The Boy Behind the Curtain

Author: Tim Winton

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509816968

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Eclectic and impassioned, a collection that affirms the power of the written word.' – Observer The Boy Behind the Curtain is a portrait of a life, a place and a man. In this deeply personal collection of true stories and essays Tim Winton shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and – most pressingly – how all his experiences have made him a writer. From unexpected links between car crashes and faith, surfing and writing, to the story of his upbringing in the changing Australian landscape, The Boy Behind the Curtain is an impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing collection of memories, and Winton's most personal book to date.

The Cremator

Author: Fuks, Ladislav

Publisher: Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press

ISBN: 802463290X

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

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“The devil’s neatest trick is to persuade us that he doesn’t exist.” It is a maxim that both rings true in our contemporary world and pervades this tragicomic novel of anxiety and evil set amid the horrors of World War II. As a gay man living in a totalitarian, patriarchal society, noted Czech writer Ladislav Fuks identified with the tragic fate of his Jewish countrymen during the Holocaust. The Cremator arises from that shared experience. Fuks presents a grotesque, dystopian world in which a dutiful father, following the strict logic of his time, liberates the souls of his loved ones by destroying their bodies—first the dead, then the living. As we watch this very human character—a character who never ceases to believe that he is doing good—become possessed by an inhuman ideology, the evil that initially permeates the novel’s atmosphere concretizes in this familiar family man. A study of the totalitarian mindset with stunning resonance for today, The Cremator is a disturbing, powerful work of literary horror.

The Vanishing of the Mona Lisa

Author: Martin Caparros

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416579434

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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On August 22, 1911, the world was shocked by an audacious crime: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. Although some people suspected subversive artists like Picasso or Apollinaire of perpetrating the theft, no arrests were made. Two years later, an Italian named Vincenzo Perugia was detained after attempting to sell the Mona Lisa to an antiques dealer in Florence -- but the mystery of the theft itself was never satisfactorily resolved. In his spellbinding novel Valfierno, Martín Caparrós tackles this enigma, presenting us with a fascinating criminal unable to go to his grave without divulging the details of his outrageous heist. In tantalizing conversations with an American journalist, the Marqués de Valfierno sheds light on his past secrets, including his sordid origins as Bollino, son of a Buenos Aires servant woman, a man ultimately transformed into the most notorious con artist in the world. A sly and consummate entertainer, Valfierno reveals the shifting identities of the anonymous Argentine boy who has gone on to become a veritable artist, creating for himself the perfect role of wealthy aristocrat in Belle Époque Paris as he prepares for his crime. Featuring an engaging cat-and-mouse drama and unforgettable characters, Valfierno is a brilliant fictional-ization of the greatest theft of the twentieth century, as well as a compelling psychological portrait of a true mastermind. Valfierno, Caparrós's eighth novel, won the prestigious Premio Planeta award in 2004.

Subversive Sublimities

Author: Eitel Friedrich Timm

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781879751286

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 118

View: 2242

This anthology of critical essays pursues a field of scholarship that has only recently caught fire: the dark side of the German Enlightenment. The most prominent of German enlightened poets and thinkers - Goethe, Schiller, Lichtenberg, Tieck, among others - were conspicuously prone to the ideology of shamans, occultists, and charlatans of modern science and psychology. And yet the studies published here for the first time argue that the fascination with magic and the occult are not symptoms of a dying age but subversively productive elements, so that the subversiveness of irrationalism may be said to have become a progressive rather than a reactionary force.

Murder in the Pigsty

Author: Gary R. Austin

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781452024226

Category: Fiction

Page: 328

View: 526

It is the first week of July, in the year 1956, and four teenaged siblings are spending time on a rural farm in Arkansas; bored and restless. They, along with their parents are just beginning their summer vacation paying the obligatory visit to the grandparents, and Uncle Romey, the adult son with Down's syndrome. Instead of spending their time searching for four-leafed clovers in the grass, the youngsters would rather be going to the beach every day and hanging out with their friends back home in Long Beach, California. The vacation seems as though it will be the same as the last oneand the one before that. But at least the arrival of an aunt and uncle and cousin makes things a little more fun for the youngsters, as they find ways to entertain themselves; which of course translates as getting into mischief. Also, with the arrival of the aunt and uncle, tensions begin to escalate between the adults when a long held secret, previously known only to the grandparents is brought to light. Then with the unexpected arrival of the argumentative, prodigal daughter, who has decided to join the family in the Fourth of July celebration, things really begin to heat up within the household and the dissention magnifies. What was expected to be a routine holiday celebration, turns into an exraordinary adventure. With the discovery of long buried human remains, the story unfolds into one of dark secrets, assault, deception, lies, dead bodies, ghosts, and murder; and the life of each remaining family member is affected forever.

The Inner World of Medical Students

Author: Johanna Shapiro

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1315357879

Category: Medical

Page: 304

View: 8191

This is a practical and comprehensive guide to communication in family medicine for doctors nurses and staff in the primary healthcare team. It brings together all facets of communication in healthcare including involvement of patients staff and external workers. It shows how to address all aspects of communication in relation to one-to-one situations teaching and groups and encourages the reader to reflect on their own clinical and work experience. Using think boxes exercises and references this is an accessible guide relevant to all members of the practice team.

The Wave Trilogy

Author: Aidan Harte

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0857055011

Category: Fiction

Page: 1616

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Set in a darkly original alternative Renaissance Italy, The Wave Trilogy is a gripping adventure, a tragic love story and a very modern tale of redemption. This omnibus edition includes Irenicon, The Warring States and Spira Mirabilis. Both weapon and mystery, The Wave created the artificial river Irenicon overnight, ripping the city of Rasenna in two - but not even the Concordian engineers who wielded it know how the river became conscious, and hostile. Now Captain Giovanni has been ordered to bridge the Irenicon, not to reunite the sundered city, but to aid Concord's mighty armies. The engineers have their sights set firmly on world domination and Rasenna is in their way. Sofia Scaglieri will soon be seventeen, when she will become Contessa of Rasenna, but her inheritance is tainted: she can see no way of stopping the ancient culture of vendetta which divides her city. Times are changing. And only the young Contessa and the enemy engineer Giovanni understand they have to change too, if they are to survive the coming devastation - for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again . . . 'Harte is a brilliant new voice in historical fantasy, and this is quite simply the best piece of fantasy that I have read so far this year' Inter Zone