The Life of Images: Selected Prose

A choice of new and chosen essays by means of the Pulitzer Prize–winner and previous Poet Laureate.

In addition to being one in all America’s most renowned and counseled poets, Charles Simic is a prolific and proficient essayist. The lifetime of Images brings jointly his most sensible prose paintings written over twenty-five years.

A mix of the easy, the wry, and the hopeful, the essays in The lifetime of Images discover matters starting from literary feedback to philosophy, images to Simic’s early life in a war-torn kingdom. Culled from 5 collections, every one paintings demonstrates the features that make Simic’s poetry so extraordinary but accessible.

Whether he's revealing the impact of literature on his youth improvement, brooding about the connection among meals and luxury, or elegizing the pull to come back to a place of birth that not exists, the mythical poet stocks his unique tackle the area and gives an intimate investigate his awesome mind.

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Armageddon in Retrospect (Vintage Classics)

By Kurt Vonnegut

First released at the anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut's loss of life, Armageddon in Retrospect is a suite of twelve new writings - a becoming tribute to the writer, and a necessary contribution to the dialogue of conflict, peace and humanity's tendency in the direction of violence. Imbued with Vonnegut's trademark rueful humour, the items variety from a visceral non-fiction recollection of the destruction of Dresden - to a painfully humorous brief tale approximately 3 squaddies and their fantasies of the precise meal.

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Fragmentos (Biblioteca de Ensayo / Serie menor)

El hallazgo ficticio de un pergamino dañado por el fuego en las ruinas de una villa de Herculano invita a George Steiner a interpretar el sentido del texto unique, que algunos atribuyen a Epicarno de Agra. El legado de este supuesto moralista y retórico del siglo II a. C. se confunde con lo que podría ser una síntesis de los intereses intelectuales y vitales del propio Steiner. Jugando con l. a. conjetura, George Steiner reflexiona sobre los angeles elocuencia del silencio (lo no expresado) en l. a. poesía y los angeles filosofía, las gratificaciones de l. a. amistad, el potencial de l. a. educación y los angeles rareza del talento, los angeles realidad ontológica del mal, los angeles omnipotencia del dinero, los peligros de los angeles religión, l. a. trascendencia de l. a. música y l. a. libertad de elegir los angeles muerte.

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Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings

“As for my books, I remorse no longer having released each less than a unique nom de plume: that means i might think freer to begin back from scratch at any time when, simply as I constantly attempt to do anyway.” — from Hermit in Paris

This posthumously released assortment deals a different, puzzle-like portrait of 1 of the postwar era’s such a lot creative and mercurial writers. In letters and journals, occasional items and interviews, Italo Calvino remembers becoming up in beach Italy and combating within the antifascist resistance in the course of international battle II, strains the process his literary occupation, and displays on his many travels, together with a trip in the course of the usa in 1959 and 1960 that brings out his droll wit at its top. glowing with knowledge and unforeseen delights, Hermit in Paris is an autobiography like no other.

 “Surprising, tart, and specified, like [Calvino] himself.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

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The Forty-Nine Steps

Philosophy/Literary conception

The first therapy of latest inspiration by means of the acclaimed cultural critic.

In books lauded as "brilliant,"* "exhilarating,"** and "profound,"*** Roberto Calasso has printed the unforeseen intersections of old and smooth via issues starting from Greek and Indian mythology to what a mythical African nation can let us know concerning the French Revolution. during this first translation of his most crucial essays, Calasso brings his strong mind and stylish prose type to endure at the crucial thinkers of our time, offering a sweeping research of the present nation of Western tradition.

"Forty-nine steps" refers back to the Talmudic doctrine that there are forty-nine steps to which means in each passage of the Torah. utilising this interpretive strategy, Calasso bargains a "secret heritage" of ecu literature and philosophy within the wake of Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud. Calasso analyzes how figures starting from Gustav Flaubert, Gottfried Benn, Karl Kraus, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht, and Theodor Adorno have contributed to, or been emblematic of, the present country of Western proposal. The book's topic, writ huge, is the ability of fable-specifically, its endurance in artwork and literature regardless of its exclusion from orthodox philosophy.

In its breadth and the character of its matters, The Forty-nine Steps is a philosophical and literary dual to the widely-praised the wedding of Cadmus and concord. Combining erudition with attractive prose and unique insights, Calasso contributes a bold new interpretation of a few of the main not easy writers of the earlier a hundred and fifty years.

Roberto Calasso is the writer of the wedding of Cadmus and concord (1993), The break of Kasch (1994), Ka (1998), and Literature and the Gods (2000). he's the writer of Adelphi Edizioni and lives in Milan.

