The Arsonists

Author: Alistair Beaton,Max Frisch

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 140814154X

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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Fires are becoming something of a problem. But Biedermann has it all under control. He's a respected member of the community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, so surely nothing can get to him. The great philanthropist is happy to meet his civic duty by giving shelter to two new guests but when they start filling his attic with petrol drums, will he help them light the fuse? Max Frisch's parable about appeasement is given its first major UK revival since its Royal Court premiere in 1961, which was directed by Lindsay Anderson. The play is published as a programme text for the production that runs from 1 November - 15 December on the main stage at the Royal Court.

The Arsonists' City

Author: Hala Alyan

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 035812655X

Category: Domestic fiction

Page: 464

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"The Arsonists' City delivers all the pleasures of a good old-fashioned saga, but in Alyan's hands, one family's tale becomes the story of a nation--Lebanon and Syria, yes, but also the United States. It's the kind of book we are lucky to have."--Rumaan Alam A rich family story, a personal look at the legacy of war in the Middle East, and an indelible rendering of how we hold on to the people and places we call home The Nasr family is spread across the globe--Beirut, Brooklyn, Austin, the California desert. A Syrian mother, a Lebanese father, and three American children: all have lived a life of migration. Still, they've always had their ancestral home in Beirut--a constant touchstone--and the complicated, messy family love that binds them. But following his father's recent death, Idris, the family's new patriarch, has decided to sell. The decision brings the family to Beirut, where everyone unites against Idris in a fight to save the house. They all have secrets--lost loves, bitter jealousies, abandoned passions, deep-set shame--that distance has helped smother. But in a city smoldering with the legacy of war, an ongoing flow of refugees, religious tension, and political protest, those secrets ignite, imperiling the fragile ties that hold this family together. In a novel teeming with wisdom, warmth, and characters born of remarkable human insight, award-winning author Hala Alyan shows us again that "fiction is often the best filter for the real world around us" (NPR).

The Arsonist

Author: Sue Miller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408857243

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 6433


'Brilliant' THE TIMES 'A finely observed study of identity and belonging' MAIL ON SUNDAY Fleeing the end of an affair, and troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for fifteen years, Frankie Rowley comes home to the small New Hampshire town of Pomeroy and the farmhouse where her family has always summered. On her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Is it an accident, or something more deliberate? During the following weeks, as Frankie comes to recognise her father's slow failing and her mother's desperation, and tentatively gets to know the new owner of the local newspaper, another house burns - and then another. These frightening events crack open the deep social fault lines in the town, raising questions about how and where one ought to live, and what it really means to lead a fulfilling life. What readers are saying about The Arsonist: 'A stonking good read' 'A treat' 'I love Sue Miller and would recommend any of her books; she is a tremendous writer' 'I could not put it down' 'A lovely narrative that will never leave me. Five stars' 'I loved every page'

The Photographer and the Arsonist

Author: James Holding

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1479441961

Category: Fiction

Page: 18

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The Photographer wakes in a coffin, and flashes back to a meeting where he is hired to kill a one-armed man -- who has gotten the drop on him. Will he live long enough to complete his mission? #17 in the classic series.

The Arsonist

Author: Mary Burton

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1426863101

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 744


Chasing down a pyromaniac could burn a man out... Once he solved the Nero case, arson investigator Michael Gannon blasted out of town on his motorcycle. No way would he return to the job, but his nightmares persisted. Gannon found some relief in a small Virginia town...until the fires started again. Back in the public eye, he had to face his demons and the incomparable Darcy Sampson, a feisty reporter who urged him out of hiding. Gannon had to ask himself: What would it take to push him over the edge? More time spent in a fiery hell--or a surprising attraction to a woman he couldn't resist?

Benedict Cumberbatch: London and Hollywood

Author: Lynnette Porter

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1780929943

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

View: 317


Benedict Cumberbatch’s career is built to last. From his early success as a working actor through his dynamic trajectory to international star, Cumberbatch continues to be one of the best thespians of his generation. Those who know Cumberbatch primarily because of his award-winning star turn as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s Sherlock know only a fraction of the actor’s noteworthy professional history, including such critically acclaimed roles as, on television, Hawking, Small Island, To the Ends of the Earth, Parade’s End, and The Hollow Crown; on stage, Hedda Gabler, After the Dance, Frankenstein, and Hamlet; on radio, Cabin Pressure and Neverwhere; and on film, Atonement, War Horse, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and The Imitation Game. Whether starring on television, stage, or radio in home base London or filming a Hollywood production, Benedict Cumberbatch continues to choose interesting roles that cement his A-list status. His career is not without occasional controversy, but, like those he admires most in London or Hollywood, he has become savvy about the entertainment industry. Benedict Cumberbatch is here to stay in the spotlight-to the delight of anyone who appreciates fine acting.

All Russia Is Burning!

Author: Cathy A. Frierson

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295801468

Category: History

Page: 306

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Rural fires were an even more persistent scourge than famine in late imperial Russia, as Cathy Frierson shows in this first comprehensive study. Destroying almost three billion rubles� worth of property in European Russia between 1860 and 1904, accidental and arson fires acted as a brake on Russia�s economic development while subjecting peasants to perennial shocks to their physical and emotional condition. The fire question captured the attention of educated, progressive Russians, who came to perceived it as a key obstacle to Russia�s becoming a modern society in the European model. Using sources ranging from literary representations and newspaper articles to statistical tables and court records, Frierson demonstrates the many meanings fire held for both peasants and the educated elite. To peasants, it was an essential source of light and warmth as well as a destructive force that regularly ignited their cramped villages of wooden, thatch-roofed huts. Absent the rule of law, they often used arson to gain justice or revenge, or to exert social control over those who would violate village norms. Frierson shows that the vast majority of arson cases in European Russia were not peasant-against-gentry acts of protest but peasant-against-peasant acts of "self-help" law or plain spite. Both the state and individual progressives set out to resolve the fire question and to educate, cajole, or coerce the peasantry into the modern world. Fire insurance, building codes, "scientific" village layouts, and volunteer firefighting brigades reduced the average number of buildings consumed in each blaze, but none of these measures succeeded in curbing the number of fires each year. More than anything else, this history of fire and arson in rural European Russia is a history of their cultural meanings in the late imperial campaign for modernity. Frierson shows the special associations of women with fire in rural life and in elite understanding of fire in the Russian countryside. Her study of the fire question demonstrates both peasant agency in fighting fire and educated Russians' hardening conviction that peasants stood in the way of Russia's advent into the company of prosperous, rational, civilized nations.

Arson for Profit

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Criminal Justice

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Arson

Page: 141

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