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  • Susan Sontag. Against Interpretation and Other Essays
    Against Interpretation and Other Essays
    Susan Sontag
    "Against Interpretation" was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and is a modern classic. Originally published in 1966, it has never gone out of print and has influenced generations of readers all over the world. It includes some of Sontag's best-known works, among them "On Style", "Notes on 'Camp", and the titular essay "Against Interpretation", where Sontag argues that modern cultural conditions have given way to a new critical approach to aesthetics.
  • John Updike. Always Looking
    Always Looking
    John Updike
    In this posthumous collection of John Updike's art writings, a companion volume to the acclaimed Just Looking (1989) and Still Looking (2005), readers are again treated to "remarkably elegant essays" (Newsday) in which "the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work until a deep understanding of the art emerges" (The New York Times Book Review). Always Looking opens with "The Clarity of Things," the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities for 2008. Here, in looking closely at individual works by Copley, Homer, Eakins, Norman Rockwell, and others, the author teases out what is characteristically "American" in American art. This talk is followed by fourteen essays, most of them written for The New York Review of Books, on certain highlights in Western art of the last two hundred years: the iconic portraits of Gilbert Stuart and the sublime landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church, the series paintings of Monet and the monotypes of Degas, the richly patterned...
  • Winterson, Jeanette. Art Objects
    Art Objects
    Winterson, Jeanette
  • Zadie Smith. Changing My Mind
    Changing My Mind
    Zadie Smith
    How did George Eliot?s love life affect her prose? Why did Kafka write at three in the morning? In what ways is Barack Obama like Eliza Doolittle? Can you be over-dressed for the Oscars? What is Italian Feminism? If Roland Barthes killed the Author, can Nabokov revive him? What does ?soulful? mean? Is Date Movie the worst film ever made? A collection of essays that brims over with personality and warmth, Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent and funny ? a gift to readers and writers both. Within its covers an essay is more than a column of opinions: it?s a space in which to think freely.
  • Альберто Мангель. Curiositas
    Альберто Мангель
    "Многие века потребность совершать открытия побуждала людей двигаться вперед. Импульс, выраженный латинским словом CURIOSITAS, заставляет пытливый ум постоянно задавать вопросы, подталкивая к поиску ответов: зачем мы здесь? что всем движет? что потом? Curiositas как "желание знать" - это естественное любопытство, вовлекающее нас в бесконечный и кропотливый процесс познания. По мнению Альберто Мангеля, объяснение многим неясным явлениям можно найти в книгах, на протяжении веков вбиравших все, что люди узнавали об окружающем мире, осознанно или интуитивно. Одной из таких важных для автора книг стала "Божественная комедия". Поэма Данте Алигьери обобщает трагический опыт человечества и перекликается с мотивами, звучащими в произведениях иных авторов и эпох, от античности до Новейшего времени. Сочинения Сократа и Платона, сакральные писания, тексты Фомы Аквинского, Льюиса Кэрролла, Франца Кафки и Примо Леви или язык современной рекламы - все это источники нашего...
  • Kurt Tucholsky. Der Hund als Untergebener: Bissiges uber Hunde und ihre Halter
    Der Hund als Untergebener: Bissiges uber Hunde und ihre Halter
    Kurt Tucholsky
    Der bekennende Katzenliebhaber Kurt Tucholsky hat sein nicht ungetrubtes Verhaltnis zum Hund (vor allem auch zu den Hundebesitzern) in zahlreichen satirischen Gedichten und Aufsatzen behandelt. Klaus Ensikat hat diese bissigen und noch heute aktuellen Texte mit spitzer Feder meisterlich illustriert. Wer Humor hat, wird an diesem Buch sicher Freude haben ob als Hundefreund oder Hundehasser.
  • Eduardo Galeano. El cazador de historias
    El cazador de historias
    Eduardo Galeano
    En esta obra, que termino un ano antes de morir, Eduardo Galeano sale a cazar para mostrarnos –con crudeza, con humor, con ternura– el mundo en que vivimos, desnudando ciertas realidades que, pese a estar al alcance de la mano, no todos llegan a ver. Y, aunque siempre fue reticente a hablar de si mismo, cierra el libro con un punado de bellas y poderosas historias que sorprenden tanto porque ofrecen pistas de su biografia, de sus anos de infancia y juventud, de los primeros viajes por America Latina, de las personas que marcaron su vida y su escritura, como porque expresan sus ideas sobre la muerte.
  • Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway on War
    Hemingway on War
    Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest Hemingway witnessed many of the seminal conflicts of the twentieth century - from his post as a Red Cross ambulance driver during World War I to his nearly twenty-five years as a war correspondent for THE TORONTO STAR - and he recorded them with matchless power. This landmark volume brings together Hemingway's most important, timeless writings about the nature of human combat. Passages from his beloved World War I novel A FAREWELL TO ARMS and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, about the Spanish Civil War, offer an unparalleled portrayal of the physical and psychological impact of war and its aftermath. Selections from ACROSS THE RIVER and INTO THE TREES vividly evoke an emotionally scarred career soldier in the twilight of life as he reflects on the nature of war. Classic short stories, such as "In Another Country" and "The Butterfly and the Tank," stand alongside excerpts from Hemingway's first book of short stories, IN OUR TIME, and his only full-length play, THE FIFTH COLUMN. ...
