Contrary to conventional wisdom, the novel did not originate in 18th-century England, nor even with Don Quixote, but is coeval with civilization itself. After an introduction, in which the author defends innovative, demanding novelists against their conservative critics, this book relaxes into a world tour of the premodern novel.
This is a readable account of Irish history in the first quarter of the 20th century. Drawing on the most recent scholarship on this period, the author presents a balanced narrative, with a useful historiographical section at the end of each chapter.
Traces how the notions of gluttony have evolved along with the ideas about salvation and damnation, health and illness, life and death. This book shows that gluttony was in medieval times a deeply spiritual matter, but in contemporary times, we have transformed gluttony from a sin into an illness.
Argues that Greed is "the Matriarch of the Deadly Clan," the ultimate source of Pride, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, and Anger. This work shows that the major faiths, from Hinduism and Taoism to Buddhism and Christianity regard Greed as the greatest calamity humans can indulge in, engendering further sins and eviscerating all virtues.
Guiding the readers toward a life of noncommittal inertia, this book helps you discover how to become a sloth in your diet, exercise, work, and even love-life. Highlighting the importance of Lethargiosis - the process of eliminating energy and drive, the vital first step in becoming a sloth, it helps you attain the perfect state of indolent bliss.
Written more than 2000 years ago, this classic Eastern meditative work is modernized here and presented with illustrations. It teaches that to follow the Tao, or Way of All Things, is to embody humility, spontaneity and generosity, and to develop balance and harmony.
The phone call that dragged George Smiley, once acting Chief of the Circus, from his bed, was a plea to return to active service. But only to bury the case, not to solve it. John le Carre is the author of "The Spy who came in from the Cold" and "A Small Town in Germany".
Exploring issues such as language, the novel and poetry, theatre, TV, and radio, this book takes a factual approach and investigates the key movements of British culture, setting them in a historical context. It focuses on key themes including politics, the media and language, with emphasis on artists in each area.
These early chapters of Augustine's "Confessions" are a source of information on one of the most important relationships in Augustine's life. The book is largely about his son and Wills argues that this is fundamental to the understanding of Augustine's character, theology and world view.
This title was Foucault's only work on literature. Here he explores theory, criticism and psychology through the texts of Roussel, one of the fathers of experimental writing, whose work has been celebrated by the likes of Cocteau, Duchamp, Brenton, Grillet, Gide and Giacometti.
Each of these four Gothic stories reveals a psychological tale of isolation and monomania. H. Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto' is filled with terror and ghostly interventions. William Beckford's 'Vathek' alternates grotesque comedy with scenes of exotic magnificence. 'The Monk', by Matthew Lewis and M. Shelley's 'Frankenstein' are also included.
Two years after its disastrous opening in 1896, "The Seagull" was successfully revived at the Moscow Art Theatre. Checkhov's self-mocking description of the play was: "A comedy - 3F, 6M, four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love".
Arranged into five themes, this book includes over forty projects that are presented in terms of their innovation and uniqueness, tapping into the current trend and passion for eco-design, and appealing to a broad readership as well as architectural practitioners.
In a tiny flat in Bombay Imelda Mendes - Em to her family - is by turns flamboyant, maniacally affectionate and cruelly candid. Her husband - Augustine, the 'Big Hoom' - and two children must endure her 'microweathers': swings from searing joy to brooding malevolence. And here is the story of how this family of four came to be.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes, six Hispanic and six English-language authors have each contributed a previously unpublished story in tribute to these giants of world literature. With Ben Okri, Deborah Levy, Kamila Shamsie, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli and others, introduced by Salman Rushdie.
This classic exposition of Trinitarian doctrine eloquently sets forth the distinction yet perpetual communion of the divine Persons. Without explicitly calling the Spirit "God, " St Basil demonstrates that He, like the Son, is of the same nature with the Father.
"This tribute to the Land of Welcomes captures the spirit of the Irish people in traditional blessings and classic verse. Featuring beautiful full-color photographs of the Emerald Isle, this inspiring"
Various points are raised in this book which illuminate matters in the philosophy of religion and science, showing us why and how anthropology has become such an intellectual disapline. This is both gracefully and comprehensively written.
Born out of the author's own experiences as a young InterRail traveller, this modern picaresque novel is a celebration of a Europe without boundaries, the joy of being young and the infinite, unpredictable paths we can go down during our lives.
Ras, a Sri Lankan who fled his country as a child following the violent death of his mother and his father's disappearance, has committed a crime. Alex has loved Dee since he was 19 but failed to realise that it was a love he wouldn't find again. When Ras' and Alex's lives connect, each man takes a new path.
An examination of how the New Testament was influenced by the social realities of the early Christian communities for whom the books were wtitten. It reveals an intimate connection between society and Gospel.
This is the story of three women from three parallel universes. Joanna's world is quite like our own, whereas Jeannine's world is a poorer, grungier version of Earth. And then there's Janet, who comes from a world where men have died off, a world without the "poisonous binary" of gender.