The Glamour of Strangeness Book

The Glamour of Strangeness

  • Author : Jamie James
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2016-08-09
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374711320

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From the early days of steamship travel, artists stifled by the culture of their homelands fled to islands, jungles, and deserts in search of new creative and emotional frontiers. Their flight inspired a unique body of work that doesn't fit squarely within the Western canon, yet may be some of the most original statements we have about the range and depth of the artistic imagination. Focusing on six principal subjects, Jamie James locates "a lost national school" of artists who left their homes for the unknown. There is Walter Spies, the devastatingly handsome German painter who remade his life in Bali; Raden Saleh, the Javanese painter who found fame in Europe; Isabelle Eberhardt, a Russian-Swiss writer who roamed the Sahara dressed as an Arab man; the American experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, who went to Haiti and became a committed follower of voodoo. From France, Paul Gauguin left for Tahiti; and Victor Segalen, a naval doctor, poet, and novelist, immersed himself in classical Chinese civilization in imperial Peking. In The Glamour of Strangeness, James evokes these extraordinary lives in portraits that bring the transcultural artist into sharp relief. Drawing on his own career as a travel writer and years of archival research uncovering previously unpublished letters and journals, James creates a penetrating study of the powerful connection between art and the exotic.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom Book
Score: 4
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Author : Thomas Edward Lawrence
  • Publisher : Wordsworth Editions
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 704
  • ISBN 10 : 1853264695

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Written between 1919 and 1926, this text tells of the campaign aganist the Turks in the Middle East, encompassing gross acts of cruelty and revenge, ending in a welter of stink and corpses in a Damascus hospital.

Foreign Missions of an American Prosecutor Book

Foreign Missions of an American Prosecutor

  • Author : John Hailman
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2019-08-02
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496823977

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In his fifth book, John Hailman recounts the adventures and misadventures he experienced during a lifetime of international travel. From Oman to Indonesia, from sandstorms and food poisoning to gangsters and at least one jealous husband, Hailman explores the cultures and court systems of faraway countries. The international story begins in Paris as a young Hailman, a student at La Sorbonne, experiences the romance and excitement one expects from the City of Lights. Years later Hailman returns to France, to Interpol Headquarters in Lyon where he received his international law certificate from the National School for Magistrates. Traveling the world as a representative for the US Justice Department, Hailman encountered criminals and conspiracies, including a plot in Ossetia, Georgia, to hijack his helicopter and kidnap him. From his time as a prosecutor are tales of three very different Islamic cultures in the colorful societies and legal systems of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Hailman also travels to the chaotic world of the former Soviet Union where, at the time of his visit, a new world of old countries was trying to rediscover independent pasts. He explores the tiny country of Moldova and the beautiful and picturesque Republic of Georgia, and visits Russia during the brief period democracy was flowering and the nation was experimenting with a new jury trial system. Viewing his adventures through the lens of laws and customs, Hailman is able to give unique insight to the countries he visits. With each new adventure in Foreign Missions of an American Prosecutor, John Hailman shares his passion for travel and his fascination with other cultures.

Expats Book
Score: 3
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  • Author : Christopher Dickey
  • Publisher : Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Release Date : 1994-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 0871134632

