Eurydice Street

Author: Sofka Zinovieff

Publisher: Granta Books (Uk)


Category: Athens (Greece)

Page: 276

View: 5829

A fluid, alluring memoir recounting a family's move to Athens and their adaption to a new culture.

Operation Breakthrough

Author: Dan J Marlowe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440542163

Category: Fiction

Page: 100

View: 2927

Drake had the assignment. He was sent to steal confidential files of the Mafia that had been stashed somewhere in a bank vault on an island in the Bahamas. Drake got the files. He also got himself trapped into a deadly private war—with the Syndicate, the local police, and a gang of freelance assassins. The only man who could help him out of the trap was being held incommunicado—behind the thick walls of a Bahamian prison. Breaking out of jail was something Drake knew about. Breaking in was something else again …

Travel, Tourism, and Identity

Author: Gabriel R. Ricci

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135130111X

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

View: 1610

Travel, Tourism and Identity addresses the psychological and social adjustments that occur when people make contact with others outside their social, cultural, or linguistic groups. Whether such contact is the result of tourism, seeking exile, or relocating abroad, the volume's contributors demonstrate how one's identity, cultural assumptions, and worldview can be brought into question. In some cases, the traveller finds that bridging the social and cultural gap between himself and the new society is fairly easy. In other cases, the traveller discovers that reorienting himself requires absorbing a new cultural history and traditions. The contributors argue that making these adjustments will surely enhance the traveller's or tourist's experience; otherwise the traveller or tourist will be at risk of becoming a marginalized figure, one disconnected from the society that surrounds him. This latest volume in the Culture & Civilization series features a collection of essays on travel and tourism. The essays cover a range of topics from historical travels to modern social identities. They discuss ancient travels, contemporary travels in Europe, Africa and sustainable eco-tourism, and the politics of tourism. Essays also address experiences of Grenada's "Spice Island" identity, and the effects of globalization and migrations on personal identity.

Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

Author: Jonathan Cross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351564137

Category: Music

Page: 196

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Hailed at its premiere at the London Coliseum in 1986 as the most important musical and theatrical event of the decade, The Mask of Orpheus is undoubtedly a key work in Harrison Birtwistle's output. His subsequent stage and concert pieces demand to be evaluated in its light. Increasingly, it is also viewed as a key work in the development of opera since the Second World War, a work that pushed at the boundaries of what was possible in lyrical theatre. In its imaginative fusion of music, song, drama, myth, mime and electronics, it has become a beacon for many younger composers, and the object of wide critical attention. Jonathan Cross begins his detailed study of this 'lyric tragedy' by placing it in the wider context of the reception of the Orpheus myth. In particular, the significance of Orpheus for the twentieth century is discussed, and this provides the backdrop for an examination of Birtwistle's preoccupation with the story in a variety of works across his creative life. The sources and genesis of The Mask of Orpheus are explored. This is followed by a close reading of the work's three acts, analysing their structure and meaning, investigating the relationship between music, text and drama, drawing on Zinovieff's textual drafts and Birtwistle's compositional sketches. The book concludes by suggesting a range of contexts within which The Mask of Orpheus might be understood. Its central themes of time, memory and identity, loss, mourning and melancholy, touch a deep sensibility in late-modern society and culture. Interviews with the librettist and composer round off this important study.

