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The Impossible Exile

Author : George Prochnik
ISBN : 9781783781157
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig, born to an affluent Jewish family in Vienna, had become the most widely translated living author in the world. His novels, short stories, and biographies became instant bestsellers, and his cultural patronage, his generosity, and his literary connections, were legendary. In 1934, following Hitler's rise to power, Zweig left Vienna for England, then New York, and, finally, Petrpolis, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. With the destruction of the cultural milieu of pre-Nazi Europe, Zweig's life in exile became increasingly isolated. In 1942 he and his wife, Lotte Altmann, were found dead. They had committed suicide, just after Zweig had completed his famous autobiography, The World of Yesterday. The Impossible Exile tells the mesmerizing and tragic story of Zweig's extraordinary rise and fall, the gulf between the world of ideas in Europe and in America, and the alienation of the refugees forced into exile. Zweig embodied and witnessed the end of an era: the great Central European civilization of Vienna and Berlin.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Israel The Impossible Land

Author : Jean-Christophe Attias
ISBN : 0804741662
Genre : Religion
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What has the land of Israel meant for the Jewish imagination? This book provides a lively and readable answer, covering Biblical times to the present. Its aim is to pierce the mystery of the images of Israel, to grasp their meaning and function, to trace their origins and history, and to resituate in historical terms the fertile mythology that has peopled and continues to people the Jewish imagination, interposing a screen between a people and their land. Describing the real, however, is not sufficient to disqualify the myths. The authors believe, with the famous French historian Pierre Vidal-Naquet, that: “Things are not so simple. Myth is not opposed to the real as the false to the true; myth accompanies the real.” Today, Israel is an undeniable fact and no longer has to legitimize its existence. It is in the midst of living through the crises of adulthood. The authors simply want to reconstitute and trace the genealogies of these contemporary crises. Only upon a clear understanding of this present and this past can a future be constructed.
Category: Religion

Stefan Zweig And World Literature

Author : Birger Vanwesenbeeck
ISBN : 9781571139245
Genre : History
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A new critical assessment of the works of the Austrian-Jewish author, in whom there has been a recent resurgence of interest, from the perspective of world literature.
Category: History

One Hundred Lyrics And A Poem

Author : Neil Tennant
ISBN : 9780571348916
Genre : Music
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Everything I've ever done Everything I ever do Every place I've ever been Everywhere I'm going to Over a career that spans four decades and thirteen studio albums with Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has consistently proved himself to be one of the most elegant and stylish of contemporary lyricists. Arranged alphabetically, One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem presents an overview of Neil Tennant's considerable achievement as a chronicler of modern life: the romance, the break-ups, the aspirations, the changing attitudes, the history, the politics, the pain. The landscape of Tennant's lyrics is recognisably British in character - restrained and preoccupied with the mundane, occasionally satirical, yet also yearning for escape and theatrical release. Often surprisingly revealing, this volume is contextualised by a personal commentary on each lyric and a fascinating introduction by the author which gives an insight into the process and genesis of writing. Flamboyant, understated, celebratory and elegiac, Neil Tennant's lyrics are a document of our times.
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The Impossible World

Author : Eando Binder
ISBN : 9781479403547
Genre : Fiction
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In 2050 A.D., the Earth spaceship Tycho lands on the eighth moon of Saturn, nine hundred million miles from the sun. Hugh Benning, a mineraologist, and his men explore the deserted world. When they come to a natural cave, the men begin to stagger and fall. Benning disappears into the mouth of the cave. The pilots gather up the limp forms of Benning's men and return them to Earth. The team isn't dead -- but isn't quite alive. Are they in a state of suspended animation? Can they be revived to shed light on this weird new menace from Saturn's moon? A thrilling science fiction novel from the author of ADAM LINK--ROBOT!
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The Society Of The Crossed Keys

Author : Stefan Zweig
ISBN : 9781782271093
Genre : Fiction
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I had never heard of Zweig until six or seven years ago, as allthe books began to come back into print, and I more or less by chance bought a copy of Beware of Pity. I immediately lovedthis book, his one, big, great novel-and suddenly there weredozens more in front of me waiting to read.' Wes Anderson The Society of the Crossed Keys contains Wes Anderson's selections from the writings of the great Austrian author Stefan Zweig, whose life and work inspired The Grand Budapest Hotel . A CONVERSATION WITH WES ANDERSON Wes Anderson discusses Zweig's life and work with Zweig biographer George Prochnik. THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY Selected extracts from Zweig's memoir, The World of Yesterday, an unrivalled evocation of bygone Europe. BEWARE OF PITY An extract from Zweig's only novel, a devastating depictionof the torment of the betrayal of both honour and love. TWENTY-FOUR HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A WOMAN One of Stefan Zweig's best-loved stories in full-a passionate tale of gambling, love and death, played out against the stylish backdrop of the French Riviera in the 1920s. ' The World of Yesterday is one of the greatest memoirs of the twentieth century, as perfect in its evocation of the world Zweig loved, as it is in its portrayal of how that world was destroyed.' -- David Hare ' Beware of Pity is the most exciting book I have ever read...a feverish, fascinating novel' -- Antony Beevor 'One of the joys of recent years is the translation into English of Stefan Zweig's stories.'--Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 in Vienna. He studied in Berlin and Vienna and, between the wars was an international bestselling author. With the rise of Nazism, he left Austria, and lived in London, Bath, New York and Brazil, where in 1942 he and his wife were found dead in an apparent double suicide. Wes Anderson's films include Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom. He directed and wrote the screenplay for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Category: Fiction

The Impossible Takes Longer

Author : David
ISBN : 1926812468
Genre : Reference
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Bringing together a rich assortment of quotations by Nobel Prize winners, "The Impossible Takes Longer" lends itself as easily to browsing as to research purposes. David Pratt has been collecting quotes from Nobel laureates since 2003, and chose for this book his favourites. Words of wisdom from literature, peace and economics winners feature prominently, but Pratt has made sure those awarded the prize for physics, chemistry and medicine are also well represented. As a result, this anthology brings to light some more obscure, but no less relevant, bons mots. Entries grouped by topic are prefaced with brief introductions by Pratt that prove as thought-provoking as the quotes themselves. From Achievement to Emotions, Science and Technology to Time, Life and Death, the quotations touch on a wide range of subjects. A section of aphorisms on the Nobel that highlights laureates' reactions to winning the award, and to the attendant pomp and circumstance, provides a sort of metacommentary ("It is as good as going to one's funeral without having to die first," said Emily Balch [Peace, 1946]). Three appendices, including a history of the Nobel, mini biographies of the laureates quoted and a comprehensive list of laureates, enhance the volume's utility as a research tool. A keyword index makes finding that apropos quote simple. The enduring observations of these 249 Nobel laureates will delight and enlighten the reader repeatedly.
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Realizing The Impossible

Author : Josh MacPhee
ISBN : 1904859321
Genre : Education
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Looks at the history of the depiction of anti-authoritarian social movements in art.
Category: Education

A Passion For The Impossible

Author : Mark Dooley
ISBN : 0791456870
Genre : Religion
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Distinguished philosophers, theologians, and cultural critics provide the first critical consideration of the work of philosopher John D. Caputo. Responses from Caputo are included.
Category: Religion