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Expats is Christopher Dickey's fascinating account of the new Arabia, and of the expatriates who have helped create it. The fabled Arab world - whose vast deserts, overwhelming solitude, and stark, noble civilizations once beguiled explorers like T. E. Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger - is nowhere to be found today. The deserts remain, of course, but souks give way to shopping malls, fortresses crumble in the shadows of glittering hotels, and oases are replaced by ice-skating rinks. In Dubai an earthly paradise has been wrested from the sands: the Emirates Golf Club. Foreigners have moved in on Arabia's oil wealth like pilgrims to a shrine, bringing their own hopes and dreams, mingling them with those of the Arabs. The stories of the expatriates' lives, of the peculiar niches they inhabit, and of the meteoric ascendancy of a hybrid society are the stuff of Expats "a book that penetrates what Lawrence called "the glamour of strangeness," and that updates all our notions of the Middle East. The symbiosis of the West and Arabia is eccentric, to say the least. Texans extract oil from the Libyan desert for Muammar Qaddafi and brew "flash" to numb their brains back at the company compound. The Sultan of Oman has retained a firm run by an ex-CIA agent to manage the affairs of several government agencies. Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt's Nobel Laureate, lives under threat of death from Islamic fundamentalists for writing like a Westerner - that is, books with conscience, truth, and sex. Dubai boasts Tex-Mex food at Pancho Villa's, a bar where it is rumored that one evening a shaken boat crew, having just been strafed by Iranian speedboats, found themselves seated next to their attackers. Video clubs vie with the imams for the attention of the populace, and life, such as it is, goes on. And so does the war in the Gulf. While Iraq launches Exocets and Iran lays mines, a Yorkshireman who once fished the North Atlantic now operates supply boats out of Sharjah. Missile explosions rattle win

Gender and the Interpretation of Classical Myth Book

Gender and the Interpretation of Classical Myth

  • Author : Lillian Doherty
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2015-03-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472502391

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Myths reflect, reinforce, and sometimes subvert gender ideologies and so have an influence in the 'real world'. This is true in the present no less than when the Greek and Roman myths were created. The struggles to redefine gender roles and identities in our own time are inevitably reflected in our interpretations and retellings of these classical myths. Using the new lenses provided by gender studies and diverse forms of feminism, Lillian Doherty re-examines some of the major approaches to myth interpretation in the twentieth century: psychological, ritualist, 'charter', structuralist and folklorist. She also explores 'popular' uses of classical mythology - from television and comic books to the evocation of goddesses in Jungian psychology.

Life and Work Book

Life and Work

  • Author : Church of Scotland
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1880
  • Genre: Scotland
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN 10 : OXFORD:590888340

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Miss Meredith Book

Miss Meredith

  • Author : Amy Levy
  • Publisher : DigiCat
  • Release Date : 2022-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 57
  • ISBN 10 : EAN:8596547045960

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"Miss Meredith" is a must-read for classic romantic fiction fans. It is a charming love novel set in Pisa, Italy. It tells about a young couple in love that is so honest and sincere that they decide to get engaged a week after acquaintance. The main characters have to pass through turmoil and take life lessons to continue living happily.

The Poetics of the Kunstlerinroman and the Aesthetics of the Sublime Book

The Poetics of the Kunstlerinroman and the Aesthetics of the Sublime

  • Author : Evy Varsamopoulou
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351726542

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This title was first published in 2002: This study of the poetics of the Romantic K nstlerinroman (female artist novel) brings to the foreground its salient metafictional discourse on the aesthetics of the sublime, ever since its beginnings in Madame de Sta l's "Corinne ou L'Italie". The book presents detailed readings of H.D.'s "Palimpsest", Christa Wolf's "Nachdenken ber Christa T." and Marguerite Duras' "L'Amant" in a dialogue with Kant, Freud, Lacan, Cixous, Derrida and other philosophers, theorists, literary critics and writers. Each novel is explored in terms of its generic affiliations, its reflections on the role of literature and the writer in society and its aesthetic discourse on the sublime. The book stages an inquiry into the relation between genre, the sublime, gender and literary history from which emerge insights into the conditions of subjectivity underlying the experience and communication of the sublime.

My Friend Monica Book

My Friend Monica

  • Author : Jane Duncan
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2015-08-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 175
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447297642

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Bursting into Janet Sandison's life at the moment of her marriage to 'Twice' Alexander comes the mercurial, red-haired Monica who hits post-war Scotland like a tornado. Through Monica, Janet and Twice find the charming row of old cottages that becomes their home-and incidentally Monica's too, since she decides to move in with them. At a time when Janet most needs help, Monica is there. But why should she have set her cap at Twice?

