The Pillow Book

Author: Sei Shonagon,Meredith McKinney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0140448063

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 364

View: 1868

A new translation of the idiosyncratic diary of a C10 court lady in Heian Japan. Along with the TALE OF GENJI, this is one of the major Japanese Classics.
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Bluets

Author: Maggie Nelson

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446261575

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

View: 2013

Maggie Nelson kennt alle Schattierungen und Geheimnisse der Farbe Blau – stolz hütet sie ihre Sammlung blauer Objekte –, und sie kennt alle Künstler, die dem Blau verfallen waren: ob Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday oder Yves Klein. Aber zugleich nutzt sie die Farbe, um sich selbst zu erkunden. Denn hinter all dem Nachsinnen über Blau verbirgt sich die Geschichte einer tragischen Liebe. Er, der Prinz des Blauen, hat sie verlassen. Also gibt sie sich mit ganzer Kraft dem hin, was von ihm übrig ist: dem Blau. Kaum jemand hat seinen Schmerz auf so poetische, inspirierende Weise seziert, wie Maggie Nelson es hier tut – eine lyrische, philosophische und sehr persönliche Erkundung der eigenen Leidensfähigkeit.
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Der Clan der Otori

Das Schwert in der Stille / aus dem Engl. von Irmela Brender. Buch 1

Author: Lian Hearn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783551311108

Category: Australian fiction

Page: 382

View: 8506

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Sturm über Windhaven

Roman

Author: George R.R. Martin,Lisa Tuttle

Publisher: Penhaligon Verlag

ISBN: 364121890X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Die Menschheit hat ihre Wurzeln vergessen, nur an eines erinnert sie sich noch: das Fliegen. Windhaven – eine wunderschöne Wasserwelt, doch geplagt von gewaltigen Stürmen. Die Menschen leben verstreut auf vielen kleinen Inseln, und es ist fast unmöglich, Kontakt zueinander aufzunehmen. Dennoch – oder deswegen – ist auf Windhaven ein alter Traum wahr geworden: Menschen können fliegen. Doch die Flügel sind kostbar, und die Gilde der Flieger ist eine streng abgeschottete Elite. Trotzdem will sich Maris von Amberly ihren Traum vom Fliegen nicht nehmen lassen ...
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Kusamakura

Author: Natsume Soseki

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101097558

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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A stunning new English translation—the first in more than forty years—of a major novel by the father of modern Japanese fiction Natsume Soseki's Kusamakura—meaning “grass pillow”—follows its nameless young artist-narrator on a meandering walking tour of the mountains. At the inn at a hot spring resort, he has a series of mysterious encounters with Nami, the lovely young daughter of the establishment. Nami, or "beauty," is the center of this elegant novel, the still point around which the artist moves and the enigmatic subject of Soseki's word painting. In the author's words, Kusamakura is "a haiku-style novel, that lives through beauty." Written at a time when Japan was opening its doors to the rest of the world, Kusamakura turns inward, to the pristine mountain idyll and the taciturn lyricism of its courtship scenes, enshrining the essence of old Japan in a work of enchanting literary nostalgia. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Das Leben der Rebecca Jones

Roman

Author: Angharad Price

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423424680

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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Ein Meisterwerk aus Wales Die Geschichte einer Farmer-Familie in Wales durch das stürmische 20. Jahrhundert. 1000 Jahre hatte die Familie das Land bewirtschaftet, bevor die hereinbrechende Moderne ihre Sprache, ihre Lebensweise, ihr Überleben gefährdet. Als der Vater starb, wurde aus dem Stoff, aus dem Rebeccas Leben gewirkt war, ein Faden gelöst. Ihre Erinnerungen erreichen uns mit anrührender Würde und Innigkeit. Kraftvoll, poetisch und voller Anmut beschwört Angharad Price den Wandel der Zeiten und eines Lebens. Und am Ende lüftet sie ein Geheimnis, das dem Leser den Atem raubt.
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Unbinding The Pillow Book

