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Piranesi

Piranesi

Piranesi

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Isbn 10: 1635575648

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 272

Number of Views: 1626

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New York Times Bestseller! From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality. Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house. There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known. For readers of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.


The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

Author: Susanna Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Isbn 10: 1596917458

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 256

Number of Views: 1552

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"Vivid and amusing...Magically funny."-Ursula K. LeGuin, Los Angeles Times An enchanting collection of stories, set in the same world, from the author of the award-winning, internationally bestselling Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Following the international bestseller Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection of stories brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time in embroidering terrible fates, endless paths in deep, dark woods, and houses that never appear the same way twice. The heroines and heroes who must grapple with these problems include the Duke of Wellington, a conceited Regency clergyman, an eighteenth-century Jewish doctor, and Mary Queen of Scots, as well as two characters from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell; Strange himself and the Raven King. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories introduces readers to a world where charm is always tempered by eerieness, and picaresque comedy is always darkened by the disturbing shadow of Faerie.


Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Author: Susanna Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Isbn 10: 160819535X

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 800

Number of Views: 945

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In the Hugo-award winning, epic New York Times Bestseller and basis for the BBC miniseries, two men change England's history when they bring magic back into the world. In the midst of the Napoleonic Wars in 1806, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England - until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and becomes an overnight celebrity. Another practicing magician then emerges: the young and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's pupil, and the two join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wild, most perilous forms of magic, and he soon risks sacrificing his partnership with Norrell and everything else he holds dear. Susanna Clarke's brilliant first novel is an utterly compelling epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two magicians who, first as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history.


The City We Became

The City We Became

The City We Became

Author: N. K. Jemisin

Publisher: Orbit

Isbn 10: 031650985X

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 448

Number of Views: 921

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Three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a "glorious" story of culture, identity, magic, and myths in contemporary New York City. In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can sense the beating heart of the city, see its history, and feel its power. In the Bronx, a Lenape gallery director discovers strange graffiti scattered throughout the city, so beautiful and powerful it's as if the paint is literally calling to her. In Brooklyn, a politician and mother finds she can hear the songs of her city, pulsing to the beat of her Louboutin heels. And they're not the only ones. Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six. For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out: The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms The Broken Kingdoms The Kingdom of Gods The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella) Dreamblood Duology The Killing Moon The Shadowed Sun The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus) The Broken Earth The Fifth Season The Obelisk Gate The Stone Sky How Long 'til Black Future Month? (short story collection) "A glorious fantasy." —Neil Gaiman


It's a Don's Life

It's a Don's Life

It's a Don's Life

Author: Mary Beard

Publisher: Profile Books

Isbn 10: 1847652468

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 277

Number of Views: 1132

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Mary Beard's by now famous blog A Don's Life has been running on the TLS website for nearly three years. In it she has made her name as a wickedly subversive commentator on the world in which we live. Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching -- and much else besides. What are academics for? Who was the first African Roman emperor? Looting -- ancient and modern. Are modern exams easier? Keep lesbos for the lesbians. Did St Valentine exist? What made the Romans laugh? That is just a small taste of this selection (and some of the choicer responses) which will inform, occasionally provoke and cannot fail to entertain.


A Circle of Quiet

A Circle of Quiet

A Circle of Quiet

Author: Madeleine L'Engle

Publisher: Open Road Media

Isbn 10: 1504041259

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 245

Number of Views: 1642

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The beloved author of A Wrinkle in Time takes an introspective look at her life and muses on creativity in this memoir, the first of her Crosswicks Journals. Every so often I need OUT. . . . My special place is a small brook in a green glade, a circle of quiet from which there is no visible sign of human beings. . . . I sit there, dangling my legs and looking through the foliage at the sky reflected in the water, and things slowly come back into perspective. Set against the lush backdrop of Crosswicks, her family’s farmhouse in rural Connecticut, this deeply personal memoir details Madeleine L’Engle’s journey to find balance between her career as a Newbery Medal–winning author and her responsibilities as a wife, mother, teacher, and Christian. As she considers the roles that creativity, family, citizenship, and faith play in her life, L’Engle reveals the complexities behind the author whose works—honored with the National Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and countless other prizes—have long been cherished by children and adults alike. Written in simple, profound, and often humorous prose, A Circle of Quiet is an insightful woman’s elegant search for the meaning and purpose of her life. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L’Engle including rare images from the author’s estate.


