Author: Russell Potter

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 0857862480

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 1320

After escaping the butcher’s knife with the help of his steadfast companion Sam, Toby soon finds himself under the order of the volatile impresario Silas Bisset and his travelling menagerie of performing monkeys, horses, turkeys and canaries. Before too long, he is packing out theatres and concert halls, impressing the crowds with his ability to count, spell and even read the minds of ladies. But celebrity comes at a cost, as Toby soon finds out . . .

Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films

Attachment in the Age of Global Visibility

Author: Rey Chow

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231133324

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 263

View: 3878

What is the sentimental and how can we understand it through the cinema of a particular culture in an age of globalisation? Chow explores these questions by examining nine contemporary Chinese directors whose accomplishments have become historic events in world cinema.

Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (Words Without Borders)

Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Author: Reza Aslan

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393080706

Category: Fiction

Page: 657

View: 1639

A Words Without Borders Anthology “Remarkable . . . a triumph . . . connects us at the level of our humanity, no matter where we may be from.”—Los Angeles Times The countries that stretch along the broad horizons of the Middle East—from Morocco to Iran, from Turkey to Pakistan—boast different cultures, different languages, and different religions. Yet the literary landscape of this dynamic part of the world has been bound together not by borders and nationalities, but by a common experience of Western imperialism. Keenly aware of the collected scars left by a legacy of colonial rule, the acclaimed writer Reza Aslan, with a team of four regional editors and seventy-seven translators, cogently demonstrates with Tablet and Pen how literature can, in fact, be used to form identity and serve as an extraordinary chronicle of the disrupted histories of the region. Acting with Words Without Borders, which fosters international exchange through translation and publication of the world’s finest literature, Aslan has purposefully situated this volume in the twentieth century, beyond the familiar confines of the Ottoman past, believing that the writers who have emerged in the last hundred years have not received their full due. This monumental collection, therefore, of nearly two hundred pieces, including short stories, novels, memoirs, essays and works of drama—many of them presented in English for the first time—features translated works from Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Turkish. Organized chronologically, the volume spans a century of literature—from the famed Arab poet Khalil Gibran to the Nobel laureates Naguib Mahfouz and Orhan Pamuk, from the great Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis to the grand dame of Urdu fiction, Ismat Chughtai—connected by the extraordinarily rich tradition of resplendent cultures that have been all too often ignored by the Western canon. By shifting America’s perception of the Middle Eastern world away from religion and politics, Tablet and Pen evokes the splendors of a region through the voices of its writers and poets, whose literature tells an urgent and liberating story. With a wealth of contextual information that places the writing within the historical, political, and cultural breadth of the region, Tablet & Pen is transcendent, a book to be devoured as a single sustained narrative, from the first page to the last. Creating a vital bridge between two estranged cultures, "this is that rare anthology: cohesive, affecting, and informing" (Publishers Weekly).

Material Parameter Identification and Inverse Problems in Soft Tissue Biomechanics

Author: Stéphane Avril,Sam Evans

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319450719

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 144

View: 1508

The articles in this book review hybrid experimental-computational methods applied to soft tissues which have been developed by worldwide specialists in the field. People developing computational models of soft tissues and organs will find solutions for calibrating the material parameters of their models; people performing tests on soft tissues will learn what to extract from the data and how to use these data for their models and people worried about the complexity of the biomechanical behavior of soft tissues will find relevant approaches to address this complexity.

Sphecid Wasps of the World

A Generic Revision

Author: Richard M. Bohart,Richard Mitchell Bohart,Arnold S. Menke

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520023185

Category: Hymenoptera

Page: 695

View: 6745


A Linguistic History of the Forgotten Islands

A Reconstruction of the Proto-language of the Southern Ryūkyūs

Author: John R. Bentley

Publisher: Global Oriental

ISBN: 9004213260

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 328

View: 2551

Sakishima comprises a group of islands situated between Okinawa and Taiwan, forming a culturally important bridge between Japan and Taiwan. Studies of the languages of the Ryukyuan islands are valuable for an accurate understanding of the linguistic history of Japan as a whole.

International Video Graphic Design

Author: Jack M. Beebe

Publisher: Pbc International


Category: Design

Page: 187

View: 455

A visual reference that showcases leading examples of outstanding, unique and memorable video graphics including openings and closings, logos, presentation, experiments, institutional and theatrical. The book offers a global spotlight on today's video graphics.