The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother And Me

Author: Sofka Zinovieff

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448105196

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 7401

Faringdon House in Oxfordshire was the home of Lord Berners, composer, writer, painter, friend of Stravinsky and Gertrude Stein, a man renowned for his eccentricity – masks, practical jokes, a flock of multi-coloured doves – and his homosexuality. Before the war he made Faringdon an aesthete’s paradise, where exquisite food was served to many of the great minds, beauties and wits of the day. Since the early thirties his companion there was Robert Heber-Percy, twenty-eight years his junior, wildly physical, unscholarly, a hothead who rode naked through the grounds, loved cocktails and nightclubs, and was known to all as the Mad Boy. If the two men made an unlikely couple, at a time when homosexuality was illegal, the addition to the household in 1942 of a pregnant Jennifer Fry, a high society girl known to be ‘fast’, as Robert’s wife was simply astounding. After Victoria was born the marriage soon foundered (Jennifer later married Alan Ross). Berners died in 1950, leaving Robert in charge of Faringdon, aided by a ferocious Austrian housekeeper who strove to keep the same culinary standards in a more austere age. This was the world Sofka Zinovieff, Victoria’s daughter, a typical child of the sixties, first encountered at the age of seventeen. Eight years later, to her astonishment, Robert told her he was leaving her Faringdon House. Her book about Faringdon and its people is marvellously witty and full of insight, bringing to life a vanished world and the almost fantastical people who lived in it.


Author: Sofka Zinovieff

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408895773

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 4852

'Among the hottest books of this blazing summer' (Daily Telegraph): a bold, lushly written novel that will compel and disquiet in equal measure A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 - CHOSEN BY THE OBSERVER, NEW STATESMAN AND SPECTATOR It is the 1970s and Ralph, an up-and-coming composer, is visiting Edmund Greenslay at his riverside home in Putney to discuss a collaboration. Through the house's colourful rooms and unruly garden flits nine-year-old Daphne – dark, teasing, slippery as mercury, more sprite than boy or girl. From the moment their worlds collide, Ralph is consumed by an obsession to make Daphne his. But Ralph is twenty-five and Daphne is only a child, and even in the bohemian abandon of 1970s London their fast-burgeoning relationship must be kept a secret. It is not until years later that Daphne is forced to confront the truth of her own childhood – and an act of violence that has lain hidden for decades. Putney is a bold, thought-provoking novel about the moral lines we tread, the stories we tell ourselves and the memories that play themselves out again and again, like snatches of song.

Greco Files

Author: John Hayes

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1800466528

Category: Travel

Page: 376

View: 3079

Greco Files is part memoir and part commentary. It traces the real-life experiences of a couple of retired British teachers as they fashion a new chapter in their lives in a Greek village as the 21st Century unfolds. Put in the context of Greek mythology, history and geography, and set against a background of current issues such as wildfire, water supply and economic crisis, the author charts the challenges, achievements and pleasures that he and his wife experience during two decades creating a new home and lifestyle in the Mani peninsula of southern, mainland Greece.

Insight Guides Greece (Travel Guide eBook)

Author: Insight Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1786716755

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

View: 4305

Insight Guides: Inspiring your next adventureBe inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide Greece, a comprehensive full-colour guide to this fascinating and beautiful country, which is one of the most culturally significant countries on earth. Inside Insight Guide Greece: � A fully-overhauled edition by our expert Greece author. � Stunning, specially-commissioned new photography that brings this breathtaking country and its people to life. � Highlights of the country's top attractions, including Athens and the Acropolis, and the country's hundreds of islands. � Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the cultural riches of Athens, to stunning coastline at Santorini. � Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip, including our independent selection of the best hotels and restaurants. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure. 'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine

On a Greek Island: A Season On Zakynthos

Author: Ralph Lavelle

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1326393448

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

View: 6416

Hailing from Ireland, but based in Australia with his family, web developer Ralph Lavelle was tired of office life in Brisbane. You know how it is. So he went to Zakynthos, the Greek island his wife Tina's parents come from, to see how he and his family would get on living there for a season before he had to face real life and get a job again. While they were there, however, it began to look like Greece could find itself out of the Eurozone any day the way the tense negotiations were going in Brussels. But Zakynthos is a resilient island, having seen off earthquakes and invaders over the centuries, and turned out to be an ideal base from which Ralph could launch a full-scale attack on the language, the music, and the culture in general, while his two kids were sequestered away in a village school. A warm-hearted account of life on a Greek island of Zante, written by someone lucky enough to have spent a season playing guitar, reading books, and walking the hills there.