The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic

Author: Gergana Ivanova

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231547609

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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An eleventh-century classic, The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon is frequently paired with The Tale of Genji as one of the most important works in the Japanese canon. Yet it has also been marginalized within Japanese literature for reasons including the gender of its author, the work’s complex textual history, and its thematic and stylistic depth. In Unbinding The Pillow Book, Gergana Ivanova offers a reception history of The Pillow Book and its author from the seventeenth century to the present that shows how various ideologies have influenced the text and shaped interactions among its different versions. Ivanova examines how and why The Pillow Book has been read over the centuries, placing it in the multiple contexts in which it has been rewritten, including women’s education, literary scholarship, popular culture, “pleasure quarters,” and the formation of the modern nation-state. Drawing on scholarly commentaries, erotic parodies, instruction manuals for women, high school textbooks, and comic books, she considers its outsized role in ideas about Japanese women writers. Ultimately, Ivanova argues for engaging the work’s plurality in order to achieve a clearer understanding of The Pillow Book and the importance it has held for generations of readers, rather than limiting it to a definitive version or singular meaning. The first book-length study in English of the reception history of Sei Shōnagon, Unbinding The Pillow Book sheds new light on the construction of gender and sexuality, how women’s writing has been used to create readerships, and why ancient texts continue to play vibrant roles in contemporary cultural production.
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Die Berge Kaliforniens

Author: John Muir

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783882210507

Category: Muir, John 1838-1914 / Travel / Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nevada)

Page: 352

View: 3501

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Der Tag, an dem Er selbst mir die Tränen abgewischt

Roman

Author: Kenzaburô Ôe

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104908990

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Ein junger Mann findet sich in der neurologischen Abteilung einer japanischen Klinik wieder. Er trägt eine Taucherbrille, die ihn vom Außen abschirmt und glaubt, unheilbar krank zu sein. Einer Pflegerin erzählt er seine Lebensgeschichte, die zurückführt an den Tag, an dem er als Kind erlebte, wie sein Vater am Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs umkam. Kenzaburo Oes Roman über die Traumata des Krieges – erzählt in poetisch komplexer Form.
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Wer keine Gnade kennt

Author: J. M. Calder

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644426511

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Seine Rache wird euch treffen. Eine Serie von Morden an Ex-Sträflingen gibt Lieutenant Solomon Glass und seinem Team Rätsel auf: Die Opfer verbindet nichts, außer dass sie vor kurzem vorzeitig aus der Haft entlassen wurden – und dass sie mit derselben Waffe erschossen wurden. In der Kleinstadt interessiert man sich wenig für die ermordeten Kriminellen. Bis der Mörder ein viertes Mal zuschlägt. Und diesmal ist der Tote ein prominenter Richter, berüchtigt für seine milden Urteile. Solomons Verdacht erhärtet sich: Hier übt jemand Selbstjustiz.
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Pillow book of a Manic Depressive

Author: Anthony Peck

Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd

ISBN: 1849913382

Category:

Page: 188

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Description 'Pillow book of a Manic Depressive' follows the style of medieval Japanese writers, who would keep a record of courtly life through their daily impressions, which they would then keep under their pillows. Taking a modern approach, the 'Pillow book' follows the impressions of the author in the year following an extreme manic episode, which saw him leap four floors and only barely survive. While his body repaired he was forced to slow down, take-in all that was immediately around him, and come to a place of peace and gratitude. Unknowingly using the technique of Mindfulness, he was able to reflect on all the many facets of his life, and life in general. Written in a very simple way, each impression invites the reader to slow down and examine his or her own thoughts. While as a whole, the collection is a story of survival and recovery - as the author's momentum towards good health becomes increasingly, if subtly, apparent. From the stain left on a page by a bookmark, to the author's catastrophic manic leap, to an old radio - the breadth of recollection is vast. And time to time, sprinkled throughout the book, are lists - of things you can break, things you can't hide, things that you do but don't know if they work - which pause to make you think what you as a reader might add or subtract. And to capture some of the deepest emotions, poetry is used. There is also humour, and lots of it. Life is many things, and to someone suffering a mental illness, the comfort of laughter is one of the richest. This is not slapstick, but the warm recognition of truth, and the joy of a new perspective on old troubles. Ultimately 'Pillow book of a Manic Depressive' is a window into one person's recovery and mind. But it also attempts to open hope to all through its portrayal of the human spirit. About the Author Anthony Peck is a lifelong sufferer of Manic Depression, which wasn't diagnosed until an extreme manic episode led to him leaping four floors from a building at the age of forty-five. Prior to that he had a very successful Advertising career, which saw him working in eight cities across four continents, creating work for some of the world's most famous brands. He is a published poet and short story writer. And continues to take an interest in the Advertising world. Born in 1962, Anthony's passions are writing, presenting and surfing. Since his diagnosis and its subsequent treatment, he has taken a deep interest in all aspects of mental health, from different types of therapy to the mental health service itself. As a patient, he brings a unique perspective and voice to the ongoing issues that face those with mental illness. And he looks forward to the time when all sufferers receive the treatment that will serve them best.
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Worlding Sei Shônagon

