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One Lark One Horse

Author : Michael Hofmann
ISBN : 9780374720766
Genre : Poetry
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A new collection of poems by Michael Hofmann—his first in twenty years Michael Hofmann is renowned as one of our most brilliant critics and translators; that he is also regarded as among our most respected poets—"one of the definitive bodies of work of the last half-century" (Times Literary Supplement)—is all the more impressive for his relatively concentrated output. One Lark, One Horse is his fifth collection of poems since his debut in 1983, and his first since Approximately Nowhere in 1999. But it is also one of the most anticipated gatherings of new work in years. In style, it is as unmistakable as ever—sometimes funny, sometimes caustic; world-facing and yet intimate—and it shows a bright mind burning fiercely over the European and American imagination. Approaching his sixtieth birthday, the poet explores where he finds himself, geographically and in life, treating with wit and compassion such universal themes as aging and memory, place, and the difficulty for the individual to exist at all in an ever bigger and more bestial world. One Lark, One Horse is a remarkable assembly of work that will delight loyal readers and enchant new ones with its approachable, companionable voice.
Category: Poetry

One Lark One Horse

Author : Michael Hofmann
ISBN : 0571342302
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Michael Hofmann is renowned as one of our most brilliant critics and translators; that he is also regarded as among our most respected poets - 'one of the definitive bodies of work of the last half-century', TLS - is all the more impressive for his relatively concentrated output. One Lark, One Horse will be his fifth collection of poems since his debut in 1983, and his first since Approximately Nowhere in 1999. But it is also one of the most anticipated gatherings of new work in years. In style, it is as unmistakable as ever: sometimes funny, sometimes caustic; world-facing and yet intimate; and shows a bright mind burning fiercely over the European imagination. Approaching his sixtieth birthday, the poet explores where he finds himself, geographically and in life, treating with wit and compassion such universal themes as ageing and memory, place, and the difficulty for the individual to exist at all in an ever bigger and more bestial world. One Lark, One Horse is a remarkable assembly of work that will delight loyal readers and enchant new ones with its approachable, companionable voice.
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Castle Gripsholm

Author : Kurt Tucholsky
ISBN : 9781681373355
Genre : Fiction
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A beguiling fable about a summer holiday in the Swedish countryside that transforms into a provocative parable about oppression and the evil awaiting Europe as the Nazis came to power. Castle Gripsholm, the best and most beloved work by Kurt Tucholsky, is a short novel about an enchanted summer holiday. It begins with an assignment: Tucholsky’s publisher wants him to write something light and funny, otherwise about whatever Tucholsky wants. A deal is struck and the story is off: about Peter, a writer; his girlfriend, known as the Princess; and a summer vacation far from the hurly-burly of Berlin. Peter and the Princess have rented a small house attached to a historic castle in Sweden, and they have five weeks of long days and white nights at their disposal; five weeks for swimming and walking and sex and talking and visits with Peter’s buddy Karlchen and with Billy, the Princess’s best friend. It is perfect, until they meet a weeping girl fleeing the cruel headmistress of a home for children. The vacationers decide they must free the girl and send her back to her mother in Switzerland, which brings about an encounter with authority that casts a worrying shadow over their radiant summer idyll. Soon they must return to Germany. What kind of fairy tale are they living in?
Category: Fiction

Agnes

Author : Peter Stamm
ISBN : 1590511530
Genre : Man-woman relationships
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Peter Stamm's best-selling debut novel, Agnes, now available for the first time in paperback. "Write a story about me," Agnes said to her lover, "so I know what you think of me." So he started to write the story of everything that had happened to them from the moment they met. At first, he works with Agnes to create a narrative that is most true to life, but as time passes and he grows more enamored with the narrative he has begun, he continues writing on his own, imagining a future for them after he reaches the present. Happy couples do not necessarily make for compelling reading, and as Agnes sees the unexpected plot he has planned for her, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur. In this unforgettable and haunting novel Stamm incisively examines the power of storytelling to influence thought and behavior, reaching a chilling conclusion.
Category: Man-woman relationships