The Cowboy with the Tiffany Gun

A Novel

Author: Aaron Latham

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416595902

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4935

The cowboy is the American knight, so it would follow that tales of knighthood can provide the inspiration for stories about cowboys and the basis for this grand and dazzlingly innovative epic of the old American West by the celebrated author and screenwriter of Urban Cowboy. Inspired by Sir Percival's great quest for the Holy Grail, Aaron Latham has crafted a classic adventure story set among the tumbleweeds of the American West at the twilight of the nineteenth century. It is first and foremost the coming-of-age story of an innocent -- a fledgling cowboy, that singularly American update on the archetypal knight of old. Featuring characters from Latham's acclaimed Code of the West, The Cowboy with the Tiffany Gun is his most exhilarating performance yet. Our young hero is Percy -- but he prefers his nickname, Pyg, short for Percy York Goodnight. When he learns that the man called Loving has been shot and is near death, Percy and his mother, Revelie, rush away to be by Loving's side in Texas. Long ago, Revelie shared with Loving a bond of great passion. Mother and son arrive to find Loving gravely ill -- and to discover that an heirloom ax has disappeared from the ranch. According to Western lore, this was the very ax that Jimmy Goodnight, Percy's presumed father, once pulled out of an anvil. The ax was stolen from the cemetery, where it had been imbedded in Goodnight's tombstone. The stone is gone, too. Latham's historically authentic narrative takes off on a rousing gallop here as Pyg vows to find the ax and must face trials and calamities of a Biblical scale -- flood, fire, gunfights, and the devastating pestilence that changed the course of frontier history. Of Code of the West, James M. McPherson wrote that "Latham has pulled off the seemingly impossible." With The Cowboy with the Tiffany Gun, he has done it again.

Paraguay - Erfolg ohne Industrie?

Wirtschaftsstrukturen und Praxisbeispiele

Author: Kerstin Dr. Teicher

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3735794009

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 1368

Nr. 1 im weltweiten Export elektrischer Energie und Biozucker Nr. 2 im Export von Stevia Nr. 4 bzw. 6 beim Export und Produktion von Sojaprodukten Nr. 5 beim Chia-Export, Nr. 6 bei Mais, Nr. 10 bei Weizen- und Nr. 15 bei Reisexport Nr. 8 beim weltweiten Rindfleischexport Hätten Sie es gewusst? - Das alles ist Paraguay – und noch viel mehr. Paraguay ist eines der wenigen Länder mit hohem landwirtschaftlichem Anteil, das auch international durchaus erfolgreich ist. Das Land erhält Entwicklungshilfe, exportiert aber gleich-zeitig auf Weltniveau bei fast fehlender eigener Industrie. Und dies trotz eines schlechten Bildungssystems und unvorstellbarer Korruption! Von außen betrachtet erscheint dies eigentlich unmöglich. Es ist jedoch in sich logisch und funktioniert irgendwie. Viele betriebswirtschaftliche Konzepte funktionieren anders als in Lehrbüchern beschrieben. Anhand statistischer Daten und Praxisbeispielen werden das Land und seine Wirtschaft dem Leser veranschaulicht. Zahlreiche Beispiele zeigen u.a., welche Unternehmen und Konzerne es in Paraguay gibt und welch großen Einfluss diese auf die paraguayische Wirtschaft haben. Wussten Sie zum Beispiel, dass der jetzige Präsident Cartes eine Bank und über 25 weitere Unternehmen besitzt und der größte Tabakproduzent des Landes ist? Oder dass der Gründer der Vierci-Gruppe zu den Top 100 der reichsten Menschen Lateinamerikas gehört? Dieses Buch richtet sich an Entscheidungsträger in Wirtschaft, Politik und Verwaltung ebenso wie an Studierende, potentielle Investoren und Auswanderer. 7 Kapitel, über 80 Abbildungen, Tabellen und konkrete Praxisbeispiele informieren übersichtlich auf 240 Seiten über die wichtigsten Bereiche und Merkmale der paraguayischen Wirtschaft: Aktuelle Gesamtwirtschaftliche Entwicklungen, Infrastruktur, Arbeitsmarkt, Bildungssystem, Landwirtschaft, Industrie, Handel und Dienstleistungen, regionale Wirtschaftsstruktur, aber auch die Problembereiche wie Korruption und Umweltverschmutzung. Ein ausführliches Stichwortverzeichnis sowie ein Überblick über Literatur und Forschungsinstitutionen runden das Buch ab.