Nelle Carceri di G.B.Piranesi

Nelle Carceri di G.B.Piranesi

Nelle Carceri di G.B.Piranesi

Author: Silvia Gavuzzo-Stewart

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 1351196979

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 168

Number of Views: 1671

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"This title focuses on an Italian architect and engraver of the 18th century - Piranesi. In this book it is argued that Piranesi grants a metaphorical meaning to the Carcesi - a set of etchings - in order to impriso those he saw as obstructing the arts and threatening his own freedom. In light of the growing academic interest in Italy and the re-organization of many university courses in Italian, this series aims to bring together di fferent scholarly perspectives on Italy and its culture."


The Prisons / Le Carceri

The Prisons / Le Carceri

The Prisons / Le Carceri

Author: Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Publisher: Courier Corporation

Isbn 10: 0486134008

Category: Art

Number of Pages: 80

Number of Views: 1627

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Reprinted from rare, expensive first and second editions, this version of Piranesi's masterwork presents side-by-side renderings of original and extensively revised drawings in a large format. 33 full-page illustrations.


The Swallowed Man

The Swallowed Man

The Swallowed Man

Author: Edward Carey

Publisher: Penguin

Isbn 10: 0593188896

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 192

Number of Views: 817

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A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE “A strange and tender parable . . . All of Edward Carey's work is profound and delightful.” – Max Porter, author of Lanny The ingenious storyteller Edward Carey returns to reimagine a time-honored fable: the story of an impatient father, a rebellious son, and a watery path to forgiveness for the young man known as Pinocchio In the small Tuscan town of Collodi, a lonely woodcarver longs for the companionship of a son. One day, “as if the wood commanded me,” Giuseppe—better known as Geppetto—carves for himself a pinewood boy, a marionette he hopes to take on tour worldwide. But when his handsome new creation comes magically to life, Geppetto screams . . . and the boy, Pinocchio, leaps from his arms and escapes into the night. Though he returns the next day, the wily boy torments his father, challenging his authority and making up stories—whereupon his nose, the very nose his father carved, grows before his eyes like an antler. When the boy disappears after one last fight, the father follows a rumor to the coast and out into the sea, where he is swallowed by a great fish—and consumed by guilt. He hunkers in the creature’s belly awaiting the day when he will reconcile with the son he drove away. With all the charm, atmosphere, and emotional depth for which Edward Carey is known—and featuring his trademark fantastical illustrations—The Swallowed Man is a parable of parenthood, loss, and letting go, from a creative mind on a par with Gregory Maguire, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton.


Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom

Transcendent Kingdom

Author: Yaa Gyasi

Publisher: Bond Street Books

Isbn 10: 0385695187

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 256

Number of Views: 467

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national bestseller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama. Gifty is a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford University's School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behaviour in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to hard science to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith, and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written and emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.


When Life Becomes Precious

When Life Becomes Precious

When Life Becomes Precious

Author: Elise NeeDell Babcock

Publisher: Bantam

Isbn 10: 0307425282

Category: Health & Fitness

Number of Pages: 304

Number of Views: 606

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When you hear that someone you love has cancer... You want to be as supportive as possible. But how? Elise NeeDell Babcock has devoted her life to answering this question and now puts her twenty-three years of experience as a counselor into this immensely useful guide. When Life Becomes Precious contains hundreds of tips for helping patients, primary caregivers, co-workers, and family members, including: What to say (and not to say) to someone when you first find out they have cancer • How to be supportive without being intrusive • How to build a winning health-care team • How to handle holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries • How to explain the disease to children • Which gifts and gestures can do the most good From techniques for handling anger and anxiety, to uplifting success stories, to a comprehensive resource section, here is the information and inspiration you need to help those you love and to make each day--each moment--more precious. When Life Becomes Precious will be the first book to: • Offer tips on ways to help patients, caregivers and co-workers • Provide a long and diverse list of gifts that are appropriate to give to families that are living with cancer • Offers reasons why fear makes people shy away from discussing cancer and techniques on how to overcome that fear • Present the things that families do that doctors like and dislike When Life Becomes Precious will teach readers to assess and put into perspective, their own feelings about the disease so that they can truly help those who are afflicted with it. The use of cartoons, anecdotes and personal stories will set an upbeat and positive tone. Readers will come away fully prepared to deal with the realities of cancer.


Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Isbn 10: 0358216796

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 256

Number of Views: 657

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One of the New York Times’ 20 Books to Read in 2020 “A tonic . . . Splendid . . . A respite . . . A summer cocktail of a book.”—Washington Post “Unforgettable . . . Behind her brilliantly witty and uplifting message is a remarkable vulnerability and candor that reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles—and that we can, against all odds, get through them.”—Lori Gottlieb, New York Times best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, the story behind a beloved pseudonymous Twitter account reveals how a writer deep in grief rebuilt a life worth living. Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is two stories: that of the reclusive real-life writer who created a fictional character out of loneliness and thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Fans around the world are drawn to Her Grace’s voice, her wit, her life-affirming love for all humanity, and the fun and friendship of the community that’s sprung up around her. @DuchessGoldblat (81 year-old literary icon, author of An Axe to Grind) brought people together in her name: in bookstores, museums, concerts, and coffee shops, and along the way, brought real friends home—foremost among them, Lyle Lovett. “The only way to be reliably sure that the hero gets the girl at the end of the story is to be both the hero and the girl yourself.” — Duchess Goldblatt


Crimes of Writing

Crimes of Writing

Crimes of Writing

Author: Susan Stewart

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Isbn 10: 9780195362091

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 368

Number of Views: 301

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From the origins of modern copyright in early eighteenth-century culture to the efforts to represent nature and death in postmodern fiction, this pioneering book explores a series of problems regarding the containment of representation. Stewart focuses on specific cases of "crimes of writing"--the forgeries of George Psalmanazar, the production of "fakelore," the "ballad scandals" of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the imposture of Thomas Chatterton, and contemporary legislation regarding graffiti and pornography. In this way, she emphasizes the issues which arise once language is seen as a matter of property and authorship is viewed as a matter of originality. Finally, Stewart demonstrates that crimes of writing are delineated by the law because they specifically undermine the status of the law itself: the crimes illuminate the irreducible fact that law is written and therefore subject to temporality and interpretation.


Observations on the Letter of Monsieur Mariette

Observations on the Letter of Monsieur Mariette

Observations on the Letter of Monsieur Mariette

Author: Giambattista Piranesi,Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Publisher: Getty Publications

Isbn 10: 0892366362

Category: Architecture

Number of Pages: 176

Number of Views: 572

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An impassioned plea for a Roman-Style eclecticism that draws freely on all artistic forms and traditions, Piranesi's Observations anticipates the contemporary debate between devotees of a rational, minimal architecture and advocates of an architecture rich in ornament and historical references."--BOOK JACKET.


De Quincey's Gothic Masquerade

De Quincey's Gothic Masquerade

De Quincey's Gothic Masquerade

Author: Patrick Bridgwater

Publisher: Rodopi

Isbn 10: 9789042018136

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 183

Number of Views: 708

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De Quincey's GothicMasquerade is what has long been needed, a study of Thomas De Quincey's Gothicand Gothic-related texts by a Germanist working on Gothicand specializing in Anglo-German literary relations. Addressed to all who are interested in De Quincey's work and its place in literary history, and to the many readers in the English and German-speaking worlds who share De Quincey's and the author's enthusiasm for Gothic, this book adds considerably to the scope of De Quincey studies, which it enables to move on from some of the main unanswered questions of the past.


Art Books

Art Books

Art Books

Author: Wolfgang M. Freitag

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 1134830416

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 568

Number of Views: 1141

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First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Melville’s Philosophies

Melville’s Philosophies

Melville’s Philosophies

Author: Branka Arsic,K. L. Evans

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

Isbn 10: 1501321021

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 336

Number of Views: 409

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Melville's Philosophies departs from a long tradition of critical assessments of Melville that dismissed his philosophical capacities as ingenious but muddled. Its contributors do not apply philosophy to Melville in order to detect just how much of it he knew or understood. To the contrary, they try to hear the philosophical arguments themselves-often very strange and quite radical-that Melville never stopped articulating and reformulating. What emerges is a Melville who is materialistically oriented in a radical way, a Melville who thinks about life forms not just in the context of contemporary sciences but also ontologically. Melville's Philosophies recovers a Melville who is a thinker of great caliber, which means obliquely but dramatically reversing the way the critical tradition has characterized his ideas. Finally, as a result of the readings collected here, Melville emerges as a very relevant thinker for contemporary philosophical concerns, such as the materialist turn, climate change, and post-humanism.


