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The Impossible Exile

Author : George Prochnik
ISBN : 9781590516133
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An original study of exile, told through the biography of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world. His novels, short stories, and biographies were so compelling that they became instant best sellers. Zweig was also an intellectual and a lover of all the arts, high and low. Yet after Hitler’s rise to power, this celebrated writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism plummeted, in a matter of a few years, into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis—where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he killed himself. The Impossible Exile tells the tragic story of Zweig’s extraordinary rise and fall while it also depicts, with great acumen, the gulf between the world of ideas in Europe and in America, and the consuming struggle of those forced to forsake one for the other. It also reveals how Zweig embodied, through his work, thoughts, and behavior, the end of an era—the implosion of Europe as an ideal of Western civilization.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Exile And Nomadism In French And Hispanic Women S Writing

Author : Kate Averis
ISBN : 9781351567497
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Women in exile disrupt assumptions about exile, belonging, home and identity. For many women exiles, home represents less a place of belonging and more a point of departure, and exile becomes a creative site of becoming, rather than an unsettling state of errancy. Exile may be a propitious circumstance for women to renegotiate identities far from the strictures of home, appropriating a new freedom in mobility. Through a feminist politics of place, displacement and subjectivity, this comparative study analyses the novels of key contemporary Francophone and Latin American writers Nancy Huston, Linda Le, Malika Mokeddem, Cristina Peri Rossi, Laura Restrepo, and Cristina Siscar to identify a new nomadic subjectivity in the lives and works of transnational women today.
Category: Foreign Language Study

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

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

Exile And Return

Author : Ann M. Lesch
ISBN : 0812220528
Genre : History
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The Israeli, Palestinian, and American contributors to this volume consider the catastrophic failure of the Oslo peace process and the years of bloody violence that ensued.
Category: History

The Book Of Disquiet

Author : Fernando Pessoa
ISBN : 9780141914046
Genre : Fiction
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With its astounding hardcover reviews Richard Zenith's new complete translation of THE BOOK OF DISQUIET has now taken on a similar iconic status to ULYSSES, THE TRIAL or IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME as one of the greatest but also strangest modernist texts. An assembly of sometimes linked fragments, it is a mesmerising, haunting 'novel' without parallel in any other culture.
Category: Fiction

The Smell Of Exile

Author : Padmore Enyonam Agbemabiese
ISBN : 9781469115221
Genre : Poetry
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The Smell of Exile is a collection of poems that speaks about complex and diverse human experiences. They are simple stories about people, their hopes, dreams, and their indomitable spirit that clings to something mystical as they struggle to survive in a foreign culture. To the first time reader, it outlines and examines the cultural and historical effects of human-nature disconnection, the severance of an African poet from his time-honored customs and traditions of Africa, and his being caught in the rituals of the new world. But, the feeling of separation from a birthplace is one of the largest and greatest universal sources of nostalgic feelings, and of suffering of which Padmore Agbemabiese has been inspired to talk about in various styles and art forms. Tales narrated by the poems are sensitive and capture the imagination in order to provide the reader with an escape or a journey into the realm of the mystical, supernatural, and esoteric world of that human tragedy, loss of identity. In the poem, One Gentle Night, Padmore Agbemabiese brings us this feeling of loss: one gentle night I saw the moonlight coming out in the dark and remembered the crickets at home soon I cuddled my soul with joy at the moon but the crickets did not return my song gush I raised my head and looked again it was the floodlights from the street corner slowly and sorrowfully I lowered my head and thought of my far-away home
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Stranger In A Strange Land

Author : George Prochnik
ISBN : 9781783781799
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Gershom Scholem, the great humanist thinker and founder of modern Kabbalah, is all but forgotten today. But here, in a biography as daring and inquisitive as its subject, George Prochnik goes in search of Scholem, restoring the reputation of a vital intellectual and finding in his work a vision with the power to reinvigorate contemporary religious and political thought. Tracing Scholem's life from his upbringing in Berlin, where he experienced a close and transformative friendship with Walter Benjamin, Prochnik reveals how Scholem's frustration with the bourgeois ideology of Germany during WWI led him to discover mystic Judaism, Kabbalah, and, finally, Zionism. But having emigrated to what was to become Israel, Scholem again found himself a 'stranger in a strange land', ill at ease with a prevailing conservative form of Zionism. Prochnik follows Scholem to the modern Holy Land - only to find that he too is disillusioned by the state politics he encounters. But through his profound study of Scholem and his own experience of Jerusalem, Prochnik not only questions the ideological and religious constructs of Jerusalem, but finds an ethical way forward, showing how a new form of pluralism might energize Jewish thought.
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Performing Exile Performing Self

Author : Y. Meerzon
ISBN : 9780230371910
Genre : Music
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This book examines the life and art of those contemporary artists who by force or by choice find themselves on other shores. It argues that the exilic challenge enables the émigré artist to (re)establish new artistic devices, new laws and a new language of communication in both his everyday life and his artistic work.
Category: Music

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!
Category: Fiction