Building Art

The Life and Work of Frank Gehry

Author: Paul Goldberger

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307946398

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

View: 1749

From Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic Paul Goldberger- an engaging, nuanced exploration of the life and work of Frank Gehry, undoubtedly the most famous architect of our time. This first full-fledged critical biography presents and evaluates the work of a man who has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture in his innovative use of materials, design, and form, and who is among the very few architects in history to be both respected by critics as a creative, cutting-edge force and embraced by the general public as a popular figure. Building Artshows the full range of Gehry's work, from early houses constructed of plywood and chain-link fencing to lamps made in the shape of fish to the triumphant success of such late projects as the spectacular art museum of glass in Paris. It tells the story behind Gehry's own house, which upset his neighbors and excited the world with its mix of the traditional and the extraordinary, and recounts how Gehry came to design the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, his remarkable structure of swirling titanium that changed a declining city into a destination spot. Building Art also explains Gehry's sixteen-year quest to complete Walt Disney Concert Hall, the beautiful, acoustically brilliant home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Although Gehry's architecture has been written about widely, the story of his life has never been told in full detail. Here we come to know his Jewish immigrant family, his working-class Toronto childhood, his hours spent playing with blocks on his grandmother's kitchen floor, his move to Los Angeles when he was still a teenager, and how he came, unexpectedly, to end up in architecture school. Most important, Building Artpresents and evaluates Gehry's lifetime of work in conjunction with his entire life story, including his time in the army and at Harvard, his long relationship with his psychiatrist and the impact it had on his work, and his two marriages and four children. It analyzes his carefully crafted persona, in which a casual, amiable oaw, shuckso surface masks a driving and intense ambition. And it explores his relationship to Los Angeles and how its position as home to outsider artists gave him the freedom in his formative years to make the innovations that characterize his genius. Finally, it discusses his interest in using technology not just to change the way a building looks but to change the way the whole profession of architecture is practiced. At once a sweeping view of a great architect and an intimate look at creative genius, Building Artis in many ways the saga of the architectural milieu of the twenty-first century. But most of all it is the compelling story of the man who first comes to mind when we think of the lasting possibilities of buildings as art.a From the Hardcover edition.

Rookie Moves

A Checkmate Inc. Novel

Author: Shelly Alexander

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997962314


Page: N.A

View: 7051

Book 2 in the Checkmate Inc. Series

Chronicles of the Imagination

Nana-old Testament

Author: David Scott Fields, II

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780980060065

Category: Fiction

Page: 580

View: 1559

In this third addition to the series your favorite characters get...STRANDED! Every new technology comes with a price. For Spikey Moonbeam, that price will cut he, his family, and his friends off from Staranana and leave them stranded on an alien world at the very dawn of time. But not just any alien world - Earth! After discovering a seemingly innocent means of observing events through time, the Moonbeams, Scotty, TB, and Garlan find themselves alone in Earth's biblical past with very little hope of ever returning home. Together with some of the most famous characters throughout the Bible, they will have to fight their way through time. Along the way, new friendships will be forged, new enemies will be vanquished, curses will be pronounced, and children will grow up. In the end, only One can save them; only One can send them home. But will they find this One before time is irrevocably altered? And more importantly, will they find Him before this adventure is...To Be Continued?

Jung and the Story of Our Time

Author: Laurens Van der Post

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0394721756

Category: Psychology

Page: 276

View: 4083

Recounts the life and career of the great psychiatrist, his conversations with the author, a longtime friend, and the importance of his theories and writings to contemporary humanity

Black Rabbit Summer


Author: Kevin Brooks

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423414766

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 576

View: 6801

Flirrend, fesselnd, intensiv Nach dem Ende der Schulzeit trifft sich Petes alte Clique, um ein letztes Mal gemeinsam zu feiern, bevor alle getrennte Wege gehen. Von Anfang an ist klar, dass dieser heiße Sommerabend übel enden wird. Und tatsächlich gibt es am Ende zwei Vermisste: Raymond, Petes ängstlicher Freund, der nie so richtig dazugehörte, und Stella, eine frühere Klassenkameradin. Als wenig später Stellas Leiche nackt im Fluss gefunden wird, fällt der Verdacht auf den abwesenden Raymond. Und auch Pete selbst, der auf eigene Faust ermittelt, gerät ins Visier der Polizei...Auf der Shortlist der Carnegie Medal 2009