Imaginative Cuisine

Author : George Turrell
ISBN : 9781490780979
Genre : Cooking
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This book is intended for those of us, amateurs, who love to cook. Directly related is that of receiving guests, preparing for a family visit, or a tête-à-tête. Clearly, the cook’s job is quite different in each case. The elements of a meal depend not only on the number of persons to be served but also on the products available at each season of the year, the contents of the freezer, and finally, the family budget. If your guests’ individual tastes are known, they should of course be carefully considered. The available time for shopping, preparation, and eating are also important—as is the preparation. Is the meal to be in the form of a buffet, as appropriate for a large number of guests—a formal, multicourse affair à la française—or a simple casserole, one-dish meal? This questions is fundamental when the choice is made of the dishes to be prepared. Perhaps these chapters will help to resolve some problems in the construction of a menu and will complement the traditional cookbooks. Above all, it is hoped that this book might be a source of inspiration to the imaginative amateur in the kitchen.
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Concrete

Author : Thomas Bernhard
ISBN : 9780571355778
Genre : Fiction
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'Probably nothing exists that would prepare one for Bernhard's machined vehemence, though once you've read one, you perhaps start to crave the bitter taste and the savage not-quite-humour ... Genius.' - Michael Hofmann Instead of the book he is meant to write, Rudolph, a Viennese musicologist, produces this dark and grotesquely funny account of small woes writ large, of profound horrors detailed and rehearsed to the point of distraction. We learn of Rudolph's sister, whose help he invites then reviles; his 'really marvellous' house which he hates; the suspicious illness he carefully nurses; his ten-year-long attempt to write the perfect opening sentence; and his escape to the island of Majorca, which turns out to be the site of someone else's very real horror story, and ultimately brings him no release from himself. Concrete is Thomas Bernhard at his very finest: a bleakly hilarious insight into procrastination and failure that scratches the murky depths of our souls.
Category: Fiction

Granta 149

Author : Sigrid Rausing
ISBN : 9781909889293
Genre : Literary Collections
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Granta 149: Europe: Strangers in the Land asks what it means to be European now, touching on exile, migration and belonging. Essays and memoir: Katherine Angel, William Atkins, Tash Aw, Melitta Breznik, Lara Feigel, Joseph Leo Koerner, Andrew Miller, Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson, Elif Shafak, Adam Weymouth Fiction: Anne Carson, Caroline Albertine Minor, Antonio Muoz Molina Poetry: Ken Babstock, Colin Herd, Peter Mishler Photography: Bruno Fert and Nicola Lo Calzo, introduced by Nam Le and Daisy Lafarge Plus: Marie Darrieussecq, Laurent Gaud, Alicja Gescinska, Romesh Gunesekera, Michael Hofmann, Srecko Horvat, Tom McCarthy, Orhan Pamuk, Jacqueline Rose, Ludmila Ulitskaya
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The Sweet Indifference Of The World

Author : Peter Stamm
ISBN : 9781590519790
Genre : Fiction
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"In this alluring, melancholic novel--Peter Stamm at his best--a writer haunted by his double blurs the line between past and present, fiction and reality, in his attempt to outrun the unknown. Lena is a young actress in Stockholm. Christoph writes her a message. He wants to meet her. He just indicates where and when and that he wants to tell her a story. She must have wondered about such a note. They meet, go for a walk and he tells her that he wrote a book, just the one. Lena says her boyfriend is also a writer, writing his first novel. He knows, he says: 'That's why I want to tell you my story.' This story changed Christoph's life and will call into question everything that Lena has taken for granted until now. Twenty years ago, Christoph loved a woman who resembled Lena, who is in fact just the same. He knows about the life she leads, knows what still lies ahead of her. And so begins a uniquely existential game of past and present that will leave no one unharmed. In the terse and precise language that is his hallmark, Peter Stamm explores a fundamental question: Can we escape our destiny, or must we come to terms with the sweet indifference of the world?"--
Category: Fiction