  • J. M. Coetzee. Inner Workings
    Inner Workings
    J. M. Coetzee
    Coetzee explores the work of twentieth century German literature's greatest writers, an essay on Graham Greene's Brighton Rock and on the short fiction of Samuel Beckett. American literature is also strongly represented and Coetzee rounds off the collection with essays on three fellow Nobel laureates.
  • J. M. Coetzee. Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005
    Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005
    J. M. Coetzee
    A collection of essays on literature by one of the world's finest writers. Following on from Stranger Shores, which contained J.M.Coetzee's essays from 1986 to 1999, Inner Workings gathers together his literary essays from 2000 to 2005. Of the writers discussed in the first half of the book, several - Italo Svevo, Joseph Roth, Bruno Schulz, Sandor Marai - lived through the Austro-Hungarian fin-de-siecle and felt the influence of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud. Coetzee further explores the work of six of twentieth-century German literature's greatest writers: Robert Musil, Robert Walser, Walter Benjamin (the Arcades Project), Joseph Roth, Gunter Grass, W.G. Sebald, and the poet Paul Celan, in his "wrestlings with the German language". There is an essay on Graham Greene's Brighton Rock and on the short fiction of Samuel Beckett, a writer whom Coetzee has long admired. American literature is strongly represented by Walt Whitman through William Faulkner, Saul Bellow and...
  • James Baldwin. Native Sons
    Native Sons
    James Baldwin
    Native Sons
  • Thomas De Quincey. On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts
    On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts
    Thomas De Quincey
    In this dispassionate analysis of the act of murder, De Quincey’s innovative, idio­syncratic artistic vision found space for gruesome reportage, satire, aesthetic and literary criticism, in a work strewn with examples ranging from antiquity to his own time, including the urban serial-killer John Williams. De Quincey’s seminal 1827 work was greatly influential on such writers as Poe, Baudelaire and Borges, and the trace of its impact can still be found today in modern satire, black humour and crime and detective fiction.
  • Faulks, Sebastian. Pistache
    Faulks, Sebastian
  • Orwell, George. Seeing Things as They Are
    Seeing Things as They Are
    Orwell, George
    Famous for his novels and essays, Orwell remains one of our very best journalists and commentators. Confronting social, political and moral dilemmas head-on, he was fearless in his writing: a champion of free speech, a defender against social injustice and a sharp-eyed chronicler of the age. But his work is also timeless, as pieces on immigration, Scottish independence and a Royal Commission on the Press attest. Seeing Things As They Are, compiled by renowned Orwell scholar Peter Davison, brings together in one volume many of Orwell’s articles and essays for journals and newspapers, his broadcasts for the BBC, and his book, theatre and film reviews. Little escaped Orwell’s attention: he writes about the Spanish Civil War, public schools and poltergeists, and reviews books from Brave New World to Mein Kampf. Almost half of his popular ‘As I Please’ weekly columns, written while literary editor of the Tribune during the 1940s, are collected here, ranging over topics as diverse as the...
  • Signet Book of American Essays
    Signet Book of American Essays
    Featuring Essays by Benjamin Franklin * Ralph Waldo Emerson * W.E.B. Du Bois * Albert Einstein * Gloria Steinem * Henry David Thoreau * Martin Luther King, Jr. * Mark Twain * Erma Bombeck * Abraham Lincoln * John F. Kennedy * and More... These are Americans who had something important to say - and said it in powerful, convincing ways. A compendium of commentary, criticism, and oratory excellence from throughout the nation's history, The Signet Book of American Essays is a perfect resource for those searching for the most timeless essays ever conceived by America's notable scientists, philosophers, politicians, and writers. From the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin to the outspoken empowerment of Gloria Steinem, from the biting satire of Mark Twain to the grave seriousness of Franklin D. Roosevelt, this collection offers the opportunity to learn the subtle arts of persuasion and rational argument as exemplified in these great American...
  • Robertson Davies. The Merry Heart
    The Merry Heart
    Robertson Davies
    The Merry Heart
  • WILDE OSCAR. The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose
    The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose
  • Oscar Wilde. The Decay of Lying
    The Decay of Lying
    Oscar Wilde
    In the library of a country house in Nottinghamshire, Vivian is writing an article about the importance of lying, when he is interrupted by Cyril, who tries to tempt him away, but instead is drawn into a discussion about art, nature, literature and imagination. The Decay of Lying sees Wilde explore his deepest preoccupations about the relationship between life and art, and examine the work of such writers as Shakespeare and Balzac.
  • Neil Gaiman. The View from the Cheap Seats
    The View from the Cheap Seats
    Neil Gaiman
    An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style. An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.
  • David Sedaris. When You Are Engulfed in Flames
    When You Are Engulfed in Flames
    David Sedaris
    "David Sedaris's ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall from your mouth into the lap of a fellow passenger on a plane or armoring the windows with LP covers to protect the house from neurotic songbirds-to the most deeply resonant human truths. Culminating in a brilliant account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, David Sedaris's sixth essay collection is a new masterpiece of comic writing from "a writer worth treasuring" (Seattle Times)....

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