The Pillow Book in Translation

Author: Valerie Henitiuk

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

ISBN: 0776619799

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 330

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The Makura no Sôshi, or The Pillow Book as it is generally known in English, is a collection of personal reflections and anecdotes about life in the Japanese royal court composed around the turn of the eleventh century by a woman known as Sei Shônagon. Its opening section, which begins haru wa akebono, or “spring, dawn,” is arguably the single most famous passage in Japanese literature. Throughout its long life, The Pillow Book has been translated countless times. It has captured the European imagination with its lyrical style, compelling images and the striking personal voice of its author. Worlding Sei Shônagon guides the reader through the remarkable translation history of The Pillow Book in the West, gathering almost fifty translations of the “spring, dawn” passage, which span one-hundred-and-thirty-five years and sixteen languages. Many of the translations are made readily available for the first time in this study. The versions collected in Worlding Sei Shônagon are an enlightening example of the many ways in which translations can differ from their source text, undermining the idea of translation as the straightforward transfer of meaning from one language to another, one culture to another. By tracing the often convoluted trajectory through which a once wholly foreign literary work becomes domesticated—or resists domestication—this compilation also exposes the various historical, ideological or other forces that inevitably shape our experience of literature, for better or for worse.
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Kokoro

Author: Natsume Soseki

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101195819

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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The great Japanese author’s most famous novel, in its first new English translation in half a century No collection of Japanese literature is complete without Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famous novel and the last he completed before his death. Published here in the first new translation in more than fifty years, Kokoro—meaning "heart"—is the story of a subtle and poignant friendship between two unnamed characters, a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei." Haunted by tragic secrets that have cast a long shadow over his life, Sensei slowly opens up to his young disciple, confessing indiscretions from his own student days that have left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, in the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between his moral anguish and his student's struggle to understand it, the profound cultural shift from one generation to the next that characterized Japan in the early twentieth century. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Detritus

Excerpts from the Workbooks 1998-2002

Author: Jason Everett

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595299237

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 377

If you have to be told why you should read this book, then you shouldn't read this book.
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Plumdog

Tagebuch eines Hundes von Welt

Author: Emma Chichester Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783956140334

Category:

Page: 160

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Essays in Idleness

and Hojoki

Author: Kenko,Chomei

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141957875

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 254

View: 3735

These two works on life's fleeting pleasures are by Buddhist monks from medieval Japan, but each shows a different world-view. In the short memoir Hôjôki, Chômei recounts his decision to withdraw from worldly affairs and live as a hermit in a tiny hut in the mountains, contemplating the impermanence of human existence. Kenko, however, displays a fascination with more earthy matters in his collection of anecdotes, advice and observations. From ribald stories of drunken monks to aching nostalgia for the fading traditions of the Japanese court, Essays in Idleness is a constantly surprising work that ranges across the spectrum of human experience. Meredith McKinney's excellent new translation also includes notes and an introduction exploring the spiritual and historical background of the works. Chômei was born into a family of Shinto priests in around 1155, at at time when the stable world of the court was rapidly breaking up. He became an important though minor poet of his day, and at the age of fifty, withdrew from the world to become a tonsured monk. He died in around 1216. Kenkô was born around 1283 in Kyoto. He probably became a monk in his late twenties, and was also noted as a calligrapher. Today he is remembered for his wise and witty aphorisms, 'Essays in Idleness'. Meredith McKinney, who has also translated Sei Shonagon's The Pillow Book for Penguin Classics, is a translator of both contemporary and classical Japanese literature. She lived in Japan for twenty years and is currently a visitng fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. '[Essays in Idleness is] a most delightful book, and one that has served as a model of Japanese style and taste since the 17th century. These cameo-like vignettes reflect the importance of the little, fleeting futile things, and each essay is Kenko himself' Asian Student
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Kind aller Länder