The Ruins Lesson

The Ruins Lesson

The Ruins Lesson

Author: Susan Stewart

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Isbn 10: 022663275X

Category: Literary Criticism

Number of Pages: 368

Number of Views: 891

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How have ruins become so valued in Western culture and so central to our art and literature? Covering a vast chronological and geographical range, from ancient Egyptian inscriptions to twentieth-century memorials, Susan Stewart seeks to answer this question as she traces the appeal of ruins and ruins images, and the lessons that writers and artists have drawn from their haunting forms. Stewart takes us on a sweeping journey through founding legends of broken covenants and original sin, the Christian appropriation of the classical past, and images of decay in early modern allegory. Stewart looks in depth at the works of Goethe, Piranesi, Blake, and Wordsworth, each of whom found in ruins a means of reinventing his art. Lively and engaging, The Ruins Lesson ultimately asks what can resist ruination—and finds in the self-transforming, ever-fleeting practices of language and thought a clue to what might truly endure.


Architecture Post Mortem

Architecture Post Mortem

Architecture Post Mortem

Author: Donald Kunze,David Bertolini,Simone Brott

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 1317179072

Category: Architecture

Number of Pages: 266

Number of Views: 1360

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Architecture Post Mortem surveys architecture’s encounter with death, decline, and ruination following late capitalism. As the world moves closer to an economic abyss that many perceive to be the death of capital, contraction and crisis are no longer mere phases of normal market fluctuations, but rather the irruption of the unconscious of ideology itself. Post mortem is that historical moment wherein architecture’s symbolic contract with capital is put on stage, naked to all. Architecture is not irrelevant to fiscal and political contagion as is commonly believed; it is the victim and penetrating analytical agent of the current crisis. As the very apparatus for modernity’s guilt and unfulfilled drives-modernity’s debt-architecture is that ideological element that functions as a master signifier of its own destruction, ordering all other signifiers and modes of signification beneath it. It is under these conditions that architecture theory has retreated to an 'Alamo' of history, a final desert outpost where history has been asked to transcend itself. For architecture’s hoped-for utopia always involves an apocalypse. This timely collection of essays reformulates architecture’s relation to modernity via the operational death-drive: architecture is but a passage between life and death. This collection includes essays by Kazi K. Ashraf, David Bertolini, Simone Brott, Peggy Deamer, Didem Ekici, Paul Emmons, Donald Kunze, Todd McGowan, Gevork Hartoonian, Nadir Lahiji, Erika Naginski, and Dennis Maher.


Piranesi - Editura Nemira

Piranesi - Editura Nemira

Piranesi - Editura Nemira

Author: Susanna Clarke

Publisher: Nemira Publishing House

Isbn 10: 6064309717

Category: ,

Number of Pages: N.A

Number of Views: 1530

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Casa lui Piranesi nu e deloc una obișnuită: are camere infinite coridoare nesfârșite pereții sunt ticsiți de mii și mii de statui toate diferite. Un labirint interior ascunde un ocean: valurile răsună de sub scări camerele se inundă în câteva secunde. Dar Piranesi nu se teme. El înțelege valurile și modelul labirintului. Viața lui înseamnă explorarea casei. Doar că nu e singur în casă. Mai există Un Străin care ascunde un secret întunecat. „Piranesi m-a uluit. E o poveste miraculoasă și luminoasă plină de mister și aventuri într-o lume fantastică și totodată o meditație profundă despre condiția umană: despre cum e când te simți pierdut și apoi te regăsești.“ Madeline Miller „Ce lume fascinantă creează Clarke ce ritm nebun de dezvăluiri ce protagonist pur și ce personaje secundare fluide moral ce frumusețe ce tensiune ce final perfect!“ David Mitchell „Luna Plină era în dreptul Unicei Uși inundând Sala cu Lumină. Statuile de pe Pereți erau toate poziționate ca și cum tocmai s-ar fi întors cu fața spre Ușă cu ochii lor de marmură fixând Luna. Se deosebeau de Statuile din alte Săli; nu reprezentau indivizi izolați ci o Mulțime. Două se țineau în brațe; alta ținea mâna pe umărul celei din fața sa ca și cum ar fi vrut s-o împingă să poată vedea Luna; un copil se agăța de mâna tatălui său. Exista chiar și un Câine care nefiind interesat de Lună stătea pe picioarele din spate cu labele din față pe pieptul stăpânului său cerșindu-i atenția. Peretele din Spate era o Masă de Statui – nu aranjate ordonat pe Niveluri ci doar o mulțime amestecată haotică. Puțin mai departe printre ele se găsea un Tânăr scăldat în Lumina Lunii cu extazul întipărit pe față ținând un steag în mână. Aproape că uitasem să respir. Pentru o clipă am avut imaginea a cum ar putea fi dacă în loc de doi oameni în Lume ar fi mii.“