES; IN FOUR BOOKS. EMBELLISHED WITH AN ELEGANT FRONTISPIECE, AND FORTY-EIGHT PLATES. CONTAINING DIAGRAMS, VIEWS, AND ORIGINAL DESIGNS, IN ARCHITECTURE, &C. NEATLY ENGRAVED. ALL ORIGINALS
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Perspective
Page: 304
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Seeing Dark Things

The Philosophy of Shadows
Author: Roy Sorensen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199797137
Category: Philosophy
Page: 328
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Roy Sorensen here defends the causal theory of perception by treating absences as causes. He draws heavily on common sense and psychology to vindicate the assumption that we directly perceive absences.

Der Schatten des Windes

Roman
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104027706
Category: Fiction
Page: 576
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Der unvergessliche Roman eines einzigartigen Erzählers – Carlos Ruiz Zafóns Welterfolg An einem dunstigen Sommermorgen des Jahres 1945 wird der junge Daniel Sempere von seinem Vater an einen geheimnisvollen Ort in Barcelona geführt – den Friedhof der Vergessenen Bücher. Dort entdeckt Daniel den Roman eines verschollenen Autors für sich, er heißt ›Der Schatten des Windes‹, und er wird sein Leben verändern ... Carlos Ruiz Zafón eroberte mit seinem Buch die Herzen leidenschaftlicher Leser rund um den Globus. ›Der Schatten des Windes‹ bildet den Auftakt eines einzigartigen, fesselnden und berührenden Werks, er ist der erste von vier Barcelona-Romanen um den Friedhof der Vergessenen Bücher und die Buchhändler Sempere & Söhne. Auf ›Der Schatten des Windes‹ folgten ›Das Spiel des Engels‹ und ›Der Gefangene des Himmels‹. Der vierte und abschließende Band ist in Arbeit.

The Shadow of Unfairness

A Plebeian Theory of Liberal Democracy
Author: Jeffrey Edward Green
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190611367
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
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In this sequel to his prize-winning book, The Eyes of the People, Jeffrey Edward Green draws on philosophy, history, social science, and literature to ask what democracy can mean in a world where it is understood that socioeconomic status to some degree will always determine opportunities for civic engagement and career advancement. Under this shadow of unfairness, Green argues that the most advantaged class are rightly subjected to compulsory public burdens. And just as provocatively, he urges ordinary citizens living in polities permanently darkened by plutocracy to acknowledge their second-class status and the uncomfortable civic ethics that come with it -- specifically an ethics whereby the pursuit of egalitarianism is informed, at least in part, by indignation, envy, uncivil modes of discourse, and even the occasional suspension of political care. Deeply engaged in the history of political thought, The Shadow of Unfairness is still first and foremost an effort to illuminate present-day politics. With the plebeians of ancient Rome as his muse, Green develops a plebeian conception of contemporary liberal democracy, at once disenchanted yet idealistic in its insistence that the Few-Many distinction might be enlisted for progressive purpose. Green's analysis is likely to unsettle all sides of the political spectrum, but its focus looks beyond narrow partisan concerns and aims instead to understand what the ongoing quest for free and equal citizenship might require once it is accepted that our political and educational systems will always be tainted by socioeconomic inequality.

Grasping Shadows

The Dark Side of Literature, Painting, Photography, and Film
Author: William Chapman Sharpe
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190675276
Category: Art
Page: 440
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With the shadow's seductive associations to sexuality, mystery, danger, intangible power, and death, the use of shadows as artistic technique saturates both classic and modern art forms, and yet the practice remains almost invisible. As the first full-length study of art shadows in over a decade, Grasping Shadows ranges from classic works by Rembrandt, Dickens, Picasso, Disney, and Warhol to contemporary street art, popular songs, billboards, and architecture to propose a general theory of how all shadows function in texts and visual media, ultimately offering four main categories. Sharpe explores the diverse ways shadows appear in literature, painting, photography, and film, insisting that literary and visual meanings of shadows cannot be separated, and that art-shadows must be analyzed as part of a cultural field in which words and images continually overlap and reinforce each other's meanings. Beginning with a summary of scholarship to date, the introduction addresses how real-world shadows function, and gives an overview of the strategies involved in representing shadows from the Renaissance onward. The first chapter sets out a theory of how the meanings of shadows are generated. Subsequent chapters, each centered on an influential literary text, explore in detail the four kinds of shadows that visual artists and writers use. The last chapter presents a case study of how shadows have impacted the art of the modern city, from Renoir and Zola to film noir to advanced projection systems capturing the shadows of passers-by on streets around the globe. The book concludes with a philosophical meditation on how living with shadows enriches everyday life.