NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF

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Nothing To Be Frightened Of

Author : Julian Barnes
ISBN : 9780307270252
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents’ death, another realm of mystery. Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Who S Afraid Of

Author : Marion Gymnich
ISBN : 9783847100508
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Fear in its many facets appears to constitute an intriguing and compelling subject matter for writers and screenwriters alike. The contributions address fictional representations and explorations of fear in different genres and different periods of literary and cultural history. The topics include representations of political violence and political fear in English Renaissance culture and literature; dramatic representations of fear and anxiety in English Romanticism; the dramatic monologue as an expression of fears in Victorian society; cultural constructions of fear and empathy in George Eliot's Daniel Deronda (1876) and Jonathan Nasaw's Fear Itself (2003); facets of children's fears in twentieth- and twenty-first-century stream-of-consciousness fiction; the representation of fear in war movies; the cultural function of horror film remakes; the expulsion of fear in Kazuo Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go and fear and nostalgia in Mohsin Hamid's post-9/11 novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Category: Literary Criticism

Our Stories

Author : John Martin Fischer
ISBN : 9780195374957
Genre : Philosophy
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In this collection of essays on the metaphysical issues pertaining to death, the meaning of life, and freedom of the will, John Martin Fischer argues (against the Epicureans) that death can be a bad thing for the individual who dies. He defends the claim that something can be a bad thing--a misfortune--for an individual, even if he never experiences it as bad (and even if he does not any longer exist). Fischer also defends the commonsense asymmetry in our attitudes toward death and prenatal nonexistence: we are indifferent to the time before we are born, but we regret that we do not live longer. Further, Fischer argues (against the immortality curmudgeons, such as Heidegger and Bernard Williams), that immortal life could be desirable, and shows how the defense of the (possible) badness of death and the (possible) goodness of immortality exhibit a similar structure; on Fischer's view, the badness of death and the goodness of life can be represented on spectra that display certain continuities. Building on Fischer's previous book, My Way a major aim of this volume is to show important connections between issues relating to life and death and issues relating to free will. More specifically, Fischer argues that we endow our lives with a certain distinctive kind of meaning--an irreducible narrative dimension of value--by exhibiting free will. Thus, in acting freely, we transform our lives so that our stories matter.
Category: Philosophy

Author : Ian McEwan
ISBN : 9953892156
Genre : Atonement
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Nadat een jongeman vijf jaar in de gevangenis heeft doorgebracht vanwege een valse beschuldiging van verkrachting, probeert de jonge vrouw die hem beschuldigd heeft met zichzelf in het reine te komen en de aangerichte schade te herstellen.
Category: Atonement

Songs Of Love And Death

Author : George R. R. Martin
ISBN : 9781439170830
Genre : Fiction
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IN this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate. Award-winning, bestselling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he’s one of the hottest stars in literature today with “The Thing About Cassandra,” a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see. International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in “A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows.” Torn from all he knows, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives hardship and danger, intent on his goal of returning home to his wife and baby—no matter the cost. New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher presents “Love Hurts,” in which Harry Dresden takes on one of his deadliest adversaries and in the process is forced to confront the secret desires of his own heart. Just the smallest sampling promises unearthly delights, but look also for stories by New York Times bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and by such legends of the fantasy genre as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, as well as many other popular and beloved writers, including Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This exquisite anthology, crafted by the peerless editing team of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is sure to leave you under its spell. Discover the many realms of the heart with this extraordinary cast of acclaimed authors: PETER S. BEAGLE JO BEVERLEY JIM BUTCHER JACQUELINE CAREY DIANA GABALDON NEIL GAIMAN YASMINE GALENORN M.L.N. HANOVER ROBIN HOBB CECELIA HOLLAND TANITH LEE MARJORIE M. LIU MARY JO PUTNEY LINNEA SINCLAIR MELINDA SNODGRASS LISA TUTTLE CARRIE VAUGHN
Category: Fiction

Author : Sir Richard Branson
ISBN : 9789960549149
Genre : Business & Economics
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تعلم أسرار رمز عالمي عملت جاهداً طوال حياتي لتحقيق النجاح بصفتي رجل أعمال، وفي مغامراتي بصفتي مؤلفاً، وبصفتي أباً وزوجاً فخوراً. وإنني اليوم أريد أن أتقاسم الحقائق العديدة التي تعلمتها على طول الطريق إلى النجاح، وبالأخص تلك التي ساعدتني على أن أكون أفضل ما أستطيع. وهذه الحقائق تشتمل على: كن واثقاً من نفسك. صدّق بأنه يمكن فعل أي شيء. عش حياتك كاملة. لا تستسلم أبدا. تعلّم هذه الحقائق البسيطة وغيرها، وآمل أن تلهمك كي تحصل على أقصى ما يمكن من حياتك وأن تحقق أهدافك، لا تصغ لكلام الناس؛ لأنهم يحاولون دائماً إقناعك بعدم جدوى أفكارك ويقولون: «لا يمكن فعله»، ولكن إذا كانت لديك ثقة بنفسك سوف تجد أنك تستطيع تحقيق كل شيء تقريباً. العبيكان للنشر
Category: Business & Economics

Voices From The Pit

Author : Raj Arumugam
ISBN : 9781921211010
Genre : Wisdom literature
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Category: Wisdom literature

The Best Sailing Stories Ever Told

Author : Stephen Brennan
ISBN : 9781616082192
Genre : Fiction
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The ultimate collection of stories about the sea for sailors old and young, experienced seamen and armchair admirals.
Category: Fiction