John Shepley is a contract author and translator who lives in ny urban. His translation of Pasolini's Roman Nights and different tales gained the 1st Italo Calvino Translation Award in 1987.

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Intersecting Philosophical Planes: Philosophical Essays

By Bert Olivier

The philosophical essays accumulated listed here are predicated at the conviction that we are living in a time whilst all-encompassing philosophical platforms can now not be heavily entertained as a real mirrored image of extant truth. in its place, an indefinite variety of views on - or discursive appropriations of - what's considered ‘reality’ are attainable. occasionally they diverge and occasionally they intersect in impressive methods, as those essays exhibit. whereas the assumption in an all-inclusive philosophical approach is rejected, the writer indicates that each viewpoint monitors a coherence and illuminating strength of its own.
the gathering is split into components. the 1st considers philosophy, the person and society, masking topics together with the deleterious results of capitalism on common ecosystems, the fashionable notion of ‘immortality’ in Nietzsche’s idea, Lacan’s provocative interpretation of capitalist discourse, the present prestige of the arts in universities, person autonomy, the that means of ‘identification’, worldwide ‘terrorism’, and Plato’s philosophical self-subversion. the second one half gathers jointly views at the arts and society, with the writer arguing that reflections on cinema, structure and tune by no means isolate those arts from social matters, yet exhibit their interconnectedness.

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Mexico in Mind

Two centuries of writers attracted to Mexico—from D. H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, and Tennessee Williams to Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Sandra Cisneros

This scintillating literary shuttle consultant gathers the paintings of significant writers celebrating Mexico in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. starting from 1843 to the current, Mexico in Mind offers a remarkably different sampling of English-speaking writers’ impressions of the land south of the border.

John Reed rides with Pancho Villa in 1914; Graham Greene defends Mexico’s clergymen; Langston Hughes describes a bullfight; Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs locate Mexico intoxicating; Alice Adams visits Frida Kahlo’s apartment; Ann Louise Bardach meets the mysterious Subcommandante Marcos head to head. Fictional bills are both vibrant, together with poems by means of Muriel Rukeyser, Archibald Macleish, and Sandra Cisneros, brief tales through Katherine Anne Porter and Ray Bradbury, and excerpts from John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, Tennessee Williams’ Night of the Iguana, and Salman Rushdie’s The flooring underneath Her Feet. From the bustle of Mexico urban to espresso planations in distant Chiapas, from Mayan ruins to the markets at Oaxaca, the scenes evoked during this anthology mirror the wealthy number of where and its historical past, bound to enchant tourists, expatriates, and armchair tourists everywhere.

Alice Adams • Ann Louise Bardach • Ray Bradbury • William S. Burroughs • Frances Calderón de l. a. Barca • Ana Castillo • Sandra Cisneros • Anita Desai • Erna Fergusson • Charles Macomb Flandrau • Donna Gershten • Graham Greene • Langston Hughes • Fanny Inglehart • Gary Jennings • Diana Kennedy • Jack Kerouac • D. H. Lawrence • Malcolm Lowry • Archibald Macleish • Rubén Martínez • Tom Miller • Katherine Anne Porter • John Reed • Luis Rodriguez • Richard Rodriguez • Muriel Rukeyser • Salman Rushdie • John Steinbeck • Edward Weston • Tennessee Williams

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Diabétiquement vôtre

By Bertrand Burgalat

Le diabète : un fléau qui tue plus que sida et malaria réunis.
400 hundreds of thousands de malades toutes catégories.
15 % des dépenses de santé en France et aux États-Unis.
Depuis los angeles découverte de l’insuline il y a près d'un siècle, peu de progrès et beaucoup d’approximations.

Pourquoi ce désastre ?
Bertrand Burgalat répond à los angeles query de façon implacable. Mêlant récit autobiographique, enquête et témoignages, Diabétiquement vôtre décrit le sucre triomphant, les sociétés submergées et les vies dévastées.

Iconoclaste et rigoureux, un travail magistral, d’utilité publique.

 

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All Art Is Propaganda

By George Orwell

As a critic, George Orwell forged a large internet. both at domestic discussing Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin, he moved from side to side around the porous borders among essay and journalism, excessive paintings and coffee. A common commentator on literature, language, movie, and drama all through his occupation, Orwell grew to become more and more to the severe essay within the Forties, whilst his most vital reports have been at the back of him and a few of his such a lot incisive writing lay forward.

All paintings Is Propaganda follows Orwell as he demonstrates in piece after piece how rationale research of a piece or physique of labor provides upward thrust to trenchant aesthetic and philosophical commentary. With masterpieces akin to "Politics and the English Language" and "Rudyard Kipling" and gemstones equivalent to "Good undesirable Books," this is an unmatched schooling in, as George Packer places it, "how to be fascinating, line after line."

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