Chinese Dreams Book

Chinese Dreams

  • Author : Eric R. J. Hayot
  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release Date : 2009-12-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780472024933

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China’s profound influence on the avant-garde in the 20th century was nowhere more apparent than in the work of Ezra Pound, Bertolt Brecht, and the writers associated with the Parisian literary journal Tel quel. Chinese Dreams explores the complex, intricate relationship between various “Chinas”—as texts—and the nation/culture known simply as “China”—their context—within the work of these writers. Eric Hayot calls into question the very means of representing otherness in the history of the West and ultimately asks if it might be possible to attend to the political meaning of imagining the other, while still enjoying the pleasures and possibilities of such dreaming. The latest edition of this critically acclaimed book includes a new preface by the author. “Lucid and accessible . . . an important contribution to the field of East-West comparative studies, Asian studies, and modernism.” —Comparative Literature Studies “Instead of trying to decipher the indecipherable ‘China’ in Western literary texts and critical discourses, Hayot chose to show us why and how ‘China’ has remained, and will probably always be, an enchanting, ever-elusive dream. His approach is nuanced and refreshing, his analysis rigorous and illuminating.” —Michelle Yeh, University of California, Davis

The Adventures of Maya the Bee   Waldemar Bonsels Book

The Adventures of Maya the Bee Waldemar Bonsels

  • Author : Waldemar Bonsels
  • Publisher : Phoemixx Classics Ebooks
  • Release Date : 2021-06-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN 10 : 9783985947638

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The Adventures of Maya the Bee by Waldemar BonselsA little bee is born in a large and busy hive. At that time, the hive is going through a period of unrest and there are fears that it will become subdivided into separate colonies. The little new-born, Maya, is under the care of a strict but loving teacher. One day, driven by curiosity and rebellion, Maya escapes from the safe environs of the hive and flies into the forest. Here, she encounters all sorts of interesting, exciting, frightening and funny things. The Adventures of Maya the Bee is the story of the intriguing days that follow.While she echoed the romantic natural themes of her times, her style was much more free and irregular, causing many to criticize her and editors to correct her. In the early 20th century, when poetic style had become much looser, new audiences learned to appreciate her work. Here collected are many of her most contemplative, most rebellious, and dark works, expressing her frustrations with the behavioral confines of her times, and the confines of being human and unknowing of eternity.Anthony Hope, or Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, to give his real name, was an extremely prolific British novelist and playwright. However, he is almost always associated only with his most famous book, The Prisoner of Zenda, published in 1893. He did write one sequel entitled Rupert of Hentzau in 1894. The amazing success of the books allowed him to retire and devote himself to writing full time. Readers thoroughly enjoyed the fast-paced style of writing, the witty and irreverent young hero and the touch of tragedy at the end of both books. Hope went on to write several books of historical fiction, set in various European kingdoms, both big and small.Besides novels, Alger wrote poetry, essays and articles for various magazines. His work in rehabilitation and assistance to the underprivileged kids of New York is well-known. He left several unfinished books which were completed according to his last will and tes

The Doors Book
Score: 4.5
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The Doors

  • Author : Greil Marcus
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release Date : 2012-01-17
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 134
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571279968

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A fan from the moment the Doors' first album arrived, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Filmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. Five years later it was all over. Forty years after the singer Jim Morrison was found dead in Paris and the group disbanded, Greil Marcus muses on how one could drive from here to there, changing fom one FM pop station to another, and be all but guaranteed to hear two, three, four Doors songs in an hour. Whatever the demands in the music, they remained unsatisfied, in the largest sense unfinished, and absolutely alive. There have been many books on the Doors. This is the first to bypass their myth, their mystique, and the death cult both of Jim Morrison and the era he was made to personify, and focus solely on the music. It is a story untold; all these years later it is a new story.

The European Book

The European

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1954
  • Genre: European federation
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN 10 : UCAL:B3036336

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The Real America in Romance Book

The Real America in Romance

  • Author : Edwin Markham
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1911
  • Genre: America
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : IOWA:31858011053976

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