A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

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A Hologram For The King

Author : Dave Eggers
ISBN : 9780241964347
Genre : Fiction
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New from Dave Eggers, National Book Award finalist A Hologram for the King In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy's gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment - and a moving story of how we got here. 'A master of the surprising metaphor, Eggers's great skill is in tracking the exuberant chaos of thought, with all its sudden poignancies and unexpected joys' Daily Telegraph 'Among the most influential writers in the English language' GQ 'Eggers can write like an angel' Tablet
Category: Fiction

Transnational Politics In The Post 9 11 Novel

Author : Joseph Conte
ISBN : 9781000766462
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel suggests that literature after September 11, 2001 reflects the shift from bilateral nation-state politics to the multilateralism of transnational politics. While much of the criticism regarding novels of 9/11 tends to approach these works through theories of personal and collective trauma, this book argues for the evolution of a post-9/11 novel that pursues a transversal approach to global conflicts that are unlikely to be resolved without diverse peoples willing to set aside sectarian interests. These novels embrace not only American writers such as Don DeLillo, Dave Eggers, Ken Kalfus, Thomas Pynchon, and Amy Waldman but also the countervailing perspectives of global novelists such as J. M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Mohsin Hamid, and Laila Halaby. These are not novels about terror(ism), nor do they seek comfort in the respectful cloak of national mourning. Rather, they are instances of the novel in terror, which recognizes that everything having been changed after 9/11, only the formally inventive presentation will suffice to acknowledge the event’s unpresentability and its shock to the political order.
Category: Literary Criticism

Existentialist Engagement In Wallace Eggers And Foer

Author : Allard den Dulk
ISBN : 9781628923339
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The novels of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Safran Foer are increasingly regarded as representing a new trend, an 'aesthetic sea change' in contemporary American literature. 'Post-postmodernism' and 'New Sincerity' are just two of the labels that have been attached to this trend. But what do these labels mean? What characterizes and connects these novels? Den Dulk shows that the connection between these works lies in their shared philosophical dimension. On the one hand, they portray excessive self-reflection and endless irony as the two main problems of contemporary Western life. On the other hand, the novels embody an attempt to overcome these problems: sincerity, reality-commitment and community are portrayed as the virtues needed to achieve a meaningful life. This shared philosophical dimension is analyzed by viewing the novels in light of the existentialist philosophies of Søren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Albert Camus.
Category: Literary Criticism

Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story

Author : D. T. Max
ISBN : 9781101601112
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The acclaimed New York Times–bestselling biography and “emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) Since his untimely death by suicide at the age of forty-six in 2008, David Foster Wallace has become more than the representative writer of his literary generation—he has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age, a figure whose reputation and reach grow by the day. In this compulsively readable biography, D. T. Max charts Wallace’s tormented, anguished, and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest. Written with the cooperation of Wallace family members and friends and with access to hundreds of Wallace’s unpublished letters, manuscripts, and journals, this revelatory biography illuminates the unique connections between Wallace’s life and his fiction in a gripping and deeply moving narrative that will transfix readers.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Contemporary Authors 1945 To The Present

Author : Britannica Educational Publishing
ISBN : 9781622750153
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Contemporary literature encompasses so many genres, literary forms, and themes that it would seem almost impossible to identify a unifying thread between them. Yet in the tradition established by literary heavyweights who came before, modern writers of all stripes and backgrounds have continued to entertain and to confront the social, cultural, and psychological realities of the times—including everything from racial identity to war to technology—with their own flair and insight. The diversity of authors profiled herein—from Toni Morrison to Sylvia Plath to Stephen King to David Foster Wallace—attests to the scope and complexity of modern society.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Rethinking Empathy Through Literature

Author : Meghan Marie Hammond
ISBN : 9781317817369
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In recent years, a growing field of empathy studies has started to emerge from several academic disciplines, including neuroscience, social psychology, and philosophy. Because literature plays a central role in discussions of empathy across disciplines, reconsidering how literature relates to "feeling with" others is key to rethinking empathy conceptually. This collection challenges common understandings of empathy, asking readers to question what it is, how it works, and who is capable of performing it. The authors reveal the exciting research on empathy that is currently emerging from literary studies while also making productive connections to other areas of study such as psychology and neurobiology. While literature has been central to discussions of empathy in divergent disciplines, the ways in which literature is often thought to relate to empathy can be simplistic and/or problematic. The basic yet popular postulation that reading literature necessarily produces empathy and pro-social moral behavior greatly underestimates the complexity of reading, literature, empathy, morality, and society. Even if empathy were a simple neurological process, we would still have to differentiate the many possible kinds of empathy in relation to different forms of art. All the complexities of literary and cultural studies have still to be brought to bear to truly understand the dynamics of literature and empathy.
Category: Literary Criticism

Planet Treasure Guardians Hunt For The Emberteller

Author : S.V. Bodle
ISBN : 9781477107522
Genre : Fiction
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INTENSE ACTION has become the trademark of this series. Uncover dangerous deceptions and spectacular secrets as you experience the thrills and perils of this master tale. Ladek never thought hed keep secrets from his friends, but his time is different and frightening, for his secret will not be denied. Something terrible is chasing him and with his heart pounding desperately in his chest, he lashes out, certain he has committed the worst crime imaginable. Enchanted by alien technology, Skyla feels compelled to look into the opticope, which answers unsolved mysteries. Trembling with the discovery of a terrible truth, she decides to hide this frightful knowledge, which could tear the guardians apart. Mrs. Scryvun weaves a devious plot, playing all sides in her game of power, as the hunt for the Emberteller attracts fierce competition. Life and safety are the prize, for the Emberterller reads the embers of time, making him the greatest strategies ever to exist, and the freatest threat to the Tanyaksa. Star-navigating to Ixanza, blasting through a particle port and escaping capture are the least of Ladeks problems. The four friends have become prime targets as evil strikes from every direction, leaving no place to hide and no place to run.
Category: Fiction

The Circle

Author : Dave Eggers
ISBN : 9780241967553
Genre : Fiction
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega A thrilling and compulsively addictive novel about our obsession with the internet When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users' personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public ... 'Tremendous. Inventive, big hearted and very funny. Prepare to be addicted' Daily Mail 'Prescient, important and enjoyable . . . a deft modern synthesis of Swiftian wit with Orwellian prognostication' Guardian 'A gripping and highly unsettling read' Sunday Times
Category: Fiction

Practical Holography

Author : Graham Saxby
ISBN : 9781420033663
Genre : Science
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Revised to reflect technological advances and new applications, Practical Holography, Third Edition is a classic, comprehensive text suitable for anyone involved in holography, from the interested amateur to the practicing research scientist. At its most basic level, the book introduces the principles behind holography and takes the reader on a ste
Category: Science

The Last Hope For Peace

Author : Joshua E. Starr
ISBN : 9781466964099
Genre : Fiction
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Jessie Landon was an ordinary high school student. He loved playing baseball. He had a group of very close friends. Although he frequently got into trouble, he had a very loving family at the orphanage in which he resided. One day, all that changed, and Jessie was thrown into a life that had been hidden from him since he was a baby. As heir to the throne of Peace, Jessie was being hunted down by his very own brother, Francis. Armed with a ragtag group of rebels, and a newfound power that he still doesn't fully understand, Jessie must do what no one else has even a hope of achieving. He must retake the planet, and save everyone from Francis and his ruthless army.
Category: Fiction