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The Mournful Demeanour Of Lieutenant Boruvka

Author : Josef Skvorecky
ISBN : 0393307867
Genre : Fiction
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Czechoslovak police force Lieutenant Boruvka, a pensive, conscience-striken man driven to melancholy by the fiendish truths of murder, is wide awake to the strange methods of murder he encounters, in this collection of twelve tales
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The Return Of Lieutenant Boruvka

Author : Josef Skvorecky
ISBN : 0393332926
Genre : Fiction
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Things looked very black for Lieutenant Boruvka in The End of Lieutenant Boruvka. But in this, the fourth and (perhaps) final volume in the series, the sad-eyed detective turns up again, this time in Canada. Boruvka is working as a parking-lot attendant in downtown Toronto, after a spectacular escape from a Czech prison which provoked an international scandal, when a young woman is murdered, perhaps in a spy coverup. Boruvka lends his years of experience and hard-won pessimism to the neophyte Canadians on the case (including his daughter, who works for a feminist detective agency).By having this story--his most riveting and funniest yet--narrated by the murdered woman's brother, an amiable WASP, Josef Skvorecky sets the Old World against the New, and pokes fun at the absurdities on both sides of our cultural divide. In the end, as an old war crime is avenged, the narrator discovers the source of Lieutenant Boruvka's mournful demeanour.
Category: Fiction

Investigating Women

Author : David Skene-Melvin
ISBN : 9781459726901
Genre : Fiction
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As well as the fifteen investigating women in the book, Skene-Melvin's introduction describes hundreds of female sleuths and their creators in an in-depth analysis of women detective fiction by Canadians.
Category: Fiction

New Immigrant Literatures In The United States

Author : Alpana S. Sharma
ISBN : 0313289689
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Looks at literature, written since World War II, by immigrants to the United States.
Category: Literary Criticism

100 Greatest Literary Detectives

Author : Eric Sandberg
ISBN : 9781442278233
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Crime fiction is one of the most popular literary genres and has been for more than a century. At the heart of almost all forms of mysteries—from the Golden Age puzzler to the contemporary police procedural, from American hardboiled fiction to the Japanese timetable mystery—is the investigator. He—or, increasingly, she—can be a private eye, a police officer, or a general busybody. But whatever forms these investigators take, they are the key element of crime fiction. Criminals and their crimes come and go, while our attention is captured by these fascinating characters who exist at the intersection of so many different literary and social roles. 100 Greatest Literary Detectives offers a selection of the most influential, important, and intriguing fictional sleuths—amateur or professional—from around the world. From Sherlock Holmes to Harry Hole, Kinsey Millhone to Kiyoshi Mitarai, the detectives profiled here give readers a broader picture of one of fiction’s most popular genres. Each entry summarizes the distinctive features of notable investigators and their approaches to crime, provides a brief outline of major features of their fictional careers, and makes a case for their importance based on literary-historical impact, novelty, uniqueness, aesthetic quality, or cultural resonance. The characters profiled here include Lew Archer, Martin Beck, Father Brown, Brother Cadfael, Adam Dalgliesh, Mike Hammer, Miss Jane Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, Kay Scarpetta, Sam Spade, Phillip Trent, V. I. Warshawski, Lord Peter Wimsey, Nero Wolfe, and many others. Readers will find some of their favorite detectives here, learn more about their literary and cultural significance, and discover other great sleuths—old and new, local and international—in this engaging volume. 100 Greatest Literary Detectives provides a fascinating look into some of the most intriguing fictional characters of all time.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Truth Of Uncertainty

Author : Edward L. Galligan
ISBN : 0826211925
Genre : Literary Collections
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In the last chapter of Walden, Henry David Thoreau proclaims a simple yet profound conviction: "Any truth is better than make- believe." Edward Galligan shares this conviction. In The Truth of Uncertainty: Beyond Ideology in Science and Literature, he argues that contemporary American critics should embrace literary truths with all of their ardent uncertainties rather than cling to the make-believe certainties of ideologies. Postmodern critics fail to ask the truth-seeker's essential question, What does the evidence prove? and instead trust the generalizations and slogans of ideologies to guide their interpretations. Attempting to be up-to-date and profound, these critics lose sight of the literature they are supposed to explore. The Truth of Uncertainty celebrates values commonly associated with modern, not postmodern criticism, applying them to contemporary works in a series of fresh and unusual inquiries. Galligan finds important implications for criticism in work from the physical sciences that are rarely touched on by American intellectuals, such as Gerald M. Edelman's Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind and Roger Penrose's The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics. Likewise, he finds illumination in the works of novelists that American critics have largely ignored--Josef Skvorecky, George V. Higgins, Mary Lee Settle, Robertson Davies. As a consequence of dealing with these "unusual" texts, Galligan presents a refreshing interpretation of a number of important concepts: language is grounded in talk; all literary criticism is subjective and tentative because reading is a highly subjective enterprise; and, most important, the world is real and any truth is indeed better than make-believe. He moves from a rejection of criticism in the service of ideology to an affirmation of criticism in the service of truthfulness. The ideas celebrated in The Truth of Uncertainty are timeless and valuable. Galligan returns to the text and provides a penetrating critique of the state of contemporary criticism, which has abandoned truth for ideology. The result is an eloquent salute to literature itself.
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Canadian Crime Fiction

Author : David Skene Melvin
ISBN : STANFORD:36105022361484
Genre : Canadian fiction
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London Charivari

Author : Mark Lemon
ISBN : STANFORD:36105012140419
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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ISBN : NWU:35556018358077
Genre : English wit and humor
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A Handbook Of Czech Prose Writing 1940 2005

Author : B. R. Bradbrook
ISBN : UCSC:32106018957321
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The turbulent events of World War II and the subsequent communist regime in Czechoslovakia strongly restricted Czech writers freedom of expression. Many sought and found literary freedom in exile. As Czech literature was developing in two very different locations and conditions, writers on both sides created diverse, yet extraordinarily interesting and commendable works; all were united in their wish to see their homeland liberated from the totalitarian regime. The suffering and generally adverse conditions of those who stayed at home are reflected in the works written both at home and in exile, especially after the two parties found secret ways of communicating between themselves. Many works abound in wit and humour, despite the difficult circumstances. After the fall of communism had brought the desired freedom of expression for all writers, the recent past still occasionally echoes in Czech literary works, but is written and read from new perspectives. As the dark age now seems to be gradually falling into oblivion, it is important to be reminded that even in the darkest times talented writers were alert to Czech national and literary undertones, and produced works which English-speaking readers would find new, fresh and captivating. While the availability of books in English may be still in a minority, synoptic interpretations of prose writings not yet translated to English provided in this Handbook add integral features that help to complete the picture of life at a time when cultural links between two parts of Europe were painfully severed.
Category: Literary Criticism