Roman

Author: Irmgard Keun

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462315374

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1092

Erstmals 1938 erschienen: die abenteuerliche Geschichte vom Leben der zehnjährigen Kully im Exil – von ihr selbst erzählt Irmgard Keun war schon eine Bestsellerautorin, als ihre Bücher in Deutschland verboten wurden. Sie ging ins Exil nach Ostende, traf dort Joseph Roth, begann eine leidenschaftliche Affäre mit ihm – und diesen Roman. Keun lässt die zehnjährige Kully von ihrem aufregenden Leben in der Emigration erzählen. Ihr leichtfertiger, spiel- und verschwendungssüchtiger Vater steckt als Schriftsteller ständig in Geldnöten, die liebevolle Mutter ist oft mit der Tochter allein und amüsiert sich anderweitig. Da seine Bücher in Deutschland verboten sind, lebt der Vater von Zeitungsartikeln und immer neuen Vorschüssen seiner Auslandsverlage – und ist ständig auf der Jagd nach Bargeld. Seine Beschaffungstouren führen ihn quer durch Europa, von Brüssel über Lemberg nach Prag, Paris, Nizza und sogar nach New York. Mutter und Tochter lässt er meist in Hotels zurück, wo Rechnungen zu begleichen und ständig Ausreden gefordert sind. In einem ungekünstelten Erzählton, kindlich naiv und doch erstaunlich abgeklärt und von umwerfender Komik, nimmt Kully uns mit in ihr rast- und heimatloses, aber abenteuerliches Leben. Sie erkennt die Schwächen ihrer Eltern genau und betrachtet sie doch voller Liebe. Und sie gibt tiefe Einblicke in die Situation der Emigranten in Europa. Gleichzeitig ist dieser Roman, erschienen in Amsterdam 1938, ein anrührendes Porträt des Paars, das Joseph Roth und Irmgard Keun einmal waren, und von dem Volker Weidermann in seinem Buch »Ostende. 1936, Sommer der Freundschaft« so lebendig erzählt hat.
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Ich, Conchita

Meine Geschichte. We are unstoppable

Author: Conchita Wurst

Publisher: Langen Mueller Herbig

ISBN: 3784482171

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 5299

Nichts kann uns aufhalten Mit ihrem Sieg beim Eurovision Song Contest 2014 sorgte Conchita Wurst für einen weltweiten Sturm der Begeisterung bei Millionen. Gleichzeitig formierten sich die Gegner aus dem konservativen Lager. Auftritte vor dem Europäischen Parlament wechseln sich ab mit Morddrohungen. Conchita Wurst polarisiert und fasziniert; eine hinreißende Sängerin, die von Stars wie Elton John, Cher, Jean Paul Gaultier und Karl Lagerfeld für ihr Talent und ihren Mut bewundert wird. Nun spricht sie zum ersten Mal über ihre Kindheit, die Liebe ihrer Eltern, den Beistand ihrer Oma, aber auch die harsche Diskriminierung, die sie erfahren musste. Warum verlässt sie bereits mit 14 Jahren die Heimat, um auf eigenen Füßen zu stehen? Wie wurde aus Tom Neuwirth Conchita Wurst? Wie schafft sie es, ihren Traum in die Tat umzusetzen, wenn ihr Tag für Tag Hindernisse in den Weg gelegt werden? "Ich, Conchita" ist die spannende Geschichte eines Jungen aus der Provinz, der immer an die Vision glaubte, eines Tages ein Weltstar zu sein. "Schaut mich an und schaut euch an. Und dann denkt darüber nach, ob ihr nicht alle ein bisschen bärtige Frau in euch habt."
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